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When it comes to eating, I am your girl. Well, except for last week when I had the stomach virus (Happy New Year…NOT!). Any other time, I am all about food, especially when it comes to Disney food! I am a sucker for Disney’s Quick Service Dining Plan. I am all for taking full advantage of pricey menus, devouring every morsel of goodness, and going so far as to leave no dining plan credits behind!
All of that said, I am always bummed when I hear people didn’t enjoy the dining plan. Of course I ask what went wrong and I overwhelmingly hear back “all they have to eat is burgers!” I always dig a little deeper saying something like, “tell me more about that…” 9 times out of 10 they are on the quick service plan and have eaten some combination of burgers/chicken nuggets for the entire trip, twice a day.
I always cringe to know they missed out on the golden opportunity awaiting them that Disney calls quick service! Today, I am sharing my favorite quick service locations/offerings. We are going beyond burgers and basics and uncovering some of the best the mouse has to offer! Let’s get grubbin’!
Think outside the bun…
Yes, there are a lot of places at Disney World that you can grab a burger and fries. You can actually find the same configuration of combos and offerings across many different restaurants throughout the parks. The trick to finding options beyond burgers is to think outside the bun! Typically, you can find a few unique items on each menu, even if the standard choices are front and center. For example, Restaurantosaurus in Disney’s Animal Kingdom offers shrimp po boys, grilled veggie sandwiches, and taco salads (while still offering burgers and nuggets). My favorite quick service restaurant, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in the Magic Kingdom has a ton of options, including my favorite meal, the 1/2 rotisserie chicken meal served with veggies and mashed potatoes. Think outside the bun and you’ll see that there really are loads of options when it comes to quick service restaurants.
There are many people out there who think of Walt Disney World as a place for kids and families, and it is true that they do cater largely to that crowd. BUT, that isn’t all they do – they work hard to make WDW a place where those of all ages can go to have fun. Personally, I love WDW even more as an adult than I did as a kid, and in case you are on the fence, here are my top 5 reasons why you should give WDW a try for your next adult vacation:
1. It’s Truly a “World” of it’s own – It’s a place where you can forget your stress and cares, and enjoy the rides, sites and characters that are around every corner at WDW. It will make you feel like a kid, and it’s truly one of the best places to have fun and enjoy yourselves!
2. The FOOD – At a lot of other theme parks, the food options range from deep fried chicken fingers and fries to ice cream and hamburgers, without a lot of variety or healthy options readily available. Disney takes Park cuisine to a whole new level – they really do have it all. There are plenty of counter service restaurants around the Parks, where you will find the standard burgers/fries/chicken, but where they also have more unique items like BBQ ribs, salads, sandwiches, soups, paninis, and delicious desserts. If you’re in the mood to relax and enjoy a sit down meal, then there are tons of sit down restaurants that range from casual to fancy with dress codes, and offer fresh seafood, delicious steaks, and plenty of other options. And if you’re more into the “all you can eat” type of cuisine, Disney has some really delicious buffets, some of which are character meals, where you can enjoy a buffet and get the chance to meet and greet your favorite characters all at the same time! We like using Disney Dining for all of our Food News & Reviews!
Epcot’s World Showcase is my favorite place to visit at WDW when my stomach begins to rumble, but it can be so hard to choose which restaurant to visit due to the seemingly endless list of choices, menus, and cuisine!
While I have only put a dent in the list of all the dining opportunities available at the World Showcase, some of the restaurants I have visited are now on my favorites list and one of those is Les Chefs de France!
Here are my top 5 reasons why you should visit Les Chefs de France on your next trip!
5. Service-As with most of my World Showcase experiences, the service here was excellent! On my most recent visit to Les Chefs de France, I had one of the best waiters that I have ever had. I think World Showcase servers work twice as hard as they are not only there to deliver Disney quality service, but also to strive to represent their respective nations. Therefore, I highly recommend this restaurant for high quality service which will have you spoiled!
4. Setting-Les Chefs de France is situated on a corner of the France pavilion and looks as if it belongs on a vintage post card! If you can get a table in one of the atriums, you can get a great view of the picturesque France pavilion and Showcase lagoon. This is especially pretty at night! If you don’t get a table with a view, you can still enjoy the elegant interior and French ambiance.
There are so many things that make my family and I smile at Walt Disney World. The first glimpse of Cinderella Castle as we walk down Main Street, a Mickey balloon, and the smell of cinnamon rolls wafting out of the Main Street Bakery(before Starbucks takes over) just to name a few. One of our absolute favorite reasons to smile at Disney is the food! Planning our dining experiences and trying new restaurants is great fun for us. Some of the restaurants we have tried have become favorites while a few other have been more of a one time experience.
Hands down, our absolute favorite place to eat is ‘Ohana at the Polynesian resort. The first time we ate there we saw a long line of people waiting for a table in a standby line. We looked at each other and asked each other, “Why would you possibly wait in a line like that for dinner?” Well, when we had finished our dinner and were leaving, slowly, with oh so happy stomachs, waiting in that line made perfect sense to us!
The meal is served family style and the Cast Members make you feel like family from the moment you arrive at the restaurant. The atmosphere is beautiful and lots of fun for everyone in the family. And then there’s the food…the glorious food.
So you’ve decided to go to Walt Disney World for your vacation – first off, let me congratulate you on making such a smart decision! So now that you know where you’re going, it’s time to plan – and if it’s your first trip, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the information that’s out there. So, here’s some tips on what you can expect for your WDW trip:
“Not Your Typical Vacation” – WDW is a fast paced, crowded world of Parks and Resorts, and for many its not exactly what you would call “relaxing”. That being said, there ARE ways you can relax and enjoy your surroundings – you can “Resort Hop” and check out the shops, take a stroll, and grab a drink at the bar of all the different WDW Resorts, or you can spend the morning at the Park and leave after lunch (when the Parks tend to get more crowded), for a nap and some pool time back at your Resort, or you can check out some of the lesser known WDW Restaurants and try some new and unique cuisine
The Weather – Florida weather can be….unpredictable at best. During the summer, its likely that it will rain most afternoons, so be prepared and bring a poncho along with you while touring the Parks. The heat and sun can be intense too, so I recommend lots of sunscreen and plenty of water to help you stay hydrated and happy! Basically, expect the unexpected and prepare for any/every scenario when it comes to Disney World weather