6 Absolute Best Restaurants in Disney Springs for Families [Really!!]

September 6, 2022
Gift Ideas
jason wolfe
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Hello unfortunate parent who got stuck spending a whole vacation getting hit in the shins by strollers and waiting in 3 hour lines in the blistering heat. But hey it’s Disney World right? This vacation isn’t about you. This one is for the kids. Giving them a memory that will last a lifetime. And because of this I am going to p[rovide you with a list of all the fantastic family friendly restaurants there are around Disney Springs in Florida. I’ll give you their address as well as link you to their website so you can check out their menu. And I’ll also let you know any time one of these fantastic family friendly restaurants accepts our convenient digital GiftYa gift cards.  

As a reminder a GiftYa digital gift card is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. A gift card that functions just like every other gift card. It lets you make purchases at a participating bar, restaurant, or store up to the face value of the gift card. However, unlike traditional gift cards. GiftYa digital gift cards come with a few additional benefits. For instance, unlike a traditional gift card, a GiftYa can be sent straight to your phone in seconds. That way you don’t need to deliver a GiftYa in person if you want to give it as a gift. You don’t even have to go to a store in person if you want one for yourself. You can just visit the GiftYa website and pick one up today.

Since GiftYa cards are sent directly to your phone you never have to worry about misplacing them or forgetting to take them with you. In most instances you are going to have your phone with you so in most instances you will have your GiftYa cards right in your pocket. In addition to that, your GiftYa also keeps track of the balance for you. 

Which is so much nicer than having to try to remember how much was left over on those antiquated plastic gift cards. I mean you can’t write it on them very easily so idk what you’re supposed to do if you don’t use the total value the first time? Just guess the next time you are in town? 

Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant

Best Restaurant in Disney Spring for the Whole Family

351 S Studio Dr | Hollywood Studios | disneyworld/sci-fi-dine-in-theater

Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant comes in at number one on my list of best restaurants in Disney Springs for a couple of reasons. FIrst of all, I am just wildly biased in favor of the fun retro aesthetic they have going on. They serve classic American food, but while they do so they play old 50s Science Fiction movies and clips on a big projected screen just like a movie theater. 

Which means that kids of any age will be entertained all through the meal so you’ll be able to eat in peace. And let’s face it, if they are too old to be entertained by a retro movie theater then they are just going to be sitting there on their phone all through dinner anyways. But for those of us who can tear ourselves away from the little screen in our hand to look at the big screen on the wall, Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater is going to be the best family friendly restaurant you can find in Disney Springs.

“We are locals and come here a few times a year. Their burgers truly are the best in Disney. They have a couple pasta options including a pan seared chicken or a pan seared salmon. Both are outstanding!

The dining room is meant to look like a 1950s drive in and you sit in 1950s "Cars" to eat. Very cool experience every time we come.” - Yelp Review 

Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant doesn’t offer GiftYa digital gift cards just yet, but check back soon because we are always adding the best restaurants for families and attractions in Disney Springs!

Storybook Dining at Artist Point with Snow White

A Fairytale Experience Right in the Heart of Disney World Of Course

901 Timberline Dr | Disney World | facebook.com

The reason Storybook Dining At Artist Point comes in at number two on my list today is because they are without a doubt the most high-end of the family friendly restaurants. They serve traditional American food on the menu. And while that food is fantastic, it is really only a small portion of the total experience that you will be indulged in. If you want to experience luxury in a way you aren’t even sure that you have before, then this is going to be the place for you and your family.

And on top of being the absolute height of luxury, you are going to be readily interacting with cast and characters from different Disney films. They do a whole variety of different Storybook Dining events at the park, but the universal consensus seems to be that the Snow White one is hands down the best.

But I imagine that is only if you don’t have a kid that will be heartbroken if they don’t get to see their favorite character from a different Disney movie. So while I highly recommend the Snow White one, you should really play it by ear. I mean who knows what your kid would like better than you? 

“The food, service and the experience is ONE to remember. I've forgotten what this level of luxury taste like and feels like. David/Dave was our waiter who provided a lasting experience for us and the children.

Dave was attentive, warm and friendly.

An experience like this is "magical"

It was the highlight of my day.

The good vibes and energy from this experience is contagious. What an evening to remember.” - Yelp Review

You can’t get a digital GiftYa gift card to Storybook Dining at Artist Point with Snow White at the moment but be sure to check back soon as new best restaurants for families and locations in Disney Springs are added all the time!

