Looking For The Best Counter Service Meals At The Parks

There are so many options when it comes to counter service restaurants at Walt Disney World, so we decided to give you a quick “best of” list to help you decide what you’re hungry for.

Animal Kingdom

Our first choice is Flame Tree Barbecue. It is, hands down, the best counter service at the Animal Kingdom. And quite possibly one of the best on property. The food is really good and includes barbecue ribs, chicken, and pulled pork. The view is almost better than the food – be sure to find a seat by the water with a perfect view of Expedition Everest. Our second choice is Restaurantosaurus. The food is basic here – hot dogs, burgers, chicken nuggets – but it’s pretty good too. You can walk on the wild side too, and try a macaroni and cheese hot dog. You’ll find Restaurantosarus in DinoLand USA.


Disney’s Hollywood Studios

You’ll find pizza and more at Toy Story Pizza Planet (curiously listed as Pizza Planet Arcade at the Disney Parks website). Located in the Streets of America, this pizza arcade is themed after the Toy Story Movies. The personal size pizzas are rather good and other food items include meatball subs and salads. If you’re looking for a good sandwich that isn’t a burger, check out Studio Catering Co. You’ll find wraps, salads and pressed sandwiches here.



There are so many great counter service choices at Epcot; we couldn’t narrow it down to just two. A favorite for any meal is Sunshine Seasons. It’s one of the few places to find a hot breakfast at Epcot, and for lunch or dinner you can sample Asian food, sandwiches, salads and more. One you’re in World Showcase your dining options are incredible – our favorites include the Tangierine Café, Les Halles Boulangeire and Patisserie, and the Yorkshire County Fish Shop.

Magic Kingdom

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café is always a great option – in addition to three serving bays of food choices, there is ample seating indoors and out. If you’re lucky you can score a seat with a great view of the castle. Columbia Harbour House is a hidden gem at the Magic Kingdom with delicious fried fish and wonderful seating (go upstairs!)

Thanks so much to our guest blogger Traci C. for these fantastic meal suggestions and to the Disney Food Blog for the Exclusive Use of their images!  No matter what you’re hungry for, you’ll be sure to find something delicious at the counter service restaurants. For full menu descriptions visit this page.

Where will you be eating at Walt Disney World?

Leave a Reply