If you’re like me, one of the best parts about taking a vacation to Walt Disney World is all of the amazing restaurants right at your fingertips. When most people think of amusement park food, they think of burgers and corn dogs, and while WDW has all of those park staples, their quick- service restaurants have so much more to choose from! Let’s take a look at THE Top 5 of these restaurants, and next time you journey to Central Orlando, you’ll know the hot spots that you need to hit!
5. Contempo Café, Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Located right next to Chef Mickey’s in Disney’s Contemporary Resort, the Contempo Café is a short monorail trip from the Magic Kingdom when you’re feeling hungry. The Contempo Café offers a beautiful view of the Contemporary’s mosaic mural and the monorails that zip through the hotel. Among the food offered here, you can find staples like chicken fingers and burgers, delicious sandwiches, and most importantly, some of the best flatbread pizza’s you’ve ever tasted. Pair one of those bad boys with the Café’s famous cupcakes, and you have yourself a meal fit for a king or queen! My recommendation? Try the smoked puled pork flatbread and a red velvet cupcake. You’ll thank me later!
4. Pepper Market, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Just like most quick- service eateries, the Pepper Market offers up comfort food like burgers and chicken, but the Pepper Market also offers up some wonderful Mexican cuisine! The brightly colored and festive restaurant features enchiladas, tacos, a cheese empanada, and one of my favorites, the market nachos. My pick? I do love me some market nachos, but when I have a big appetite, give me the half rack of BBQ ribs, the chef’s special. To finish it off, I love to grab a cappuccino and relax with those I’m vacationing with, talking about that day’s events.
3. Flame Tree Barbeque, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Just the name of this restaurant alone, makes my heart skip a beat, and my mouth water. If you want the best barbeque on Disney property, this is the place to come. Between the St. Louis ribs, and the pork sandwich, you’ll have a tough time choosing between these delicious meals. Depending on the day, I would recommend either, but I especially love the pork sandwich. There’s not a lot of barbeque sauce on the sandwich, but don’t worry; you can always add your own at the condiment section. My biggest piece of advice is to bring a friend with you to shoo off the birds. The Flame Tree Barbeque only offers outdoor seating, and I fell victim to the hungry birds, which attacked my food one time when I left it unattended to get a napkin. Worst. Feeling. Ever.
2. Be Our Guest, Disney’s Magic Kingdom
At nighttime, you’ll be very lucky if you are eating here for dinner. Reservations book up faster than Lightning McQueen looking to win the Piston Cup. But don’t fret my friend! There is still a chance that you get to experience this magical restaurant. While at night it is a sit down restaurant, during the day, Be Our Guest is a fantastic place to grab a bite to eat. Fair warning, like the dinner option, it’s hard to get a table at this place, so I’d suggest waiting in line before it opens so that you have the best chance of getting a seat. Once you step inside, you’ll know exactly why it’s so tough to get in here. The place is beautiful, and you are fully immersed into the world of Beauty and the Beast. Guests can be seated either at the Rose Gallery, the Ballroom, or my favorite, the West Wing. Wherever you sit, you’ll enjoy your experience, and most importantly, your food! May I suggest the carved prime chuck roast beef sandwich? And for dessert, why don’t you try the Master’s Cupcake, which is topped with the “Grey Stuff”. It’s delicious! Don’t believe me? Ask the dishes (it’s Disney, they gotta be able to talk right?!)!
1. Wolfgang Puck Express, Disney Springs
Wolfgang Puck Express has been a favorite of my family since our first trip to Walt Disney World. There have been countless times that we have left a park, and taken the quick car ride to Disney Springs for one of the best lunches on Disney Property. The food can be a little pricey, but if you are on the Disney Dinning Plan like we are, it’s a great value for your buck. The Pizza here is the best on property (counter service wise; Via Napoli is still the king of pizza). The half rotisserie chicken is great too, and the mashed potatoes that come with it are even better! I’d go just for the mashed potatoes alone. Wolfgang Puck Express also has an amazing selection of desserts to reward yourself with, if you can finish your meal. My recommendation for a meal is a margherita pizza, and chocolate frozen yogurt with sugar cookie pieces on top.
So what do you think? Did I miss anything? I hope that if you have never eaten at some of these places, you’ll try them out and love them as much as I do! Thanks for reading, and have a magical day!