Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Aug 21, 2010
    Thomas from WI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    What are the best counter service restaurants in the parks?


    Here are my suggestions:

    Magic Kingdom:
    Best Theme: Columbia Harbor House is a favorite in the summer for its air-conditioning. A seat upstairs whisks you away to another time.
    Best Value: A combo meal at Cosmic Ray's can feed two. Pecos Bill's burger bar is a close second.
    Best View: Pinocchio's Village Haus, a seat by the window overlooking It's a Small World makes up for its standard theme-park fare.

    Best Value: Sunshine Season's offers the freshest fare of all counter service restaurants in every park, not to mention variety.
    Best Ethnic: The wraps at Tangierine Cafe provide a delicious break from your usual burger. PLUS: I rarely find a line here.

    Animal Kingdom:
    Best Value & View: Flame Tree Barbecue's tender meat falls off the bone. Enjoy it under the canopy of trees by the river out back.
    Best A/C: I go for Pizzafari's Italian Sandwich over its pizza and head straight back to the last room for a quiet table.

    Disney's Hollywood Studios:
    Best Ambiance: You'd think it was the mile-high sandwich from Starring Rolls that gives it the nod, but to me, its the outside tables so I can people-watch.
    Best A/C: While Studio Catering offers a satisfying Greek Salad and plenty of seating under a shaded canopy, it's still outside.Toy Story Pizza Planet's leg up is its air-conditioning. But beware: its pizzas are average at best and if you have kids, they'll beg you to play the games downstairs.

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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