Ranking the Best Quick Service at Disney World Hotels

by | Jul 8, 2024 | Walt Disney World, Walt Disney World Food

Wondering what the best quick service at the Disney World hotels are? We’re ranking the best (and worst) of the restaurants.

There are a lot if really good places to eat in Disney World both inside and outside of the parks. And, we’re not saying that you should choose what Disney World Resort hotel you stay at based on the food offerings there…but we’re also not saying that you shouldn’t. So, if you’re someone who wants to start your day with a quick meal you love or if you’re looking to go out of your way to try something new and delicious without needing a dining reservation, we’re ranking every single quick service restaurant at the Disney World hotels!

The Best Disney World Resort Quick Service Restaurants

20. The Market at Ale & Compass at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

The Market at Ale & Compass is a great place to stop for a quick bite at Disney’s Yacht Club. It offers a menu with all the essentials for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. However, the quick service restaurant is located inside a merchandise store, which is a bit odd compared to other Disney Deluxe Resorts. And, because of this, there is no seating inside. So, you’ll need to take it back to your room or find another spot around the resort to eat your meal which can be inconvenient when you’re headed out for a busy park day.

If you are staying here and want something with a wider variety of foods and more seating, walk over to Disney’s BoardWalk where you can find more quick service restaurants nearby.

19. Beach Club Marketplace at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Much like The Market at Ale & Compass, Beach Club Marketplace shares a location with a merchandise store at Disney’s Beach Club. This makes seating less than ideal, though you can find a few tables just outside the entrance and in the nearby Solarium or head outside where there are a few shaded tables. The menu here is pretty standard, but you can find Minnie Waffles here for breakfast instead of the iconic Mickey Waffles that are served at most other quick service restaurants.

18. The Artist’s Palette at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

The Artist’s Palette at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa is another hotel quick service restaurant that shares a space with a store. And, there’s only one register here, so you may have to wait in a longer line when you’re checking out with your meal while others check out their souvenirs. You can find a variety of fresh sandwiches, salads, and pizzas for lunch and dinner, but the real standout here is the creative and tasty cupcakes that you can find here.

17. Good’s Food to Go at Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Good’s Food to Go is all about grab-and-go meals that you can take with you at Disney’s Old Key West Resort. The menu at Good’s Food to Go is small, but it covers all the basics with classic American fare like burgers, chicken nuggets, and a few salads and sandwiches. And, the key lime pie is widely known as being one of the best desserts here if you can find it. However, only outdoor seating is available and tables can fill up fast making it a less ideal spot to grab a quick bite during popular dining times or inclement weather.

16. Everything POP Shopping & Dining at Disney’s Pop Century Resort

As the only restaurant at Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Everything POP Shopping & Dining offers multiple food stations with food that is – all things considered – pretty basic. While there are several stations to choose from, the menu is not particularly adventurous or gourmet. However, this could be a good fit for a family with lots of different food preferences or picky eaters who prefer simple options.

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The food court at Pop Century Resort is very convenient for rope-drop mornings. Photo by Laurie Sapp

15. End Zone Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort

End Zone Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort is a no-frills food court-style restaurant with a menu that almost anyone can find at least something to eat. You won’t be treated to anything fancy here, but with a Loaded Tocho Bowl on the menu for breakfast, it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Just keep in mind that this is the only restaurant at the hotel, so lines for the food stations and to check out at the registers can be long during peak meal times and it can be hard to find a seat.

14. World Premiere Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort

With a cinema-theme to fit in with the theming, World Premiere Food Court is another basic food court-style offering at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort. You can expect to find basic American fare at several different food stations to keep you satisfied before, during, or after a day at the theme parks.

13. Intermission Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort

Intermission Food Court is similar to the other quick service offerings at Disney’s All-Star Resorts featuring several food stations that offer classic American dishes. This can be great for families with picky eaters who want simple, recognizable meals, but it doesn’t compare to some other quick service restaurants at Disney hotels which have menus with a wider range of flavors.

12. Landscape of Flavors at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

As another food court-style restaurant on the list, Landscape of Flavors at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort offers a variety of options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with themed dining areas inspired by popular Disney movies such as The Lion King, Cars, Finding Nemo, and The Little Mermaid. While standard food court eats are on the menu throughout the day, you’ll often find unique dishes such as Mongolian Stir-Fry Chicken as well. This makes it a great option for those looking for something a little different from typical theme park fare. However, the crowds during peak meal times and long mobile order wait times, make dining here less ideal if you’re in a rush.

11. Roaring Fork at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

It’s the menu that makes Roaring Fork at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge stand out. For breakfast, you can find unique offerings like a Blueberry Cinnamon Roll and Grizzly Bear Claw. And, the lunch and dinner menu is filled with barbecue classics like the 10-Hour Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich. Plus, a stop here isn’t complete without checking out the cupcakes, as it’s known for having some of the best! 

Roaring Fork also stays open a bit later than other resort quick service restaurants, giving anyone staying here a place to eat if you stay at the parks until they close.

10. Centertown Market at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Centertown Market at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort has a unique street market atmosphere with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. And, the menu fits with the Caribbean atmosphere, featuring several Island-inspired dishes such as Jerk Chicken Bowls and Yuca & Plantain Chips. There are also classic American offerings, making it a great place for families with a few picky eaters and a few adventurous eaters.

