Most people look at a resort quick service restaurant as nothing more than a convenient place to get a meal before heading out to a park, or for a place to grab something before heading up to bed. However, some resort quick service restaurants really go above and beyond, and are actually worth taking time out of a busy theme park day to experience. Between their great menus and atmosphere, you will definitely not be disappointed with a meal at any of these restaurants!
1. Capt. Cook's (Disney's Polynesian Village Resort)
Capt. Cook's is located on the first floor of the Great Ceremonial House towards the back of the building, and like other restaurants and snack stands around the resort, its menu is uniquely Polynesian-themed, but without the table service price. While it's breakfast menu contains standard American favorites like bacon, eggs, and Mickey waffles, you can also get an order of Tonga Toast, a Polynesian Resort classic. The lunch and dinner menu also lists some dishes that you wouldn't find in other quick service restaurants, like the aloha pork sandwich, pho noodle soup bowl, and Thai coconut meatballs over rice.
Another reason to visit Capt. Cook's is it's stellar location - its outdoor seating overlooks the pool area, which in turn over looks the Seven Seas Lagoon and the Magic Kingdom. If you get a spot early enough, you may be able to eat dinner or dessert while watching Wishes from across the lagoon, a sight that everyone should see at least once. For a more quiet dinner option, you can take your food to go and find a spot on the sandy beach to have a picnic. And since Disney's Polynesian Village Resort is just a quick monorail or boat trip away from Magic Kingdom, it's a great place to get away from the theme park crowds and enjoy a more laid back meal.
2. Contempo Café (Disney's Contemporary Resort)
For a more upscale feeling quick service, you wouldn't regret visiting the Contempo Café, located on the fourth floor of Disney's Contemporary Resort. While most quick service restaurants in the resorts or in the parks tend to serve the same generic theme park food, the Contempo Café instead chooses to offer a more gourmet menu. An example of this is the Italian and ham & cheese frittatas offered at breakfast, as well as the steakhouse salad, Maine lobster roll, hot turkey sandwich (with brie, arugula, apple slices, and apple butter), and selection of flatbreads at lunch and dinner.
The location and atmosphere of the Contempo Café also can't be missed. Though the inside of the restaurant is great for monorail enthusiasts, if you feel like taking your food to go, you can sit outside on the Contemporary's fourth floor patio, where you will get excellent views of the Magic Kingdom, especially at night.