Podcast Episode 183: March Madness of Disney: Quick Service Restaurants

It’s that time of year again and everyone loves a March Madness style showdown!  This year, we’re putting Walt Disney World Quick Service restaurants head-to-head to see which one will reign supreme!  Will your favorite win out?  Listen and find out!

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Podcast Episode 124: Epcot Quick Service Locations

Continuing on in our series, we discuss all your quick service dining locations within Epcot.  There are plenty of really great options both in Future World and World Showcase so be sure to give some of these a try on your next trip!

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Breakfast Options at Epcot

A recap of your breakfast options at Epcot. To say there aren’t many options for breakfast at Epcot is a bit of an understatement! With the World Showcase not opening until 11am Epcot is usually a better choice for lunch or dinner, but if you do happen to have an early morning planned at Epcot there are still a few options for you.

Snack/Quick Service

Starbucks Fountain View: The typical pastries and coffee are served at this Starbucks location but you can also find some more hearty offerings like breakfast sandwiches, wraps and smoothies. This Starbucks location also features an exclusive Epcot mug from Starbucks collectible “You Are Here” series (Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios also have their own mugs, as will the Starbucks Animal Kingdom location when it opens) so be sure to pick one up if you’re into Starbucks or Disney collectables… or both!

Sunshine Seasons: Sunshine Seasons provides a more filling quick service breakfast if you’re looking for good fuel to start your Disney day. From breakfast platters featuring bacon, eggs, sausage and potatoes to a breakfast panini, oatmeal, bagels and more there is plenty to choose from. Consistently getting some of the highest ratings from guests for food quality, Sunshine Seasons is a great option for breakfast in Epcot.

Table Service

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall: The only table service breakfast at Epcot, Akershus is a do not miss for my family. For breakfast we all prefer Akershus to Cinderella’s Royal Table. The food is delicious and the character interaction is top notch! Plates of bacon, eggs, sausage and potato casserole are served to your table, and there is also a buffet of pastries, yogurt, fruit and more that is available to you. Akerhsus is a great way to start your day at Epcot!

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Beyond Burgers and Fries: Epcot

In the final installment of the “Beyond Burgers and Fries” series, we explore counter service options at Epcot! I think we saved the best for last, but it is kind of a cheat. With all the amazing counter service options at Epcot you’re actually going to be hard pressed to find that burger and fries. If you have a picky eater in your family and you’re looking for a quick burger, it is an option at the Electric Umbrella. But for the more adventurous eaters in your family be sure to check out some of the best rated options in Walt Disney World at Epcot.


Sunshine Seasons: Sunshine Seasons is recognized across the internet in many “Top 10” or “Best” counter service meals in Walt Disney World and for good reason. Boasting a large menu with soups and salads, sandwiches, wood fire grilled options and many choices with Asian flare there is a lot to choose from. Sunshine Seasons also has one of the most extensive dessert lists with options from their bakery section. One thing to note is that, like Cosmic Rays, there are different bays to order from for their different options. A family will often have to split up to order their meals and plan a meeting place, so be aware of this! Because of it’s fresh, unique, delicious options Sunshine Seasons is a do not miss quick service at Disney, not just Epcot. If you make your FastPass for Soarin’ (located in the same building as Sunshine Seasons) in the lunchtime range you’ll have a great afternoon for sure!

Tangerine Cafe: Tangerine Cafe is another quick service restaurant that is often listed on “must have” lists in all of Disney World, not just Epcot. Tangerine Cafe is located in the Morocco pavillion, between France and Japan in the World Showcase. Famous for their schwarma platters (chicken, lamb or a combo with both), chicken wraps and Mediterranean sliders combo, Tangerine Cafe is a great introduction to truly authentic Moroccan food if you’ve never had a chance to try it.  Oh, and don’t forget to try one of their alcohol slushies if you’re “Drinking Around the World”, they come in strawberry and tangerine and are perfectly refreshing.

Yorkshire County Fish Shop: If you’re a fan of fish and chips Yorkshire County Fish Shop is the best place to grab yourself a quick lunch. While the menu here isn’t as extensive as our other top choices (as it consists almost in it’s entirety of, you guessed it, fish and chips) it excels at it’s specialty. There’s often a line at Yorkshire County, and it’s for good reason. The line isn’t all bad though, it means you’re served up a fresh piping hot serving of those fish and chips hot out of the fryer every time. As a fish and chips enthusiast Yorkshire County Fish Shop is a do not miss meal for me!

La Cantina de San Angel: I had a really tough time choosing the fourth restaurant for this blog post. With so many outstanding options I really could have put so many counter service restaurants in this spot and I still would have been missing out on some great options. Cantina de San Angel has the standard nachos and tacos, but I prefer the empanadas… and margaritas ;). The margaritas aren’t quite as good as the ones served in Mexico’s table service restaurants but if you’re looking for a nice refreshing fruity tequila beverage it still definitely fits the bill.

What is your favorite quick service restuarant at Epcot? Do you agree or disagree with my choice to include Mexico’s La Cantina de San Angel over another country in the World Showcase? Please, tell us about it! We’d love to hear your thoughts.