Part of the fun of planning your Disney World vacation is planning what you’re going to eat! In fact, food is a huge part of the fun on your vacation!
Table Service and Quick Service – What does this mean?
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There are two types of dining throughout Walt Disney World. Quick service and table service. Quick service is dining locations where you mobile order or walk up to order, pay, then take your food with you. This is by far the most time-effective choice when you’re trying to fit in all those rides.
Table service restaurants are sit-down restaurants with waitstaff. Reservation can be made 60 days prior to arrival. Reservations are not required but highly recommended because they fill up quickly.
Just like using park touring plans to plan out your attraction lineup, it’s a good idea to have some type of plan of the places you’d like to eat before you arrive at the parks. Below I’ve put together all of our favorite dining options at each park and Disney Springs. Happy munching!
- Magic Kingdom
- Epcot – by Festival Season, exact dates change annually
- Hollywood Studios
- Animal Kingdom
A couple of notes applicable at all parks and Disney Springs:
- Several of the dining options at each park are temporarily unavailable until further notice.
- Check the WDW App for what time each place closes as several closes before the park does and times can change daily.
Our Favorite Quick Service and Snacks by Park
There are endless combinations of great treats and eats throughout Disney World. This list contains our favorites at Love of the Magic. It’s by no means a complete list of options as those are ever-changing. These tried and true favorites are sure to keep you full on your Disney vacation!
Magic Kingdom is very spread out so it’s especially good to plan your stops into your day so you aren’t backtracking and causing yourself extra walking.
- Main Street Bakery – If you’re in need of a quick breakfast as you enter the park you’ll walk right by these tasty treats, but beware of the long lines first thing in the morning! This is also your Starbucks location in Magic Kingdom. Note: Starbucks will give you iced water for free in a cup size of your choice!
- Cosmic Rays Starlight Cafe – Burgers and fries and plant-based sloppy joes that are out of this world! It has healthier options too that I sometimes need on a park day like a rotisserie chicken with green beans.
- Pinocchio Village Haus – they have GF options too! I personally love to eat GF chicken nuggets and fries here plus they have some great flatbread pizzas
- Gaston’s Tavern – gaze at the statue of Gaston and Lefou as you walk up then enjoy The Grey Stuff (it’s delicious!) cupcake and warm cinnamon rolls
- Pecos Bill – This has always been a crowd favorite with their taco toppings bar. The toppings bar is currently closed due to Covid but hopefully, it will reopen soon!
- Sleepy Hollow – chicken and waffles and funnel cakes. There aren’t any gluten-free options here but if that’s not an issue for you, dig in!
- Aloha Isle for a dole whip – the new coconut flavor is fantastic
- Sunshine Tree Terrace – Orange Bird swirl
Popcorn stands throughout the park. Plus where’s their popcorn there are usually candied almonds and mickey ice cream bars too!
Bonus: Cheeseburger Rolls – these are on a cart by Adventureland entrance from Main Street and a huge hit. I know people who plan their days around eating these!
There are now festivals almost all year long at Epcot and personally, I prefer to eat around the world showcase, trying all of the small bites they have to offer! However, there are many year-round staples and those are what I’ve included here as festival offerings continually change each year. You can see the festival food and drink offerings here.
- Epcot – by Festival Season, exact dates change annually
Experiencing the food and beverages from different countries is a big part of the fun while visiting EPCOT so be sure to come hungry and fit in as many different options as you can!
- Sunshine Seasons – Here they have a lot of variety for everyone at your party! Including some healthier options. My kids love the chicken drumstick, rice, green beans, and Mac and cheese.
- La Cantina de San Angel – This is a quick service Mexcian food option with great chips and guac, tacos, empanadas, and more!
- La Cava del Tequila – this is a hidden gem inside the Mexico Pavillion and is first come first serve. They have an amazing variety of margaritas, some variations you’d never consider, and a very limited assortment of small bites like chips and guacamole.
- As you walk by Karamell-Kuche in Germany you’ll smell the most amazing sweet smells. Go ahead and walk inside to try some of the best caramel treats you’ve ever tasted! Make sure to pick up a bag of Karamell-Kuche popcorn, or two, to go!
- Via Napoli pizza window – a favorite of pizza lovers!
- Fife & Drum Tavern – get your turkey leg here!
- Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue – fantastic BBQ with a great indoor and outdoor patio area. Gluten-Free friendly too! My favorite is the brisket sandwich on gluten-free bread!
- Kabuki Cafe – for all the sushi lovers out there! And make sure to try the Kakigori, a Japanese shaved ice available in rainbow, strawberry, melon, cherry, tangerine, or blue raspberry. Adults can add alcohol!
- L’Artisan des Glaces – ice cream and sorbet
- Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie – this French bakery has lots of sweet treats to choose from. The macaroons are a favorite at my house!
- Yorkshire County Fish Shop – authentic English fish and chips. We love to grab these at the to-go window and enjoy the outdoor patio overlooking the World Showcase lagoon.
