September 19, 2018

My 5 Favourite Quick Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World!

Hello everyone! I hope you are settling into a routine once again as September keeps trucking along! Today I’m back with a Disney related post, all about food! I’m sharing my 5 favourite Quick Service Restaurants in Walt Disney World in no particular order, with what I would order if I was there right now! I’ve picked one from each park, and 2 from Epcot (Future World & World Showcase). I’ll be back in a few weeks with my 5 favourite table service restaurants, and my 5 favourite resort restaurants! Okay, without further ado let’s jump in!

 

https://youtu.be/4MkyRZsWFj0

What is a Quick Service Restaurant?

Quick Service would be similar to a McDonald’s or Panera Bread, where you place your order at a counter, and carry your food back to an open seating area with a tray. They are less expensive than the sit down or Table Service Restaurants.

 

Special Notes

I want to start this out with mentioning that I am a pescatarian, so I don’t eat meat but do eat fish. So you won’t be seeing any hamburgers or turkey legs in this list!

 

Another thing I wanted to mention, is that this list can change! It’s totally dependent on your touring style of the parks. On my trips I tend to be in the parks all day, so I eat at these restaurants a lot! For someone who spends more time at the resorts, it might be hard to even pick something in the parks! I think it’s an interesting conversation, and I’d love to know what you think!

 

Epcot- World Showcase-Tangierine Cafe (Morocco Pavillion)

I ate here for the first time with my family in 2012, and really liked it! The vegetable platter was delicious, and they had lots of options for the rest of my family. I always forget about the restaurants in this pavillion, even though it is one of my favourites to wander!

If I was there right now I would order the vegetable platter again!

 

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Magic Kingdom- columbia harbour house (Liberty Square)

Ethan and I dined here for the first time in 2015, as part of our Keys to the Kingdom Tour (which I would HIGHLY recommend)! I think Ethan had the Lobster roll, and I think I had the Shrimp & Fish Combo. I don’t generally go for Lobster Rolls, but I remember trying some of Ethan’s and really liking it! I love the upstairs seating area because it’s a little bit more quiet, and sitting by the window makes for such a nice view! Definitely my go-to in Magic Kingdom.

If I were there right now, I would order the Salmon, which I’ve heard is really good!

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Epcot- Future World-sunshine seasons (The Land Pavillion)

I think The Land pavillion might be my favourite, and Sunshine Seasons has a TON of food options! I’ve eaten there many times before, and I like sitting and watching the sheer number of people going in and out of the pavillion, heading to and from Soarin’. They have the iced coffee I fell in love with on my 2013 trip, and a lot of vegetarian options. I can’t remember off the top of my head an entree that I’ve eaten there, but most likely a vegetarian wrap or sandwich. And the cheesecake, because cheesecake is my favourite. It’s set up like the Quick Service in the hotels, with different areas to order from.

If I was going there right now, I’d probably get the Vegan Korma with Gardein® Meatless Chik’n, it sounds pretty good!

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Animal Kingdom-harambe market (africa)

We ate here on our Animal Kingdom day in 2016, and there were 9 of us total so there were plenty of options! Ethan and I both got the roasted vegetables, and I remember them being very flavourful! I would also reccommend the Bibo or Sparberry drinks, you can sample them for free in Club Cool at Epcot!

If I was going back today I would get the roasted vegetables again!

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Hollywood Studios-PizzeRizzo (Grand Avenue)

I’m going to be completely honest with this one stating two things. 1) I’ve never actually eaten here, but I did when it was Toy Story Pizza Planet (RIP), and it pretty much just changed in theme. 2) This is the only Quick Service restaurant I can think of that I’ve gone to multiple times in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The pizzas are okay, but definitely fill you up, and sometimes are even enough to split. When I’ve been on the Disney Dining Plan in the past, it was more than enough food because it comes with a side salad and dessert.

If I was there right now, I would order the cheese pizza with pasta salad and a tiramisu (the menu has changed slightly since it was Pizza Planet).

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honorable mentions:

Yorkshire country fish shop (World Showcase at Epcot)- you can’t go wrong with Fish & Chips! The seating area by the water is really nice, and I’ve eaten my fish & chips there before!