Ford’s Garage Kissimmee

Enjoy Burgers and a Cold Brew While the Kids Check Out the Cool Car-Themed Restaurant

3210 Margaritaville Blvd | West Orlando| fordsgarageusa/kissimmee

Ford’s Garage Kissimmee comes in at number three on my list of the best family friendly restaurants you can find in Disney Springs Florida. And the reason they come in at number three is because they have to have the absolute most laid back and relaxing environment of any place that allows children I have ever seen. And this permeates through everything they do. 

You can expect plenty of burgers, comfort food, and bar food when you are here. So they really take the meaning of a laid back atmosphere all out and incor[porate it into the very menu. Listen, I know Disney can be a lot of hurry up and wait, so it might be nice to just take it easy and relax with a nice cold drink and a burger. And let’s face it, there’s nothing worse than the Florida heat and being accompanied by a hangry five year old is there?

“Good food, good atmosphere, and good location.” - Yelp Review 

Get a GiftYa digital gift card for yourself or a loved one to Ford’s Garage Kissimmee and enjoy one of the best restaurants for families in Disney Springs by following the link!

T-Rex Cafe

Best Atmosphere For Families With Young Kids And Any Parent Who Hasn’t Outgrown Their Dino Phase

1676 E Buena Vista Dr | Disney World | trexcafe.com

The T-Rex Cafe is fun for families for one very simple reason. It is in fact really just your ordinary cafe serving a variety of classic American dishes. But what separates T-Rex Cafe is that the atmosphere of the restaurants is literally filled with animatronic dinosaurs and wooly mammoths. So if you happen to have a kid who is going through their dinosaur phase right now, then this is for sure going to be a must stop for you in Disney Springs.

Fair warning though, there are sporadic “volcanic eruptions” that cause the animatronic animals to move around in a hurry. So if you are looking for a nice laid back chill meal, this isn’t going to be the spot for you. But if you want to absolutely blow your four years old mind, then absolutely stop here one day while you are in Disney Springs. 

“If your coming here you're coming for the views, the sights, and the experience. And it hits on every mark! Incredible. I had more fun and was in awe more than my daughter, but she too, absolutely loved it. This is by far one of the best dining experience I've ever had.” - Yelp Review 

Grab a GiftYa digital gift card to T-Rex Cafe by following the link right HERE and enjoy some of the best restaurants for families in Disney Springs you can find!

Sharks Underwater Grill

Another Amazing Atmosphere For Families Around Disney Springs

7007 Sea World Dr | SeaWorld Orlando | seaworld.com/orlando/dining/

Sharks Underwater Grill is basically an American style grill set inside of a giant aquarium. SO while you can enjoy all the classics of American seafood and cuisine, you will also be mesmerized by the tanks of vibrant and brilliant sea life that swim freely. The only thing that keeps Sharks Underwater Grill from being further up the list is that it is not technically in Disney Springs. You actually have to be spending a day at Seaworld to be able to get in. But it is honestly such a cool place that I am willing to fudger the rules a little bit to make sure you guys have the opportunity to have a truly memorable vacation with your family. 

“Love this restaurant. Not only is it so fun and cool to watch dozens of sharks and fish swim by but the food and service is great. ” - Yelp Review 

Unfortunately Sharks Underwater Grill isn’t one of the best restaurants for families in Disney Springs participating with GiftYa just yet, but check back soon cause they might be any day now.

Cold Stone Creamery 

American Classic That’s Good for the Whole Family

3292 Margaritaville Blvd | West Orlando | coldstonecreamery.com/23305

I mean, come on, what do you want me to say? It’s Cold Stone Creamery. You are in Florida with children. I mean this is a match made in algorithm heaven just for you my friend. But honestly Cold stone is one of the largest and most successful ice cream chains in the world. And in my not so humble opinion, also one of the most delicious. So if you are trying to beat the heat and also give your kids a special treat, then this is absolutely a must stop on one of your days in Disney Springs. 

“Cold Stone Milk Shakes are great! Lots of flavors to cool off with on a hot day! Can't wait for the new one to open by one of our favorite restaurants. Dessert will be right next door!” - Yelp Review 

Cold Stone Creamery  is one of the thousands of restaurants that accepts digital GiftYa gift cards but it is also among one of the highest rated best restaurants for families in Disney Springs!

There you go. That is a pretty solid list of fantastic family friendly places there are to eat around Disney Springs Florida. While I can't swear that this list today had the most diverse menu selection that I’ve ever written, it does honestly have some of the absolute coolest atmospheres you could hope to find on a family vacation. 

Everything from a retro theater to a grill inside an aquarium. BUt no matter which location you choose I hope I helped you make sure that this vacation is one your kids will remember for the rest of their lives. And if you didn't find precisely what you were looking for on my list, check out one of our other great lists of restaurants around Disney Springs, as well as Disney World itself. 

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