Recommended Disney Dining Plan Quick Service Credit Values

We are back with the final installment in our popular series sharing our picks for the Top Value Restaurants when it comes to using your Disney Dining Plan in Walt Disney World.

Disney Food Blog Recommended Disney Dining Plan Quick Service Credit Values

Previously, we shared our recommendations for the Recommended Disney Dining Plan Two-Credit Restaurants as well as our choices for Recommended Disney Dining Plan One-Credit Restaurant Values.

Today, we’re sharing our recommendations for Quick Service Restaurants when you’re using the Disney Dining Plan.

Remember — the name of the game here is finding the restaurants that hit the right balance: they have 1) a high average entree price, but they’re also 2) spots that we here at DFB would recommend.

Why is this important? Because we want to help you maximize those Disney Dining Plan Quick Service Credits. Note that we have plenty of our own favorites that don’t make this list because the average price didn’t put them at the top.

Here are our picks for the restaurants that give you the best overall bang for your Disney Dining Plan buck when it comes to quick service credit spots.

Wolfgang Puck Express

Wolfgang Puck Express has been around forever, it seems. But one thing doesn’t change — even after all of these years, it still represents amazing quality and value, whether you’re dining on the DDP or not.

Wolfgang Puck Express Roast Chicken -- One of My All-Time Favorites

Wolfgang Puck Express Roast Chicken — One of My All-Time Favorites

That’s because the food here is easily on par with many table service spots. And when you consider that the average price of an entree here is just over $13, it also makes a lot of sense to spend your DDP credits here.

Looking for a recommendation? You won’t go wrong with their Pizzas, which are prepared in a wood-burning oven.

Pepperoni Pizza at Wolfgang Puck Express

Pepperoni Pizza at Wolfgang Puck Express

Their Soups and Pastas are delicious as well. And I love their Roasted Chicken when I’m looking for comfort food. Desserts are killer, too, so be sure to take advantage.

Peco Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

Peco Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe has long been a favorite of park goers who are looking for sustenance in the wilds of Frontierland. Recently, the busy spot underwent a major menu overhaul. Where once burgers reigned supreme, now you’ll find food with Tex-Mex flair. (But one burger has returned. Whew!)

The number of menu items is fairly small, but all of the plates are loaded! And if you’re using your DDP here, you’ll capitalize on the Quick Service credits, as the average entree price is just over $12.50.

The Fajita Platter at Pecos Bill's

The Fajita Platter at Pecos Bill’s

The food will keep you going for hours, too! And with a plethora of toppings available at their legendary Condiment Bar, you can customize your meal and have it just the way you like it.

Pecos Bill's Fixins Bar!

Pecos Bill’s Fixins Bar!

(Alas, Plastic Cheese continues its absence, so we’ve accepted this change as permanent.)

Tangierine Cafe

We all know that Epcot is a great spot when it comes to diverse dining options. But if you’re looking to maximize your quick service credits, be sure to check out Tangierine Cafe in the Morocco Pavilion. Not only is the food seriously interesting, but the atmosphere is lovely as well. Exotic touches like Zellige tile, colored glass, and beautiful light fixtures serve to transport you.

Tangierine Cafe Sign

Tangierine Cafe Sign

Seating

Seating

But then, the food! There are some fantastic options here — I mean, how often will you find Lamb on a fast food menu?? This is also a great spot for delicious and out of the ordinary Vegetarian options.

Vegetarian Platter at Tangierine Cafe in Epcot's Morocco Pavilion

Vegetarian Platter at Tangierine Cafe in Epcot’s Morocco Pavilion

Mmmmm! Falafel!

We’ve enjoyed the Shawarma Platters and the Kefta Sandwich as well.

Landscape of Flavors

But what if you’re looking for excellent value in quick service dining at your hotel?

Since it opened, Landscape of Flavors at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort has been something extra special. With a wide range of signature dishes — more than 25 dinner offerings alone — there’s always something interesting to choose from.

