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5 Easy Rice Krispie Treat Recipes That Kids Can Make

5 Easy Rice Krispie Treat Recipes That Kids Can Make

Does anyone remember that commercial where the mom made Rice Krispie Treats, then tossed a little bit of flour on her face and brought the treats to her family while trying to looks as haggard and tired as possible? The idea was that “your family […]

9 Cute Animal Themed Food Ideas for Kids

9 Cute Animal Themed Food Ideas for Kids

When my kids were younger, we had lots of fun in the kitchen together. Sometimes they would just be my assistant and hand me things while I was making dinner. But the best times were when was we made “decorative food.” Here are 9 animal-themed […]

6 Fun Science Experiments to Do at Home (using household items!)

6 Fun Science Experiments to Do at Home (using household items!)

Years ago, when we were homeschooling, shopping for science experiments sometimes drove me crazy.

I didn’t want to have to buy cabbage, and Borox and see if we had an eye dropper somewhere, and order the right kind of test tubes and petri dishes, and hope I could find the tweezers, and then realize that we needed Ivory soap specifically, and arrrgh, I thought we had Alka-Seltzer in the house, but we don’t so now we have to go make another trip!

I had enough to worry about already.

And I know you do too.

So if you’re looking for some cool experiments to do at home using just a few basic household items … look no further!

Here are 6 hands-on activities that kids will love and that are simple to do.


Why are science experiments important?

In addition to being fun, science experiments have some great educational benefits for kids:

  • They let kids learn in a way that uses all their senses and appeals to all learning styles.
  • They give kids practice using trial and error.
  • They engage kids in a way that textbooks and worksheets can’t.
  • They enhance critical thinking skills.
  • Kids are more likely to remember something when they’ve discovered it themselves.


Dirty Penny Chemistry Experiment

Penny chemistry experiment for kids


Ultimate STEM Challenge: Can you clean a penny with ketchup? Learn some kitchen chemistry and find out!

Materials needed:

  • Dirty pennies
  • Small cups
  • Ketchup
  • Water
  • 2 or more of the following:
    • Vinegar
    • Coke
    • Mustard
    • Mayonnaise
    • Juice
    • Milk
    • Lemon juice

From Team Cartwright.


Rain Clouds Science Experiment

Shaving Cream Science Experiment for kids


While learning about clouds and rain as part of a weather study, kids will love this visual hands-on rainy day experiment where they can see a little of how and why rain falls from clouds.

Materials needed:

  • A glass of water
  • Foam shaving cream
  • Food coloring

From Simple Living Creative Learning.


Tornado in a Bottle Science Experiment

Tornado in a bottle experiment


This cool tornado experiment will provide lots of fun for kiddos of all ages — and it’s is so simple to do!

Materials needed:

  • 2 empty plastic bottles that are each the same size
  • Water
  • Duct tape
  • Food coloring (optional, but recommended)

From One Crazy Mom.


How to Build a Volcano with Baking Soda and Vinegar

how to make a volcano at home experiment


Your kids will be super impressed with how this volcano erupts while learning how science works. And it only takes a few simple steps!

Materials Needed:

  • Empty water bottle with the top cut off
  • Water
  • Baking soda
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Food coloring
  • Vinegar

From One Crazy Mom.


Cosmic Colors Experiment

Food coloring science experiment for kids


This is an amazing, colorful art and science project that is kind of like “liquid fireworks.” It’s especially fun for the Fourth of July.

Materials needed:

  • Paper plate
  • Food coloring
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Cotton swab

From Bitz n Giggles.


How to Make Salt Crystals

How to make salt crystals chemistry activity


Can you make your own crystals?
Yes, you can! And guess what — it only requires three ingredients.

Materials needed:

  • Small glass container or bowl
  • Mixing bowl
  • Fork
  • Epsom Salts
  • Hot water
  • Food coloring

From Bitz n Giggles.


Science Experiment Books for Kids

If you’re looking for more fun science experiments to do with your kids, there are several great books that will keep you plenty of ideas.


Awesome Science Experiments for Kids: 100+ Fun STEM / STEAM Projects and Why They Work

Best Seller
science experiment book for kids
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Parents love the beautiful photos and easy to follow instructions

This book has 100 fun, colorful, attention-grabbing activities for kids ages 5-10.

It’s great for visual people, like me, as the materials for each experiments are clearly laid out and it’s loaded with color photos.


Click here to see a quick video and photos of the “Naked Egg” experiment.


Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids: 50 STEAM Projects You Can Eat!

Fun Food Experiments!
Kitchen science experiments kids can eat
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Fun science experiments you can eat!

A science experiment that’s also a treat to eat?

Yes, please!

