08 November 2013

Where to Eat When It's Crowded at the Parks

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Today we've been talking about what to do when it is super crowded in the parks. So where do you eat when the parks are crowded? We'll I've got the answer for that. Many of the table service restaurants in the park will be full with no reservations available so often you are left with counter service or table service at Downtown Disney or the resorts. Here are some of your best dining options during the busiest times of the year:

Magic Kingdom

The Lunching Pad in Magic Kingdom
Grilled Salmon from Sunshine Seasons in Future World at Epcot
Disney's Hollywood Studios

Backlot Express at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • Flame Tree Barbecue - The counter may be busy but you'll definitely be able to get a seat! There is never a shortage of tables.
  • Pizzafari - Indoor and outdoor seating area available. It's along the parade route so you may be able to watch the show from your table.
  • Restaurantosaurus - This restaurant has several dining rooms inside and additional seating outside so there is no problem finding a table.
  • Tusker House Restaurant - Often you can get a dinner reservation, even when it's busy.
Tusker House Restaurant in Africa at Disney's Animal Kingdom
The following restaurants often have availability even during the busiest times of the year. They are a great way to take a break from the busy parks, relax and grab a bite to eat. If you are looking for a quick bite there is always 
Trail's End Restaurant at Fort Wilderness Buffet Menu Items

So what's your favorite restaurant to dine at when it's crowded?

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  1. We also found that Columbia Harbor House is one of the best spots when everything else is packed!

  2. I think eating at the resorts when the parks are crowded is a great idea.

  3. Lots of great restaurant choices! You have some of our favorites on this list.

  4. Thank you for all these dining tips, Kristen. I love reading your posts because you always have an edge for 2 of my favorite things: Disney and food! I really enjoy the Grand Floridian Cafe. I have never had a meal there that I didn't really enjoy and it is beautiful!

  5. Awesome locations and great food at all of them. We also like to eat at off times during the busy days - lunch at 11 or how about a 2:30 Linner (between lunch and dinner) you can always find a seat during these odd times. Thanks for sharing your great list of foodie spots!

  6. Great list! I've eaten at most, but one I've never tried is Lunching Pad! I need to expand my resort eating! :)

  7. I often head to the resorts for food - it's often so much better!


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