SIDE of Naan

Side of Naan From Landscape of Flavors, One of Our Favorite Snacks

Looking for something a little out of the ordinary? Try one of their Indian-inspired meals, like Tandoori Chicken.

Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori Chicken

The Surf and Surf Burger tops the list for many Disney food fans.

But my favorite has to be the Create Your Own Pasta Bar. Choose your Pasta, your Sauce, and your Ingredients, and watch a Disney chef make your custom dish!

Spaghetti Carbonara with Broccoli

Spaghetti Carbonara with Broccoli from Landscape of Flavors — So Good!

It’s the best kind of magic. :-)

Sunshine Seasons

When it comes to Epcot and food, most of the attention goes to the eateries of World Showcase. And many of them are pretty great. But overlooking Sunshine Seasons would definitely be a mistake.

This quick service spot, located in Future World’s Land Pavilion, offers fresh flavors with international flair. Look for Stir Fry options and Spicy Fish Tacos if you’re feeling adventurous. There are always interesting vegetarian options as well.

Fish Tacos

Fish Tacos at Sunshine Seasons

But my favorite entrees here are from the Oak-Fired Grill. The Oak-Grilled ChickenPork Chop, and Salmon have legions of fans! And I’m among them. :-)

Sunshine Seasons Oak-Grilled Pork Chop

Sunshine Seasons’ Oak-Fired Grilled Pork Chop

You’ll also find some cult classics that we can rarely resist. Be sure to try their Cupcakes, Warm Peanut Butter Brownie, or Strawberry Shortcake if you get the chance.

Warm Peanut Butter Brownie at Sunshine Seasons

Warm Peanut Butter Brownie at Sunshine Seasons

They’re some of our favorite desserts around!

Be Our Guest Restaurant

And finally, we come to our last recommendation. Yep, you probably aren’t surprised, but we can’t wrap up this list without visiting one of our favorite lunch spots, Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom.

Entrance to Be Our Guest

Entrance to Be Our Guest

And I say lunch because, as most of  you know, Be Our Guest transforms (magic-like) into a table service spot at dinnertime. But for breakfast and lunch, it’s counter service all the way. (However, you do have the option to book advance dining reservations for breakfast and lunch. And for convenience, you can even pre-order your meals up to 30 days in advance.)

Why do we like Be Our Guest, and why do we recommend it pretty much, well, always? A few reasons. First, dinner is not an easy advance dining reservation to land, and taking the opportunity to look around Beast’s Castle in the middle of the day may be just the thing if you’ve struggled to snag a dinner ressie.

The Rose Gallery

I Love to Check Out the Paintings in the Rose Gallery at Be Our Guest!

But also, just like some of our other favorites, it’s not your typical fast food. You won’t be dining on burgers and dogs. Instead, a French-inspired menu rules at Be Our Guest.

French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

And while my favorite dish, hands down, is the Braised Pork, Coq au Vin Style, other items score a close second. If you’re looking for a hearty sandwich, check out the Carved Prime Chuck Roast Beef Sandwich.

Roast Beef Sandwich

Carved Prime Chuck Roast Beef Sandwich

Fans of lighter fare will enjoy the Tuna Niçoise Salad, featuring Seared Tuna, Hard Poached Eggs, Fingerling Potatoes, and Olives atop a bed of Spring Mix.

Tuna Niçoise Salad

Tuna Niçoise Salad

It’s a truly beautiful plate.

Honorable Mention: Contempo Cafe’s Lobster Roll

But wait! There’s more! We have one last bit of info for you to consider as you plan your DDP Quick Service meals.

We love the the Contempo Cafe at Disney’s Contemporary Resort for their better than average Sandwiches, Salads, and Flatbreads. Their Pot Roast is swoon-worthy IMO, and don’t even get me started on that Peanut Butter Pie!

