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List of Restaurants to Avoid at Walt Disney World: Quick Service Edition

May 15, 2017
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Here it is folks! You’ve asked for it and we’ve spent some time compiling the Restaurants to Avoid at Walt Disney World – Quick Service Edition!

Few notes before we get to the list:

  • This list is 100% our opinion
  • The list focuses on avoidance…not “BAD”
  • We will give you a couple reasons why, but at the end of the day we all have reasons why we ‘Love’ or ‘Hate’ restaurants.

Take this list as a grain of salt from us at How To MCO, as we want you to have the best experience possible during your trip to Walt Disney World!

Magic Kingdom

Be Our Guest – NAH just playing with ya!

A pastry on a dish being decorated with sauce

Be Our Guest – Copyright Disney

Be Our Guest is by far the BEST Quick Service (Lunch) option within the Disney Theme Parks.

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe

Quick-service area featuring 'Bay 2' for burgers and 'Bay 3' for sandwiches

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe – Copyright Disney

We go from the best to arguably the worst. Cosmic Ray’s Cafe is probably one of the hardest restaurants to stomach when we can’t find anywhere else to eat.

On paper, the menu is actually fairly reasonable. But in reality, the confusion of the “Bays” and overall bland food really hurts the repeatability of this Tomorrowland staple.

The Lunching Pad

Colorful stools, tables and neon sign outside The Lunching Pad restaurant in Tomorrowland

The Lunching Pad – Copyright Disney

Don’t do it. Just don’t.

What the photo doesn’t show is how many seagulls are hanging around this food location. In addition, most of the seats are used by guests waiting for family who are riding Space Mountain.

Pinocchio Village Haus

Main seating area inside Pinocchio Village Haus at Magic Kingdom park

Pinocchio Village Haus – Copyright Disney

Ok, so the Village Haus isn’t actually a bad location. The issue falls into the menu…and lack of variety. Chicken Parmesan and Flatbreads…oh, and no more Figaro Fries (poutine-style cheese sauce loaded goodness).

*Fun Fact – Figaro Fries were re-named ‘Loaded Plaza Fries’ at The Plaza!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom


Restaurantosaurus ordering and counter service area

Restaurantosaurus is completely out of place when you look at the theming of Dinoland USA. On one side of the “highway” is Dinosaur, with the mentality of education and discovery where Chester and Hester’s area is the i-Drive tourist trap. Well, this restaurant has a mix of the “student humor”, which doesn’t quite fit.

Burgers, sandwiches, and chili cheese dogs…this is typical theme park food that we’ve come to expect from competitors outside of the Disney parks…not inside!


Electric Umbrella

Food-ordering area with neon lights, menus and umbrella art on the wall above a long counter

Electric Umbrella – Copyright Disney

Future World is undergoing a full re-imagining as we look at the closing and redesign of multiple attractions, empty buildings and a lack of identity. Does this mean that the restaurants aren’t great? Well in the case of the Electric Umbrella…the fact that it’s within a few minutes walk of some of the best dining options on Disney property is making things difficult. Guests are looking for buzz-words like “sustainable”, “healthy options” and so much more variety than the menu is currently offering.

It’s not a horrible option at all…but keep your Quick Service credits in the World Showcase;)

Refreshment Port

Exterior of Refreshment Port kiosk at World Showcase at Epcot

Refreshment Port – Copyright Disney

Remember when McDonald’s had a presence in all the parks? Well, the Refreshment Port was the location for those mouth-watering McD fries in EPCOT!

What happened when the 10-year “strategic agreement” between Ronald and Mickey ended? The Refreshment Port’s been lingering in the atmosphere for a while, and until they find a true identity, it’s one location that you should definitely skip.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Backlot Express

Service counters inside Backlot Express at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Service counters inside Backlot Express at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Copyright Disney

Burgers, Sandwiches, chicken, and salads…nothing exciting! If you wanted to, check out the interior of the restaurant to see all the awesome Movie Props…and then head over to Rosie’s for lunch;)

ABC Commissary

Two rows of palm trees adorn the interior entryway to ABC Commissary at Disney's Hollywood Studios

ABC Commissary – Copyright Disney

The ABC Commissary is on our list of quick service locations that needs a huge revamp…and so we give it a try every so often just in hopes that it’ll find it’s groove. Unfortunately the love/hate relationship continues. We love the Air Conditioning and hate the food!

Want a piece of advice? Walk through the dining room and actually look at the food that the other guests are eating. This restaurant is guilty of using photoshop to enhance their entrees to a level that we can’t even believe what we’re eating. It’s your typical theme park fare, which doesn’t really help their case.

If you need any more tips be sure to check out our 110 Disney World Trip Planning Tips & Tricks! Or did you know you can order your own Disney vacation planning videos for free? Just head over here to get yours today! Did we miss any restaurants that you always avoid? What would you like to see on (or off) the list? Let us know in the comments!

Here it is folks! You’ve asked for it and we’ve spent some time compiling the Restaurants to Avoid at Walt Disney World – Quick Service Edition!

Here it is folks! You’ve asked for it and we’ve spent some time compiling the Restaurants to Avoid at Walt Disney World – Quick Service Edition!

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5 Responses

  1. At Hollywood Studios, I’d actually recommend Backlot Expess. The food isn’t exciting, but if you’re doing quick service it’s got free drink refills so that makes it the best place to eat, in my opinion.

  2. Totally hear you! I actually frequently stop in for lunch just to grab some chicken tenders and enjoy some AC. However, menu items are totally basic fast food which is why it made our list. If burgers and chicken tenders are what you are going for then it’s definitely not a stop to avoid.

  3. An important thing to note about Disney’s Be Our Guest restaurant – it’s only quick service for lunch, not for dinner. Also, it’s the only quick service restaurant you’ll need to make advance reservations for. This is a big thing! I started making my reservations on the very first day of the 6 months before you go rule and couldn’t get a reservation for breakfast, lunch, or dinner on any of the 8 days we’d be there. I’m still trying, in hopes someone cancels, but still not having any luck. So if you don’t like putting this much effort into a quick service meal, this isn’t the place you’ll want to eat at.

  4. I loved the Electric Umbrella, personally. The lines in the world showcase were a hot mess the day we went to Epcot and food lines were really long for food that was probably gonna make me sick anyway.

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