Many of the food selections are very specialized so this is a park you really want to make sure you know what you want to eat before you get there so you don’t spend a lot of time walking and searching.
- Rosie’s All-American Café – as the name implies, American favorites like hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken nuggets! There are gluten-free options here and truthfully it’s nothing terribly special, but it is a solid all-American fare if that’s what you’re looking for!
- Hollywood Scoops – hand-dipped ice cream for those hot days! Try the brownie sundaes! They even have gluten-free brownies and dairy-free ice cream!
- PizzeRizzo – quick-service pizza options with side salads
Toy Story Land
- Woody’s Lunch Box – Woody’s lunch box offers meals from breakfast through dinner with some of my favorites! TIP: Mobile orders fill up fast here! When you arrive at Hollywood Studios, go to your My Disney Experience app and mobile order early in the day. You can select your own pick-up time, so it doesn’t have to be right then! Pick the time of day you’d like to eat at Woody’s and order early to eat later! I love the BBQ Briskey Melt, Totchos, and even the plant-based Totchos. All of this can be modified to be gluten-free.
- The Trolley Car Café – Starbucks is here!
- Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge – This outdoor option to Brown Derby restaurant is small and first come first serve but you can order some Brown Derby favorites here if you weren’t able to get a reservation inside.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
- Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo – Fun and odd dishes with a galactic twist. The food is great, don’t be scared of the strange names and combinations!
- Ronto Roasters – The wraps are fan favorites!
- Creature Comforts – grab your Starbucks and a bakery treat as you enter the park
- Flame Tree BBQ – I love the BBQ here and they have amazing mac & cheese! GF options are available too.
Pandora – The World of Avatar
- Satu’li Canteen – Build your own bowl and munch on the Bao buns. Enjoy the Blueberry Cream Cheese Mousse too! Plenty of gluten-free options here!
- Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes – great selection of Asian fare like teriyaki beef bowls, egg rolls, and fried rice.
With over 30 quick service options (not to mention 20 plus table service options) you’ll have no trouble finding food, but choosing which to try will be more difficult! From Latin to Irish and Spanish, baked goods to BBQ, there is truly something for everyone. Their full offerings can be found here https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/disney-springs/ but below are a few of my favorites.
- Polite Pig – great barbecue, good drinks, and a great patio for beautiful Flroida days. My personal favorite is the Southern Pig Sandwich on gluten-free bread with a side of crispy Brussels sprouts and BBQ waffle fries!
- D-Luxe Burger – mouthwatering burgers with MANY GF dietary restriction options such as GF, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, and more!
- Cookes of Dublin – fish and chips, burgers, chicken sandwiches, and tenders. The gluten-free fish and chips and onion rings are some of the best around!
- The Daily Poutine – For a really quick stop try one of their four poutine bowls. Personally, I love the “Latin”.
- Gideons Bakehouse – Just opened! They don’t offer gluten-free options here but those without food allergies have raved about their cookies!
- Sprinkles – any cupcake you can imagine. They offer a gluten-free one but not dairy-free.
- Erin McKennas Bakery – This is my favorite sweet treat place in all of Disney Springs! They have vegan and gluten-free treats, but you’d never know it. Personally, I go for the “Kitchen Sink” every.single.time! It’s a mix of all they have to offer, cookies, donuts, cupcakes all layered into one to-go big cup!
- Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew – The donuts look amazing but aren’t gluten-free. But the cold brew is some of the best I’ve ever had!
Disney World Resorts
Did you know all guests can eat at the resorts regardless of where they’re staying? All you have to do is use Disney’s transportation to get to the resort and you’re a welcomed guest! Here are just a couple of my favorites to visit.
- Captain Cookes – Pulled Pork Nachos are AMAZING and the Coconut Meatballs I crave regularly! While you’re there visit the Pineapple Lanai for DOLE Whip with rum!
- Trader Sams Grogg Grotto is currently closed but I’m anxiously awaiting its reopening! I love to grab something to eat from Captain Cookes and enjoy a drink outside at Trader Sams while listening to the live music with views of Cinderella Castle in the background. It is the perfect Disney vibe!
- Contempo Cafe – my favorite stop for Mickey Waffles at breakfast! Quick easy and just as yummy as any sitdown waffle spot!
- Geyser Point Bar & Grill – not technically quick service because you do actually sit down and a waiter comes to you, but I’ve included it here because you can’t make a reservation and it’s a great last-minute choice to enjoy a bite to eat on the waterfront of Bay Lake.
- Primo Piatto – I love the Croque Monsier sandwich. They offer gluten-free bread for those who prefer it. This is a great Skyliner stop option if you’re staying at Pop Century, Art of Animation, or Caribbean Beach!
I hope this helps you to plan your foodie adventure around Disney World! Have questions? I”m always happy to help! Email me for your free no-obligation quote! Jamie@LOTMV.com