Throughout the parks and resorts, Walt Disney World offers a variety of options for feasting. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing, sit-down meal indoors, or an on-the-go power-up, you are sure to have ample choices to satiate your palate. The smartest approach would ideally provide a balance of dining methods, evenly distributing the investment of time and money during your stay.
Quick-service restaurants are the middle-of-the-road dining options - offering less varied menus and faster service than table service restaurants, but wider variety and a more relaxing break than snack carts. They are generally either self-service/ cafeteria-style or counter-service. It’s a smooth experience where reservations aren’t generally an option, and payment is made when ordering, meaning no delays or service interruptions. Quick-service does have its benefits - especially when you choose your quick-service locations wisely.
1. Sunshine Seasons - Epcot
It sounds anything but unique - a food court with mixed cuisines and baked goods, but Sunshine Seasons is far from cliche. Located within The Land pavilion at Epcot, Sunshine Seasons is a hidden gem. The atmosphere is airy, open, and bright, with ample seating providing more room than many on-property restaurants, but the real lure is the food itself. The menu options include items that aren’t readily available everywhere else, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner service available. Along with sandwiches and baked goods, Sunshine Seasons boasts the Asian Wok Shop and Wood-Fired Grill. Highlight items include rotisserie chicken, Mongolian beef, seafood, soups, and salads. The highlight of Sunshine Seasons is the impeccably fresh nature of the food. In fact, many of ingredients are grown and cultivated on-site, in the greenhouses within the pavilion!
2. ABC Commissary - Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is not known to have the very best dining options, especially when it comes to quick-service establishments. While ABC Commissary doesn’t have the most superior menu on-property, it does have undeniable benefits. This is one of the larger, more roomy dining areas, and there’s rarely an exceptional crowd gathered for lunch or dinner. Personally, I have great appreciation for any dining option that offers a break from the crowds, so I consider this a tremendous bonus! ABC Commissary has the feel of Hollywood, adorned with film and television posters and props. The menu is trendy and simple, with features including Asian salads, seafood, burgers, and steak.
3. Casey’s Corner - Magic Kingdom
Of all Disney’s quick-service dining choices, Casey’s Corner may be my very favorite. It’s the one I have consistent failure at passing up! Perhaps it’s my love of baseball, or maybe it’s the menu options that are completely unique to other Disney restaurants, but this one hits a homerun! Be warned - this is not the place to stop if you’re afraid to break your diet. Casey’s Corner promotes the very best of the very worst - ballpark cuisine - but what truly matters is its high ranking on the yum scale. Casey’s offers a minimal breakfast service with pastries and croissant sandwiches, but lunch and dinner are the meals that make this place shine! Menu items include generous chili cheese dogs, barbeque slaw dogs, and polish sausage, as well as corn dog nuggets and nachos. Best of all, you can add a little overindulgence to your plate, thanks to the self-serve toppings bar! Don’t forget the cotton candy and Cracker Jacks! Indoor seating is hard to come by at Casey’s, but the outdoor tables provide an unbeatable view of Cinderella Castle, as well as the potential for a ragtime-style performance from resident pianist, Jim. Please don’t feed the ducks - no matter how much they beg!
4. Columbia Harbour House - Magic Kingdom
For a meal set in a seaside New England tavern, consider Columbia Harbour House. This guest-favorite has a deceptively-small appearance from the outside, but it houses multiple, spacious, indoor dining areas bedecked in rustic woods and nautical decor. Even when Columbia Harbour House is in the throes of a busy spell, there’s usually seating available, and personal space is greater than many comparable restaurants. Open for lunch and dinner, Columbia Harbour House offers sandwiches, seafood, chicken, and salads - as well as a phenomenal fruit cobbler. Another perk to this location is the nature of the outgoing personalities of the Cast Members that work here - some of the most pleasant you’ll encounter throughout the entire Walt Disney World Resort.