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Eat Where the Pros Do in Walt Disney World

Knowing where to eat in Walt Disney World is an important part of a Walt Disney World vacation.  Disney offers three basic dining options throughout the Resorts, Parks, and Disney Springs.  Guests are able to choose from table-service restaurants where they are waited on by amazing Disney Cast Members, quick-service where they pick up their food from a counter, or snacks which they can find at both quick-service locations as well kiosks.

Even though Walt Disney World has made huge strides when it comes to dining, not all options are created equal.  We have the top places the pros eat in each of the four Theme Parks.

Magic Kingdom

As the main Park in Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom has a variety of choices, but which ones are the best?

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Spring Roll Cart:  Adventureland

The first option that the pros find themselves eating at Disney’s Main Park is the Spring Roll Cart found outside of Adventureland.  This snack cart offers two spring roll options each day.  The popular cheeseburger spring roll is the standard option that tastes just like a delicious cheeseburger.

The second flavor rotates between different ones all of which have been delicious as well.  Favorites have been the pepperoni pizza spring roll or the current 50th celebration flavor which is pastrami and pepper jack with a mustard dipping sauce.

These are a great snack option or fantastic for a quick light meal.

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Sleepy Hollow:  Liberty Square

Another great option in Magic Kingdom that the pros head to is a quick-service location in Liberty Square.  Sleepy Hollow provides great and delicious choices for the whole day.  The most popular options are the sweet-and-spicy chicken waffle sandwich or the Nutella waffle with fresh fruit.

These two items are large and easy to share, but also make a great meal.  This dining location gets extremely busy so make sure you mobile order ahead of time.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The Park right now in Walt Disney World that isn’t known for its food is Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  So where do the pros go when they are hungry in this popular Disney Park?

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Ronto Rosters:  Star Wars:  Galaxy’s Edge

It doesn’t matter if it is breakfast time or dinner time, Ronto Rosters in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a fantastic option for something to eat.  Even though the menu is extremely small, the ronto wraps are fantastic.  You will find the pros enjoying meals here throughout the day.

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Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge: Hollywood Boulevard

Another fantastic option that the pros love is the Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge.  This lounge is located right on Hollywood Boulevard making it a great spot for people-watching in the Park.  The cobb salad is the item of choice for the pros.  There is also a martini flight and a margarita flight that the pros enjoy.  The lounges at Disney don’t take reservations, so make sure you get there early to get on the waitlist so you don’t miss out.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom 

Unlike Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom has a variety of great food options to choose from for delicious meals and snacks.  Here are the top choices by the pros.

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Flame Tree Barbecue: Discovery Island

For fans of barbecue, Flame Tree is a must-do dining experience.  It offers a variety of meat options from chicken and ribs to pulled pork.  The food is fresh and the flavor is fantastic.  Don’t miss out on the fries with mac n’ cheese and pulled pork great for a snack or a light side.

Satuli Canteen

Satu’li Canteen:  Pandora

For a fresh and unique option, pro head over to the Satu’li Canteen in Pandora.  Here you can make your own bowl with meat, sauce, and a base.  This is a great option for those looking for something lighter.  Try the cheeseburger pods as well.  They are a fantastic treat.


EPCOT is the Disney Park known for its amazing food options.  With the different festivals to experience, there is always some good to try out.  When you narrow it down though, where do the pros head?

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie
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Le Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie:  France Pavilion

A hidden gem in the EPCOT the pros love to stop by is Le Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie is France.  Here you can find a variety of amazing pastries as well as fresh bread.  These make amazing breakfast options as well as fun snacks.  With the update to the France Pavilion, there are great places to sit and take in the beauty of the area.

Garden Grill
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Garden Grill:  Land Pavilion

We haven’t mentioned any character meals as most of the pros skip these, but one that does stand out is Garden Grill.  Here Guests can enjoy not only a great variety of food but also views of Living with the Land and visits from some characters.  This meal is good for big eaters as it is family-style and fun with the unique moving dining area.

Regal Eagle
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Regal Eagle Smokehouse:  Craft Drafts & Barbecue:  American Pavilion

We know we already mentioned one barbecue place, but the food and portions at Regal Eagle aren’t to be skipped.  With a variety of meats to choose from, Guests will also enjoy the sauce bar and drink options.  Don’t skip by this quick-service location in EPCOT.

It is hard to narrow down where to eat in Walt Disney World while on vacation.  With so many options in all four Theme Parks, the choices seem overwhelming.  We hope by providing the top places the pros eat in Walt Disney World, you will be able to make a better decision when it comes to where you want to eat when you are in Walt Disney World next.


Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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