Some of the experiments (recipes?) in this book include:

  • Nature’s Candy
  • Homegrown Yogurt
  • Flaming Cheese Puffs
  • Protecting Your Proteins
  • Cinnamon Apple Pancakes
  • Solar-Powered S’Mores
  • Build a Gingerbread House
  • Potato People
  • Popcorn on the Fly
  • Outrageous Osmosis
  • The pH of Lemonade
  • Dueling Domes: Geodesic Gumdrop Designs

The experiments are laid out in a helpful and organized way, listing the level of difficulty, prep time, cautions, and yield.

Each experiment also has a box with the “Hows and Whys” explaining the science behind the experiment.


Click here and scroll down to see the full “Modeling Glaciers” experiment using ice cream and wafer cookies.


Awesome Engineering Activities for Kids: 50+ Exciting STEAM Projects to Design and Build

Best Seller
Engineering science experiment book for kids
See it on Amazon
Over 50 experiments with easy-to-find materials

Would your child enjoy creating toothpick towers, marble runs, and water rockets? Then they will love this book!

Each activity includes a materials list and step by step tutorial. In addition, there is a short sidebar explaining the relevance to a specific branch of engineering.

Click here and scroll down to see the full sample experiment, Mini Spoon-and-Stick Catapult.


Now you have a ton of great science experiments to keep you and your kids busy and happy for a long time.

Have fun!


Fun and simple science experiments for kids to do at home
Fun and simple science experiments that are easy to do at home
science experiments for kids to do at home

how to make salt crystals at home

Free Printable Disney Coloring Pages for Kids (and some for adults!)

Free Printable Disney Coloring Pages for Kids (and some for adults!)

Do you have anyone in your house who loves to color and loves Disney? Well, here are a ton of links for coloring pages featuring you and your kids’ favorite Disney characters. I even included a couple links to adult Disney coloring pages at the […]

18 Fun Stay at Home Kid Activities: No More Boredom!

18 Fun Stay at Home Kid Activities: No More Boredom!

If you’re a parent, you’re bound to have times when you’re stuck at home with the kids. It could be that one child is sick, so the entire crew is basically homebound until they’re better. It could be due to weather. Or a car being […]

6 Homemade Belgian Waffle Recipes (Fluffy and Delicious!)

6 Homemade Belgian Waffle Recipes (Fluffy and Delicious!)

Is there anything else quite like a homemade Belgian waffle?

Crisp and golden on the outside … light and fluffy on the inside … it’s huge pockets filled with your favorite toppings.

It makes me hungry just thinking about it.

In this post you’ll learn about the history of the Belgian waffle, get suggestions for delicious sweet and savory waffle toppings, and discover six different Belgian waffle recipes that you can make at home.


Don’t have a Belgian waffle maker?
These are the two that I recommend.


What is the difference between a Belgian waffle and a regular waffle?

Here’s I think of it: If it looks like an Eggo waffle, then it’s not a Belgian waffle.

Compared to regular waffles, Belgian waffles:

  • Are fluffier
  • Are larger in size
  • Are less Dense
  • Have a richer texture
  • Have deep grids or “pockets”
  • Often use yeast or egg whites in their batter

To me, it’s that combination of fluffiness and deep pockets that can hold a lot of maple syrup that makes Belgian waffles soooo good.


Why is it called a Belgian waffle?

According to Wiki, Belgian waffles made their debut in Brussels in 1958.

They were first brought to the United States in 1962, where they were served with whipped cream and strawberries at the Century 21 Exposition in Seattle.

The waffles became even more popular at the 1964 New York World’s Fair in Queens, New York.

At that time Maurice Vermersch, who was from Brussels, Belgium, decided to change the name from the “Brussels waffle” to “Bel-Gem Waffle” because he noticed that many Americans didn’t know that Brussels was the capital of Belgium.


Can you make Belgian waffles in a regular waffle maker?

Belgian waffles are thicker and often larger than regular waffles because they are made with a waffle iron that has deeper grids. These deep pockets are perfect for holding delicious pools of syrup!

While both varieties of waffle makers can be made in different shapes, there are however, some differences between the two makers.

Because the Belgian waffles are made with yeast, the maker must have deeper grooves to accommodate the rise in the batter.

Regular waffles on the other do not have this problem, so their grooves are smaller. This difference in grooves makes regular waffle irons heat up a lot faster than Belgian waffle irons. This also means that you waffle will cook faster in regular waffle maker than in a Belgain waffle maker.

Regular waffles irons come in different shapes and sizes. Some are square, others are rectangular, wedgy or even circular. It is up to your preference how you want your waffles to look. You can even find regular waffle makers designed to produce waffles that look like cartoon characters or movie characters. Some popular examples of this are the Star War Death Star waffle maker and the Micky Mouse waffle maker. You really have no limit to the shape of the regular waffle.

