Why Book Advanced Dining Reservations: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

When people plan their vacation to Walt Disney World, there are so many decisions to make. Guests have to decide where to stay, how many days to spend in the parks, which parks to visit, which FastPasses they want, and my favorite decision – where to eat. Disney allows guests to make dining reservations 180 days before their vacation. While there are a lot of out of this world choices for dining, there are some restaurants that are very popular, and they can be locations where it is hard to get the Advanced Dining Reservations (also called ADRs.)

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The Top 5.5 Quick Service Disney Resort Restaurants – Chosen by Our Fans!

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Updated for 2018!

There is more to a Disney vacation than riding rides and waking up at 5 a.m. to get ready to ride more rides. With so many fabulous resorts on Disney property, many visitors build time into their schedule to visit resorts where they are not staying to see the sites. Disney has an “open resort policy,” where visiting the resorts is allowed and encouraged. Parking is free for now, but that may change in the future.

Visiting with the intentions of having a meal is a great way to fill an afternoon, most especially if you don’t have park tickets or just to give yourself a break mid-vacation from the crazy pace of roller coasters and large crowds.

Read: The Top 20 Best Disney Restaurants, So Says the Fans!

But where should you go? We asked our  Cheapskate Princess Facebook Fans to tell us their favorite resorts for a quick service dining experience that wouldn’t break the bank but give you enough Disney magic to make the visit memorable. Of course, good food was another reason people listed their favorite as well. This list can also be helpful when choosing the resort you would like to vacation in.

So with a tie at number three, here are the fan’s Top 5.5 Disney World Quick Service Resort dining locations.

 

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5. Coronado Springs

Coronado Springs Resort is a Moderate level resort with standard room starting at $285.00 a night during Moderate Season (2018.) Dining options here are unique/themed dining at the Maya Grill, quick-service options like Café Rix, Pepper Market, and Siestas Cantina, and in-room pizza service.

For a quick meal at this resort, visit the Pepper Market food court: pancakes, omelets, crème brûlée French toast, breakfast burritos and Mexican fare, salads and sandwiches, grill items, hot sandwiches, pizza and pasta, kids’ picks and drinks, plus wine, beer and margaritas.

The price per meal is $15.00 and under up to $29.99 per adult meal, and some dining plans are accepted.

Use this Disney link for breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.

Coronado Springs Pepper Market

Coronado Springs restaurant food court

Coronado Springs lake

4. Pop Century

Pop Century Resort is a Value level resort with standard rooms starting at $138.00 a night during Moderate Season (2018.) Dining options here are quick service at Everything Pop Shopping and Dining and Petals Pool Bar and in-room pizza delivery.

For a quick meal at this resort, visit the Everything Pop Shopping and Dining, where you can choose food from any of 7 stations: grab ’n’ go items, grill fare, pizza, pasta, sandwiches, healthy choices and ethnic cuisine. Specialties include oven-fired flatbreads, lo mein, pan-seared fish and house-made desserts.

Prices per meal are $14.99 and under per adult meal, and some dining plans are accepted.

Use this Disney link for breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.

Read: What You Can NOT Wear to Walt Disney World Theme Parks

3. Art of Animation (tie)

The Art of Animation Resort is a Value level resort with standard room starting at $164.00 a night during Moderate Season. Dining options here are in-room pizza delivery and the quick service food court called the Landscape of Flavors.

For a quick meal at this resort, visit the Landscape of Flavors for international and American favorites, including build-your-own burgers, oven-roasted meats and veggies, and an array of hot and iced coffee drinks.

The price per meal is $14.99 and under per adult meal, and some dining plans are accepted.

Use this Disney link for breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.

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3. Port Orleans French Quarter (tie)

Port Orleans French Quarter is a Moderate level resort with standard room starting at $256.00 per night during Moderate Season (2018.)  Dining options here are quick-service dining at Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory Food Court, lounges like Scat Cat’s Club and Mardi Grogs, and in-room Pizza Delivery.

