• On Apr 10, 2018
    Phoebe from Suffolk Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What is the difference between quick service and counter service? And should I book reservations using ADR for quick and counter service or leave it the day and hope to get in?

    Hi there, Phoebe! Thanks for trusting the Disney Parks Moms Panel to help you plan your adventure to the Walt Disney World Resort!

    Quick service and counter service are interchangeable terms for restaurants where you generally walk up to a counter, order and pay for your food, pick up your food, and then take it to a table. There are some food carts and trucks that are much smaller establishments that might be considered more of a quick-service option than a counter-service option, but generally the terms mean the same thing. Additionally, counter-service dining restaurants do not accept reservations. So, when you are planning your advanced dining reservations up to 180 days in advance, you only need to focus on table-service restaurants. 

    Although you can’t reserve a table in advance, many counter-service dining locations do have the option to order your meal ahead of time using mobile ordering on the My Disney Experience app! This service is so convenient and time efficient because you can set up your order from anywhere; then when you arrive at the restaurant, simply tap “I’m Here, Prepare My Order” and your food and/or beverage will be prepared right away. You will pick up your food at a designated counter/window for mobile orders and skip most of the line! Further, if you are using a Disney dining plan, you can even pay for your mobile order with your dining plan entitlements. 

    I hope this helps clarify things a bit for you. Please stop by again with any other questions you may have!

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Meet the Panelist: Linda, Colorado

Hi there! I'm Linda from Colorado. The Disneyland Resort has always held a special place in my heart and now I enjoy Disney Parks vacations with my own family at least once a year. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have a wonderfully silly daughter together. I love sharing my Disney Parks knowledge with anyone and everyone and I'm so excited to help you plan your next Disneyland Resort adventure! Learn More About Linda

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