I sure won't lie! One of my favorite things to do at Disney is to eat! Disney has so many great restaurants, but it's not just IN the parks that have good food, but outside too! Disney Springs, the Resorts, they are all known for having an incredible variety of unique and wonderfully delicious foods.
While that's great, what if you are at the park and want a quick bite? We've got suggestions for you! All of these places are included on the Quick Service Dining Plan, so they aren't going to cut into your budget, but they will provide a nice place to stop, rest and fill up your stomachs! Quick Service doesn't mean fast food! Your portions won't be small, and neither will the value for your meal if you go with one of these favorites!
At a Quick Servace restaurant, entrees will be $14.99 or less, but the average price for a burger and fries (or similar) is $10-12, same as at a fast casual place back home.
These are where we always suggest at Magic Kingdom, and why! We've even got a few suggestions for who this might, or might not, be appropriate for.
Be Our Guest
Be Our Guest is our ultimate favorite. Who wouldn't want to eat a meal in a castle? You can do breakfast or lunch as Quick Service, but we have only ever done breakfast. With food so amazing it makes your taste buds explode with every bite and a pastry platter for every table, this is always a once per trip for us.
Portions aren't overly large, but they are generous enough that with the pastry platter, and refills on beverages allowed, it's always been more than enough.
Why don't we go to lunch since we enjoy breakfast so much? The simple reason is the menu. Neither of our kids would be interested in the kids offerings. Breakfast is pretty standard, but the lunch is definitely on the fancier side, with things like meatloaf with broccoli and zucchini, shrimp with broccoli, pork with green beans and mashed potatoes. Just not stuff our kids would want. We also don't want to take the extra time of a longer sit down meal.
Stop by, (reservations is really the best way) and try at least once, you won't be disappointed at all in the incredible decor or the food, just make sure if you have kids you've looked at the menu ahead of time!
Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe
Our second favorite, and once we stop at often, is Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe. There's a fun, spaceport kind of feel here with tons of indoor, air conditioned seating, though the tables are quite small. We've never had a problem with finding a place to sit, even during the peak times of the day during summer.
The menu portions are quite large. and they offer food that everyone in the family will love. I always get the half chicken, with mashed potatoes and green beans, while Mr. Disney Magic usually gets a burger, beef or vegetarian. They've also got hot dogs, salads and chicken sandwiches. For the kids, there's a salad, mac and cheese, pbj or chicken nuggets, plus your choice of sides. Adults can sub out their sides too, and there's even a toppings bar, with all kinds of things to customize your sandwich.
This is a great place for lunch, or dinner, and we eat here multiple times per trip.
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
I'm not going to lie, I prefered the old Pecos Bill menu, but the new one isn't bad either. It's a break from the standard chicken nuggets and burgers that Quick Service gets a bad rap for, by doing Mexican. The portions are large, and once again it's indoor seating, and plenty of it, as well as a restroom. We always try and sit in the far back, and usually have never had too much trouble finding a table. This is a great place for kids, just because you don't have to go far when they need a restroom.
They have a large menu with things like fajitas, taco salads, burritos and rice bowls for the adults. For the kids there are nachos, pbj, mac and cheese or a hamburger. The only thing I wish we had known, is that while it's $4.99 for a small order of nachos, we could have on a kids meal, asked for nachos instead of the cookie or grapes. That was a $5 lesson learned after paying! Pecos Bill also has a toppings bar, and I just love it because you'll find nacho cheese, tons of toppings for your nachos, or burger, like mushrooms, grilled onions, even guacamole!
You really can't go wrong with a meal here. We usually stop in for dinner, because it's a little less crowded then.
Tomorrowland Terrence goes last because while it's got amazing views with covered outdoor seating, and a menu with things you won't find elsewhere, it's only open seasonally, and even then, just at peak times so there's not really a way to plan if you can go there that day other than to walk past and hope. The Terrence is also host to the the special ticket firework desert parties, so you won't be able to snag a table if it gets too late in the day.
The portions are average, and the menu is small but nice. You've got your standard burgers and salads, but also banh mi sandwiches, and home made chips. The kids fare is standard too, nuggets, mac and cheese and pbj.
Of the multiple times we've gone past, they've only been opened once. Perhaps your luck will be better than ours!
Those are our favorite quick serves! As you can see, Quick Service isn't something like McDonalds, when you are at Disney. You still get the quality of a casual restaurant, with the convenience of a quick in and out so a meal doesn't take up half your day, or a ton of your budget!
Did we miss your favorite? Which place do you love to go to?
Want to see our top quick service picks for Animal Kingdom? Click here!