List of Restaurants to Avoid at Walt Disney World: Quick Service Edition

List of Restaurants to Avoid at Walt Disney World: Quick Service Edition

Here it is folks! You've asked for it and we've spent some time compiling the Restaurants to Avoid at Walt Disney World - Quick Service Edition!

Few notes before we get to the list:

  • This list is 100% our opinion

  • The list focuses on avoidance...not "BAD"

  • We will give you a couple reasons why, but at the end of the day we all have reasons why we 'Love' or 'Hate' restaurants.

Take this list as a grain of salt, as we want you to have the best experience possible during your trip to Walt Disney World!

Magic Kingdom

Be Our Guest - NAH just playing with ya!

The Grey Stuff @ Be Our Guest - Copyright Disney

The Grey Stuff @ Be Our Guest - Copyright Disney

Be Our Guest is by far the BEST Quick Service (Lunch) option within the Disney Theme Parks.

Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe

Cosmic Ray's in Tomorrowland - Copyright Disney

Cosmic Ray's in Tomorrowland - Copyright Disney

We go from the best to arguably the worst. Cosmic Ray's Cafe is probably one of the hardest restaurants to stomach when we can't find anywhere else to eat.

On paper, the menu is actually fairly reasonable. But in reality, the confusion of the "Bays" and overall bland food really hurts the repeatability of this Tomorrowland staple.

The Lunching Pad

The Lunching Pad - Copyright Disney

The Lunching Pad - Copyright Disney

Don't do it. Just don't.

What the photo doesn't show is how many seagulls are hanging around this food location. In addition, most of the seats are used by guests waiting for family who are riding Space Mountain.

Pinocchio Village Haus

Pinocchio Village Haus - Copyright Disney

Pinocchio Village Haus - Copyright Disney

Ok, so the Village Haus isn't actually a bad location. The issue falls into the menu...and lack of variety. Chicken Parmesan and Flatbreads...oh, and no more Figaro Fries (poutine-style cheese sauce loaded goodness). It's also a little too close to it's a Small World for such a small pane of glass to protect us from that song for an ENTIRE meal;) 

*Fun Fact - Figaro Fries were re-named 'Loaded Plaza Fries' at The Plaza!

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Restaurantosaurus

 

Dorm-style decorating from the students that made their way to the Dino Institute - Copyright Disney

Dorm-style decorating from the students that made their way to the Dino Institute - Copyright Disney

Restaurantosaurus is completely out of place when you look at the theming of Dinoland USA. On one side of the "highway" is Dinosaur, with the mentality of education and discovery where Chester and Hester's area is the i-Drive tourist trap. Well, this restaurant has a mix of the "student humor", which doesn't quite fit.

Burgers, sandwiches, and chili cheese dogs...this is typical theme park food that we've come to expect from competitors outside of the Disney parks...not inside!

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Pizzafari

The interior of Pizzafari - Copyright Disney

The interior of Pizzafari - Copyright Disney

I used to absolutely love this Quick Service restaurant, as they gave AP/Cast Discounts...and the food was always tolerable and efficient. However - There's a better QSR just up the path, with Satu'li Canteen @ Pandora - The World of Avatar.

You'll be happy that you took a chance, as Satu'li has a few things going for it. To start with, the location is bigger, better themed and the food is so good that you may actually have thought that you're at a Table Service! Let's put it into perspective...I actually went to the Animal Kingdom during a rain storm JUST to eat there during my trip in mid-July '17! 

EPCOT

Electric Umbrella

French Dip Burger @ Electric Umbrella - Copyright Disney

French Dip Burger @ Electric Umbrella - Copyright Disney

Future World is undergoing a full re-imagining as we look at the closing and redesign of multiple attractions, empty buildings and a lack of identity. Does this mean that the restaurants aren't great? Well in the case of the Electric Umbrella...the fact that it's within a few minutes walk of some of the best dining options on Disney property is making things difficult. Guests are looking for buzz-words like "sustainable", "healthy options" and so much more variety than the menu is currently offering.

It's not a horrible option at all...in fact, the French Dip Burger is a sandwich that I fell in love with! If you're in a bind and just need something to satisfy all the taste-buds in your party, then it's easy and accessible. IF you wanted to take an adventure to Sunshine Seasons or into the World Showcase, you may have a better culinary experience and not feel like you're settling for "theme park food". 

Refreshment Port

Refreshment Port in the World Showcase - Copyright Disney

Refreshment Port in the World Showcase - Copyright Disney

Remember when McDonald's had a presence in all the parks? Well, the Refreshment Port was the location for those mouth-watering McD fries in EPCOT!

What happened when the 10-year "strategic agreement" between Ronald and Mickey ended? The Refreshment Port's been lingering in the atmosphere for a while, and until they find a true identity, it's one location that you should definitely skip.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Backlot Express

Outdoor Seating Area @ The Backlot Express - Copyright Disney

Outdoor Seating Area @ The Backlot Express - Copyright Disney

Burgers, Sandwiches, chicken, and salads...nothing exciting! If you wanted to, check out the interior of the restaurant to see all the awesome Movie Props...and then head over to Rosie's for lunch;) 

Just a note, as the Backlot Express was recently "Star Wars-ized", with a few additions to the menu from the Dark Side. After eating at the location in Mid-July '17...still wasn't enough to take it off this list;) 

ABC Commissary

Seating area inside the ABC Commissary - Copyright Disney

Seating area inside the ABC Commissary - Copyright Disney

The ABC Commissary is on our list of quick service locations that needs a huge revamp...and so we give it a try every so often just in hopes that it'll find it's groove. Unfortunately the love/hate relationship continues. We love the Air Conditioning and hate the food!

Want a piece of advice? Walk through the dining room and actually look at the food that the other guests are eating. This restaurant is guilty of using photoshop to enhance their entrees to a level that we can't even believe what we're eating. It's your typical theme park fare, which doesn't really help their case.


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