My Top 10 Quick Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World!

There are so many great counter service restaurants at Walt Disney World. Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Epcot all have a plethora of great restaurants to choose from! As crazy as it sounds, I’m going to pick my top ten quick service restaurants at Walt Disney World. As with every top 10 list I’ve ever created, my list varies from day to day, so let’s see what we get and how long it lasts! Here goes nothing!

10) The Pinocchio Village Haus

Magic Kingdom's Pinocchio Village Haus Quick Service

This quick service restaurant serves up standard fare — pizza, chicken nuggets, sandwiches, etc., but what makes this place good to me is the location.  Situated behind Cinderella’s Castle, right next to it’s a small world, this location even has windows that look down into the launch area for the popular attraction.  Couple that with it’s Old World charm, and it becomes a place for us to eat at least once per trip.

9) The Liberty Inn

Located over at the American Adventure pavilion on the World Showcase at Epcot, this quick service restaurant, like Pinocchio Village Haus before, serves standard American food such as hot dogs and hamburgers.  However, what makes this place a really great place to eat is the large, open courtyard seating — which holds probably 200 people (although I don’t have exact numbers).  Additionally, there is an old style military band that plays periodically in the courtyard, and they are well worth the wait if you decide to stay and listen to them.

8) Flame Tree Barbeque

Flame Tree Barbeque, located over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, is one of the best quick service restaurants in all of Disney in my opinion.  This restaurant serves up a lot of great food at a good price.  We don’t eat here every year because some trips we only make one trip over to Animal Kingdom, and often we have a big dinner planned somewhere else that day, so we don’t want to overeat.  However, if you ever have the chance, check out the Flame Tree!

7) Columbia Harbour House

Columbia Harbour House, Magic Kingdom

The Columbia Harbour House is a great quick service restaurant for many reasons.  For starters, it is rarely busy because it is kind of forgotten over between Liberty Square and Fantasyland.  In addition, as the picture shows, they offer Chicken, Seafood, and Sandwiches, so there is a large variety of food to choose from.  Lastly, there is plenty of seating available, so you can spread out, relax, and even look down at the people walking below. Try the Fish and Chips, they are good!

6) Main Street Bakery

Chip and Company, Main Street Bakery, Magic Kingdom, Main Street USA

Special thanks to Chip & Company for sharing their photo!

If you want a quick place to grab some good food, this is the place.  Serving everything from yummy breakfast items like cinnamon rolls, sandwiches, and even peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for picky eaters like Sophie, this is the place to be.  One step inside the shop and you are inundated with all sorts of sweet smelling treats, just begging you to try one out.  It was here where one of our Disney memories was created when Sophie was presented with her huge chocolate chip cookie, courtesy of Cinderella.

{Editor’s Note: You may have heard that the Main Street Bakery is closing and reopening as a Starbucks.  You may have even read about it on this site.  Fortunately, Disney has heard the cries from those of us that love the MSB, and they have modified their original news report to indicate that the Bakery will still be there, but that it will offer Starbucks Coffee in the restaurant.  I can live with that!}

5) Casey’s Corner

Casey's Corner, Magic Kingdom, Main Street USA

Casey’s Corner is a good hot dog shop located at the corner of Main Street USA and the Hub.  Because of the location, the restaurant is often quite busy, and seating is almost non-existant.  More often then not, you will find yourself eating while sitting on the ground, or being lucky enough to get one of the bar tables where you can stand and eat. Despite all of that, though, the food is quite good, and as you can see from the picture above, there is entertainment there periodically throughout the day, so relax and enjoy your food and the music!

4) Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe

Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe, Magic Kingdom, Tomorrowland

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe is a large quick service restaurant located in Tomorrowland.  They have three different bays available; one for burgers, one for chicken, and one for sandwiches.  At each of the bays you can also get the standard Disney kids meals.  The selection at the restaurant is enough that there is something for everyone, and there is a lot of seating, both indoor and outdoor, so this is one place that should be on everyone’s list.  As an aside, Cosmic Ray’s is also a great place to bring your child if they are afraid of the fireworks — you will be inside, and the rest of your party can enjoy seeing them outside.