On the other hand, because of their bigger grooves and size, it is more difficult to produce Belgian waffle makers in different shapes and fashion. So unlike the regular waffle makes, your choices of shapes are limited when it comes to choosing a Belgian waffle maker.


What are some great Belgian Waffle Toppings?

The sky’s the limit and there are no rules when it comes to waffle toppings!

Here are a bunch of ideas to get you started. Feel free to mix and match.

  • Melted butter and Maple Syrup
  • Nutella
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Ice Cream
  • Caramelized Bananas
  • Strawberries
  • Whipped cream with sprinkles
  • Yogurt
  • Honey
  • Granola
  • Chopped nuts
  • Applesauce
  • Nut butter
  • Bacon
  • Fried or scrambled eggs
  • Salsa
  • Avocado
  • Lox


How Do I get waffles out of the waffle maker?

If you’ve ever made waffles before, I know you’ve struggled with getting your beautiful, finished waffle out of the maker without either burning yourself, scratching up the waffle iron, or decimating your poor waffle.

These mini silicone easy-grip waffle tongs are your answer!

These tongs are just the right size, won’t damage your waffle iron, and are easy to clean. They also work well for making hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill.


Click here to see a photo of these waffle tongs in action.


Easy Belgian Waffles

Easy Belgian Waffle Recipe


These Belgian Waffles are surprisingly simple to make from scratch for any morning of the week or for a weekend brunch. Top with butter and maple syrup or fresh berries and whipped cream.

From Missy at Miss in the Kitchen


Easy Gluten-Free Waffles

Easy Gluten Free Belgian Waffles


Crisp and golden brown gluten-free Belgian waffles … These lighter than air waffles are so good, no one has to know how easy the prep is!

From Christine at Gluten-Free Bread.


Belgian Waffles with Cherry Sauce and Whipped Cream

Belgian waffles with cherry sauce and whipped cream


These thick and crispy Belgian waffles at home, a perfect Sunday breakfast or a really decadent dessert when served with cherry sauce and whipped cream.

Adina at Where is My Spoon.


Homemade Belgian Liege Waffles

Homemade Belgian Liege Waffle recipe


This easy from scratch Belgian sugar waffle recipe results in the best crispy Belgian waffles that are soft on the inside. Perfect with your favorite toppings!

From Lisa at Snappy Gourmet.


Classic Belgian Waffles with Yeast

Classic Belgian Waffles with Yeast


With this Belgian Waffle recipe, you can count on feather light waffles that are crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. With the make ahead batter, you’ll have fresh waffles in minutes for up to 3 days (or freeze the cooked waffles to toast later)!

From Marissa at Pinch and Swirl.


Applesauce Belgian Waffles

Homemade applesauce Belgian waffles


These waffles are sweetened with applesauce, instead of sugar. You can use either homemade or store bought applesauce.

It can also be made dairy free for those of you who need to avoid dairy of just prefer milk alternatives.

From Valerie at Mama Likes to Cook.


So which of these waffles do you think you’ll make for breakfast this week?

I think the “easy” recipe at the top of the post is my favorite. I can picture loading it up with maple syrup and some fruit … yum!



Homemade Belgian waffle recipes

Easy Chocolate Banana Black-Bottom Bars

Easy Chocolate Banana Black-Bottom Bars

“Why do I buy bananas?” Jerry says in an episode of Seinfeld, as he dumps a huge bunch of black bananas into the trash. “They’re good for, like, a day.” I feel his pain. I love bananas, but there’s only good for such a small […]

Easter Gifts for Toddlers (both Christian and Non-Religious)

Easter Gifts for Toddlers (both Christian and Non-Religious)

  I have so many fun memories of my kids when they were toddlers. We used to color eggs, go on Easter egg hunts with other families at the park, and decorate the house with stuffed bunnies (which we still do.) And my mother always […]

Best Quick Service Meals at Disney World: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney Springs

Best Quick Service Meals at Disney World: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney Springs

Eating at quick service restaurants is practically a must when you go on a Disney World vacation.

They’re relative cheap (in Disney terms), they offer a lot more variety than your basic “theme park food,” and since they don’t require reservations, you can easily work them around your other plans for the day.

But the choices can be overwhelming. There are a huge number of quick service restaurants to choose from, and some of them are … not good. (I’m lookin’ at you, ABC Commissary.)


So I reached out to some of my Disney blogging buddies again (some of whom you might remember from my very popular post about overrated Disney World restaurants) and asked them not only what their favorite quick-service restaurant at Disney World was, but also what their favorite meal was when they went there.

