Food Courts at Disney World

If you are looking for something to eat on your next Walt Disney World trip, check out the on- property resorts. It is a great way to use your Disney Dining Plan quick service credits. Here is a peek at a few of them:

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is the newest resort on property, and we had the pleasure of staying there for two weeks. First, know that it is really big and the lobby and food court are far from the Little Mermaid rooms. The food court is called Landscape of Flavors. This counter service eatery uses real plates and utensils,  so right from the start you feel like it is different. The cast members are still pretty new, so be patient. It took a while for them to figure out how to do things, and lines were always long. Make a plan on where to meet because cell phone service is very limited in the lobby.

On my recent trip I decided to hop over to the Contempo Café (at Disney’s Contemporary Resort) twice. Guests look at the menu on electronic boards with color photos, then place orders at touch screens and head directly to a cashier. They will give you a pager when your food is ready. They have great flatbread pizzas and sandwiches. It is really easy to get to on the Monorail and a fun spot to cool off and watch the monorails go by. It is also a good time to check out the huge murals that Mary Blair created. Remember to look for the five-legged goat!

The following day we found our way to Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. I was very excited to look around because I had been to the racetrack but had not seen the resort. The Artist’s Palette is the eatery, grocery, and market. It is located in the Carriage House and offers counter service dining, snacks, and merchandise. It is open from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.  It has beautiful lights, but there is not a lot of room to sit. They offer fresh food and a chance to see another resort. It is a DVC location.

Guests at Walt Disney World might enjoy a visit to The Artist’s Palette while visiting the Downtown Disney area. Boat service is available to Disney’s Saratoga Springs & Spa, and a path from The Marketplace in Downtown Disney will lead walkers to the resort.

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is one of Disney’s biggest properties housing a convention center. Tucked to the back of the lobby is the Pepper Market. For lunch you will be treated to an all-you-care-to-eat Mexican buffet. The food is set up in stations. It was fresh and delicious. It uses a quick service credit but waiters come to your table. It does not include a tip; so keep that in mind when making a budget.

Captain Cook’s Snack Company is in Disney’s Polynesian Resort located on the first floor under ‘Ohana and around the corner from the Wyland Galleries of Florida, an art gallery featuring the works of Robert Wyland. If you head there in the mornings you can order the famous Tonga Toast, a Mickey waffle, and other traditional breakfast items.  We stayed at the Poly this trip and went to Captain Cook’s a few times. It is also a place to get Dole Whip! The restaurant is open 24 hours a day which is a big plus when taking advantage of extra evening hours or late night munchies. Please check times because that changes.

“Everything Pop Shopping and Dining” at Disney’s Pop Century Resort was close to our little Mermaid room at AoA. We “POPped” over there before our shift at GKTW, and my DS went to the Grab-N-Go Market and had them create a three-scoop ice cream sundae for each of us. They have classic flavors and fun toppings. We also go over there for breakfast so we can enjoy a POP waffle.

The food court at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort was a welcome sight after a double shift at GKTW. When we got there it was about to close for the night. As with all of the dining locations, it is a good idea to check the hours of operation before you head there. The Chef came out to talk over my choices because I have severe food allergies. He was able to help me make my choice and even brought it to my table for me. The lobby of CBR is really quaint, and it had been several years since we had stayed there.

I saved a lot of quick service locations for my next trip. But the place that still tops my list is Beaches & Cream. One of these days I will find time to conquer the Kitchen Sink! So let me know if you need an eating buddy next time you go to WDW, and I will have my camera ready for a picture of us behind an empty Kitchen Sink!

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