Where Can You Get Quick Food at Disney World Without Using Mobile Order?

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Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Walt Disney World had added a mobile-order feature to many of its quick service dining venues. Though mobile order was available, you’d still see lines, sometimes long lines, at the walk-up order counters.

You can get quick service food at the Magic Kingdom’s Friar’s Nook without using mobile order.

Now during the pandemic, if a quick service venue has mobile order capability, it’s a near mandate that guests use that method to obtain food. At most locations, there are cast members stationed at the doors who won’t let you enter the restaurant unless you have a notification on your mobile device that you’ve made a mobile order and that the order is complete and ready for pickup.

I was a fan of mobile order pre-pandemic and am fully onboard with the safety aspect of it now. But doing some eavesdropping in the parks this week, I’ve observed that not everyone wants to mobile order their food. Some of the reasons I’ve heard are:

  • Preference for using cash rather than electronic payment
  • Not having a mobile device on hand
  • Not wanting to download the MyDisneyExperience app
  • Fear of using an unfamiliar technology
  • Desire to ask questions of someone inside the restaurant prior to ordering
  • Desire for immediate access to food without waiting for a mobile order window to open.

While there are certainly workarounds for some of these issues, when you’re hangry sometimes you just want what you want. For those folks, there are places at Walt Disney World where you can get quick food via the old fashioned method of standing in line and ordering in person, bypassing the mobile order process.

Here are the places in the Walt Disney World theme parks, that are open during the COVID-19 pandemic, where you can get quick food without a reservation or placing a mobile order:

All Parks

  • Ice Cream Carts
  • Popcorn Carts

Magic Kingdom

  • Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies
  • The Friar’s Nook
  • Gaston’s Tavern
  • Liberty Square Market
  • Lunching Pad
  • Main Street Bakery
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Storybook Treats
  • Sunshine Tree Terrace
  • Westward Ho

Epcot

  • Food & Wine Festival booths
  • Choza de Margarita
  • Cool Wash
  • Crepes de Chefs de France
  • Fife & Drum Tavern
  • Funnel Cake Booth
  • Gelati
  • Joy of Tea
  • Kabuki Cafe
  • Katsura Grill
  • Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe
  • La Cantina de San Angel
  • L’Artisan des Glaces
  • Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie
  • Les Vins de Chefs de France
  • Refreshment Port
  • Refreshment Outpost
  • Yorkshire Fish Shop

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Anaheim Produce
  • Hollywood Scoops
  • Trolley Car Cafe

Animal Kingdom

  • Anandapur Ice Cream Cart
  • Creature Comforts
  • Dino-Bite Snacks
  • Drinkwallah
  • Harambe Fruit Market
  • Isle of Java
  • Pongu Pongu
  • Tamu Tamu Refreshments
  • Thirsty River
  • Trilo-Bites
  • Yak & Yeti Local Food

A quick look at these lists shows that you’ll have the most options at Epcot and the fewest at Hollywood Studios.

Also note that many of the available non-mobile-order quick service options are primarily snack or dessert places. During the Food & Wine Festival, Epcot is the exception to this; you can get savory dishes and protein at most of the Festival booths.

Erin Foster

Erin Foster is an original member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel at DisneyWorldMoms.com, a regular contributor to TouringPlans.com, and co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line. She's been to WDW, DL, DL Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Aulani, DVC Vero Beach, and DVC Hilton Head. She's a Platinum DCL cruiser and veteran of 10 Adventures by Disney trips. Erin lives near New York City, where she can often be found indulging in her other obsession - Broadway theater. Erin can be reached on Twitter @MsErinFoster.

4 thoughts on “Where Can You Get Quick Food at Disney World Without Using Mobile Order?

  • October 14, 2020 at 10:48 am
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    I wish that Sleepy Hollow did have mobile ordering. On the last visit to WDW, I used mobile ordering and loved it.

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  • October 14, 2020 at 11:20 am
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    How do they handle families with multiple food allergies? We can usually eat at most places with just a few modifications. One family member is allergic to egg, avocado and another has a peanut allergy.

    I’ve looked through the mobile ordering menus and they don’t offer enough detail or they lump peanut and tree nuts together (that doesn’t always work for us).

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  • October 14, 2020 at 3:42 pm
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    @amanda When I read your question, I happened to be standing in front of a WDW restaurant with a heavy mobile order focus, so I went in to ask your question. Upshot of the answer was that parties with complicated allergies are among the few people that they will allow to go inside and ask questions prior to ordering. The language on the mobile order website states, “Don’t see your food allergy? We encourage you to place an order in person at the restaurant, so you’ll have the opportunity to consult with a special diets trained Cast Member or chef about your individual dietary needs.”

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  • October 14, 2020 at 6:47 pm
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    Thank you so much!!! We are hoping to visit in a couple of weeks and we already know it takes more time to order and get food. I’m glad we can walk in and see what they can do.

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