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How to Keep Kids Happy and Fed With Quick Service Options at Disney

Ensuring everyone is fed and fueled is integral to a Walt Disney World vacation. When traveling with kids, this can be tricky. Walt Disney World offers two primary dining options for Guests. Table service restaurants are sit-down options that require reservations. If you want to be waited on and experience a longer meal, this is the option you want to choose.

For those looking for a faster option, quick service will be your top choice at Walt Disney World. These locations can be found throughout the four Disney Parks and Disney Resorts. Most places offer mobile ordering through the My Disney Experience app.

Mobile ordering is a must-do when choosing to dine at quick service locations. Through this feature, you can place your order, prompt it to be prepared, and then pick it up at a specific window when it is completed. This can save you a lot of time and frustration in line during mealtime.

Although we love both options at Walt Disney World, we will dive into some of the best quick service locations when traveling with kids. This might mean that these locations will be more basic, but we wanted to make sure you knew where you could find those chicken nuggets when in one of the four Disney Parks.

Baked Macaroni & Cheese, Flame Tree Barbecue
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Disney’s Animal Kingdom

We will start with Disney Park, which has the best quick service options. Disney’s Animal Kingdom has some fantastic opportunities for fast service; however, most locations are more unique, making it difficult for picky eaters.

Flame Tree Barbecue- Discovery Island:  One option for kids in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is Flame Tree Barbecue. Kids can find fun items like a chicken drumstick or pulled pork platter and a classic choice like a hot dog or Uncrustable. There are also sides, such as graham crackers and Cuties as well.

Restaurantosaurus- DinoLand U.S.A. If you travel with picky eaters during your Disney’s Animal Kingdom visit, your best bet is heading to DinoLand. You can find Restaurantosaurus, which provides Disney basics such as chicken nuggets, hot dogs, and burgers.

If you are traveling with picky eaters, explore some of the top dining at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. You won’t be disappointed.

Liege Waffle, Connections Eatery, EPCOT
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EPCOT has so many outstanding dining options throughout the Park. The difficulty can be finding something for everyone. There are a few options if you want one location that everyone can order from.

Sunshine Seasons- Land Pavilion:  If you are traveling with kids that might be slightly picky, we recommend Sunshine Seasons for a quick service option. Sunshine Seasons has a few walk-up windows you can order from, like a cafeteria. Because of the different areas, you can have various food choices.

Kids can have pizza, chicken nuggets, or even chicken drumsticks. Parents might enjoy the Asian cuisine or tacos that are offered.

Connections Eatery- World Celebration: A new option for Guests in EPCOT is Connections Eatry. Here Guests can find options such as burgers, chicken sandwiches, and the famous liege waffle. Pizzas, salads, and kids’ meals are also on the menu. The variety should make it easy for everyone to find something they want from Connections Eatry.

BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger

Magic Kingdom

There are numerous options at Magic Kingdom regarding quick service for kids.

Casey’s Corner- Main Street, U.S.A.:  Our first suggestion for a quick service location that kids will enjoy at the Magic Kingdom is Casey’s Corner. Although this dining location isn’t huge, and the menu is limited, most kids are happy with the offerings.

At Casey’s Corner, Guests will enjoy hot dogs or corn dog nuggets.  There is not a lot of variety in food choices, but the corn dog nuggets are a definite top choice. Grab some of these and then sit outside to enjoy the views of the castle or even catch a cavalcade as it comes by.

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe:  Tomorrowland:  Our other pick for the Magic Kingdom is Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe. Again, the menu here is essential but also something kids will love. The menu is typical Theme Park options such as burgers, chicken nuggets, and chicken sandwiches, but sometimes that is all our kids want.

The best part of Cosmic Ray’s is the fantastic performance Guests can enjoy from Sonny Eclipse. The kids will enjoy seeing him play, while parents can enjoy some downtime.

Cosmic Rays also has a larger dining area making it easier to find places to sit, and it does have great views of Tomorrowland and the castle.

Backlot Express
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Disney’s Hollywood Studios

This is Disney Park which is working hard to improve dining. Over the last few years, adding some dining locations and updating others has provided more family options at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Backlot Express- Echo Lake:  One option we like for kids is Backlot Express. This menu has a variety of unique items as well as classic Theme Park food. We want adults to enjoy special items, such as a Cuban sandwich, and the kids can choose to have an Uncrustable.

The vast dining location makes mobile ordering and finding a spot easy. If you are looking for a good dessert, check if the Wookie Cookie is available. You won’t be sorry.

Sunset Boulevard: Our other suggestion in Disney’s Hollywood Studios when looking for quick service options with kids is to head down Sunset Boulevard. This street has a variety of food stands that kids could choose from. Roise’s All American Cafe, Fairfax Fare, and Catalina Eddie’s are great quick-service locations. Find a table and use mobile ordering to avoid standing in different lines.

Ensuring your kids stand fueled throughout a Walt Disney World vacation is essential but can also be stressful. We hope that providing these quick service options in each of the four Disney Parks will make you feel more confident when heading down for your vacation.

Related: Quick Service Not to Miss at Disney Resorts





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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