I didn’t put any additional exclusions or limits on it, so some of the restaurants are from Disney Springs, as well as from the Disney parks.

(Interestingly, not one person named a restaurant from either any of the Disney resorts or from Hollywood Studios.)

I organized the results in the form of a countdown.

The restaurants with only one “vote” are at the top. When we hit Number Six, we get to restaurants that had two votes, continuing down to the clear Second Place and very clear First Place Winner.

When you’re done reading this post, you’ll have the insider scoop for the best places to grab a quick bite between your favorite rides.




14) Lotus Blossom Cafe in Epcot’s China Pavillion

The Lotus Blossom Cafe is in the China Pavillion in Epcot’s World Showcase. It’s menu offers “Americanized Chinese food” — basically, well-known dishes like egg rolls and pot stickers.

Angela from The Life of Spicers says:

My favourite quick service is definitely Lotus Blossom Cafe in Epcot. The Honey Chicken is amazing, and there is so much of it you could definitely share. The inside seating is also a welcome relief from the heat.


Honey Chicken Lotus Blossom Cafe in Epcot
Honey Chicken from Lotus Blossom Cafe
Photo courtesy of Angela at The Life of Spicers


13) Tangierine Cafe in Epcot’s Morocco Pavilion

Tangierine Cafe is a Mediterranean eatery that offers North African and American cuisine, as well as pastries and specialty coffee drinks.

According to Mickey Wiki, the restaurant gets its name from the Moroccan city of Tangier, which is known as the “gateway to Morocco, to the Mediterranean, and to North Africa.”

Vegetable Platter from Tangierine Cafe in Epco Morocco Pavilion
Vegetable Platter from Tangierine Cafe in Epcot’s Morocco Pavilion
Photo courtesy of Lisa at Adventures in Familyhood

Lisa from Adventures in Familyhood says:

When I’m on vacation, I like to eat cuisines I normally don’t get to eat at home. My favorite place to get a quick bite is Tangierine Cafe in Epcot’s Morocco Pavilion.

Their vegetable platter has a little bit of everything including falafel, couscous salad, hummus and pita. It’s a light meat-free lunch that can easily be shared.


12) Breakfast and Lunch at Be Our Guest

Be Our Guest opened in late 2012 as part of a large expansion and renovation to Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom.

It has three separate dining areas, themed after the ballroom, Rose Gallery, and West Wing from Disney’s 1991 animated film Beauty and the Beast. Its menu features French-inspired cuisine.

Kris from Nomad by Trade says:

I love the quick service meals at Be Our Guest! It’s the most beautiful restaurant on property and a dream come true for this girl who grew up loving the movie.

Though dinner service is sit-down style, breakfast and lunch are quick service and give guests a chance to experience the atmosphere without paying for an expensive prix fixe meal (though you do miss out on a chance to meet the Beast).

Breakfast and lunch at Be Our Guest Quick Service Restaurant
Be Our Guest — Quick Service for Breakfast & Lunch, Table Service for Dinner
Photo courtesy of Kris at Nomad by Trade


I love the Croque Monsieur for lunch (the very similar Croque Madame adds an egg at breakfast) and the fittingly named Feast a La Gaston is a breakfast of immense proportions.

You can’t leave without trying The Grey Stuff – served on the Master’s Cupcake for the quick service meals. I’ve tried the table service version of The Grey Stuff too, and in all honesty – the quick service version is better.

Even though breakfast and lunch here are quick service, you’ll still need reservations to visit, so make sure you plan ahead!


11) Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe in the Magic Kingdom

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe is located next to Country Bear Jamboree in Frontierland in the Magic Kingdom.

The atmosphere is designed to make it feel like you’re dining at a western inn and it has a Tex-Mex menu. (Its menu was completely overhauled back in October 2015.)


Pecos Bill quick service restaurant in the Magic Kingdom Frontierland
Pecos Bill in the Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland
Photo courtesy of Amy at Mouse & the Monorail


Amy from The Mouse & the Monorail says,

My favorite quick service restaurant is Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn and Cafe. My favorite quick service item is the beef nachos. The toppings bar really takes this meal over the top, and you can get so much for your money!


10) Yorkshire County Fish Shop in Epcot’s United Kingdom Pavilion

The Yorkshire County Fish Shop, formerly the Harry Ramsden Fish and Chip Shop until 2006, was originally created because of the high demand for fish and chips at the nearby Rose & Crown restaurant.

Meredith from Mouse & the Monorailsays:

You may not be expecting seafood as a favorite walk-up quick service option, but don’t count it out!!

The Yorkshire County Fish Shop is delicious and serves up the most amazing fish and chips!
While a menu of only Fish and Chips might seem limited for some, it’s located in Epcot’s United Kingdom. That means that if your party doesn’t want fish, no worries! There are plenty of other great options for them too.