For a quick meal at this resort, visit the Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory Food Court. Here you will dine like a Mardi Gras reveler as giant parade icons float overhead. Bite into beignets for breakfast or a King Creole platter until 11:00 AM, and then feast on muffalettas and other sandwiches, burgers, pizza, salads, ice cream and more.

The price per meal is $14.99 and under per adult, and some dining plans are accepted.

Use this Disney link for breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.

Read: What Items Can You NOT Bring to Walt Disney World Theme Parks?

2. Wilderness Lodge

Wilderness Lodge is a Deluxe level resort with standard room starting at $341.00 per night during Moderate Season. Dining options here are Fine/Signature Dining at Artist Point, Unique/Themed Dining, at Whispering Canyon Café, Quick-Service dining at Roaring Fork and Geyser Point Bar & Grill. Lounges like the Territory Lounge and room service is available from 6:30 AM to 11:30 AM and 4:00 PM to midnight.

For a quick meal at this resort, visit the Roaring Fork. Here you will find continental and hot breakfast served in the morning and gourmet sandwiches, salads, grill items and pizza later on in the day. Popular items are the roast beef bleu cheese sandwich or a turkey and brie. Beer and wine are also available.

Geyser Point Bar & Grill was built in 2017, with a walk-up window and an all-day menu. You can enjoy meals from the comfort of your lounge chair or at a table on the restaurant’s spacious outdoor deck.

The price per meal is $14.99 and under per adult meal, and some dining plans are accepted.

Use this Disney link for breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.

Read: How Can You Save Money on Disney World Souvenirs? One Four Letter Word…

Wilderness Lodge Roaring Forks cafe

Wilderness Lodge counter service restaurant

Wilderness Lodge

1. Port Orleans Riverside

Port Orleans Riverside is a Moderate Level Resort with standard rooms starting at $247.00 per night during Moderate Season (2018.) Dining options there are casual dining at Boatwright’s Dining Hall, quick-service like the Riverside Mill Food Court, lounges like River Roost and Muddy Rivers Pool Bar, and in-room pizza delivery.

For a quick meal, head over to the Riverside Mill food court.

Enjoy a taste of New Orleans at this food court by the big mill wheel that powers an actual working cotton press. There are six stations to satisfy any craving, from bakery, grill, pizza & pasta, to specialties, salads and a carving station. Choose a grab ’n’ go item and take it with you.

The price per meal is $14.99 and under per adult meal, and some dining plans are accepted.

Use this Disney link for breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.  

Disney World Port Orleans French Quarter restaurant

Port Orleans French Quarter foor court

Port Orleans French Quarter restaurant

And there you have six restaurants our Cheapskate Princess Facebook Fans felt were the best locations to grab a quick bite to eat while staying at or just visiting the Disney Resorts. These may not be everyone’s favorite restaurant choices, we realize that. My personal favorite resort for a quick meal is the Contemporary, but that didn’t even get enough votes to make this particular list. But I always think it’s a good idea to take more than one person’s opinion anyway.

If you want to get in on some voting, come find the Cheapskate Princess Facebook Fans.

Hungry now?!

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you in line for a quick bite to eat.

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The Top 20 Best Disney Restaurants, So Says the Fans!

where to eat at Disney World

Updated for 2018!

Ever feel like you eat at the same restaurants all the time? I fall into that category when we head to Disney, because I don’t like stepping out of my foodie comfort zone. I really dislike taking a gamble with my vacation dollars. There are over 140 restaurants at the Walt Disney World Resort, with over half of these taking Advance Dining Reservations 180 days before people check in at the resort front desk. That’s a lot of choices, and to get a table, sometimes you have to make those decisions months in advance. This sort of pressure can take the fun right out of your vacation planning, but not planning can literally take the yummy Disney food right out of your mouth. [Read more…]