Disney’s Amazing Quick Service Dining!
Part of the fun in planning a Disney trip is planning all of the incredible meals you will eat on your vacation. Disney offers so many different types of cuisine and it doesn’t just serve traditional “theme park food”. Many of us know that part of the Disney planning process is the ever-famous dining day, when you and your agent work together to make your sit-down dining reservations. While table-service dining is exciting and something to look forward to, we can’t forget about all of the excellent options Disney has for quick (counter) service meals. When I create an itinerary for my clients, I provide quick service suggestions for each day of their trip but wanted to share with everyone some of my favorite and most memorable quick service dining locations.
In the Magic Kingdom, one of my favorite quick service meals is Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café. While this may be your more quintessential theme park food, I love that there is an option for everyone! The restaurant serves food in three different bays, or sections, typically one for burgers/hot dogs, one for chicken, and one for salads and other lighter fare. Cosmic Ray’s is my go-to with my family when we are all in the mood for something different. It is also located in my favorite land, Tomorrowland. I love the singing animatronic aliens that put on a show while you eat! This restaurant makes me feel nostalgic and makes me think of my Disney trips as a child. It is a great fit for the whole family.
Epcot has so many wonderful quick service options, and it is hard to pick just one! I actually could eat several quick service meals here in a day if my stomach would allow for it! My must haves are La Cantina de San Angel in Mexico and Via Napoli Pizza Window in Italy. La Cantina De San Angel offers exquisite Mexican food. I love their ground beef nachos and margaritas! The Via Napoli pizza window serves authentic Italian pizza, and this is one of my favorite late-night snacks before the park closes, or for eating while watching Illuminations.
At Animal Kingdom, my absolute favorite is Flame Tree Barbeque. I find myself regularly thinking about this meal. Eating at Fame Tree is as important on my Disney dining list as all of the table service restaurants we love. Flame Tree offers many barbeque options such as pulled pork sandwiches, ribs and chicken, and a smokehouse chicken salad. My favorite menu item is baked macaroni and cheese topped with barbeque pulled pork, onion rings, and coleslaw. The food here is amazing and is a necessity on any trip to Animal Kingdom!
At Hollywood Studios, my favorite option is Woody’s Lunch Box in Toy Story Land. This restaurant serves childhood classics like grilled cheese and tater tots, while putting a special spin on them. I loved the totchos which were tater tot nachos with several toppings. We also cannot forget about their special grown up lemonade, a delicious Disney cocktail. It is also fun to eat in Toy Story Land with a view of Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers.
These are just some of my favorite quick service meals, but there are so many to choose from at Disney. Finding the right quick service meals to eat on your vacation is just as important as making table service dining reservations. Your agent is going to be such a helpful resource in helping you find the right fit for your family.