Top 5 Disney World Resort Quick Service Restaurants

Sunday, January 21, 2018



One of my favorite parts of a Disney World vacation is trying different restaurants. There is a large variety of cuisines available across property, so I try to plan as many new restaurants each trip as I can. We've even tried most (though not all) of the quick service restaurants at the resorts (four on our first trip alone!).

While you can find your basics (chicken, burgers, etc.) at basically all of the resort quick service restaurants, there are some options specific to the resort, and these are usually where the restaurants really shine. I will say that my opinions are based off of the lunch/dinner menus, because we don't eat breakfast at resort quick service options (we normally eat in the room, do a character meal at a table service restaurant, or eat at Be Our Guest).

5. Pepper Market at Coronado Springs

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Pepper Market features a lot of Tex-Mex dishes (Tom was a fan of the nachos) as well as a variety of sandwiches and burgers (I enjoyed both the Texas Bacon Burger and the Crab Cake Sandwich). The portions are generous, which gives you a bit more bang for your buck than some other Disney restaurants. Coronado Springs is a bit out of the way if you're not already staying there, but it's definitely a tasty option for a quick lunch. There are some tables outside that are especially nice in the evening, with a lovely view of the lake. We really loved staying at Coronado Springs, and Pepper Market was definitely a plus!

4. Contempo Cafe at the Contemporary

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I feel the tiniest bit iffy putting this on the list, because they've changed the menu a bit since we've eaten there (including the item I most enjoyed), but the quality was so high while we were there that I thought it deserved a spot on this list. The items offered include a lot of fresh ingredients and skew on the healthier side compared to many other resort quick service restaurants. The hot turkey sandwich is the closest thing to what I had before, though when I had it, it had brie and was on challah rather than multigrain bread. Since the Contemporary is right by the Magic Kingdom (and easily accessible by monorail, boat, or walking path), it can make a nice option for those looking for a break from the parks in the middle of a Magic Kingdom day.

3. The Mara at Animal Kingdom Lodge

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The best thing about The Mara is that it has somewhat more exotic offerings than other resort quick service options. With options from potjie to rotisserie chicken, there is something for everyone, even those with less adventurous palates. When Tom and I went, he had the Caesar salad with chicken (which he really enjoyed) and I had the falafel (which was fantastic). My other favorite thing about The Mara? You can get Boma's legendary zebra domes in the grab and go case (and they are AMAZING)! Like Coronado Springs, Animal Kingdom Lodge is a bit out of the way, but we hopped a bus there from Animal Kingdom one day, and it ended up being a really enjoyable side trip for us.

2. Capt. Cook's at the Polynesian

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A trip to Capt. Cook's is a must for us on every trip. We love to go and get a late dinner to go and eat it on the beach while watching the Electrical Water Pageant. The menu includes a lot of interesting flavors, but also includes the basic standbys for picky eaters. I'm not really a big fan of pork, but even I really enjoy the Aloha Pork Sandwich. There is both indoor and outdoor seating, and you can't really beat the location (the Poly is SUCH a gorgeous resort, and conveniently located).

1. Landscape of Flavors at Art of Animation

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Landscape of Flavors is a phenomenal place to grab a meal. The food is fresh and delicious. We walked over from Pop Century multiple times on our last trip because we thought Landscape of Flavors was immensely better than Everything POP. The restaurant is a lot of fun to look at, with different sections themed after the movies the resort itself is themed after (the pictured area is themed after The Little Mermaid). The Surf and Surf Burger, a crab cake and shrimp sandwich, is fantastic, and I really enjoyed the build-your-own salad station as well. Even though Art of Animation is also out of the way, I think it's definitely worth a trip!

What is your favorite Disney resort quick service restaurant?

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