The 6 best Quick Service restaurants at Disney World

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The 6 best Quick Service restaurants at Disney World from WDWPrepSchool.comSome 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)

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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.
Link to menu

4. Sunshine Seasons (in Epcot)

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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)

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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)

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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 $5.99
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).
Link to menu


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Shannon June 10, 2014 at 10:52 am

We liked the ABC Commissary at DHS. My daughter and I had the quinoa salad with salmon and I think the boys had burgers and such. It was pretty good!
I love all of these recommendations. :)

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Trina April 1, 2014 at 11:44 pm

The one group of restaurants that everyone left out was at some of the hotels. You can go there even if you aren’t staying at that particular hotel. Most have some type of food court with fruit and veggies along with better options for kids.

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Kylie September 10, 2013 at 5:43 pm

CHH and Sunshine Seasons is two of our favorites as well. Also, Casey’s Corner is my favorite! They have the most amazing Corndog nuggets! My husband and I share his side of fries and its perfect. Also, pizzafari at animal kingdom is super yummy!

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Kelsey September 10, 2013 at 1:07 pm

We LOVE BOG (both lunch and dinner). We will make special trips to MK just for lunch there! We usually wait about 30 min from the time we get in line to the time we have finished ordering, but the food is usually delivered quickly and has always been delicious! Plus, free refills in the MK! We are also huge fans of Pecos Bill and Casey’s Corner (who can eat a hot dog from Casey’s alone? We sure can’t!), and DH and his parents really like Cosmic Rays. I can take it or leave it. I’ve had some really good meals there, but I’ve also had food that was only semi-good.

We are also fans of the Backlot Express at DHS. While we are easy to please (chicken nuggets and burgers are just fine with us!), we really like the chicken nuggets at Backlot. They have the best honey mustard sauce on property – sweet instead of tangy/mustard-y, and they also have ranch and bbq dipping sauce (nice to change it up sometimes). Their marble cheesecake is a great way to end a QS meal, too. Plus, free refills and air conditioning! Not a huge fan of other QS @ DHS, though.

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Kim Castillo August 28, 2013 at 7:48 pm

The Earl of Sand. holiday sandwich is the best so I am glad that you included it. If you have a AAA card you can get a discount too! Also love the Raglan Road QS. The fish and chips are really good. Not very big inside so it gets crowded. On my last visit there was only one cashier and why they put older workers in the “express” lane any where is a mystery to me???
I think that it bears repeating that if you are ordering QS, the menu presents everything in meal form, you can still order a la carte. I like to see meet the person that can finish a order of Disney fries!

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Meridith August 27, 2013 at 8:12 pm

We were at WDW last week and ate at all of the places you named except Sunshine Seasons and Earl of Sandwich. All of them were different and delish. For BOG, we got in line around 10:50 and had about a 15 minute wait. There was a cast member handing out menus to look at while we waited, which was great.

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Kayla August 27, 2013 at 11:51 am

My favorite quick service is the Tangierine Cafe! I’m sure I’m in the minority though.

The absolute worst counter service is Pizza Planet at Hollywood studios. I got the antipasta salad and it had more chopped up meat than lettuce.

I totally agree that the choices for kids are awful. My daughter is a borderline pescatarian (only eats fish, no chicken / meat) and the only choice for her at most places is mac & cheese or pbj. She doesn’t like PBJ and she can’t eat mac & cheese at every meal.

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Joe August 27, 2013 at 12:11 pm

I agree about Tangierine Cafe! It is the best!

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natalie August 28, 2013 at 12:06 pm

I LOVE Tangierine Cafe! It truly is a hidden gem. After eating such heavy meals, it’s a nice light change of pace. Chicken Shwarma platter is my fav!

HS has Starring Rolls which has great sandwiches and killer cupcakes. Same with Boardwalk Bakery!

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Dayshel August 27, 2013 at 9:46 am

I love Earl of Sandwich! On the day of our arrival, we take the bus to DTD to eat at Earl’s. The sandwiches are fresh made and the variety is sure to please the pickiest of eaters. If you want something changed or taken off, they will accommodate most requests. Sadly they removed the Frenchy, roast beef with Brie cheese and a smear of mustard, a few years ago. It was my favorite! I can’t wait to try the Thanksgiving in a sandwich this January when we visit WDW. And thanks as well for the tip about the kids QS menu not being divided. My niece and nephew tire quickly of burgers, mac & cheese, and PB&J.

The last time we were in WDW, my niece was 9 years old. She is now 11. Since she is considered an “adult” by ticket standards, does that mean her dining plan will be considered “adult” as well?

