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Are These Disney Quick Service Restaurants Worth the Hype?

With so many dining options to choose from throughout the Walt Disney World Resort, it is no surprise that some locations have become more popular than others to Guests. This is thanks to many factors, including location, menu options, theming, and more.

While there’s no denying that these particular quick service locations are popular and always have Guests enjoying their offerings, are they really worth the hype? Let’s take a closer look at the unique menus and themes offered at these popular quick-service locations and discuss whether they are deserving of their popularity or not.

Woody’s Lunch Box

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First up, let’s take a look at Woody’s Lunch Box, a quick service location in Disney’s Hollywood Studios that can be found in the heart of Toy Story Land. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day, Woody’s Lunch Box serves up new takes on childhood lunch favorites served from Andy’s lunch box that Guests can enjoy on an open-air patio looking out towards Slinky Dog Dash.

The theming is definitely charming at the quick service restaurant, with toys being cleverly used as tables, chairs, and other furniture pieces, and Guests can even spot Babybel Cheese rounds being used as seating.

The true star of any meal at Woody’s Lunch Box is the delicious menu which thrills kids and kids at heart with popular options including “Totchos,” Lunch Box Tarts, Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich, and BBQ Brisket Melt.

Satu’li Canteen

Satu'li Canteen

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Over in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Guests can enjoy a quick service lunch or dinner at the very popular Satu’li Canteen, which can be found in the rear of Pandora – The World of Avatar across from the main entrance to Avatar Flight of Passage.

Intricately themed to feel like what was once an RDA mess hall, Satu’li Canteen has slowly been reclaimed by Alpha Centauri Expeditions and is filled with intricate Na’vi artwork and cultural items. What truly makes Satu’li Canteen popular with Guests is its unique menu that offers up customizable bowl options that Guests can make their own with the choice of protein, base, and sauce.

Sunshine Seasons

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EPCOT is home to many very popular dining options, but Sunshine Seasons in The Land Pavilion has always been a hit with Guests over the years. Open for lunch and dinner, Sunshine Seasons boasts several ordering bays that serve up fresh and hearty international options that Guests can then enjoy in a large open dining area that offers panoramic views of the entire pavilion.

With unique menu items, including Mongolian Beef, Stir-fried Shrimp, Oak-grilled Rotisserie Chicken, Spicy Fish Taco, and more, Sunshine Seasons offers up a delicious break from standard burgers and fries with a serene and beautiful atmosphere.

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café

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Guests who are spending time in the Magic Kingdom can enjoy several different quick service locations, including Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café in Frontierland. This massive restaurant continues the Wild West theming of the area with large rooms filled with immersive props and design, and Guests can stop by for lunch or dinner each day.

Featuring a fairly lengthy menu for a quick service location, Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café serve up unique Southwestern-inspired options that cannot be found elsewhere, such as Pork Carnitas Nachos, The Big Al, The Sun Bonnet Trio Salad with Chicken, and a Fajita Platter.

Casey’s Corner

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Also found in the Magic Kingdom is Casey’s Corner, a quick service restaurant that is themed to feel like retro baseball concession stands from the turn of the century on Main Street, U.S.A. Casey’s Corner definitely has a great theme going, but the inside is very tight and offers limited seating, so many Guests who dine there for lunch or dinner opt to bring their food to the nearby hub grass and enjoy while gazing at Cinderella Castle.

To match the baseball concession theme, the quick service restaurant features a menu that focuses on hot dogs, and Guests can dig into options such as All-Beef Foot-long Hot Dog, Walt’s Chili-Cheese All-Beef Hot Dog, and Corn Dog Nuggets.

Yorkshire County Fish Shop

Yorkshire County Fish Shop

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The United Kingdom Pavilion in EPCOT’s World Showcase whisks Guests away to the charming streets of a British town, complete with a quick service location near the shores of World Showcase Lagoon that specializes in one thing only.

Yorkshire County Fish Shop is a small counter location that literally only serves up Fish and Chips, which are moist, crispy, and piping hot. While the Fish and Chips are delicious, Yorkshire County Fish Shop loses points for only offering one item, making it hard for groups of Guests to eat there as some do not enjoy seafood.

Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is incredibly immersive and brings Guests to the Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu where they can enjoy several dining options, including the quick service Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo. Themed to feel like a hangar bar, Chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs serves up galactic fare for lunch and dinner that Guests can enjoy while looking out at the nearby theming.

The menu at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo is definitely unique and features exotic options that Guests love, including the Smoked Kaadu Pork Ribs, Peka Tuna Poke, Fried Endorian Chicken Tip Yip, and Batuuan Beef and Crispy Topato Stir-fry.

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café

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Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom is home to Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café, a quick-service restaurant that has been extremely popular with Guests over the years thanks to its convenient location, large interior, and unique entertainment. The restaurant features a fairly limited menu with classic items like 1/3 lb Angus Bacon Cheeseburger, Barbecued Chicken Sandwich, and Greek Salad with Chicken Strips that Guests can pick up at several ordering bays, but it’s the theming that truly makes Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café so popular.

With large windows gazing out into Tomorrowland and towards Cinderella Castle, Guests can relax and enjoy the view while also checking out an entertaining show by space crooner Sonny Eclipse.

Flame Tree Barbecue

Flame Tree Barbecue

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Flame Tree Barbecue in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a very popular quick-service location that serves up mouthwatering barbecue options for lunch and dinner on Discovery Island. Guests can order from a convenient outdoor counter and dig into flavorful options like Baked Macaroni & Cheese with Pulled Pork, St. Louis Rib Dinner, Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich, and Smokehouse Chicken Salad before settling in on one of many outdoor patios.

Each patio offers up vibrant theming, lush foliage, gentle breezes, and shady spots, but Guests who walk all the way to the back of the seating area can enjoy stunning views of the Discovery River with Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain in the distance.

Columbia Harbour House

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The final quick-service restaurant worth the hype is Columbia Harbour House in the Liberty Square area of the Magic Kingdom. This nautically themed location spans two floors and is filled with artwork and items that look as though they have just been salvaged off of ships.

Open for lunch and dinner, the menu at Columbia Harbour House focuses mainly on seafood options which can be difficult for Guests who don’t enjoy that type of cuisine. Seafood lovers, however, enjoy flavorful and fresh options like the Grilled Shrimp Skewer, Sea Captain Catch, Lobster Roll, and New England Shrimp Boil, which are best enjoyed upstairs near the windows that look out at Liberty Square and the Rivers of America.

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane has been visiting Walt Disney World since she was a child and has developed a deep love and appreciation of the Disney Parks with a particular interest in the small details and history that can be found all around. Visiting every chance she gets, Caitlin loves to enjoy the ambiance of the Disney Parks and try something new every time. She can often be found eating and drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, riding the Haunted Mansion, sipping on a Lapu Lapu, pretending Illuminations: Reflections of Earth was still in existence, and enjoying seeing the magic through the eyes of her children. When not in WDW, Caitlin can be found at home in New York dreaming of a ride on Living with the Land and counting down the days until her next trip.