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Be Our Guest (breakfast or lunch at Magic Kingdom)- I’ve only done the lunch at Be Our Guest, but I really enjoyed it! I had the quinoa salas, and would probably try the vegetarian French Onion Soup if I were there right now!

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To find menus and more, check out the Walt Disney World Website hereAlso if you want to see lots about the food in Disney, check out Disney Food Blog!

If you’d like to hear more about my 5 favourite quick service restaurants in the Walt Disney World parks, check out the video below!

What’s your go-to quick service restaurant? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you so much for joining me today!

Kelsey
September 5, 2018

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels: The Villas Part 2!

Hello friends! Happy September! I’m trying not to freak out as I type that, because I get married this month! Today I’m sharing the final post in the Walt Disney World Resort Hotels series with Part 2 all about The Villas! I’ll be sharing the different room configurations, starting prices, and more! All prices listed are as of August 11th, 2018. Okay, let’s get started!

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Just a reminder that Villas are larger accommodations generally for Disney Vacation Club members. And Club Level is a special level of the resort that has a private concierge and special access lounge with food available throughout the day.

Animal Kingdom Villas: Jambo House (main building)

Located in the Animal Kingdom Resort Area, transportation is available by bus, and prices start at $337/night.

  • Studio Value (1 Queen bed and 1 Double Sleeper Sofa)
  • Deluxe Studio Standard View (1 Queen bed and 1 Double Sleeper Sofa)
  • Deluxe Studio Savanna View (1 Queen bed and 1 Double Sleeper Sofa)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa Value (1 King Bed and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa Standard View (1 King bed, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Twin Sleeper Chair)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa Savanna View (1 King bed, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Twin Sleeper Chair)
    • Club Level: Deluxe Studio (1 Queen Bed and 1 Double Sleeper Sofa)
    • 1 Bedroom Villa (1 King Bed, 1 Double Sleeper Sofa and 1 Twin Sleeper Sofa)

All food options are shared between Jambo House and Kidani Village. The Table Service options are Jiko, Boma and Sanaa, The Mara is the Quick Service option.

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Animal Kingdom Villas: Kidani Village

Same location as Jambo House (just beside it), and transportation is also available by bus. Room start at $397/night.

  • Deluxe Studio Standard View (1 Queen bed and 1 Double Sleeper Sofa)
  • Deluxe Studio Savannah View (1 Queen bed and 1 Double Sleeper Sofa)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa Standard View (1 King bed, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa, and 1 Twin Sleeper Chair)
  • 1 Bedroom Savanna View (1 King bed, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa, and 1 Twin Sleeper Chair)
  • 2 Bedroom Villa Standard View (1 King Bed, 2 queen Beds, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa, and 1 Twin Sleeper Chair)
  • 2 Bedroom Villa Savanna View (1 King Bed, 2 queen Beds, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa, and 1 Twin Sleeper Chair)

Food options: as mentioned above, there are all shared between the two buildings.

Ethan and I have talked about making our next trip one where we stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge, and although I only have a bit of an idea when that would be, I think it would be great! The food is supposed to be amazing, so I know I will have to eat a lot there!

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boardwalk Villas

Located in the Epcot Resort Area, where transportation is available by boat and bus, plus you can walk to Epcot and Hollywood Studios! Room prices start at $444/ night.

  • Deluxe Studio Standard View (1 Queen Bed, 1 Double Sleeper Sofa, and 1 Single pull down bed)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa ( 1 King bed and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa)
  • 2 Bedroom Lock-off Villa (1 King Bed, 1 Queen Bed, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa, 1 Double Sleeper Sofa and 1 Single Pull Down Bed)

Food Options: all shared with the rest of the Boardwalk resort. Flying Fish, Trattoria Al Forno, Big River Grille & Brickworks , and USPN Club are the Table Service Restaurants, and Boardwalk Bakery is the Quick Service Option.

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beach club Villas

Beach Club is also located in the Epcot Resort area, and again you can get around by bus or boat (or by walking to Epcot or Hollywood Studios). Rooms start at $444/night.

