In addition to “What’s the best ride?” and “What do you do there without kids?”, the question we get most often about WDW is, “Where should we eat?” It’s an important question for any family traveling to the World because you know that you’re going to have to account for two to three meals every day to keep the family happy.
We’re going to start digging into some of our favorite food options from WDW right here on the Downlow! Before we begin, let’s talk about what this post is not: it’s not a discussion about the Disney Dining Plan. As many of you know, Disney offers a variety of dining plans that allow guests to basically pre-pay for their meals at WDW. Generally speaking, the Downlow team is a fan of the dining plan option but it really does depend on the preferences of the family traveling. We’ll discuss the dining plans options and pros/cons in a later post.
For now, we want to focus on the best quick serving dining locations at WDW. Quick service dining locations are also known as “counter service” locations and provide guests with a place to order breakfast, lunch or dinner in more of a fast-food style. While there is often seating at each of these locations, quick service dining is different from Disney’s other offering (“table service”) where servers wait on guests like more of a traditional restaurant setting.
WDW has quick service dining locations all over property, and at each of the Disney resorts. For the purposes of our article today, we’ll just be looking at quick services options at the four WDW parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios., as well as Disney Springs.
Here we go!
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
The Downlow: Let’s face reality – Disney’s Hollywood Studios has become a half-day park, at least until the fantastic new Star Wars and Toy Story Lands open. So likely, you’ll ride all of the rides in the morning and looking to jet off to another park to finish the day. Before you do, consider grabbing lunch at the ABC Commissary! We love their offering of sandwiches (angus burger, chicken club) and salads (Mediterranean salad with chicken) and their generous portions of fries! ABC Commissary is also a great place to grab one of Disney’s signature cupcakes!
Best Dish: 1/3lb Angus Bacon Cheeseburger with fries
Available as part of Disney Dining Plan: Yes
Out of Pocket Price Range: $9-18 for an entrée
The Downlow: This family-friendly counter service option sits under the shadow of the Hollywood Tower of Terror on Sunset Boulevard! So after you’re done dropping 13 floors on the best attraction in the park, stop by Fairfax for a loaded baked potato, pulled pork sandwich or a fajita combo platter!
Best Dish: Fairfax Salad – BBQ Pulled Pork, wedge salad, bacon, roasted corn, and tomato salsa
Out of Pocket Price Range: $9-13
Sunshine Season (The Land Pavilion)
The Downlow: Located on the bottom floor of the Land Pavilion beside the entrance to Soarin’ Around the World, Sunshine Seasons offers quick service and snack options for the entire family. Multiple entrée options include the pork loin, oak-grilled sandwich, and an Asian noodle shop! After a trip around the World Showcase, or before you start your trip through Future World, Sunshine Seasons is a great place to fill up!
Best Dish: Pork Loin with Mashed Potatoes, Barbeque Sauce and Corn on the Cob
Out of Pocket Price Range: $9-14 for an entrée
Yorkshire County Fish Shop (World Showcase – United Kingdom)
The Downlow: One of the most popular stops on the World Showcase loop, the Yorkshire County Fish Shop is revered for its traditional showstopper (and only entrée): fish and chips! You can’t beat the batter on the fish or the large, steak-cut fries. Yorkshire also serves Harp Lager which is a great way to wash it all down!
Best Dish: Fish and Chips
Out of Pocket Price Range: $10.99 for the fish and chips. Desserts range from $3-5.
Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisseries (World Showcase – France)
The Downlow: This hidden gem is tucked into the back of the France pavilion and it is worth finding! Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie is one of our favorite breakfast spots with croissants, flan and tarts are all on the menu. Fun fact: the patisserie opens at 9 am even though the rest of World Showcase doesn’t open until 11!
