Ranking quick service restaurants at Disney World

28th May 2020 10 min read

It goes without saying that there’s some bloody delicious food on offer in Walt Disney World. So today we thought we’d have a bit of fun by ranking ALL the quick service Disney World restaurants we’ve eaten at – from worst to best.

As we’re a thirty-something couple with no kids, this list is way more relevant to adults holidaying in Disney World than families, just as a heads up.

Our least favourite Disney World quick service restaurants

First, let’s start with the quick service restaurants we really weren’t keen on….

12. Casey’s Corner, Magic Kingdom

Located at the end of Main Street USA, Casey’s Corner is as synonymous with Disney World as ‘It’s a Small World’ in many people’s eyes.

Serving a selection of hot dogs and fries – with speciality toppings on offer – Casey’s Corner is often lauded as one of the best quick service restaurants in Magic Kingdom.

I’m afraid we just didn’t see it though. Carl was so excited to try the hot dogs here (sausages are his favourite food) but he didn’t enjoy them at all.

The sheer average quality of the food coupled with the lack of seating and general busyness – this was one of our longest quick service food queues – we found it very disappointing. There are much better options for a quick, cheap meal in Magic Kingdom in our opinion.

11. PizzeRizzo, Hollywood Studios

We’ll be honest, Hollywood Studios isn’t exactly awash with fantastic quick service options. Most of them offer the pretty standard theme park menu of burgers and chips and PizzeRizzo doesn’t offer anything much more exciting.

However, if you’re pizza lovers like us, you might have found your interest piqued by this place. All I can say is, don’t bother. The pizza is completely bog-standard. The menu isn’t particularly varied either with a choice of four pizzas, one salad and a meatball sub being all that’s on offer.

On the plus side, the Muppets theming is pretty cool and the place is massive, so you’re almost guaranteed a seat inside. Much needed in the height of summer when you’re dying for an air con break. Oh, and they serve alcohol which is music to the ears of any alcohol-drinking guests on the Disney Dining Plan.

10. End Zone Food Court, All Star Sports Hotel

Food in All Star Sports food court quick service at Walt Disney World

As All Star Sports was the hotel we stayed in for the entirety of our last trip, we ended up eating in the End Zone Food Court quite a few times.

In terms of decor this place is nothing to write home about, not helped by the fact there was construction work going on during our entire stay.

That said for a quick meal before or after a trip to the parks, it was alright. There’s a decent enough menu with a fair bit of variety and the flat breads were particularly tasty. Also, the Waffle Bounty Platter breakfast is almost identical to Feast a la Gaston at Be Our Guest in Magic Kingdom but it’s $17 cheaper, so there’s that.

I believe the on-site quick service places serve better food options the higher tier you go. So to say All Star Sports is the cheapest hotel on property, it did alright.

There’s nothing here that will blow your socks off though, which is why we’re ranking it as one of the worst quick service restaurants at Disney World.

Average DISNEY WORLD QUICK SERVICE RESTAURANTS

Moving on, these are the Disney World restaurants we found

9. The Trolley Car Cafe, Hollywood Studios

food at Trolley car Cafe quick service at Disney World

Located down Hollywood Boulevard, The Trolley Car Cafe is basically just a bog standard Starbucks like they have in every park in Disney World.

So granted, this is a *bit* of an odd choice but what can I say, we love to grab a quick breakfast in this place.

The Trolley Car Cafe offers a selection of pastries, cakes, breakfast sandwiches and speciality Starbucks drinks.

One of our favourite things to do when we hit Hollywood Studios at rope drop is grab a sausage and cheese muffin from here and sit outside Hollywood Studios just soaking up the immense atmosphere of the park.

As far as breakfasts go, it’s bloody delicious and the drinks are a great value snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan. Sadly you have to use a quick service credit for the muffins so it’s not a great way to get good value out of your dining plan. We always paid out of pocket for the food portion of our Starbs breakfast to save credits for something more expensive.

All that said, it’s a Starbucks so it probably would have been a little ridiculous to rank this one any higher.

8. Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe, Magic Kingdom

As our go-to travel day restaurant, we kind of have a soft spot for Cosmic Ray’s in Tomorrowland.

The theming is a bit dated in here but it’s worth a trip to see Sonny Eclipse, an audio-animatronic jazz singer who performs 27-minute sets at the Starlight Lounge Room.

The menu is pretty varied too although you do need to order from a specific bay for certain items which can be a bit of a pain if you both want food from a different one and the queues vary in length.

We usually opt for the chicken nuggets here but they also serve hot dogs, salads, burgers and chicken club sandwiches. You can also add all kinds of toppings at the fixin’s bar which spices up the somewhat bland menu.

Not the best option in Magic Kingdom, but not a wholly bad one either.

7. Woody’s Lunch Box, Hollywood Studios

In all honesty we struggled to rank this one as I probably enjoyed it more than Carl.

Located in the heart of Toy Story Land, Woody’s Lunch Box is themed exactly how you’d expect it to be… as a lunch box complete with giant Babybel’s and milk cartons.

The food here is good. It offers something a little different to the other quick service restaurants in Hollywood Studios and has some interesting menu items like the BBQ brisket melt and the totchos (tater tot nachos). We thoroughly enjoyed our grilled cheese sandwich and the totchos were fantastic.

I’d also recommend the grown-up’s lemonade which is a mix of cherry vodka, lemonade and cherry puree – a super refreshing drink to make that Florida sun feel a little bit cooler.

But, and it’s a big but, the seating lets it down big time. This place has very little of it and ALL of it is outside making it the most uncomfortable place to eat lunch in the height of the sun. Sure there are umbrellas but they barely help and we couldn’t eat quick enough as we just wanted to get out of there and into the air con.