  • Deluxe Studio (1 Double Sleeper Sofa, 1 Queen Bed and 1 Single Pull Down Bed)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa ( 1 King Bed and 1 Queen Size Sleeper Sofa or 1 King Bed and 1 Double Sleeper Sofa)
  • 2 Bedroom Villa (1 King Bed, 2 Queen beds and 1 Queen sleeper sofa)

Food options: all shared with the rest of Beach Club! Beaches and Cream, Cape May Cafe, Ale and Compass, and Yachtsman Steakhouse are the Table Service options, and Beach Club Marketplace is the Quick Service option.

At Beach club, the blue buildings are the “normal” Beach Club Resort, the green buildings are the Villas, and the grey ones are Yacht Club!

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wilderness lodge: boulder ridge villas

Located in the Magic Kingdom resort area, and transportation is available by bus and boat. Prices start at $417/night.

  • Deluxe Studio (1 Queen bed, 1 Double Sleeper Sofa and 1 Single Pull Down Bed)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa (1 King Bed and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa)
  • 2 Bedroom Villa (1 King Bed, 2 Queen Beds and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa)

Food options: shared with the rest of Wilderness Lodge, Artist Point, Whispering Canyon Cafe, and Geyser Point are all of the Table Service options, Roaring Fork is the Quick Service option.

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wilderness lodge: copper creek villas

Same location as Boulder Ridge Villas (just a different area of the resort). Transportation is available by boat and bus, and rooms start at $438/night.

  • Deluxe Studio (1 Queen Bed and 1 Queen Size Sleeper Sofa)
  • Deluxe Studio with Walk in Shower (1 Queen Bed and 1 Queen Size Sleeper Sofa)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa (1 King Bed and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa)
  • 2 Bedroom Villa (1 King Bed, 2 Queen Beds and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa)
  • 3 Bedroom Grand Villa (1 King Bed, 4 Queen Beds and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa)
  • Cabins: (1 King Bed, 1 Queen Bed, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa, 1 Single Pull Down Bed, and 1 Twin Sleeper Chair)

Food options: same as above!

For more information on the resorts mentioned, check out the Walt Disney World website here.

If you’d like to hear more about these Villas at Walt Disney World, check out the video below!

 

Other posts in the Walt Disney World Resort Hotels Series

The Value Resorts

The Moderate Resorts

The Deluxe Resorts: Part 1

The Deluxe Resorts: Part 2

The Villas: Part 1

The Villas: Part 2 (you’re here!)

Which of these resorts would you most like to stay at? Let me know in the comments below! I think my pick would be Animal Kingdom, although I’d like to eventually stay at every resort!

Thank you so much for joining me today!

Kelsey
August 29, 2018

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels: The Villas Part 1!

Hello friends! I hope you are well! Today I’m sharing another post in the Walt Disney World Resort post series, with Part 1 all about the Villas! I’m sharing the room configurations available, starting prices and the food options available! All prices listed are as of August 11th, 2018. Okay, let’s get started!

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The first thing to note is what makes the villas different! The Villas are larger accommodations that are generally used by Disney Vacation Club members. If you’d like to hear more about Disney Vacation Club, start with this post, then check this one about how I became a DVC member!

 

Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs is located in the Disney Springs Resort area, and transportation is available by boat and bus. Rooms start at $347 per night.

  • Deluxe Studio (1 Queen bed and 1 Double Sleeper Sofa)
  • Deluxe Studio Preferred Location* (1 Queen bed and 1 Double Sleeper Sofa)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa (1 King Bed and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa Preferred Location* (1 King Bed and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa)
  • 2 Bedroom Villa (1 King Bed, 2 Queen Beds, and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa)
  • 2 Bedroom Villa Preferred Location* (1 King Bed, 2 Queen Beds, and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa)
  • Treehouse Villa (2 Queen beds, 1 Bunk Bed and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa)

*Preferred location means the room is closer to the main building, transportation and food options.

Food Options: The Artists Palette is the Table Service restaurant, and The Paddock Grill is the Quick Service restaurant.

 

Saratoga Springs is a great option if you like to spend time at Disney Springs, because you can walk there! I think it would be fun to try staying in that area of WDW.

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Old Key West

Old Key West is the original Disney Vacation Club resort! It’s located in the Disney Springs resort area, transportation is available by boat and bus, and rooms start at $347 per night.

  • Deluxe Studio (2 Queen Beds)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa (1 King Bed, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Twin Sleeper Chair)
  • 2 Bedroom Villa (1 King Bed, 2 Queen Beds, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Twin Chair)

Food Options: Olivia’s is the Table Service restaurant (and is supposed to be really good!), and Good’s Food to Go is the Quick Service Option.

