The Walt Disney World Resort is packed with an array of incredible dining options. Even counter service locations often pack in the flavor and present an immersive experience consistent with the theme of the parks. Unfortunately, some locations just aren’t fan-favorites, and while this kind of list is entirely opinion-based the following locales just don’t make the cut in terms of my go-to quick service spots.
1. ABC Commissary
Located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the ABC Commissary serves up standard theme park food like cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets, with the occasional seasonal rotations (that do sometimes include standouts). Nonetheless ABC Commissary makes the list because even with the occasional interesting menu item, the dining experience as a whole just doesn’t live up to other quick service locations. The restaurant’s theme is evident by the posters and props in the seating area, but it’s also a bit dated.
As the largest single indoor quick service restaurant currently in the park, it’s also often very crowded and loud. It is one of those locations that can be difficult to find a table when it’s busy, and becomes a sort of shelter for guests who refuse to leave a table due to rain. To be fair, some of the issues with ABC Commissary are caused by other guests and not by the restaurant itself, but in any case I would pass on this one.
2. Electric Umbrella
Electric Umbrella, located in Epcot’s Future World, makes the list for a lack of interest simply due to the increased options in quick service dining in this park. With so many unique restaurants in World Showcase, and even in Future World when you consider Sunshine Seasons, it’s difficult to choose the standard fare offered at Electric Umbrella instead.
While Electric Umbrella features dated decor and much more standard menu items than anywhere else in the park there are two positives. If you’re looking for somewhere quiet and away from the crowds (especially at off times of day) or if free refills on drinks are a done deal for you, Electric Umbrella may be worth a visit. Other than that I would choose a different Epcot quick service any day.
Animal Kingdom’s DinoLand USA is as a whole, not a favorite among hardcore Disney fans. Still, some areas are truly worth admiring the theming and details in the design, and while it’s on this list Restaurantosaurus is one of those locations. The food is average here, offering hot dogs, burgers, salads, and a few rotating items, causing it to make this list. The decor is actually quite interesting in telling the story of DinoLand, however you may not find it worth the time to look around a restaurant that offers a dull variety of menu items.
4. Lotus Blossom Cafe
The Lotus Blossom Cafe is located in Epcot’s China pavilion, the Lotus Blossom Cafe actually offers some tasty food in a modern and relaxing atmosphere. It has a nice little location situated in the middle of the pavilion and the food can be very satisfying. The downside to Lotus Blossom Cafe is that while the food is good, it’s food that you can easily get at your local Chinese takeout restaurant. I’ve eaten here in the past plenty of times, and will continue to do so when this is the kind of food I’m craving, but if you’re on a once in a lifetime (or five, ten, however many years) trip to Walt Disney World, I would try something you won’t be able to find at home.
The “new” Pizza Planet located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios may have changed its theme, but the lackluster pizza stays the same. It’s not a bad spot if you’re visiting the park with picky eaters, in which case given the theme this is probably the best you’re going to do, but it isn’t a great place to go if you’re looking for a memorable individual pizza. (If that’s what you’re looking for, I would suggest Pinnocchio Village Haus or Pizzafari instead!)