Disney Magic Meets Michelin Stars: A Grown-Up Escape at Victoria & Albert’s

Zippy Sandler
4 min readApr 28, 2024

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Steven Diaz, Photographer

Remember that magical feeling of your first trip to Disney World? The excitement, the wonder, the characters coming to life? Well, buckle up, boomers, because Disney just added a touch of sophisticated elegance to the mix, and it’s perfect for our generation. Victoria & Albert’s, a long-standing fine dining experience tucked away at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, has achieved the coveted Michelin star — a first for any Disney property!

For those unfamiliar with the Michelin Guide, it’s the culinary world’s equivalent of the Oscars. Earning a Michelin star is a mark of exceptional quality, recognizing a restaurant’s excellence in ingredients, cooking technique, presentation, value for money, and consistency. So, what does this mean for all of us who appreciate a well-crafted meal and a touch of grown-up magic?

Fine Dining Fit for Royalty (and the rest of Us!)

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Victoria & Albert’s isn’t your average Disney restaurant. Stepping inside is like entering a world of Victorian charm. Think plush carpeting, crystal chandeliers, and impeccable service. The dress code is “sophisticated casual,” a welcome change from the theme park hustle (but without the stuffiness of having to overdress as well). But the real magic happens on your plate. Chef Matthew Sowers has curated a multi-course tasting menu that’s a symphony of flavors. Imagine delicate tarts with fresh seafood, innovative takes on classic dishes, and stunning presentations that will tantalize your taste buds.

More Than Just Food: An Evening to Remember

The Michelin star recognition isn’t just about the food, though that’s certainly a highlight. Victoria & Albert’s offers an experience. The knowledgeable and attentive staff cater to your every whim, ensuring a seamless and unforgettable evening. It’s the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion, reconnect with your partner, or to simply indulge in a night of dining luxury.

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A Grown-Up Escape Within the Disney Bubble

Let’s face it, theme parks can be overwhelming (at least I find them to be). But Victoria & Albert’s offers a delightful escape within the Disney bubble. You get all the convenience and security of being on Disney property, minus the crowds and the lines. It’s the perfect way to experience the magic of Disney without having to listen to tired, hungry kids (Victoria & Albert’s has a strict no-children policy).

Planning Your Michelin-Starred Disney Adventure

Reservations at Victoria & Albert’s are notoriously difficult to snag, and with the Michelin star adding to its prestige, expect them to be even more coveted. Here are some tips for securing your spot:

  • Book well in advance. Reservations open up 180 days in advance, so mark your calendars and be ready to pounce!
  • Consider the Chef’s Quest menu. This is an even more exclusive experience where the chef designs a customized menu based on your preferences. It’s an unforgettable splurge!
  • Be prepared for the price tag. A fine dining experience comes at a premium. The tasting menus start at $295 per person, not including drinks or gratuity.

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Victoria & Albert’s: A New Chapter in Disney Magic

Victoria & Albert’s Michelin star is a sign that Disney is catering to a more mature audience. I have stayed away from Disney as I am at the age where I’m not happy having to stand in lines behind kids who are tired and cranky or eat at restaurants that rival the fast food that I can get at home. With changes like this, I’m ready to re-experience the wonder of Disney with a touch of sophistication and culinary excellence.

Disney just might have created your next magical adventure.

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Zippy Sandler

70-year-old travel and lifestyle blogger sharing tips on how to live your best life NOW!