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Quick Service Restaurants to Skip in Walt Disney World

There are literally endless Disney dining locations to choose from while enjoying a vacation at the Walt Disney World Resort, including an array of quick-service restaurants. Each quick-service location features a unique atmosphere and menu that is designed to immerse Guests in the theme of the area, and while some are incredible, others are worth skipping. Whether they have limited menus or are lacking in delicious options that can be found elsewhere nearby, you might want to think about skipping these quick-service restaurants while at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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Columbia Harbour House

Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom is home to Columbia Harbour House, a quick service location across from the Haunted Mansion that is open for lunch and dinner each day. The restaurant features a charming nautical theme that is spread out over two floors, however, the menu is narrowly focused on seafood options such as the Lobster Roll, Grilled Salmon, and Sea Captain Catch.

Lobster Roll at Columbia Harbour House

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This is fine for Guests who enjoy seafood, but for those who do not enjoy the cuisine or have several members of their party who don’t, there are really no options for them available except for a salad and chicken fingers. Guests are better off enjoying a meal at the nearby Casey’s Corner or The Friar’s Nook instead.

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Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café is a quick-service restaurant located in Frontierland in the Magic Kingdom with multiple entrances across from the Rivers of America as well as the pathway that connects the area to Adventureland. The restaurant features several dining areas including a small upstairs, all featuring a Western theme with unique props.

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Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café is open daily for lunch and dinner and features a menu of Southwestern and Mexican items like the Pork Carnitas Rice Bowl, Chicken Nachos, Fajita Platter, and the Sun Bonnet Trio Salad with Chicken. While there’s nothing overtly wrong with the quick-service restaurant, it is generally very crowded and can be difficult to find seating, so Guests might be better off heading elsewhere to enjoy a quieter meal.

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Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue

EPCOT’s World Showcase is hosted by The American Adventure Pavilion, which is home to Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue, a quick-service location that focuses on a menu of regional favorites from the United States. The charming location is open daily for lunch and dinner and features some humorous décor that references Sam Eagle and The Muppets.

Sliced Texas Beef Brisket Sandwich

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The menu at Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue features some delicious items including the Sliced Texas Beef Brisket Sandwich, North Carolina Chopped Smoked Pork Butt Platter, and Memphis Dry-rub Pork Ribs. While all of these items are flavorful, World Showcase is home to so many other amazing locations that serve up international cuisine that Guests should skip Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue and enjoy other options like Yorkshire County Fish Shop, Lotus Blossom Café, Katsura Grill, and Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie.

Backlot Express

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Backlot Express

There are several quick-service restaurants throughout Disney’s Hollywood Studios, including Backlot Express, which is located in the Echo Lake area of the Disney Park right next to Star Tours – The Adventures Continue. Backlot Express is themed to feel like the storage and working space of a studio with various props and art supplies on display throughout several dining rooms, and Guests can enjoy seating on an outdoor patio.

Tatooine Two Suns Hummus at Backlot Express

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The menu at Backlot Express focuses on American favorites for lunch and dinner and Guests can enjoy items including a Smoked BBQ Pulled Pork Burger, Southwest Salad with Chicken, and Cuban Sandwich. With such a limited menu of mostly burger and sandwich items, Guests should instead opt to eat elsewhere like the nearby BaseLine Tap House, which features some unique and flavorful options, or Woody’s Lunch Box.

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PizzeRizzo

Not far from Backlot Express in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is PizzeRizzo, another quick service Disney dining location that brings a classic New York-style pizzeria to life. Run by Rizzo the Rat from The Muppets, this location features lots of details to bring the theme to life with some signature Muppets humor.

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While the theming of PizzeRizzo is charming, the menu leaves something to be desired with options like Pepperoni Pizza and Meatball Sub that aren’t bad but aren’t great either. Guests who find themselves hungry in this area of the Disney Park should instead wander into Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and enjoy flavorful meals at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo or Ronto Roasters.

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Restaurantosaurus

Moving over to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, many Guests stop to eat at Restaurantosaurus in the Dinoland area of the Disney Park. This quick-service location continues the theming of the area with several different dining rooms filled with details from the paleontologists at the nearby Dino Institute as well as humorous items and antics created by the students.

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The menu at Restaurantosaurus is focused on American fast food favorites like 1/3 lb Angus Bacon Cheeseburger, All-Beef Foot-long Hot Dog, and Restaurantosaurus Cobb Salad, but there are so many other amazing and unique locations that Guests can enjoy instead. Some better nearby quick service locations include Yak & Yeti Local Foods Café and Flame Tree Barbecue.

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Pizzafari

Another quick-service restaurant that should be skipped in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is Pizzafari on Discovery Island. This location is open daily for lunch and dinner and features a very vibrant interior with rooms filled with intricately carved animals painted in bright and cheerful colors.

Pepperoni Pizza

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Like PizzeRizzo, the pizza at Pizzafari is nothing to write home about and Guests can order options such as the Sausage & Pepperoni Pizza, Cheese Pizza, and Chicken Parmesan Sandwich. Instead of a meal at Pizzafari, Guests should instead head to the nearby Satu’li Canteen in Pandora – The World of Avatar for delicious and customizable quick service options bursting with flavor.

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.