Sunday, July 13, 2014

Quick Service Picks at Hollywood Studios

There are a few quick service restaurants (Disney's version of "fast food") in Hollywood Studios, most of which are very well suited to the theme of the park.  During lunch especially, these restaurants can get really busy, and when hunger strikes it can be hard to choose exactly where you want to eat.  Having some knowledge about these quick service restaurants before going to the park can help you pick the best quick service place for you to eat!

However, even if you don't pre-plan where to go, you can't go wrong with Disney food!

Planner vs. Impulsive
Though the planner and the impulsive individual might be happy with any choice, it's nice to have a clue what might be best suited for you before going to the parks!

  • Location: Sunset Boulevard, near Tower of Terror
  • Menu: BreakfastLunch/Dinner
  • Why: This is a great place for the planner for a couple of reasons:
    • 1. If you plan a Fastpass+ for either Rock 'n' Roller Coaster or Tower of Terror, you can plan to eat here around the same time, and possibly catch the other ride (without a Fastpass+) in the process.
    • 2. This stop has pretty good food (mostly barbecue options), and is often very busy around lunch time, with lines anywhere from 20-30 minutes long.  If it's something you want to try, you should definitely try to go off-peak, before 11:30 and after 1:30.
    • This is also one of the few quick-service stops offering breakfast, if you want to plan to eat inside the park!

  • Location: Commissary Lane, to the left of the Sorcerer's Hat
  • Menu: Lunch/Dinner
  • Why: Though not the most interesting atmosphere or food at the Studios, ABC Commissary has a variety of different types of food as well as shorter lines and more space than most quick service restaurants here.  It's perfect for a quick afternoon bite!

Saver vs. Spender
Whether you have a seemingly endless budget, or are pinching the pennies as much as possible, there is a quick service stop in Hollywood Studios that's just right for you!

  • Location: Echo Lake
  • Menu: Lunch/Dinner
  • Why: This spot has some of the cheaper meal options in the Studios, as well as some really unique items, like the hotdog on a pretzel bun.  Unfortunately, there isn't much variety here, but it's still something to consider if you are trying to save your money during your trip!

  • Location: Streets of America, by the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids playlet
  • Menu: Lunch/Dinner
  • Why: The Studio Catering Company has some fresh and simple sandwiches that are great for adults.  The area is shaded and provides a great stop for the middle of the day.  While you are there, be sure to stop next door at High Octane Refreshments to get a specialty cocktail (such as the stoplight Margarita) to accompany your meal!

Romantic vs. Fun
Even quick service stops can embody the feel of the Walt Disney World visit you want to have! 

  • Location: Hollywood Boulevard, where Hollywood and Sunset Boulevard meet
  • Menu: All Day Menu
  • Why: This stop is one of the best for food in Hollywood Studios.  The pastries and desserts are favorites among guests, and the menu extends at lunch and dinner to include specialty sandwiches and sushi.  This is a great stop for couples, as the areas blends perfectly with the old Hollywood style of the area of the park it is in.

  • Location: Streets of America, near the Muppets*3D
  • Menu: Lunch/Dinner
  • Why: Pizza Planet is so much fun for any Toy Story lover!  Though the food isn't anything special (besides the Cappuccino cupcake...seriously to die for), it's worth going just to say you ate there.  There is also a small arcade inside to enhance the feel that you are actually in the Toy Story universe!
And seriously...try the cappuccino cupcake.

Fun alternative: Backlot Express!
Location: Echo Lake, between Indiana Jones and Star Tours.
Menu: Lunch/Dinner
Why: Though there are a lot of choices, the food here is basically all standard park fare.  However, the atmosphere itself is worth stopping by, even if you don't eat here!  The different parts of the restaurant are filled with memorabilia from past movie sets, and you never know what you are going to see hanging around there!

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