The fish itself is crunchy and perfectly battered while the chips (fries) are large and filling.

Top it all off with their lone dessert option, the Victoria sponge cake, and you’re sure to have a very happy belly!


9)Cooke’s of Dublin in Disney Springs

Cookes of Dublin is located in Disney Springs beside Raglan Road. Its menu features Dublin-style dishes like fish and chips and meat pies.

Sarah from ‘Dis’ Happy Home says:

If you are planning your first trip to Walt Disney World or are a long time veteran you already know that Disney Springs has some of the best offerings for food! What’s nice is the large variety of food that are available with no parking fees or a Disney Park admission!

So with all the wonderful quick-service restaurants available at Walt Disney World my favorite, as you guessed is located at Disney Springs. Drum roll please. It is … Cookes of Dublin!

Cookes (pronounced “Cooks” and not “Cookies”) of Dublin is a wonderfully delicious kind of hidden gem! Located in The Landing, it is often overlooked, as it appears to just be part of Raglan Road.

My favorite menu items are the Battered Burger & Chips with a side of Dubliner Irish Cheese & Bacon Dip.

The Battered Burger is a hand battered burger topped with garlic mayonnaise, tomato chutney and mixed greens. This burger is delicious and I really love that the burger is hand battered. This gives it a crunchy texture that makes this burger unique.

The main reason I go back again and again is for the Dubliner Irish Cheese & Bacon Dip!

Now this may not look like much and is often overlooked when ordering, but trust when I say: “You need to try this!” I just want to drink it straight from the cup. This side compliments the Battered Burger because you can drizzle some inside the burger and dunk your chips (French Fries) in. It’s a cheese sauce you will crave and want to dunk everything in.

There you have it: Cookes of Dublin is one of my favorite quick-service restaurants at Walt Disney World. So if you are in town head over to Disney Springs now and “Beat it inde ya!” (which is Irish slang for “Eat that now!”)


Cookes of Dublin restaurant in Disney Spring
Cookes of Dublin in Disney Springs



8)Sunshine Seasons in Epcot

Sunshine Seasons is a food court restaurant located in The Land Pavilion of Future World in Epcot. It serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and includes an Asian Shop with noodle bowls and stir-fries, a Sandwich Shop, Soup & Salad Shop, Wood-Fired Grill Shop with meats, and a bakery.

Kait from Kait Around The Kingdom says:

My favorite quick-service restaurant at Walt Disney World is Sunshine Seasons in the Land Pavilion at Epcot. Aside from it being located in my favorite Epcot pavilion, I love this restaurant because it offers a lot of different food options, which can make for an easy meal time with your whole party.

My favorite menu item lately has been their Chicken Corn Chowder, but my usual go-to at Sunshine Seasons is the Salmon with Cheesy Grits and Andouille-Corn Succotash.

They also have a great dessert selection, including specialty cupcakes. So it can’t hurt to swing in and check out what they’ve got after riding Soarin’ or Living With The Land!


7) Columbia Harbour House in the Magic Kingdom

The Columbia Harbour House is a two-story, classical New England tavern serving seafood, chicken and sandwiches. It is located between Liberty Square and Fantasyland.

Patty from My No-Guilt Life says:

The one thing Disney World is not short on is good quick service options. If we plan a quick trip and forgot to make time for Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs), I don’t even worry about it anymore because we’ve got our favorite quick service options all figured out!

And they are even easier to navigate if you use the incredible Disney World Quick Service Dining mobile order option.

On a recent trip, we walked up to my favorite, the Columbia Harbour House at the Magic Kingdom, as the doors opened. There was already a line to order, so we stepped to the side, pulled up the app, and within 2 minutes were enjoying lunch!

For me, there’s nothing I want more on a hot day than the cold Anchors Aweigh Tuna Sandwich. My husband, however, is a fan of the Lobster Roll. Either way, we both agree that the House-Made Chips are delish!

And of course, there are the usual child-friendly options for kids who aren’t quite interested in seafood for lunch.


6) Flame Tree BBQ in Animal Kingdom

Located in Discovery Island, Flame Tree BBQ is an order kiosk with a large area of shaded outdoor seating.

Ted at Parkeology says:

My favorite quick service restaurant at Walt Disney World is Flame Tree Barbecue. I would expect others might concur with me on this (and if not they should!).

Since opening day at Animal Kingdom, Flame Tree has been serving surprisingly good BBQ. My favorite form of it is in a Pulled Pork Sandwich.

Years ago they offered 3-4 different types of sauces. Now they are down to two, but no matter. The sweet BBQ sauce mixed with the smoky pulled pork piled up on a soft bun and served with views of Expedition Everest on the other side of the lake can’t be beat.

