The 6 best Quick Service restaurants at Disney World

by Shannon Albert 39 comments Like the Facebook page

(Article last updated: October 23, 2014)

The 6 best Quick Service restaurants at Disney WorldSome people can't imagine eating Quick Service because it's repetitive.

Some people only want to do Quick Service and can't imagine sitting down for lots of meals.

Here are the pros/cons of eating at Quick Service restaurants and the best Quick Service options at Disney World to make both groups happy...


Pros and Cons of Quick Service

The pros of eating Quick Service include: quick (duh), less expensive, can be more spontaneous.

The cons are: no characters at the meals, there can be long lines since reservations aren't allowed, and the food can get repetitive at many of them (though none of the ones I've listed below have similar menus so you can avoid that).

1. Wolfgang Puck Express (in Downtown Disney)

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Whether you're on the Disney Dining Plan or paying out-of-pocket, this restaurant is a really, really good choice. The pasta and pizza are amazing. Our family can usually get away with 2 pizzas which makes for a pretty inexpensive meal.

Price range: ~ $15 for all entrees
Tips: try the Margherita pizza
Link to menu

2. Columbia Harbour House (in Magic Kingdom)

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This restaurant is located near Haunted Mansion in Magic Kingdom and has some unique soup and sandwich menu options and if you go upstairs to eat, you can usually find a quiet place to relax and take a break (and since taking a break is 1 of the reasons many people book Table Service restaurants, this is a good Quick Service alternative that will allow you to do the same).

Price range: $8-10
Tips: the Anchors Aweigh tuna sandwich is popular and delicious
Link to menu

3. Be Our Guest Lunch (in Magic Kingdom)

Be Our Guest
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At dinner, this restaurant is a Table Service meal (the hardest one to get in all of WDW right now and I'm not so sure it's worth all of the trouble) but at lunch, it's my favorite Quick Service in Disney World.

The menu contains lots of French options. If you have picky eaters in your group, make sure you look at the menu beforehand. We were once in line in front of a couple with kids and the woman said to me "Maui Maui? What kind of kid eats that?"

I'm not sure a kid could eat an island but maybe they would like some fish.

Since this restaurant is still new, lines tend to grow really fast. Lining up to eat at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. is your best best for avoiding long lines.

Price range: $9-14
Tips: With the new FastPass+ system, you can actually get a FastPass here to avoid the lines.
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4. Sunshine Seasons (in Epcot)

Slow-roasted Pork Chop and mashed potatoes

This restaurant is in the same building as Soarin' in the Future World section of Epcot and has a huge variety of great options from Asian food to rotisserie meats to vegetarian options and a bakery. Although I've always liked my food here and found it worth the effort, it's often very busy so you might want to plan to arrive just before or after the lunch or dinner rush (around 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30-5 p.m.).

The Future World section lacks many Quick Service options so this is where I'd definitely recommend eating if you find yourself in Future World and wanting to grab a bite to eat, especially if you can plan it around riding Soarin'.

Price range: $8-13
Tips: try the rotisserie pork chop
Link to menu

5. Flame Tree Barbecue (in Animal Kingdom)

Flame Tree Barbecue

The truth is that I think just about every single Quick Service at Animal Kingdom is good (by contrast, I don't really like any Quick Service at Hollywood Studios enough to put them on this list). I've chosen to call out Flame Tree because the food smells so good, it tastes delicious and the seating is unique with a view of the water.

Price range: $9-12
Tips: silverware and napkins are located in the various pavilions where you can sit to eat, try the pork sandwich or ribs
Link to menu

6. Earl of Sandwich (in Downtown Disney)

Holiday Sandwich

Confession: I've never eaten at Earl of Sandwich, despite being a huge fan of sandwiches. The problem is that the rest of my family isn't into eating good sandwiches so we always end up at Wolfgang Puck Express which is very close by.

I've included it on this list because everybody else seems to have eaten here and loves it and raves about it and puts it on their list so it would be remiss to not mention it.

Price range: all sandwiches, salads and wraps are $6.49
Tips: the sandwich I've heard the most about is the Holiday Turkey Sandwich which used to be offered seasonally and it's now offered year round. It has hot turkey, stuffing, cranberry, and mayonnaise served on a roll (Thanksgiving dinner on bread, basically).
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