Disney World has amazing restaurants, but what if you can’t make a reservation? Will you have to miss out on some great food because you can’t get a seat?
Don’t suffer, our hungry friend. You know how many amazing places at Disney World do NOT require a reservation?
Here’s how to get some of the best food in the world without this hard-earned reservation!
The lounges are located around Disney World, and most of them serve some of the same food as their smaller-scale restaurant counterparts. But the lounges do not require reservations (except for space 220). These are usually some of the best hidden places around the parks, so try them out for sure.
Nomad Lounge is located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where you can even sample some of the same food from the Tiffins Restaurant next door, such as the Tiffins Signature Bread Service or Sweet Corn Soup, as well as other small dishes that share culinary inspiration with the restaurant itself.
You can also grab cocktails and drinks, and don’t forget the churros! They come with vanilla cream and chili and strawberry sauces, and are arguably the best churros at Disney World.
Ale and compass
Ale and Compass is located at the Disney’s Yacht Club Resort Hotel and guests can enjoy snacks from 16:00 to 22:00 every day, as well as cocktails, wines and beer.
Some of the dishes include Vermont bacon and cheddar burger and lobster and corn soup.
Inside Sanaa, at Animal Kingdom Lodge: Kidani Village is the Sanaa Lounge, which serves Indian-inspired snacks, African wines and cocktails. You can eat samosas, have a cocktail and then go out to see the animals in the savannah.
The Indian style bread service includes FIVE different flatbreads with nine accompaniments such as mango chutney, garlic pickle and more.
The Enchanted Rose is located at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and is inspired by Beauty and the Beast. They serve small dishes from 17:00 to 22:00 every day, as well as special cocktails, martinis, wine and beer.
Try macaroni and crab cheese, truffle chips or smoked crib mini sliders!
EPCOT festivals give you the chance to try all sorts of unique foods from around the world at four different times throughout the year! The EPCOT Food and Wine Festival is one of the largest festivals, with over 30 booths to choose from. But other festivals can keep up, including the current Festival Festival!
We are big fans of eating at the World Showcase, trying out as many stands as we can. And you can even eat popular food at festivals sometimes. You’ll usually find the same Canadian cheddar and bacon soup from Le Cellier at the Canada booth at the Food and Wine Festival! Enjoy a soup that you would otherwise only be able to get with reservation.
Other festivals at EPCOT include the Arts Festival and the Flower and Garden Festival. All four festivals offer food stands with really special menu items that you don’t need to book to try.
And you don’t even need a lounge or festival to eat great food at Disney World! These are some of the best fast service sites.
Barbecue Flame Tree
A favorite of the fast service, Flame Tree Barbecue, can be found at Animal Kingdom. This is where you can make a barbecue. You can get dishes like ribs and chicken, a smoked pork sandwich, macaroni and baked cheese with pulled pork and more.
Flame Tree has a really delicious BBQ, no booking required!
The Satu’li Canteen is also found in Animal Kingdom, in the land of Pandora. Here you can get Na’vi-inspired dishes Avatar, and not only are they unique, they are also delicious! Steamed cheeseburger pods are preferred.
Try the slow-roasted grilled beef bowl, the chili-garlic prawn bowl or the grilled chicken bowl. Or save money and order the Cheeseburger Steamed Pod from the children’s menu!
Columbia Harbor House
At Magic Kingdom, Columbia Harbor House is where to find fast food seafood that is truly delicious. You can get a lobster roll, fried prawns, grilled salmon and more.
And let’s not even start with the Hush Puppies!
Ronto Roasters can be found at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, where you can get the famous Ronto Wrap made with roast pork, grilled pork sausage, pepper sauce and a spicy sausage with pita bread.
For $ 12.99, it’s a hearty, tasty meal Star Wars fans who want a galactic lunch. Or try the Kyryll pork chops, made with pork skins seasoned with a mixture of chili ancho, cheddar, smoked and cinnamon.
The educated pig
If you’re in Disney Springs looking for delicious, unreserved food, try The Polite Pig for a modern Florida-inspired barbecue. All drinks are served on tap and you will find meals, salads and sandwiches to share.
Try the Southern Pig made with pulled pork, fennel and apple salad, spicy mustard barbecue and Duke mayonnaise. And don’t forget the Mac & Cheese next door!
There is a LOT to eat at Disney World without a reservation! Keep reading All Ears for more Disney World planning news and tips!
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