Quick Service Disney Dining
Last week I shared with you some of my favorite Disney dining spots at Walt Disney World. You probably noticed that they were all table-service restaurants. And if you are like many Disney guests you probably don’t want to
waste use up a lot of time (or money!) at table service restaurants the entire time you are there. Never fear though… there are tons of great places to grab a quick bite in between Fast Pass times. Since quick service meals are more dependent on where you are located I’ve grouped these together by park and included a couple at Downtown Disney.
Honestly this is probably the best place to get Asian style food in the entire Disney property. Yes, they have a table service option as well, but I always get the chicken fried rice and egg rolls, so there is no reason to make reservations or wait for a table. Also, this is a great way to eat a meal on the cheap at Disney World.
Hailing from Texas it is a fairly safe assumption to say that I know BBQ. Although the BBQ at Flametree is pork and turkey instead of Texas beef, it is delicious. I’m a particular fan of the pulled-pork sandwich.
*According to the Walt Disney World website, Flametree Barbecue is currently closed for renovations, but will be open again this spring… so hopefully that will be in the next couple of weeks!
If you are in the mood for Moroccan / Mediterranean flavors, Tangierine Cafe at the Morocco Pavilion is the place to go. Selections include chicken, lamb, and falafel wraps and shawarma platters, as well as a vegetarian platter and tasty Mediterranean sides.
The Yorkshire County Fish Shop at the UK Pavilion sells fish and chips… and that’s about it. Sure, they also have some drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and a sponge cake with jam and butter cream for dessert. Since they only serve fish and chips, the service is pretty quick, because they just have to fry everything up, toss it in a basket, and hand it over.
Many people will say that the main food staples at the Magic Kingdom is standard American park food: burgers, chicken strips, fries, etc. You just have to know where to look to find some tasty alternatives…
The Tomorrowland Terrace nestled between Tomorrowland and Main Street USA provides some pretty decent views of Cinderella’s Castle and serves up pasta dishes, lobster rolls, and salads along with a burger and chicken nuggets.
Got a hankerin’ for Italian, but don’t have time to sit down at Tony’s Town Square? Pop over to Pinocchio’s Village Haus in Fantasyland for Italian flavors on the fly and watch the Small World boats float by below.
If nothing else, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe makes the list based on the sheer variety they have to offer. Inside you will find three ‘landing bays’ each with a different type of food: Bay 1- Chicken, Bay 2- Burgers, Bay 3- Sandwiches. They also have a stellar condiments bar so you can customize your burger, chicken, or sandwich any way you like!
Located between EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios is Disney’s BoardWalk; a nice little stretch of nostalgic East coast boardwalk with games, restaurants, a duelling piano bar, a dance hall, and the BoardWalk Inn and Villas. Nestled along the BoardWalk is an unassuming Pizza Window selling cheese, pepperoni, and the Boardwalk Signature by the slice and whole pie.
I worked at the Pizza Window for a short period of time, and at the time, it was one of the only places that sold Yuengling on property and was a therefore a very popular spot!
DOWNTOWN DISNEY: MARKETPLACE
So, sure… it’s technically a “chain” but if you are looking for a quality sandwich, you should really head over to Downtown Disney and grab one of the gourmet sandwiches at Earl of Sandwich. Unlike all of the other restaurants listed above, Earl of Sandwich is open for breakfast as well as lunch and dinner. In addition to tasty sammies, they also have omelettes in the morning, and salads, wraps, a daily soup, and scrumptious sides.
This was probably my favorite place to use my Disney Dining Plan. Although they have entrees in the $15-$20 range, it is technically a quick-service restaurant, and therefore eligible for a quick service meal on the dining plans! As with the Earl of Sandwich, Wolfgang Puck Express is open for breakfast, serving omelettes, breakfast sandwiches, and sweet treats like corn flakes french toast, chocolate chip waffles, and belgian waffles… yum. Lunch and dinner bring options of gourmet soups, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, pasta, and desserts.