9. Riverside Mill Food Court at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

Riverside Mill Food Court is set up like – you guessed it – a food court at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside. One of the standout features of the Riverside Mill Food Court is the ample indoor seating. With plenty of tables and chairs available, you should have no trouble finding a spot to sit and enjoy your meal. 

The watermill at Disney's Riverside Resort

Photo by Brett Svenson

As for the food itself, the Riverside Mill Food Court offers a mix of standard counter service fare like burgers, pizza, and pasta, as well as some dishes with a Cajun-inspired twist. Whether you are in the mood for a classic cheeseburger or something a little more adventurous like jambalaya, you should be able to find something that suits your tastes.

8. Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

If you are looking for a food court that serves American fare with a southern twist, Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter is the place to be. This restaurant offers a variety of specialty dishes ranging from old-fashioned burgers to gumbo. And, you can top off your meal with Mickey Beignets nearby from Scat Cat’s Club – Café.

7. Trail’s End Restaurant at The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Trail’s End Restaurant transitioned into a quick service offering in 2023, and is a must-visit if you’re staying at The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. It is one of the only quick service restaurants in Disney World that offers family meals that serve 2-4 people making it a great option for…well…families! You can also try the famous Strawberry Shortcake that is served at Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue here without needing a reservation for the show.

6. El Mercado de Coronado at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

El Mercado de Coronado at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort serves up some of the best Spanish-themed dishes when it comes to quick service dining. If you love Mexican food, this is bound to be one of your favorites.

Most of the food is pre-made in the kitchen and set out as a grab-and-go option, which is convenient when you’re in a rush. However, this can result in your food not being as fresh if you’re grabbing a bite during a less busy time of the day when food may have been sitting out for a bit.

5. The Mara at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

The menu is what makes The Mara at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge stand out. This quick-service eatery offers a unique blend of African and American cuisine (plus African and international wines!), making it a perfect choice for those looking for something different. And, let’s not forget about the famous Zebra Domes, which are a must-try dessert that can only be found at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

The Mara is also open for late-night dining with a more limited menu.

4. Gasparilla Island Grill at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Eating with a view of Cinderella Castle? What could be better? Plus, with some of the best house-made Mac and cheese, delicious seasonal jumbo cake pops, and a selection of champagnes for celebrating, it’s no wonder Gasparilla Island Grill at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa ranks as one of the best quick service restaurants in Disney hotels.

3. Contempo Cafe at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

The menu at Contempo Cafe may not be the most adventurous, but it still ranks as one of the best places to eat thanks to its impressive selection of desserts. And, because Disney’s Contemporary Resort is located so close to Magic Kingdom, it’s a great spot to grab a bite if you need a break from the crowds. Plus, you can watch the monorail go by as you eat! Just note that this spot can get loud during popular meal times since it’s located right next to Chef Mickey’s in the open atrium at the resort.

2. Primo Piatto at Disney’s Riviera Resort

Primo Piatto at Disney’s Riviera Resort serves up much more than your average theme park food. With an Italian and French-inspired menu, you can try some tasty eats for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For example, you can start your day off with things like the Croque Madame (French Ham and Swiss with a Fried Egg served with choice of side) or Blueberry-Lemon Pancakes and then head back for a famous Croque Monsieur or Tuna Niçoise Salad. And, you HAVE to try the Parmesan-Herbed Fries.

Caprese Panini at Primo Piatto. Photo by Morgan Flaherty

The restaurant is also in a prime location at the resort just a short walk from the Disney Skyliner station, making it easy to get to the parks after you eat.

1. Capt. Cook’s at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Ranking as the best quick service restaurant in a Disney hotel, Capt. Cook’s at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is a must-try when you need a break from the parks (even if you’re not staying here!). This spot is better than your typical hotel restaurant thanks to its Polynesian-inspired menu. While you can find classic entrees like chicken nuggets, the menu here stands out for things like the iconic Tonga Toast at breakfast (Banana-stuffed Sourdough Bread, Battered, Deep-fried, and Dusted with Cinnamon-Sugar served with Bacon or Sausage) and other tropical-inspired eats including Pulled Pork Nachos (the house-made chips served with these are a must-get), Aloha Pork Sandwich, and Thai Coconut Meatballs.

Plus, if you head just outside of the restaurant, you’ll find Pineapple Lanai. It’s the perfect way to top off your meal with some Dole Whip!

Want to know more about the best restaurants in the Disney World Parks and Resorts? Check out our guide to the best restaurants in each Disney World park here and the best Disney World restaurants that don’t require a park ticket here!

Posts by Jenna Saxton

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Jenna is a contributing writer at WDW Magazine and stay at home mom. When she's not chasing her toddler around the parks, you can find her out for a run or curled up with a book. She has contributed to multiple Disney and travel blogs including Eat Sleep Cruise, 365 Atlanta Traveler, Disney Food Blog, and AllEars.
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Jenna Saxton

Jenna is a contributing writer at WDW Magazine and stay at home mom. When she's not chasing her toddler around the parks, you can find her out for a run or curled up with a book. She has contributed to multiple Disney and travel blogs including Eat Sleep Cruise, 365 Atlanta Traveler, Disney Food Blog, and AllEars.
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