There are many changes to Disney dining due to the pandemic. The Disney Dining Plan is not currently being offered, and many restaurants on property are not open, and those that are open have limited menus. The new theme park reservation system also requires guests to make reservations to visit the parks, so you’ll need one if you plan to dine at a theme park restaurant. There’s still an amazing selection of Quick Service options available all over Walt Disney World property, and we’ll share some of our favorites at all 4 major theme parks, Disney Springs, and the resorts!
1. Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
We’ve always been big fans of Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe, but it’s very popular and often quite crowded. Especially now, since many tables are blocked off to maintain social distancing, you may want to dine here at less popular times in order to find seating. We think the menu at Pecos Bill’s is still packed full of yummy options like the fajita platter and nachos in various forms (pork, beef, and chicken). You can also grab a standard cheeseburger, southwest salad, or rice bowl, and don’t forget to enjoy mini churros for dessert! If you’re a fan of the toppings bar here, you’ll want to note that while it is currently not available, you can customize your order using mobile ordering in the My Disney Experience app!
2. Pinocchio Village Haus
If you’re looking for a second quick service option in the Magic Kingdom, check out Pinocchio Village Haus in Fantasyland. We always use mobile ordering when possible, and it’s available here as well. Their current menu is limited to mostly flatbreads, but we’ve always found them to be quite tasty. It’s no New Jersey pizza, but for flatbread we think it’s a pretty tasty meal. They also serve chicken nuggets and fries, which even the pickiest kids and adults can enjoy.
3. La Cantina de San Angel
Located on the water side of the Mexico Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase, La Cantina de San Angel is a great spot to dine and enjoy views on the World Showcase lagoon. Any waterfront dining that does not come with a hefty price tag is a good value in our book! As you may guess, the menu features nachos, tacos, empanadas, and rice bowls, as well as a tempting variety of margaritas. This location has only outdoor seating, and does not offer mobile ordering. Not looking for Mexican-inspired flavors? We also think Katsura Grill, tucked away in the Japan Pavilion, and the Yorkshire County Fish Shop in the UK Pavillion are excellent choices.
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4. Sunshine Seasons
Sunshine Seasons offers lots of fresh and healthy options, as well as often-coveted air conditioning and lots of seating! Located in The Land Pavilion at Epcot, Sunshine Seasons currently serves standard fare like cheeseburgers and pizza, but you’ll also find oak-grilled salmon and chicken and salads. They usually have lots of tasty grab and go snack options, which have always been a favorite of our son who would often do better with a yogurt and apple slices or an Uncrustable sandwich than a full meal!
5. Satu’li Canteen
Don’t miss the chance to dine at Satu’li Canteen if you’re visiting Animal Kingdom. This restaurant in Pandora has lots of seating both inside and outside, and also offers mobile ordering. This location features two unique items: their “bowls” which are a build-your-own concept consisting of a protein, grain, veggies, and sauce, and their Bao bun cheeseburger “pods.” We also can’t resist one of the kid’s menu items: a hot dog wrapped in dough (think giant pig in a blanket) served with vegetable chips.
6. Flame Tree Barbecue
If you’re in the mood for barbeque, head over to Flame Tree Barbecue in Animal Kingdom. From chicken to ribs to pulled pork and macaroni and cheese, you’ll definitely want to come hungry. If you’re looking for a snack, you can also grab fries and onion rings here. The seating area is all outside, but it offers some nice views of the waterways with Expedition Everest in the distance.
7. Ronto Roasters
One of our favorite spots in Hollywood Studios is Ronto Roasters, located in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. This recommendation needs to be preempted with a warning that the menu here is limited to only two main entrees, and the hours have been recently shortened as well. That being said, we love the Morning Ronto Wrap so much that we think you need to head over to Galaxy’s Edge in the morning so you can enjoy it! There isn’t a huge seating area, but we’ve always been able to find a spot (even if that means sitting on a rock wall in the surrounding area) to enjoy our food and people watch. On Batuu (the planet you’re visiting when you head into Galaxy’s Edge, that is), you’re sure to see some interesting characters roaming the area if you keep your eyes peeled.
8. Chicken Guy
If you’re strolling through Disney Springs and looking for a fun quick service location, check out Guy Fieri’s Chicken Guy! Their claim to fame is their sauces, and we love how affordable all of their options are. Chicken tenders are the main draw, but you can also get salads and sides like loaded fries, macaroni and cheese, and even fried pickle chips.
9. Captain Cook’s
Perhaps it’s because Disney’s Polynesian Resort is one of my DVC “homes”, but I just can’t get through a Disney vacation without a trip to Captain Cook’s for their Thai Meatball dish. They also have American favorites, like chicken fingers and cheeseburgers, too. The menu is currently limited (and we hope the nachos return!) but we still think it’s a solid choice for a quick service meal. The resort monorail will not be stopping at the Polynesian for the foreseeable future due to a large construction project, but you can still access the resort easily from the Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC). After you grab a bite to eat, follow it up with a visit to Pineapple Lanai (immediately next door) for a Dole Whip and stroll the beautiful grounds at the Polynesian!
10. Geyser Point Bar & Grill
If you’re looking for a relaxing quick service meal, we highly recommend heading over to Wilderness Lodge to enjoy Geyser Point Bar & Grill. This lakeside open-air lounge has beautiful views, and the entire resort has such a calming vibe that we feel it’s worth visiting just to see the lodge if you have not visited before. The menu features salads and burgers, as well as some seafood and even a charcuterie board. Of course, they have plenty of signature beverages to choose from as well.
We still think that Walt Disney World has plenty of quick service locations available to make your dining experiences magical! Have you tried any of our favorites, and would you add any of your own recommendations?