Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On May 28, 2014
    Savannah from OH 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.

    Our family is coming to Disney World in June, and I've only made three dining reservations. I notice that a lot of dining options say "quick service." Does this mean no reservation required and how likely is it that we'll have to wait a while to

    Hi Savannah,

    Thanks for your question. Any restaurant that is listed as "quick service" or "counter service" does not accept reservations. In most cases, at these venues you will stand in line to order and then carry your food to a table yourself. The wait depends entirely on how long the line is.

    However, just because a restaurant is quick service doesn't mean it will offer just burgers and fries (though those are readily available). At Epcot, for example, there are quick service dining options in each pavilion of the World Showcase with interesting selections. My family particularly likes Les Halles Boulangerie and Patisserie in France, Katsura Grill in Japan and Tangierine Cafe in Morocco. You will also find lots of great choices at Sunshine Seasons in Future World.

    At Magic Kingdom, our favorite quick service spot is Columbia Harbour House. You'll also find good sandwiches on waffles at Sleepy Hollow and a variety of sandwiches, chicken dishes and salads at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe.

    At Hollywood Studios, check out the Starring Rolls Cafe or Fairfax Faire. The seating in the outdoor Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge is first-come, first-served with no reservations accepted. You can get many of the same upscale dishes there as you can inside the adjacent Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant.

    All our favorite food at Animal Kingdom is served at quick serve spots such as Tamu Tamu Refreshments, Flame Tree Barbecue and Mr. Kamal's.

    Downtown Disney also has many counter service establishments and a collection of food trucks.

    You can find the menus for most of the quick service locations on the Disney website and on the independent site If you browse those menus, you will see that there are some delicious options outside the table service restaurants.

    I hope that helps. Please check back with me if you need more details. I love talking about Disney dining. Enjoy!

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We live 90 miles from Walt Disney World and have visited frequently for 20 years. Disney is the place our family can relax together, try new things (especially interesting food) and have conversations, no matter what park we visit or where we stay.
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