However, they also serve a shockingly good Smoked Turkey Sandwich. I had this with Shane [the other half of Parkeology] a while back while I was looking for a lighter option. The off-the-bone smoked turkey is some of the best I have ever had!

And not just “best at Disney” or “best at a park,” but just plain best, period.

Stopping at Flame Tree is an absolute must while visiting Animal Kingdom and it may be worth taking a side trip from another park to grab some, for that matter!


Leah at The Budget Mouse says:

Our favorite Quick Service restaurant is Flame Tree Barbecue in Animal Kingdom.

The ribs are the best on Disney property and some of the best I’ve ever had! We usually get the St. Louis Rib Dinner ($18.29) which is a hearty serving of ribs with a side of coleslaw and baked beans.

This entree and the Ribs, Chicken, and Pulled Pork Sampler (also priced at $18.99) are fantastic uses of a quick service credit on the Dining Plan.

We like to wash it all down with a Safari Amber, because hey, we are on vacation!


St Louis Rib Dinner from Flame Tree BBQ  in Disney World
St Louis Rib Dinner from Flame Tree BBQ
Photo courtesy of Leah from The Budget Mouse


5) Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza at Disney Springs

Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza is located in the Town Center of Disney Springs, not too far from Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming.

Although it’s not a restaurant unique to Disney, the Disney Springs location has been built to fit within its surroundings, made to resemble a refurbished sawmill from the 1850s.


Shane at Parkeology says:

I’m going to cast my vote for The Blaze at Disney Springs.

Pizza is my favorite food, and the pizza offerings around Disney range from bad to dreadful. Fortunately, the Blaze is not only delicious, it is also quite reasonably priced. I usually do the Make-Your-Own option.

I’m also a soda junkie, and the Blaze offers amazing Blue Sky Soda, which I had not previously tried (Black Cherry is the best).

Finally, their Blood Orange Lemonade is totally worth it.


Mark from Points on Neverland agrees:

When it comes to counter service meals, you want cheap, fast, and delicious.

Is that impossible at Disney World?


Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza at Disney Springs is a make-your-own-pie joint that won’t make you feel like you just handed over the kids’ college savings.

Order one of their favorites or build your own. Since each pizza is personal size, it doesn’t matter if your kid wants to ruin hers with pineapple; you’ll get the perfect pizza.

By the way, the perfect pizza is Pepperoni, Onion & Light Jalapeno with a Side of Ranch. Just sayin’…


4) Wolfgang Puck Express at Disney Springs

Wolfgang Puck Express is located near Disney’s Days of Christmas store in the Disney Springs Marketplace. After placing your order at the counter, your food is delivered to your table.


Kimberly at Savvy Mama Lifestyle says:

Our family loves Wolfgang Puck Express at Disney Springs!

The portions are large, the food is great quality, and the menu offers a variety of things for the whole family.

We love the Barbecue Chicken Pizza and the Caesar Salad.

They even offer a kitchen table if you want to be close to the action.

They’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner – and they accept the Disney Dining Plan. One of the best bangs for your buck on Disney property.


Rebecca at The Pixie Dusted Planner agrees:

Hands down my favorite quick service restaurant in all of Disney World is Wolfgang Express in Disney Springs. It’s such a break from the overwhelming presence of hot dogs and pizza all over the parks!

More than that though, it is high class dining on a budget. Wolfgang Puck is a renown celebrity chef with very few locations, and most of them are at a much higher price point. Dishes here are a perfect balance of savory, crisp, and utterly satisfying.

Make sure to try the Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf (yum!) and luxuriously creamy Cheesecake!


Cheesecake at Wolfgang Puck Express in Disney Springs
Cheesecake at Wolfgang Puck Express in Disney Springs
Photo courtesy of Rebecca at The Pixie Dusted Planner



3) Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café in the Magic Kingdom

The restaurant that we know as Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe was originally called Tomorrowland Terrace when the Magic Kingdom opened in 1971.

According to Mickey Wiki, in 1994 when the restaurant was given both a new name and a new theme, the topping bar “featured oddly colored condiments such as blue mayonnaise, purple ketchup and green mustard.” (Thankfully, that didn’t last long.)

Tracey and Simon from Disney and Orlando Geeks said:

Situated in Magic Kingdoms ‘Tomorrowland’ section, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe truly is out of this world, for me it is one of my absolute favourite places to stop off and eat.

It has a great variety of food for both lunch and dinner, with classics such as the good old Angus Bacon Cheeseburger, hotdogs, nuggets, Rotisserie Chicken, Pulled Pork, ribs and many more including healthy options such as Greek Salads.

