Best Disney World Quick-Service Restaurants
The Disney World quick-service restaurants are those locations where you order your food at a kiosk or counter and, in most cases, receive the food and take it to a table yourself. With this guide to the best quick-service restaurants at Disney World, you won’t be stuck eating the same thing every day or feel limited to standard fast food fare on your next Disney World vacation even if you never step foot into one of the sit-down restaurants. You can enjoy a wonderful variety of tasty food and find nutritious options throughout the Disney World theme parks, Downtown Disney and the hotels even on a budget. As you would expect with Disney, many of these casual restaurants have a specific theme so the setting can be a fun experience in itself. There is only one Disney World quick-service restaurant that accepts advance reservations (Be Our Guest at Magic Kingdom) so these locations work well for travelers who appreciate a more spontaneous approach to their travels though you might consider dining before or after standard meal times to shorten your waiting time. The Disney Dining Plan is accepted at these locations and meals will take a single quick-service credit per person.
Be Our Guest (Fantasyland – Breakfast & Lunch only) – This new Restaurant is themed after Beast’s castle in Beauty and the Beast and has been incredibly popular since opening. The restaurant is a table-service location at dinner and reservations fill six months in advance but it is a quick-service location at breakfast and lunch. This location is extremely popular and was drawing such long lines that Disney is now accepting advance reservations for this location, the only quick-service restaurant to do so. If you have a reservation, you can pre-order your breakfast and lunch through your "My Disney Experience" account and we strongly recommend this; it is a huge time saver. The prices are a bit higher than most quick-service locations but the food is a step up as well, with items like braised pork with mashed potatoes and green beans, vegetable quiche, and Carved Prime Chuck Roast Sandwich. The children’s meals are also some of the best in quality and variety with choices like Turkey meatloaf, seared Mahi Mahi, and whole-grain macaroni with marinara sauce. Click here for a list of all the Beauty and Beast themed experiences at Disney World.
Casey's Corner (Main Street USA) - Yes, we promised that our list would steer you away from standard fast food fare but the barbecue slaw hotdog and corn dog nuggets are good enough to deserve a mention. This location also makes the list because there is often a ragtime piano player entertaining diners at the outside dining area; that coupled with the vintage baseball theme make this location a fun experience.
Columbia Harbour House (On the border of Fantasyland & Liberty Square) – Great variety with choices like Lobster roll, Fried shrimp, grilled salmon with couscous, and a yummy broccoli peppercorn salad. Children can get a tuna sandwich, chicken nuggets, or macaroni and cheese. The colonial setting is pleasant and you can almost always find a table upstairs; this restaurant is often much less crowded than the restaurants right in the middle of Fantasyland.
Cosmic Rays (Tomorrowland) – Another restaurant with good variety – rotisserie chicken, burger and sandwiches station, and salads. The kids’ meals are not as impressive – chicken nuggets, turkey sandwich or Smuckers Uncrustables. The thing that is kind of weird is that you may have to line up at different stations to get what you want – not everything is available at every station. The fun thing about this restaurant is an Animatronic space alien lounge singer named Sunny Eclipse that entertains diners.
Pinocchio's Village Haus (Fantasyland) - Truthfully, I'm not a huge fan of this location because its central location makes it crazy-crowded and the menu is a fairly uninspired selection of pizza flatbreads and Italian (sort of) sandwiches but the setting is cute and there are three of four tables that overlook the loading area of the "it's a small world" ride, which adds an interesting element. The one food item that really is worth mentioning is the garlic pesto bread knots (around $4.50), savory and tasty enough to bring a smile to any bread lover!
Sleepy Hollow Refreshments (Liberty Square) – This spot is quickly a fan following with their waffles sandwiches. The Nutella and fresh fruit waffle sandwich is a thing of beauty but they also have choices like the Sweet & Spicy Chicken or Ham, Proscuitto & Swiss waffle sandwiches. This is also one of the most economical meals you can get with sandwiches coming in at the $7 - $8 range.
Epcot – so many great choices, so little time:
- Sunshine Seasons (Future World – Land Pavilion) – Makes every “Best Of” list because they have such wonderful variety. The food is fresh and flavorful and it is one of the few locations that offer free refills on your beverage. Asparagus Chicken Chowder, Togarashi Seared Tuna Noodle Salad, Turkey & Monterey Jack on Ciabatta, Sweet and Sour Chicken, oak grilled fish, slow roasted pork chop, and other tasty options guarantee that there will be something for everyone.
- Great Sandwiches & delicious desserts at Kringla Bakeri og Café (Norway Pavilion) and Boulangerie Patisserie (France Pavilion). The school bread is a fan favorite in the Norway pavilion and you can never go wrong with a crepe from the France pavilion.
