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Skip Those Disney Quick Service Restaurants and Eat at These Instead!

There’s no denying that dining is one of the best parts of any alt Disney World Resort vacation, thanks to incredible options that serve up everything from signature dining experiences to grab-and-go snacks. With so many options to choose from, many Guests rely on quick-service restaurants for convenient meals that do not take a ton of time nor sacrifice flavor.

While there are plenty of popular quick-service restaurants to choose from, some are overrated and can be skipped for better options nearby. Whether these alternative options have better menus, theming, locations, or more, be sure to skip certain quick-service restaurants at the Walt Disney World Resort and enjoy these locations instead!

Skip Pizzafari – Enjoy Satu’li Canteen

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First is Pizzafari in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a vibrant and colorful quick-service location on Discovery Island that specializes in, you guessed it- pizza. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with Pizzafari, there are far better options to enjoy in the Disney Park, including Satu’li Canteen. Located in Pandora – The World of Avatar, Satu’li Canteen brings Guests into a large space filled with beautiful cultural pieces by the Na’vi to enjoy customizable lunch and dinner options.

Guests can select from several different protein-based bowls (Chili-Garlic Shrimp, Slow-Roasted Sliced Grilled Beef, etc.) and customize their selections with the choice of base and sauce. With the option to personalize each meal, Satu’li Canteen is a fantastic quick service option for groups of Guests.

Skip Woody’s Lunch Box – Enjoy BaseLine Tap House

BaseLine Tap House

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Now let’s head to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and into Toy Story Land, where the very popular Woody’s Lunch Box is located. Woody’s Lunch Box features a cute and charming theme with beautiful views of the surrounding area and a delicious menu of childhood favorites, but it can be extremely crowded during meal times, leading to a hectic experience.

Instead, Guests should head over to the Grand Avenue of the Disney Park to enjoy BaseLine Tap House instead. This laid-back location is technically a lounge, but it features a cozy interior and a large outdoor patio with umbrellas and fans where Guests can sip on wine and beer from California.

BaseLine Tap House also features a limited menu of delicious small plates, including the California Cheese and Charcuterie Plate, Coffee-rubbed Rib-Eye Beef Puff, and Bavarian Pretzel.

Skip Sunshine Seasons – Enjoy Connections Eatery

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The Land Pavilion in EPCOT’s World Nature is home to Sunshine Seasons, a quick service location that has been popular with Guests for years thanks to its fresh options but that can be considered out of the way due to its location. Guests should instead opt to head over to World Celebration to enjoy the relatively new Connections Eatery, which is open daily for lunch and dinner and celebrates global cuisine with a focus on Italian, French, and Asian favorites.

While relaxing in the spacious interior with many details honoring the 40-year legacy of EPCOT, Guests can enjoy menu options from Connections Eatery, including General Tso Chicken Salad, French Bistro Burger, Meatball Pizza, and Nicoise-style Salad.

Skip Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café – Enjoy Columbia Harbour House

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Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café in the Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland is a favorite quick-service restaurant of many Guests thanks to its massive interior and humorous show by Sonny Eclipse, but there are better options to be found throughout the Disney Park. Guests looking to enjoy something completely different should opt to head to Columbia Harbour House in Liberty Square for a unique menu and interesting themes that are unlike anywhere else.

Specializing in fresh seafood options, Columbia Harbour House is open for lunch and dinner each day and serves up options like the Lobster Roll, New England Shrimp Boil, Grilled Shrimp Skewer, and Grilled Salmon that Guests can enjoy in a nautical setting. In addition to rich theming, the second floor of the restaurant is rarely crowded and offers up a relaxing corner of the Magic Kingdom, complete with some great views of the surrounding area.

Skip Capt. Cook’s – Enjoy Contempo Café

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There are countless dining options that Guests can enjoy while spending time at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, including Capt. Cook’s, a quick-service restaurant known for its convenient and flavorful options inspired by the islands. While Capt. Cook’s definitely has some incredible menu options, Guests should instead opt to hop on the monorail and head over to Disney’s Contemporary Resort for an alternative choice.

Contempo Café is located in the Grand Canyon Concourse and offers Guests the chance to dine on fresh favorites underneath the monorail beam and massive Mary Blair mural overhead. With wonderful options like the Contempo Burger, All-Meat Flatbread, Hot Turkey Sandwich, Grilled Tofu Bowl, and decadent Peanut Butter Pie, Contempo Café is absolutely worth a visit.

Skip Casey’s Corner – Enjoy Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café

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Casey’s Corner on Main Street, U.S.A., in the Magic Kingdom features a truly charming and immersive theme that whisks Guests back to a concession stand in a baseball stadium at the turn of the century, but the very limited menu of hot dog options and small interior makes it sometimes more of a hassle than is worth it. Guests should instead opt to head into Frontierland to enjoy a hearty and unique meal at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café.

This massive quick-service restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and focuses on Southwestern fare with bold flavors and fresh ingredients. Guests can settle into one of several large dining rooms with Western theming and tuck into menu options like the Taco Trio, Pork Carnitas Rice Bowl, Fajita Platter, Chicken Nachos, and The Sun Bonnet Trio Strawberry Salad.

Skip ABC Commissary – Ronto Roasters

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ABC Commissary in Disney’s Hollywood Studios has been a popular quick service location in the Disney Park for years and is themed to feel like a working commissary at a studio where Guests might spot a celebrity at any given moment. While there’s nothing wrong with the flavorful menu options at ABC Commissary, a relatively new quick service location in nearby Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the better option.

Ronto Roasters specializes in serving up roasted and delicious meat options throughout each day and does so in an immersive setting that continues the theming of the Black Spire Outpost. After passing a large droid meticulously turning a spit with roasting meats, Guests can choose from several menu items that have quickly gained a huge following, including the Ronto Morning Wrap, Ronto Wrap, and Kyryll Pork Rinds.

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.