Best Dish: Pain au Chocolat for breakfast; Croque Monsier (toasted ham and cheese) for a snack
DDP: Yes – snack credit
Out of Pocket Price Range: $2-5 for breakfast; $5-10 for entrées
Be Our Guest
The Downlow: One of the Magic Kingdom’s most popular quick service locations, Be Our Guest invites you and your family to dine in one of several rooms in Beast’s Castle! The atmosphere is top notch in every room, but if you’re able to get a seat in The West Wing, you’ll be treated to a great special effects show during your meal. Be Our Guest is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner and reservations are HIGHLY recommended.
Best Dish: Gaston’s Feast for breakfast; Vegetable Quiche for lunch; and Roasted Lamb Chop for dinner
Out of Pocket Price Range: $24 for breakfast; lunch and dinner run between $15-35
Columbia Harbour House
The Downlow: The Magic Kingdom is not the best “food” park at WDW. There are bountiful options in the other parks, but if you find yourself in need of a great, quick meal at MK, you cannot go wrong by stopping in Liberty Square’s Columbia Harbour House! Focusing primarily on seafood, the Columbia Harbour House knocks it out of the park with their seafood and chicken platters, grilled salmon and specialty sandwiches. As an added bonus, the place is HUGE and even on busy days, it’s relatively easy to find a seat in order to beat the heat!
Best Dish: Baked Chicken breast and Shrimp Platter with Couscous and Steamed Broccoli
Out of Pocket Price Range: $10-15 for an entrée
The Downlow: Casey’s Corner is a real slice of Americana and aptly sits at the end of Main Street USA in front of Cinderella’s Castle! Best known for their excellent all-beef hot dogs, Casey’s Corner also specializes in corn dog nuggets, shoestring French fries and Cracker Jack! Casey’s is the go to place for a quick lunch or a late night snack.
Best Dish: Foot-long chili-cheese hot dog with fries
Out of Pocket Price Range: $8-13
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Harambe Market (Africa)
The Downlow: Harambe Market – a new addition to the Africa section of Animal Kingdom – is one of the most unique locations on WDW property. Replicating an authentic village marketplace, Harambe Marketplace features 4 walk-up quick services locations with a variety of soulful food that is incredibly unique for WDW, given the company’s general reliance on traditional meat and potatoes menus.
Best Dish: Grilled Vegetable Stack with green papaya slaw and black-eyed pea salad AND Grilled Chicken Skewers
Out of Pocket Price Range: $10-14
Flame Tree Barbeque
The Downlow: Flame Tree is a great location near the Tree of Life in the center of Animal Kingdom. Known primarily for their pork, chicken and barbeque sauce, Flame Tree offers a great shaded location to enjoy a tasty lunch with the family!
Best Dish: Ribs, Chicken and Pulled Pork Sampler with baked beans, cole slaw, and jalapeno cornbread
Out of Pocket Price Range: $10-20
The Downlow: Disney’s version of Shake Shack, D-Luxe is an amazing addition to the new lineup of restaurants at Disney Springs. Juicy made-to-order burgers, fresh cut fries and milkshakes populate the menu and they’re all good! Best of all, if you’re on a meal plan, you’ll be able to get a full meal with one quick service credit, which is one of the best values at Disney!
Best Dish: El Diablo Burger (beef patty, fried banana peppers, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise) with fries and a Salted Caramel Gelato Shake
Out of Pocket Price Range: $10-13 for sandwiches; $7-14 for shakes
Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza
The Downlow: We saved one of the best (and newest) for last – Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza! Another new addition to Disney Springs, Blaze offers personal pizzas that are “fast fired” in a wood oven in about 3 minutes! Guests can select from signature pizzas or create their own! If your family is looking for a fun place to try on your next Disney visit, we highly recommend making a stop at Blaze!
Best Dish: Any create-your-own pizza will be great, or try a Link In Pizza – sausage, red peppers, sautéed onions, mozzarella and red sauce
Out of Pocket Price Range: Most pizzas are right around $10
Most of the photos are ours. The other photos are courtesy of Disney Food Blog and YoHoYoHoBlogLifeforMe