Pot Roast Platter at the Contempo Cafe

Pot Roast Platter at the Contempo Cafe

But actually, most of their entrees are fairly reasonable…except for their Lobster Roll. At $17.99, this is pretty much the most expensive quick service entree we’ve run across. So if getting your money’s worth is your plan and you’re a lobster lover, then go for it!

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Now, I’m super excited to hear your recommendations! What are Disney Quick Service locations and meals that you feel give you the most for your Disney Dining Plan Credits? Leave a comment and join in the conversation!

Comments

  1. Claire Gregory says

    Great choices! Although I admit I haven’t eaten at all of them. But YES to Wolfgang Puck Express, the best!! My parents are at Disney now, and went there for breakfast even though they’re not on the dining plan! They are a great choice for any time of the day. Landscape always sounds interesting but haven’t stayed there. And Sunshine and Tangerine I’m afraid always lose out to other places at Epcot (it doesn’t help that we are usually there during Food and Wine Festival).

  2. Molly says

    We always make sure to get shawarma at Tangierine Cafe. So good!
    The braised pork at Be Our Guest is another of my favorites, though we did breakfast there last trip and were very pleased. I don’t know that I’d go for breakfast if I wasn’t on the dining plan, because it’s kind of expensive, but that’s a bonus when it’s a meal credit.
    Sunshine Seasons is another favorite because they have great food AND great desserts.
    We also frequently hit La Cantina De San Angel. And if we’re not super hungry but have credits to use up, we’ll go to Kringla or the Boulangerie to get a sandwich and a great pastry.

  3. Mike V says

    Agreed that San Angel is a frequent stop for us as well, really looking forward to the new burrito options at Pecos Bill.
    Also want to add many of the items available at Katsura Grill in Japan.
    Last (and I hope more will come in other parks) are the food and wince festival type snacks being added throughout Animal Kingdom.

  4. Hannah says

    We always picked Sunshine Season as our first stop but now that they have taken away the beet salad, we may choose somewhere else next time. We have wanted the Naan bread our last couple trips but haven’t wanted to waste the time going all the way to Animal Kingdom Lodge when there is so much to do everywhere else. Maybe this next time….it always sounds fantastic. I do agree with Molly about the Braised Pork at Be Our Guest. A true favorite.

  5. Nate Crawford says

    What about Columbia Harbor House? We love that place and it also contains a lot of seafood that is somewhat pricey.

    Margaret, Be Our Guest is a quick service for breakfast and lunch, but it also takes reservations for those meals. In fact, it is very difficult to get in there without a reservation.

  6. DebC says

    You know what would be a great theme for quick service dining? Carny food – all that stuff you love to get at State Fairs and Carnivals. They could set one up in New Fantasyland by Dumbo and one in Animal Kingdom near Dinoworld. I bet those two places would be swamped with guests all the time.

    Corn dogs on a stick, plastic cheese and ball park nachos, hot dogs, burgers, deep-fried candy bars. All that great stuff that isn’t healthy, but is fun to eat.

  7. Adam says

    Color me unimpressed with Be Our Guest. We ate there for lunch in November 2013 (admittedly, things may have changed since then) and while the decor was nice enough, the fact that the restaurant is basically an enormous cafeteria was a letdown. My sandwich was nothing special, either.

  8. Susan says

    Great choices, but I would have added Flame Tree BBQ rib and chicken combo – pricey out of pocket and yummy!

  9. Sarah says

    Lamb for fast food? Maybe it’s a Chicago thing, but just about every fast food place that isn’t a chain offers lamb here! Gyros!

  10. says

    Agree with all those completely. Great food and great uses of the dining plan. We used to get the 1/2 chicken and ribs combo at Cosmic Ray’s but seems like whenever we go, that bay is closed so we’ve moved over to Pecos Bills.

    – Jym

  11. Stefanie says

    My favorite is the lobster roll special from the Boardwalk Bakery. It comes with soup or salad & one of their desserts. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

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