Top 10 Disney Restaurants When You’re In A Hurry

Satu'li Canteen Menu
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In a hurry? No worries! We’ve got some great places on the “get it and go” list so you can stay on the move. Keep in mind that some Quick Service locations offer Mobile Food and Beverage ordering via the My Disney Experience App. Check out the app for the latest quick service spots that offer this around Disney World property. It’s a great way to order and pay in advance, and simply snag your food from the Mobile Order window upon arrival.

10. Most Quick Service Locations

I say “most” because there are a couple of different factors to this. If the line to order is super long and there is no Mobile Ordering, or if there does not seem to be many tables open, you may want to check out another quick service restaurant or just have some snacks instead when in a hurry. You could spend more time looking for a table at some quick service restaurants during peak seasons than you would actually eating. In most situations though, you can be in and out of any quick service restaurant very quickly, especially with Mobile Ordering.


9. Starbucks

Starbucks may be a controversial topic among Disney fans, regarding whether or not there should be Starbucks in Disney parks, however the good news is that if you’re in a hurry Starbucks knows how to move guests in and out quickly. In addition to coffee, Frappuccino’s, and pastry, Starbucks also has panini style sandwiches, and breakfast sandwiches, making this a quick way to have a meal in one of the parks.

8. Flame Tree BBQ

Flame Tree BBQ in Animal Kingdom, serves up delicious quick service BBQ, and has some of the best, most underrated, seating in the park. The seating areas of Flame Tree are beautifully decorated, and span across a number of different sections, meaning finding a seat is never a problem. At Flame Tree, you’ll be served ribs, chicken, pulled pork, turkey legs, or salad, and find a table quick enough to spend the rest of your day enjoying the park.

7. Backlot Express

The Backlot Express in Hollywood Studios serves up typical Disney quick service faire, burgers, salads, chicken nuggets (try the Buffalo chicken nuggets!) however the service here is extremely quick, and it is located in the heart of Hollywood Studios, so you will not waste time walking back and forth to find food. There is also a lot of seating here, so finding a table should not be an issue even during busier times of year.

6. Pinocchio Village Haus

Pinocchio Village Haus, located in the Magic Kingdom, is often one of the less crowded counter service restaurants in this park, and the style of the food (flatbread pizza) means that your meal should move along pretty quickly. Generally any food that can be held, instead of cut, can be eaten faster. The location of Pinocchio Village Haus is also in a pretty central part of the Magic Kingdom, so if you’re looking to catch the parade, fireworks, or any of the Fantasyland attractions after your meal, you won’t be very far away.

5. Satu’li Canteen

The newest counter service hot spot is in Animal Kingdom’s Pandora – The World of Avatar. The theming is a long ago an RDA (Resources Development Administration) mess hall that has now been decked out with a colorful array of Na’vi (Pandora natives) art and cultural items. You’ll find a great menu for lunch and dinner with bowls and/or pods. Create-Your-Own-Bowl by choosing one protein, one base, and one sauce. Two pod selections – vegetable curry pods or cheeseburger pods – are also delicious! Don’t forget to try their Blueberry Cream Cheese Mousse and Chocolate Cake. Plus, Satu’li Canteen is the birthplace of the mobile ordering. Order and pay for your food from the MyDisneyExperience app and pick up your food when you arrive. It’s awesome!

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4. Earl of Sandwich

Earl of Sandwich, in Disney Springs, may look deceiving if they have a long line, but this line moves along fast. If you’re in Disney Springs and just want a quick sandwich, this is the place to go. Regardless of the long line, and the fact that you’re given a pager to alert you when your food is ready, this dining experience is often very quick, and will not take up much of your time at Disney Springs.

3. Sunshine Seasons

Sunshine Seasons, located in Epcot’s Land Pavilion, is perfect for while you’re in a hurry because it is counter service, there are so many options to choose from, and the seating is plentiful. At Sunshine Seasons, everyone in your party should be able to find something they like, so you won’t spend your day going to a bunch of different quick service restaurants, and the space is large enough that you won’t waste time searching for a seat.

2. Your Resort’s Food Court

The food courts at Disney resorts are meant to handle any number of guests, so regardless of the time of day or year that you’re visiting you should be able to get in and out fairly quickly. This is also a great option if you want breakfast but don’t want to lose time in the parks, as you can stop at your resort’s food court on your way out.

1. Skip the Restaurants and Snack Instead

Instead of looking for a place to sit down and eat, spend the day snacking and eat as you go. Epcot is the perfect place to do this, whereas rather than spending time in one restaurant, you can easily snack your way through World Showcase and save on time. This may not get you the most balanced meals, but if saving time is a priority snacking instead of dining will move you through the parks quicker without freezing up your day in a restaurant.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany DiCologero Bio Brittany is a graduate of St. Anselm College, where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in History. She completed two Disney College Programs, one at Dinoland U.S.A., in Animal Kingdom, and one at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Hollywood Studios. She is the author of “Brittany Earns Her Ears,” a memoir about her experiences on the college program, and she currently resides in Massachusetts.