One of the great things about this restaurant is the Toppings Bar. Once you have received your order, be sure to head over to the there to add some of the succulent extras to your meal.

They have things like Sauteed Onions and Mushrooms, Pickles, and toppings such as Lettuce, Tomatoes, Fried Onions, and various sauces.

One of my favourite things to order is the Grilled Chicken Club. This is a herb-marinated chicken breast topped with American cheese and bacon all in a bun. I get it with the fries, but green beans or mashed potatoes are also an option. Then I head straight over to the toppings Bar to add the delicious sauteed mushrooms and some lettuce and tomatoes. It really is delicious and I highly recommend it.

BUT, the highlight for me, and the thing that makes this one of my all time favourite places is Sonny Eclipse, the resident intergalactic Alien that performs all day, every day in the Starlight Lounge part of the restaurant.

Video — Sonny Eclipse at Walt Disney World

Sonny Eclipse is extremely funny and his songs are great. The children find him highly entertaining, and his jokes are also aimed at adult sense of humour with some classic ‘Mother in Law’ jokes, so he is a great entertainer all round for every age.

Cosmic Ray’s has a huge seating area, including seating outside too, so if Sonny doesn’t rock your world then there is alternative seating around the corner from the ordering bays that have an amazing view of the Cinderella Castle. So you really can have excellent food with a view, or dinner and a show!!

The air conditioning inside is really good, so when it is very hot outside it also makes for a great place to have a pit stop and grab a drink to cool off and watch Sonny.

There are a few good desserts on the menu too.

So for me, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe makes an excellent choice for an all-around great quick service option, with fab food, fab entertainment, fab views and great seating.


Taryn at Lau Family Travels said:

We have always loved Cosmic Ray’s at the Magic Kingdom (even though it’s just your typical quick service location).

I think their Burgers are good and you can make them even better with the Toppings Bar!

But, my favorite part of the restaurant is getting a window seat near the castle!


Cinderella Castle at Disney Worlds Magic Kingdom
View of the Cinderella Castle from Cosmic Ray’s
Photo courtesy of Taryn at Lau Family Travels


2) Casey’s Corner on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom

Casey’s Corner was clearly in the Number Two spot, with 3 different bloggers claiming it as their favorite quick-service restaurant.

Located on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom, it is themed to the “Casey at the Bat” segment of the animated feature Make Mine Music.


James at Adventures in Familyhood says:

My favorite quick service restaurant at Walt Disney World is Casey’s Corner. My go-tos are the Foot Long Hot Dog or the Hot Dog Nuggets.

Plus, you can’t beat the baseball theming!


Michelle from Disney Tips and Trip Reports says:

Our favourite Quick Service restaurant is Casey’s Corner on Main Street USA in Magic Kingdom!

As Brits who visit Walt Disney World annually, nothing says All-American fare like a hot dog — and Casey’s Corner serve the tastiest ones around.


Caseys Corner Chili Cheese Hot Dog
Chili Cheese Hot Dog from Casey’s Corner
Photo courtesy of Michelle at Disney Tips and Trip Reports


My husband and son often go for the Chili-Cheese Hot Dog, and my go-to dish is a portion of Corn Dog Nuggets – delicious!

Corn Dog Nuggets at Caseys Corner at the Magic Kingdom
Corn Dog Nuggets at Casey’s Corner
Photo courtesy of Michelle at Disney Tips and Trip Reports

Since we last visited the menu seems to have changed a bit, and I am definitely going to be trying the Macaroni & Cheese Hot Dog, because I am a Mac ‘n’ Cheese fiend!!


Ryan from Disney Pins Blog says:

My favorite quick-service restaurant at Walt Disney World is Casey’s Corner at Magic Kingdom!

Pretty much every trip I will stop for a hot dog. Although they do have a lot of specialty hot dogs, I go for the standard Hot Dog with Fries! I like to go to the toppings bar and put my diced onions and sauerkraut on it as well.

Their Shoestring French Fries are also delicious.

After I get my meal, I go outside to one of the standing table tops, have my lunch and people-watch with a wonderful view of Cinderella Castle!

Another plus is that they now serve the Mint Julep from Disneyland!

Caseys Corner Disney Pin
Casey’s Corner Disney Pin
Photo courtesy of Ryan at Disney Pins Blog


One thing no one mentioned about Casey’s Corner, but that I have to add, being a piano player myself … is that they has a live pianist outside.

Whenever we pass by, I always think what a cool job that would be. (Although I think having a mirror in front of my face while I’m playing would drive me crazy!)

Casey’s Corner Pianist at Disney World


1) Satu’Li canteen in Animal Kingdom

Satu’li Canteen in Disney’s Animal Kingdom was our clear WINNER, with 7 different bloggers eagerly naming it as their very favorite Disney quick service restaurant.

is located within the Pandora — World of Avatar area that opened in May 2017.

