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Dad’s Picks: The Best Quick Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World

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It’s been a while since we’ve done any Dad Picks. It’s about time to do some more. So let’s talk about the Best Quick Service Restaurants and snack options at Walt Disney World according to Dad.

Dad's Quick Service Picks

There are about 3,000 Quick Service and snack options at WDW. Yes, that’s an exaggeration. The “official” number of Quick Service dining options is somewhere around 178 or so. Yes, I counted but I might have missed one or two. I get confused when counting that high. Also, Disney is always adding new ones and changing old ones. Let’s just say the number is somewhere around 180.

We eat a lot of Quick Service meals when we go to WDW. In fact, on our trip back in 2016 we did a whole trip with just Quick Service meals. It was… interesting. Dad does Quick Service

What is Quick Service?

I guess before we get started I should probably talk about what Quick Service dining is. It’s a term that comes from the Disney Dining Plan. Basically, it’s just fast food. It’s where you order food at a counter and there aren’t any servers at tables (yes, Be Our Guest is an exception.)

OK, enough of that. Let’s jump right in.

Dad’s Top Ten Best Quick Service and Snack Options at Walt Disney World

#10 – Pizza Window at Disney’s Boardwalk

I’m a big pizza fan. I could eat pizza just about every day. One of our favorite experiences was our evening at the Boardwalk. It was fun. We grabbed a pizza and drinks at the Pizza Window (yes, that’s the real name) and had a nice relaxing dinner on the Boardwalk.

#9 – Casey’s Corner

Casey's Statue in front of Casey's Corner

Casey himself watches the action – Photo by Judd Helms

Yes, Casey’s is at number 9. That’s probably a little surprising to those of you who have followed Dad, but Casey’s has slipped a little over the years. I like Casey’s Corner, but the last couple of times we’ve gone, service was slow and the food was not hot enough. It’s just been a touch off, but it’s a hot dog. How bad can it be… Oh yeah, they could go back to those wheat buns. Yuck!

#8 – Les Halles Boulangerie Pastisserie

Wow. Say that name three times fast. Or even one. Les Halles, or at least that’s what I’m going to call it, is the pastry/sandwich shop in the France Pavilion in EPCOT. You will gain five pounds just by looking at the desserts. Mrs. Mom wants to stop there every trip and get Creme Brûlée. The French really know how to do pastries.

#7 – Ice Cream Carts

Think Mickey Bars. If you go to Walt Disney World one of the best and most unique snacks is the Mickey Bar. A Mickey Bar is an ice cream bar, vanilla ice cream wrapped in chocolate, shaped in the form of Mickey. There are carts in every park, just about on every corner where you can buy Mickey Bars and other frozen treats along with select drinks. A Mickey Bar is a must try snack.

#6 – Everything Pop (breakfast)

The entrance to Everything Pop at Christmastime

Christmas makes Everything Pop extra special – Photo by Andy Sanchez

I am a big breakfast eater at Walt Disney World. One of my favorite breakfasts it the ham and cheese omelet at Everything Pop (or any of the food courts at the resorts). It’s a great way to start the day and it’s relatively inexpensive. (I said relatively, it is Disney World.) The omelets are made to order so they are fresh and haven’t been sitting in a warmer somewhere. Big plus.

#5 – Yorkshire County Fish Shop

For years, many, many years, Yorkshire County Fish Shop has been one of our MUST eat places at WDW. Located in the United Kingdom Pavilion at EPCOT, Yorkshire County serves good fish and chips and just fish and chips. That’s all they do. If you like fish and chips try Yorkshire County.

#4 – Aloha Isle/Pineapple Lanai

Aloha Isle is home of the Dole Whip

The place to go for a Dole Whip – Photo by Judd Helms

Dole Whip time! If you haven’t heard me talk about Dole Whips… OK, I’ll spare you the details, let’s just say I love me some Dole Whip. Dole Whips are a pineapple ice creamy thing. They’ve been around Walt Disney World forever and are one of the most popular snacks on the planet. Before they moved to the new (and bigger) location, there used to be an hour long line just to get a Dole Whip. Now you can get them at Aloha Isle in the Magic Kingdom, Pineapple Lanai in the Polynesian Village Resort and MarketPlace Snacks at Disney Springs.

#3 – Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe

About 3 years ago, I “discovered” Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe. While Cosmic Ray’s has been in the Magic Kingdom forever, and I think we’ve tried it a couple of times, it’s just been recently that I’ve fallen in love with Cosmic Rays. Why? One word. Grilled Chicken. Oh, yeah, that’s two words. Still I love the grilled chicken plate at Cosmic Rays. It’s such a change from most of the other fast food, or should I say Quick Service foods at WDW. It’s a fairly healthy plate of food that tastes pretty good. My last 5 trips have included a stop at Cosmic Rays.

#2 – Wolfgang Puck Express

Speaking of grilled chicken. My favorite place for a good Quick Service meal any time of day is Wolfgang Puck Express. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, any time Wolfgang Puck Express is the best Quick Service restaurant at Walt Disney World. The food is great. The desserts are pretty good. Service is quick and courteous (yes, they bring the food to your table). I know, Wolfgang Puck Express is in Disney Springs, but it’s worth the trip to Disney Springs just to eat there.

#1 – Be Our Guest Lunch

The Dining Room at Be Our Guest

My favorite sandwich at WDW – Photo by Cliff Wang

Be Our Guest may be the most interesting restaurant at Walt Disney World. For breakfast and lunch it’s considered a Quick Service Restaurant then at dinner it’s a Table Service Restaurant. Be Our Guest is amazing. The food at lunch was outstanding. I’d go back (and I will) just for the French Onion Soup. Oh, one thing you NEED to know, unlike all the other Quick Service restaurants, you will NEED a Advanced Dining Reservation (ADR) to get into Be Our Guest. It’s that popular.

For more information about Disney World Restaurant, check out…

Dad’s Disney World Restaurants page

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Dad’s Bottom Line

There you go. There are Dad’s Top 10 Picks for the Best Quick Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World. What do you think? What are your favorites? Leave a comment below and let us know.


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Comments for

Mar 29, 2018 Be Our Guest
by: jvicknair

We have ate at Be Our Guest for dinner but not lunch. Can/do you make reservations for a quick service for lunch?

Dad Answers

Yes, you can and you almost have to make reservations for lunch at Be Our Guest even thought it’s a Quick Service meal.

Feb 11, 2018 Great list
by: Gamermarriedmouse

Love how you have cosmic rays up there! And be our guest is always a great spot especially for the theming , we agree! Thanks and keep up the good work !

Aug 16, 2017 Quick service plan
by: Anonymous

So if you were going to do the QS plan and eat mostly quick service meals, what would be your table service suggestion to buy out of pocket?

Dad Answers

Yes, you can always pay for meals out of pocket. It doesn’t matter if you’re on the dining plan or not.

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