With four parks and two waterparks filled with amazing attractions, lively shows, favorite characters, and thrilling experiences, it’s hard to even think about taking a break to eat! Don’t forget about Disney Springs too, with its staggering amount of shops and entertainment that could easily fill an entire day! Everyone needs to refuel to continue on with the fun, and luckily, Walt Disney World offers wonderful options to please everyone’s palette. Dining at a quick-service eatery doesn’t require the time commitment of the table-service restaurants and won’t break your budget. As an added benefit, many of these places offer a convenient mobile ordering option, letting guests avoid a long line during the peak meal times. Check out some of these top picks on your next visit to Walt Disney World, and get ready to see why I think they are the best of the bunch!
1. Satu’li Canteen
Take a break from your journey through Pandora and enjoy a meal at Satu’li Canteen, located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Modeled after a large hut, this quick-service restaurant is themed as the mess hall used by the Resources Development Administration (RDA) from the Avatar film. Diners can choose from delicious beef, chicken, and shrimp bowls, as well as unusual but refreshing beverages.
2. Casey’s Corner
Stroll down Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom to find Casey’s Corner, a quick-service eatery overflowing with delicious hot dogs and baseball nostalgia. Order your hot dog topped with chili and cheese, or go for the Flavor of the Month. Grab a seat inside or a table on the patio outside and enjoy your meal while the piano player entertains with ragtime melodies and some Disney surprises.
3. The Polite Pig
Located in Town Center in Disney Springs, many fans claim this newcomer eatery serves the best barbeque on Walt Disney World property. Local Florida flavor shines in a large menu of sandwiches and platters. Seven kinds of sauces complement your meal from a sauce bar, and guests can quench their thirst with cocktails, craft beers, or something from the bourbon bar.
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4. Yorkshire County Fish Shop
Make a point to have a meal, or even a snack, at the Yorkshire County Fish Shop the next time you’re in the United Kingdom pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase. Located next to the Rose & Crown Pub and Dining Room, this eatery is a takeout window with a small amount of seating to the side and by the water. Order the famous fish and chips and a cold pint – it’s well worth the wait!
5. Woody’s Lunch Box
A relatively new addition to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Woody’s Lunch Box is the perfect spot to refuel before having more fun in Toy Story Land. Featuring classic American, kid-friendly menu items, the menu has a few cute surprises! Try the Lunch Box Tart or a grilled three-cheese sandwich, and save room for that ice cream float. The seating area is themed perfectly with Toy Story Land, letting guests relax on a Babybel cheese seat under a shady table umbrella.
6. Flame Tree Barbecue
A perennial favorite of mine, Flame Tree Barbecue at on Discovery Island at Disney’s Animal Kingdom tempts guests walking by with mouthwatering scents of pulled pork, chicken, and ribs. Find a shady table under one of the many colorful pavilions behind the restaurant to enjoy the tasty barbecue. The pavilions are situated by the waterway and across from Expedition Everest, giving guests a pretty view as they dine.
7. Columbia Harbour House
Open the door to the Columbia Harbour House restaurant in the Magic Kingdom, and enter a cozy colonial inn. Situated between Liberty Square and Fantasyland, It’s the perfect spot to cool off and relax with a delicious meal of chicken and fish platters, shrimp baskets, sandwiches, and salads. Seating is available on two levels, but I prefer sitting upstairs in a quieter setting. Try for a table overlooking the Haunted Mansion, and be sure to check out the nautical maps, model ships, and scrimshaw artifacts before you leave.
8. Contempo Café
The monorail will deliver you to the Contempo Café, located in Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The menu offers something for everyone, including a wide range of sandwiches, pizza, salads, and larger entrées. Save room for a tasty cupcake or another delicious dessert from the bakery case. It’s fun to watch the monorail glide by as you eat, and then it’s off to the next adventure!
9. Earl Sandwich
Make a point to head to the Marketplace in Disney Springs and check out this long-time fan favorite, Earl of Sandwich. Guests love the hot sandwiches, especially the seasonal Holiday turkey sandwich, complete with gravy and cranberry sauce! Salads and wraps are also available, and the side dishes are just as delicious.
10. Tangerine Café
Often overlooked, this is a true gem in Epcot’s World Showcase, right in the Morocco pavilion. Eat inside surrounded by exotic Moroccan architecture and tiles, or grab a shady table outside and enjoy the view of the World Showcase promenade. The menu features great Mediterranean cuisine, including lamb, chicken, and falafel wraps, as well as platter meals served with couscous and hummus. End the meal with a piece of tasty baklava and a specialty coffee.