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Shannon Albert August 27, 2013 at 9:48 am

Yep!

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Gabby August 27, 2013 at 9:34 am

I agree with all ur great picks but if I had to add one more I would add the quick service in mexicos future world! Yummm!

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Amy C. August 27, 2013 at 8:09 am

We were in WDW for the first time as a family in January. I did tons of research on restaurants and we ate at two of the places you listed – Columbia Harbor House and Earl of Sandwich. I was disappointed in both. I don’t even remember what I ordered at CHH but I remember that it seemed greasy. The worst part was that I was struck with diarrhea on Haunted Mansion right after we ate and almost didn’t make it to the restroom. The sandwich I got at Earl of Sandwich tasted like plastic and 2 of the kids didn’t even like the grilled cheese. I don’t know how you can mess up grilled cheese, but by my kids’ standards they did. To be fair, that was our last day and we were exhausted, so we might not have been the best judges.

That being said, it won’t deter us from trying other QS places on our next trip to WDW.

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Lauri August 27, 2013 at 7:55 am

We like to visit Pecos Bill at Magic Kingdom. I order the barbecue sandwich and like it very much. It’s near our favorite parade spot, so my kids and I grab a spot in the shade while my husband gets our food. Since we’re eating it as late lunch, we get it rather quickly.
I agree with you about quick service in Studios. We visited Pizza Planet at our last visit. I would probably eat there again since we are such Toy Story fans and everybody likes pizza.

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Jay August 27, 2013 at 7:52 am

I am almost done with our planning for our winter trip and every night I am amazed at something Disney missed the mark on…
Kids Pick options.

“Hey kids! Guess what? We are going to DISNEY WORLD! And EPCOT! (Cue ‘hoorays’ from kids).
“Now we can explore different cultures and taste foods from ALL OVER THE WORLD! (Hoorays again)
“Oh, sorry kids… you’ll have to do with a Smuckers uncrustable sandwich while mom and dad feat on succulent dishes.”

Ok, maybe I have an unusual kid, but he LOVES to try new foods and is especially interested if you tell him “They eat this in Africa/India/Japan, etc.”

It is no wonder the kids cost for the DDP is so low. The options are pitiful for QS.

I just find it amazing that you can go to a place like Norway and the only option is a PB&J sandwich. Norway isn’t the only place with that being the only option for a kid. What? They don’t have kids in Norway? Let my kid try what a kid in Norway would eat.

And to think all these kids with peanut allergies, WDW would serve PB&J throughout the park, knowing some kid may drop PB on a table, or smear it on a window and no one clean it up in time.

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Shannon Albert August 27, 2013 at 8:20 am

Here’s a little secret: the kid and adult Quick Service credits aren’t divided like the Table Service credits are, meaning you can order whatever you’d like for them. If the Cast Member sees your child, they’ll want you to order them a kids meal but if 1 adult from your group goes to order, it can be anything.

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Jay August 27, 2013 at 8:48 am

True, I know this secret, and intend on utilizing it. But I thought it was understood that we all kept this information hush-hush :)

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Denise Leblanc August 27, 2013 at 9:41 am

What a great tip! Great to know!! That’s why I love your site!

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Santiago August 27, 2013 at 6:52 am

Hello there, two quick questions.
1) is there a quick service restaurant that offers Mexican food?.
2) I see that there is no quick service restaurant from Hollywood studios , did any of them even got close to make the list, or they are just burgers and fries?

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Dawn August 27, 2013 at 7:16 am

We ate at the ABC Commissionary (?) at Hollywood Studios and the burgers were fantastic!

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Janice August 27, 2013 at 11:49 am

All of the quick service restaurants Epcot World Showcase have good food, including Mexican. The good thing about eating there is that each family member can get things that they like and you can all sit down together and eat. Picky eaters can get their food from the American pavilion.

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Julie August 28, 2013 at 4:24 am

yes there is Mexico In Epcot for QS meals.
At HS I think the Commissary is great for the curry

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Becca Porter August 27, 2013 at 6:24 am

Good choices. I’d add that Columbia Harbour House has good fish and chips, and that Earl of Sandwich has amazing brownie sandwiches. I’m a baker and hard to please.

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Kylie September 10, 2013 at 5:39 pm

At Columbia Harbor house you can ask them and you can get fish and shrimp for the same price as fish and chips.. You get a full serving of shrimp (like you would the actual shrimp dinner) and same for fish. My husband and I can split the meal and its soooooo good!

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