3) Backlot Express

The Backlot Express quick service restaurant is located near the “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” playground — so it is a good choice to both get a bite to eat and let your kids run off some energy afterwards!  For an open air type feel, it serves good food in my opinion, and is an easy way to recharge yourself for the afternoon ahead at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

2) La Cantina De San Angel

La Cantina De San Angel, Mexico, World Showcase, Epcot

Located just outside the Pyramid that symbolizes the Mexico Pavilion, La Cantina De San Angel is the quick service counterpart to the San Angel Inn (which is located inside the Pavilion.)  I have never eaten at the SAI, but the Cantina is a great substitute for me as they serve up many Mexican favorites of mine (especially since my family doesn’t like Mexican as much as I do!)

1) Sunshine Seasons

Sunshine Seasons, The Land, Epcot

My number one quick service dining location is Sunshine Seasons.  This restaurant is really good because it combines incredible food — with hot and cold options available — with a prime location inside of the Land Pavilion — so you can get in out of the heat, and a convenient location to wait while others in your party enjoy other attractions.  As I said, you can enjoy everything from hot and cold dishes, sandwiches, and other things, all the way to sushi if you so desire.  The food is incredibly fresh, and you will enjoy it, no matter what you try.

That, my friends, is my list of my top ten quick service restaurants to eat at Disney World.  Thank you for reading, and feel free to post any comments, or even your own top ten list!

Wordless Wednesday: Disney Letter “G”

Sophie, Stephanie, Goofy, Cape May Cafe

Stephanie, Goofy, and Sophie at the Cape May Cafe!

Hello everyone, welcome to my rendition of the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop hosted by my friend Debra from Focused on the Magic!  This week’s theme is “Disney Letter ‘G'” and I’ve got a good variety of photos to share with you, starting with the one at the top — Sophie, my niece Stephanie, and Goofy at the Cape May Cafe!

In addition to that photo, though, I’ve got several others, so take a look and enjoy!

Gus, Jacque, Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom

Gus & Jacque at Cinderella Castle!

Pirate Goofy, Pirates of the Caribbean, Adventureland, Magic Kingdom

Pirate Goofy and Madelyne-Lois!

Goofy's Barnstormer, Mickey's Toontown Fair, Magic Kingdom

A shot of the old Goofy’s Barnstormer roller coaster!

Garden Grill Restaurant, The Land, Epcot Future World

The Garden Grill Restaurant

Gran Fiesta Tour, The Three Caballeros, Mexico Pavilion, Epcot World Showcase

The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros

John Wayne, Great Movie Ride, Disney's Hollywood Studios

The John Wayne scene from the Great Movie Ride!

Gonzo, Muppets, Clock, Disney's Hollywood Studios

Look closely, hang on Gonzo!

Giraffe, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Kilimanjaro Safaris

A Giraffe as seen during Kilimanjaro Safaris

So there you have it, some great representations of the Disney Letter G from each of the four major parks of Walt Disney World!  What pictures would you have shared for your Disney Letter G?  While you think about that, head on over to Focused on the Magic and look at all the entries for this week!  See how many of them match up with what you would come up with.  Thanks for stopping by, just click on the button below to link over!

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Wordless Wednesday – Night Time Magic!

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Welcome to our entry to this week’s Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop, hosted as always by my good friend Deb from Focused on the Magic!  This week’s theme is Night Time Magic, and I wanted to take the time tonight to share with you a memory from five years ago.

August 6, 2007, we were visiting Walt Disney World for the first time where we stayed on property, and “back in the day,” Disney’s Animal Kingdom had evening Extra Magic Hours, although they were limited in scope to what you could do.  We were at Dinoland, U.S.A., when we just happened to come upon a block party right there in the middle of the area, around the location by Primeval Whirl and the Boneyard.  It was dark out, the music was going, and right there in the middle were Chip & Dale and Goofy!  It was an incredibly fun evening, late enough to experience a different side of Disney, but not so late that our little six year old would be overtired the next day.  These pictures I have are the cream of the crop from that party, I hope you enjoy them!

Thank you for stopping by and visiting us this week!  This was a truly magical moment in our Disney lives, and Sophie, who is now 11, has grown up so much since that first trip on property.  It’s these type of posts that were the root cause for why I started My Dreams of Disney to begin with, so thank you for stopping by and sharing in my dreams and memories!  Don’t forget to stop by and see all the entries, to do so, just click on the button above, and also, don’t forget to enter to win our Disney Dooney & Bourke Wristlet!


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