6. Be Our Guest, Magic Kingdom

I’ve done a whole post about the pro’s and con’s of Be Our Guest so I won’t go into too much detail here but let’s just say this place is divisive. People seem to either love it or hate it.

Firstly, for a quick service meal it’s hella expensive. We’re talking $29 for a breakfast. Great value on the dining plan, not so great value if you’re paying out of pocket. And the food is just alright, nothing to write home about. It’s also really tough to get a reservation as it’s one of the most sought after restaurants in Magic Kingdom.

That said, the theming is unreal and it does make a day in Magic Kingdom feel extra special. The theming is so good that we didn’t feel we could rank it any lower, but we won’t be rushing back on our next trip.

The Best DISNEY WORLD QUICK SERVICE RESTAURANTs

And now we’re onto the cream of the crop, the best quick service restaurants we’ve eaten at in Walt Disney World.

5. Satu’li Canteen, Animal Kingdom

Satu’li Canteen, located in Pandora – The World of Avatar, opened to rapturous applause and it’s easy to see why. The food here is interesting, tasty and reasonably priced, and the restaurant is breathtakingly beautiful fitting in perfectly to the story and aesthetic of Pandora.

The menu is said to be inspired by the beauty of Pandora and it certainly shows on the plates with edible flowers, bright salads and popping boba balls all adorning the dishes.

It’s a great choice for adults as there’s so much more on offer than burgers and chips. The food is healthy too, packed-full of vegetables, grains and fresh herbs.

When we last went we ordered the infamous cheeseburger pods. These are now only on the kids menu but were delicious and the blueberry cream cheese mousse desert was to die for too. Writing this is making me dream of going back to give the bowls a try too.

My only minor complaint was that I’d love to have been able to grab a Night Blossom drink here as an accompaniment to my meal.

4. Yak and Yeti Local Food Cafes, Animal Kingdom

Another win for Animal Kingdom, Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes (the quick service version of the table service of the same name) is located in the stunning Asia section of the park.

Making sure it sticks by its theme, this place service Asian fare with meals like teriyaki beef, spring rolls, tempura shrimp and fried rice on offer. We’ve eaten lunch and breakfast here and the food is nothing short of delicious.

Yak & Yeti is probably most famous for its honey chicken and this is my personal favourite thing on the menu but Carl is also a big fan of the Kobe Cheeseburger and the vegetable tikka masala sounds delicious too.

This place is a great choice for adults as there’s so much in terms of variety, and you can grab a beer with your meal.

The only negative here is the seating. Much like Woody’s lunchbox it’s all outdoors which can be gruelling in the Florida heat. We always seem to struggle to get seated in the shade – lots of people just sit down here for a rest, rather than for food – so have always been sat in the baking sun. If the seating as inside this would have probably pipped the next on the list to third place.

That said it’s a must-visit for us every trip and tops the list of quick service restaurants in Animal Kingdom.

3. Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe, Magic Kingdom

Earlier I said there were better Magic Kingdom quick service offerings than Casey’s Corner and Cosmic Ray’s. Well, this is it.

Pecos Bill in Frontierland is pretty much a perfect theme park quick service restaurant for us.

Firstly it’s huge, and indoors so you can usually get a nice air conditioned sit down to enjoy your lunch.

Secondly, the food is Mexican which makes a nice change from the other fairly bland offerings in Magic Kindom.

Thirdly, the food tastes bloody fantastic and there’s loads to choose from. Fajitas, nachos, salads, rice bowls, burgers, tacos. There’s great variety which is sometimes lacking in Disney Quick Service places. This means you can visit many times (as we have) and eat something different every time.

We’ve tried a lot on this menu and none of it has been bad. The seasons ground beef is particularly delicious.

The theming is great too and there’s a fixin’s bar so you can dollop that sour cream and cheese on till your hearts content.

Our favourite spot on Magic Kingdom – Pecos Bill is perfect if you’re after a slightly more adventurous meal that’s perfect for adults. Please don’t be put off by our crappy pictures, it really is tastier than it looks.

2. Blaze Pizza, Disney Springs

Oh Blaze Pizza how I miss thee. We love this joint.

The pizza’s here are made fresh with a whopping 40 toppings to choose from. We both had a ‘Meat Eater’ which is topped with pepperoni and the best damn meatballs I’ve ever tasted.

The pizzas are made quick as a flash and the restaurants itself if super modern and trendy with bench-seating.

There’s not much else to say about the place except it serves much needed wine, the pizzas are light so can be eaten for lunch before heading to a theme park and it’s just really fucking cool.

The perfect place to grab a quick bite before a night on the tiles in Disney Springs.

1. D-Luxe Burger, Disney Springs

So we’ve finally made it to the top spot. Honestly, it couldn’t have been anywhere else but D-Luxe Burger.

Situated over the road from Blaze Pizza this place is heaven on a plate. Offering gourmet and signature burgers the menu here is fairly minimal, but it doesn’t matter as even the classic cheeseburger is so so tasty.

The fries are hand-cut and delicious and there’s a range of house dipping sauces to spice things up a little.

In terms of theming it’s fairly minimal and modern but the food is unreal. And you’ll pay less for a premium burger here (cooked just how you like it) as you do for a really, really average one in somewhere like Cosmic Ray’s.

We absolutely LOVED this place and thought it was the best quick service restaurant on-property. We’d probably liken it to Five Guys but the food is much, much better.

The only negative is that you just get a burger and drink as a quick service credit so you’ll need to tap into your snack credits for the fries. The portions are massive though so one side of fries should easily fill two people.

So there you have it, our ultimate ranking of all the quick service restaurants at Disney World, with an adult twist. What do you think of our list? Share your thoughts in the comments.


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