We’ve used the Disney Dining plan several times on our past vacations, but we’ve always had the regular plan which includes a Table Service meal, a Quick Service meal and a snack each day. On our recent trip, the timing worked out so we got the free dining promotion, where the meal plan was included with our vacation package. Since we weren’t staying at a moderate resort, the free option available for guests at the value resorts was the Quick Service plan which include 2 Quick Service meals and a snack per day.
I am always pleasantly surprised by the portion size of quick serve meals – I never leave hungry! And since the dining plan includes a dessert with every meal, there’s no way to feel deprived regardless of which Disney Dining plan you choose.
In addition to the free meals, refillable drink mugs were included with the plan. I was a little nervous about the new “Rapid Refill” system after reading some reviews, but I didn’t notice any difference from when we’ve used the mugs in the past (other than I couldn’t bring my mug from home.) Here’s where our quick serve dining took us over the course of our trip:
Magic Kingdom (Lunch): Golden Oak Outpost
We were heading to Pecos Bill’s but the line was out the door so we kept walking and found the Golden Oak Outpost, which was a food kiosk around the back of Pecos Bill’s. Hint: there are two lines on the right and left – everyone was lined up on one side because people didn’t realize there were two lines. The spicy chicken sandwich was delicious!
Epcot (Dinner): Yorkshire Country Fish Shop (U.K.)
MMM… fish and chips!
Epcot (Lunch): La Cantina de San Angel (Mexico)
This is pretty much a tradition for us every trip. My daughter loves Mexican food so we always stop here. The nachos are awesome – just watch out for birds trying to swoop in for a bite!
Epcot (Dinner): Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe (Norway)
Norway is one of my favorite pavilions in Epcot but for several years I never even realized there was a quick serve restaurant there! I had the Norwegian Club, which was a toasted sandwich with ham, turkey, bacon and Jarlsberg cheese. There are also tons of pastries that I’ll need to go back to try!
Animal Kingdom (Lunch): Flametree Barbecue
This is a carnivore paradise! I’m not a fan of turkey legs (read more about that in my WDW Fanzone post here) and ribs really freak me out, but the turkey club with cranberry is like a bite out of Thanksgiving dinner!! It comes with a big refreshing slice of cantaloupe and key lime pie for dessert.
Dinner Pop Century (Dinner): Everything POP
We actually paid for this meal since we stayed 5 days but only got meals for the 4 nights of our trip. Most of our quick serve meals totaled around $60 for the three of us, but without the drinks (we had our refillable mugs) or desserts the meal was only around $30. I’ll admit, the food in the parks is better than the resort food court, but the giant chicken parmesan was pretty tasty and big enough for 2 people!
Hollywood Studios (Lunch): Pizza Planet
Normally at DHS we eat at the Backlot Express but while browsing the park map we saw Pizza Planet. I had never even seen this restaurant! We have eaten at Mama Melrose several times but I never realized Pizza Planet was hidden right around the corner (not to mention the fun arcade inside!)
Epcot (Dinner): Sunshine Seasons
At Epcot, we usually make a beeline straight for the World Showcase when it’s time to eat, but I had heard good things about Sunshine Seasons in Future World so we decided to try it out. Bad decision. The food reminded me of a mall food court and the atmosphere was about the same. I would have much rather spent that quick serve credit at Sommerfest in Germany on a brat. Oh well, live and learn!
Magic Kingdom (Lunch): Be Our Guest
For our last meal, we had a FastPass+ reservation at Be Our Guest! Jackpot! This was by far the best quick serve meal we had and the atmosphere and food felt more like a table service meal! I give it 4 stars!
After thinking back on all the great Quick Service meals we had, I put together this infographic with 10 quick serve options that are sure to keep your tummy happy! You can pin it from my Pinterest board here – be sure to save it to your Disney planning board!
So while I love table service restaurants, having the Quick Service-only plan helped us to venture out and explore restaurants that we’ve never tried, along with our old favorites. The other benefit of not doing the table service dining experience is that it saved us a chunk of money in tips & drinks, which average around $50 per table service meal for us.
To quote Seinfeld, “it’s not fast food, it’s good food quickly” – (Episode 142 “The Chicken Roaster”).
What’s your favorite Quick Service restaurant at Disney World? Any resort restaurants worth trying? Leave a comment to let me know!