The story behind the restaurant is that it was once the main mess hall of the Resources Development Administration (RDA) base located in the Valley of Mo’ara.

Now the canteen is owned and operated by Alpha Centauri Expeditions (ACE) tour company and has been redesigned into a peaceful dining area adorned with Na’vi art and cultural items.

Jodi of Family Travel Magazine says:

My favorite quick service location at Walt Disney World is one of the newest spots. Satu’li Canteen, located right in Pandora in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, offers some delicious and unique healthy food options.

Cheeseburger Pods at Satuli Canteen quick service restaurant
Cheeseburger Pods at Satu’Li Canteen
Photo courtesy of Jodi at Family Travel Magazine

My favorites include the Cheeseburger Pod, which tastes just like a deconstructed cheeseburger.

There are also delicious and healthy Satu’li Bowls, which come with a variety of different proteins. My favorite is the Chopped Wood-Grilled Chicken Bowl.

For dessert, you can try the Blueberry Cream Cheese Mousse or Chocolate Cake.

There’s plenty of seating, but it does get busy, so I recommend going early.


Becka at DisneyKittee agrees, saying

My favorite Quick Service is the Satu’Li Canteen in the Pandora section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.

I LOVE the Cheeseburger Pod, and I also love the chips and quirky little salad they give you on the side.

Video: Trying Cheeseburger Pods at Satu’li Canteen


Kristi from Disney Insider Tips adds:

When it comes to quick service restaurants, our favorite is Satu’li Canteen in the NEW Pandora section of Animal Kingdom.

It is a great place to cool off, unwind and refuel after waiting in the crazy lines for rides like Avatar, Flight of Passage!

My favorite thing to order there is the Slow Roasted Sliced Grilled Beef Bowl. It features marinated roast beef, crunchy vegetable slaw and boba balls. You can choose to have it with salad, rice & black beans or sweet potato hash.

You won’t find anything like it anywhere else in Disney!


Grilled Beef Bowl meal from Satuli Canteen
Grilled Beef Bowl from Satuli Canteen



Jessica at The Healthy Mouse give Satu’li Canteen yet another vote, saying:

My absolute favorite thing to get is the Vegetable Curry Buns! It’s hands down my favorite vegetarian entree at any Disney park!

My daughter likes the Kid’s Tofu Bowl (which I also enjoy myself if I’m in the mood for something small).

Vegetable Curry Buns from SatuLi Canteen at World of Pandora
Vegetable Curry Buns from Satu’Li Canteen
Photo courtesy of Jessica from The Healthy Mouse


Sarah at The Mouse & the Monorail says,

Hands down, the best quick service food is found in Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Satu’li Canteen.

My favorite menu item is the Rice bowl with Chicken and Creamy Herb Sauce. The creamy herb sauce is probably the best topping I’ve ever had, and the chicken is always cooked perfectly with a nice chargrilled flavor to it.

I have to order it every time I visit Animal Kingdom!

Rice Bowl with Chicken from SatuLi Canteen at World of Pandora
Rice Bowl with Chicken from Satu’Li Canteen at World of Pandora
Photo courtesy of Sarah at Mouse & the Monorail


Jenn at Touring in Wonderland had this to say:

One of my favorite quick service locations on Disney properties is Satuli Canteen in the Pandora land area of Animal Kingdom.

The food here is fresh, inventive, and unlike anything you can get at any other Disney World quick service restaurant.

You can’t go wrong with getting a customizable bowl. You have to try the beef — it is perfectly grilled.

For dessert, make sure to pick up the Blueberry Mousse, as this is one of the best desserts on Disney properties. Plus it looks awesome with all its shiny glaze.


Meal at Satuli Canteen in Animal Kingdom
Customizable Bowl from Satuli Canteen in Animal Kingdom
Photo courtesy of Jenn at Touring in Wonderland


Finally, TM Brown at Footprints in Pixie Dust had this to say:

This question is an easy one to answer. Hands down ~ my favorite quick service restaurant at Walt Disney World is Satu’li Canteen at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

They have the most unique options and some great bursts of flavor on their menu!

As for my go-to meal option, I am in love with the Slow-Roasted Sliced Grilled Beef Bowl with Red and Sweet Potato Hash as the base and Creamy Herb Dressing as my sauce. Mmmm…yum! I can eat that all day.

Another plus is that they are FANTASTIC when it comes to guests with food allergies and dietary restrictions, too! We know from personal experience (wink, wink).


Now I want to hear from you.

Do you agree? Disagree? Any favorite quick service meal you’d like to add? Let us know in the comments!




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