- La Cantina de San Angel (Mexico Pavilion) has tacos, empanadas, and really yummy nachos. Try one of their flavored Mexican sodas.
- Katsura Grill (Japan Pavilion) has California Rolls, Tokyo Sushi combo, Tempura Shrimp Udon, Teriyaki chicken & salmon, and other tasty Japanese dishes. I love dining outdoors here.
- Tangierine Café (Morocco Pavilion) – Shawarma platters, specialty wraps, Kefta sandwich, and a yummy Mediterranean Sliders Combo take you off the burger trail at this delicious restaurant – unless you’re a kid, they do have a hamburger kids meal.
- Yorkshire County Fish Shop (United Kingdom pavilion) has fish & chips.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios:
- Fairfax Fare – Not a lot of variety but Chicken and Spareribs with baked beans and coleslaw always hit the spot. This location has a gourmet hot dog with macaroni and cheese and truffle oil that some people just love.
- Trolley Car Cafe (Star Bucks) – This is primarily a Starbucks with a lot of coffee type beverages but they also carry a few tasty sandwiches and tasty desserts including the very popular Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Cupcake.
- Studios Catering Company – Nice variety of sandwiches, wraps & sloppy joes.
- Flame Tree Barbeque – This is one of our personal favorites – St. Louis style ribs, smoked chicken, smoked turkey breast are all delicious. Nice selection of kids meals too. Take a minute to notice the Predator/ Prey motif in the signs and tables. The deserts here are a little weird – the key lime mousse looks like it has frog slime on the top. Outdoor seating only.
- Harambe Market - This new restaurant in the Africa area of Animal Kingdom has some really delicious options like Spice-rubbed Karubi ribs, grilled chicken skewer, all-beef gyro flatbread, and a grilled vegetable stack. I love the fact that the meals come with salads. They even have a grilled chicken skewer kids meas.
- Pizzafari – Honestly, the food here is uninspired (pizza, Italian-style sandwich, salads) but the bright and colorful rooms are worth a stop: nocturnal room, upside down room, camouflage room, four seasons room and bug room. Another plus: inside seating & air conditioning!
- Satu'li Canteen in Pandora - World of Avatar offers delicious food in a beautiful setting and may become our new favorite (sorry, Flame Tree!) They offer bowls where you pick a base like quinoa salad or mixed grains, then you pick a protein (salmon, chicken, beef or tofu) and pick a sauce. Delicious and filling. You can also get a steamed cheeseburger or vegetable curry pod. Breakfast also available.
- Trilo-Bites in the Dinoland USA area has a buffalo chicken waffle slider that is yummy though it might not be enough for a full meal.
- Yak & Yeti Local Foods Café - Another location that only has outdoor seating but the view is lovely and the Asian food is tasty enough.
Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney):
- Earl of Sandwich – this is one of the most economical locations on Disney property and the sandwiches are really good.
- Wolfgang Puck Express – Wood-fired pizza, Sandwiches, Soups and Salads.
- Bongos Cuban Café Walk-Up Window : Ropa Viega, Pollo Asado, Arroz con Pollo, Cuban sandwiches, soups and salads. Nice selection of options for kids.
Disney Hotel Food Courts:
- The value resorts do not have sit-down restaurants so their food courts typically have more offerings than the other resorts; convenient if you’re staying at those resorts but not necessarily something to go out of your way for.
- Contemporary Resort – Contempo Café: Nice selection of flatbreads, hot & cold sandwiches, salads, and pasta (pasta is dinner only) make this a nice choice. Getting to watch the monorail go by is another reason this location makes our list.
- Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort – Pepper Market: If you’re on a dining plan, this food court is definitely worth the trip. There are several stations with sandwiches, salads, Mexican food, pizzas, pastas and other “real” food items. The setting is lovely. Great value if you’re on a Disney dining plan; prices a little higher than a lot of quick-service locations if you’re paying out of pocket.
- Disney’s Polynesian Resort – Captain Cook’s Snack Company. Head here for breakfast before going to the Magic Kingdom and enjoy the Polynesian resort’s famous Tonga Toast (banana stuffed, sugar crusted French toast). We usually split one order between two people and add a protein item to balance the sweetness. The lunch and dinner menus have a decent variety and this is the only place at Disney World other than the Magic Kingdom where you can get a Dole Whip (pineapple soft-serve).
- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Roaring Forks: The Roast Beef and Blue Cheese sandwich with House-made chips is what draws people here. The restaurant’s seating area is a bit small and the rest of the menu is a little limited.
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