Restaurants in Walt Disney World are a huge attraction in itself, and you can find hundreds of table service restaurants offering tasty cuisines and unique themes. However, sometimes opting to eat in a Table Service Restaurant is unaffordable, not to plans or not to taste. Thankfully, Walt Disney World also offers up a host of ‘Quick Service’ cafes, where you can grab a quick bite on a budget and without a reservation; and the best part is they serve up much more than burgers and chips!
With so many Quick Service Restaurants on offer it can sometimes be difficult to decide where to head to grab a quick bite. Here a my top 5 Quick Service Restaurants; I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend these places to anyone.
A long time firm favourite of many Walt Disney World fans, Caseys Corner is located at the top of Main Street, U.S.A in Magic Kingdom. Themed around a baseball venue, this Quick Service Restaurant concentrates on an American favourite; Hot Dogs. While you won’t find a vast array of choice on the menu here, the hot dogs, corn dogs and fries that are served up are truly delicious, and I love the self service condiment bar, where you can add as much onion, ketchup or sauerkraut as you wish. With most of the seating for Casey’s being outdoors with a prime view of the Castle this is the perfect place to sit and soak up the atmosphere of Disney and do a little people-watching. However, seating is limited and this place can get very busy; I would recommend trying to eat here at more off peak times as you could have a long wait ahead of you if you go here mid lunch or dinner rush.
The Moroccan Quick Service at World Showcase in Epcot, Tangierine Cafe must be one of my all-time favourite paces in eat in Walt Disney World. Serving Moroccan-inspired dishes whilst surrounded by the exotic scenery of the Moroccan Pavilion, the combo platters are a must-do from this menu as they allow you a taster of many different dishes, including hummus, moroccan breads and tabouleh. The food here is always fresh, tasty and exciting. This Quick Service Restaurant also has its own pastry counter, serving up some really delicious desserts, including baklava. There is both indoor and outdoor seating here, but I love the outdoor tables and the ability to watch the comings and goings as people pass on their way round World Showcase. You may even be visited by a local squirrel, which is always a delight to young children.
Earl of Sandwich
A brand franchise located in Disney Springs, Earl of Sandwich offers some delicious gourmet sandwiches, along with soups, salads and wraps. The hot subs on offer here are a favourite of my husband as well as me, and this is our go-to location for grabbing something quick to eat when at Downtown Disney. I love the large, airy (air conditioned!) building Earl of Sandwich is located in, and that makes this the perfect place to take a break from the heat of the day. However, the best part about this Quick Service Restaurant is the amount of choice available. While it all may be in sandwich form, you’ll find something on this menu to suit everyone, and there are plenty of sides and desserts on offer to compliment your gourmet sub.
The only Resort Quick Service to make my list, The Mara is the food court at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. This savannah themed space is cool and inviting, and we found it the perfect place to start our day during our stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge. While you’ll find plenty of standard American fare on this menu, there are also many African-inspired dishes, such as stews and rotisserie chickens. My favourite has to be the African Stew served in a hollowed out bread roll; I would consider a quick trip out to Animal Kingdom Lodge on a Resort Bus from Animal Kingdom to try it for lunch. Another little perk of this Resort Quick Service is that breakfast is served until 11am, which is perfect for that lazy lie in and day away from the parks.
A new find – and a quick firm favourite with our whole family, Boardwalk Bakery serves delicious baked goods and a variety of soups, salads and sandwiches. Located just outside Epcot in the Boardwalk Area, this small takeaway bakery has a lot of outdoor seating, making it the perfect place to head to for an afternoon snack away from the crowds in the parks; their range of sweet treats look simply delicious! However, my favourite time to visit Boardwalk Bakery is for breakfast. Open from 6.30am it is perfect for early risers, and it has a number of tasty options if you aren’t interested in a large meal. I loved their variety of Danishes and Bagels, and there was nothing more peaceful than sitting on the shore of crescent lake in the early morning light whilst having breakfast.
There are so many fantastic Quick Service Restaurants it was very hard for me to choose just 5. Similarly, I know we’ve barely scrapped the tip of the iceberg in terms of trying all the different Quick Service options Walt Disney World provide – I would check back here regularly to see how long it takes before I change my top 5 list for some new entries after our next trip!