Old Key West looks like a very relaxing resort, and again if you like Disney Springs you can walk there!

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Polynesian

The Polynesian is located in the Magic Kingdom resort area, transportation is available by bus, boat and monorail, and rooms start at $503 per night. There are specific buildings that are the villas, and are all to one side of the resort.

  • Deluxe Studio Standard View (1 Queen Sleeper Sofa, 1 Queen Bed and 1 Single Pull Down Bed)
  • Deluxe Studio Lake View (1 Queen Sleeper Sofa, 1 Queen Bed and 1 Single Pull Down Bed)
  • Bungalow (1 King bed, 1 Queen Bed, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa, and 2 Single Pull Down Beds)

Food Options: (all shared with the Polynesian) O’hana (Character Breakfast and all you can eat), and Kona Cafe are the Table Service option, and Capt Cook’s in the Quick Service option.

On my trip in 2016 we stayed in the Deluxe Studio Standard view, and loved it! I couldn’t get over the location, being able to see Cinderella Castle and hear the train at Magic Kingdom!

 

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Bay Lake Tower

Bay Lake Tower is also located in the Magic Kingdom resort area, transportation is available by boat, monorail and bus (plus you can walk to Magic Kingdom!!), and rooms start at $486 per night.

  • Deluxe Studio Standard View (1 Queen Bed and 1 Double Sleeper Sofa)
  • Deluxe Studio Lake View (1 Queen Bed and 1 Double Sleeper Sofa)
  • Deluxe Studio Theme Park View (1 Queen Bed and 1 Double Sleeper Sofa)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa Standard View ( 1 King Bed and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Twin Sleeper Chair)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa Lake View ( 1 King Bed and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Twin Sleeper Chair)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa Theme Park View ( 1 King Bed and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Twin Sleeper Chair)
  • 2 Bedroom Villa Standard View (1 King Bed, 2 Queen Beds and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Twin Sleeper Sofa)
  • 2 Bedroom Villa Lake View (1 King Bed, 2 Queen Beds and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Twin Sleeper Sofa)
  • 2 Bedroom Villa Theme Park View (1 King Bed, 2 Queen Beds and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Twin Sleeper Sofa)

Food Options: All shared with the Contemporary Resort (connected by walkway) with the exception of Top of the World Lounge which is on the top floor of Bay Lake Tower. You can only access it if you are a Disney Vacation Club members and on July 3rd & 4th and December 31st you have to be staying at Bay Lake Tower to access the Top of the World Lounge.

I really hope to be able to stay here someday, because walking to Magic Kingdom would be so convenient! Especially with small children who need to go back to the room for a nap, it would be ideal!

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The Villas at the Grand Floridian

The Villas at the Grand Floridian is also located in the Magic Kingdom resort area, and transportation is available by bus, boat and monorail. Rooms start at $569 per night.

  • Deluxe Studio Standard View (1 Queen Bed and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Single Pull Down bed)
  • Deluxe Studio Lake View (1 Queen Bed and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Single Pull Down bed)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa Standard View (1 King bed, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Single Pull Down bed)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa Lake View (1 King bed, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Single Pull Down bed)
  • 2 Bedroom Villa Standard View ( 1 King Bed, 1 Queen bed, 2 Queen sleeper sofa, and 1 single pull down bed)
  • 2 Bedroom Villa Lake View (1 King Bed, 1 Queen bed, 2 Queen sleeper sofa, and 1 single pull down bed)

The villas are a separate building, and all food options are shared with the main building. To see those food options, check out the posts all about the Deluxe Resorts!

I absolutely love the Grand Floridian and hope to stay there someday! I even made a trip walking there from the Polynesian because I love it so much!

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The Video

If you’d like to hear more about these Villa Resorts, check out the video below! Also check out the Walt Disney World website for more information.

Other posts in the Walt Disney World Resorts:

The Value Resorts

The Moderate Resorts

The Deluxe Resorts: Part 1

The Deluxe Resorts: Part 2

The Villa Part 1 (you’re here!)

The Villas Part 2 (coming next week!)

 

Thank you so much for joining me today!

Kelsey