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Top 12 Counter Service Restaurants at Disney World

If you are on a diet, let us begin with hopes that you don’t judge us for sharing this mouthwatering list of Counter Service Restaurants with you! While some say making a reservation at one of Disney’s Table Service Reservations is the only way to go, they obviously haven’t had the chance to order from these 12 delicious counter service hot spots! These are especially great meals for those spontaneous folks that might not want to make a reservation or stop for a full sit down meal in a restaurant. Instead, order at the counter of these restaurants, snag your food, and grab a table or eat on the move. Let’s get tasting!





 

12 – Docking Bay 7 Food & Cargo @ Disney’s Hollywood Studios

At Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, Chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs’ transport shuttle sits atop Docking Bay 7 as a mobile kitchen and restaurant, turning the hangar into Tuggs’ Grub. Tuggs’ journeys from system to system allow him to fill his pantry with exotic ingredients he uses to make new and unusual dishes, such as Smoked Kaadu Pork Ribs, Endorian Fried Chicken Tip-yip and Batuu-bon for dessert. This new quick-service restaurant is a great choice for an out of this world meal while visiting Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

11 – Sunshine Seasons @ Epcot Theme Park

While most guests plan on dining around World Showcase, we love to grab a bite at Sunshine Seasons found in The Land Pavilion in Future World. Variety alone is a great reason to get a meal here. There are excellent choices for everyone in your party, even the pickiest of eaters! You’ll find an Asian Noodle Shop, a Sandwiches Shop, a Grill Shop, a Soups & Salads Shop, and finally a Kids’ Zone Shop. Plus, there are plenty of desserts at the Bakery Shop.

10 – Casey’s Corner @ Magic Kingdom Theme Park

What would a top counter service list at Disney World be without the beloved and timeless Casey’s Corner located on Main Street U.S.A.?! The American baseball favorites hit a homeroom with a fun menu with items like the Macaroni and Cheese Dog, Corn Dog Nuggets, and even Cracker Jack snacks. It’s not necessarily our favorite for a unique taste unlike any other – but rather a tradition that makes our visits at Magic Kingdom complete!

 

9 – Be Our Guest @ Magic Kingdom Park, Fantasyland

Since its opening, the Beast’s Castle in Fantasyland has seen a constant stream of guests through its doors into the Be Our Guest Restaurant. Not long after opening for a table service dinner, the restaurant began to open as a counter service during lunch and then breakfast. Guests who had a hard time getting a dinner reservation now have more opportunities to experience the restaurant first-hand, with reservations available all day. During lunch, guests order at kiosks or through My Disney Experience up to 30 days before their reservation. That way, guests don’t have to wait long for their food. Wherever you dine in the castle, be sure to take in all the sights and sounds as it is a truly magical experience. With a menu offering dishes like a Croque Monsieur, Tuna Niçoise Salad, or Braised Pork, you’re sure to find something delicious to try – make sure to try the Grey Stuff as well. Dining here at lunch can be a great value as it’s much cheaper than dining at dinner. You’ll still find many of the same menu items and get to enjoy the incredible atmosphere the restaurant offers.

8 – Flame Tree Barbecue @ Animal Kingdom Theme Park

A classic counter-service spot at Animal Kingdom – Flame Tree Barbecue still pulls in our list of favorites! It’s no wonder Flame Tree continues to be a popular counter service destination with its magnificent views and even better food. Between the barbecue selections of pork, turkey, ribs, and chicken – our only complaint here is the difficulty of selecting just one menu item!

Flame Tree Pulled Pork Sandwich

7 – Harambe Market @ Animal Kingdom Theme Park

If you are seeking an array of options with that Animal Kingdom punch of flavors, Harambe Market located in Africa boasts true African inspired food. Take a good look at the 4 different window menus to select your delicious and unique meal.





 

6 – D-Luxe Burger @ Disney Springs – Town Center

Prepare for a meal here with a stack of napkins, as these mouthwatering burgers make this burger joint an easy YES for this list! With a spectacular line-up of burger variety (even a Veggie burger for our vegetarians!), you’ll leave D-Luxe Burger with a satisfied and full belly.

5 – La Catina de San Angel @ Epcot – Mexico Pavilion

These Mexican flavors may be served up counter-service style, but many reviews agree that the taste tops that of the table service restaurant located across the way at San Angel Inn. La Catina de San Angel is a popular counter service destination in Epcot, so be prepared to wait in line and possibly walk while eating since the beautiful seating is limited.

4 – The Polite Pig @ Disney Springs – Town Center

The pig might be polite, but we’ll tell you bluntly… GO, EAT HERE. Dare we say that The Polite Pig’s taste of barbecue tops that of Flame Tree Barbecue?! We’ll create a new hashtag… #PolitePigForTheWin.

3 – Morimoto Asia Street Food @ Disney Springs – The Landing

Morimoto Asia is one step ahead of Planet Hollywood Observatory, with its exterior patio outside of the restaurant now serving as a counter service location. Known as “Street Food,” this is the perfect place to grab a shaded spot under the covered patio or stroll along while snacking. Morimoto wins out as our number one because of their fresh sushi, bao tacos, noodles, and awesome snack options such as the Morimoto Baby Ribs! Despite our usual back seat view, particularly of sushi, we will be revisiting Morimoto’s time and time in the future for their winning tastes.

2 – Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza @ Disney Springs – Town Center

We are slightly biased here as Blaze is an absolute favorite of ours! Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza takes pizza to a new level of fresh. Order an 11″ artisanal pie and step down the line while instructing Cast Members what yummy toppings (over 40!) and sauces you’d like. The restaurant name holds true as the pizza is fired up fast, and you’re on your way to enjoy it. Get a box to go, or better yet – enjoy their beautiful seating inside or outside next to the water.

1 – Satu’li Canteen @ Animal Kingdom – Pandora – The World of Avatar

Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s newest quick-service restaurant, Satu’li Canteen, is a fantastic addition to the quick-service line up at the park. This restaurant is located at the far end of Pandora, and is themed as a long-ago an RDA (Resources Development Administration) mess hall that has now been decked out with a colorful array of Na’vi (Pandora natives) art and cultural items. The food is fresh and far from the regular food you expect to eat at a theme park. On the menu, you’ll find bowls where you’ll choose your protein, base, and sauce for a customized meal. The bowls are filling and delicious!



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About Mike & Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with being Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and RunDisney participants. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire as many MagicBands as possible while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 13 years and are blessed with two children - our 8-year-old daughter and soon to be 2-year-old son. As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.