Relaxing Eats at Walt Disney World Without the Dining Plan or Reservations

There are Walt Disney World vacationers who don't mind planning their meals 180 days in advance and making all other arrangements contingent on those reservations. There are also vacationers who would rather plan their days at the parks based on other factors and eat what they want without the constraints of the Disney Dining Plan. If you fall into the latter group, does it mean that your dining choices are limited to quick service locations? While Disney now offers varied menus at many of these restaurants, you may be looking for a quieter place to sit and relax without picking your food up from a counter. Disney's Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Epcot all have lounges that are not included on the Dining Plan. While the Magic Kingdom doesn't have any lounges, I included several options that are accessible via monorail. These locations tend to have afternoon and evening offerings of small plates, sides, appetizers, or desserts along with an extensive drink list. The food offerings are typically under $15 and are great for sharing. Hollywood Studios Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge opens at noon with sweet and savory food options, including their famous Cobb Salad, and an extensive drink menu. Tune-In Lounge opens at 11:00 am with an extensive menu of comfort food and fun drinks for the whole family. Animal Kingdom Nomad Lounge opens at 11:30 am and offers some exotic flavors along with a full bar. Yak & Yeti Quality Beverages opens at 11:00 am with Asian-inspired food offerings, frozen lemonade, and other beverages. Safari Bar in the Rainforest Cafe is open all day with the full restaurant menu available. Epcot Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar opens at 11:30 am with an extensive Italian menu, wine, and beer. La Cava del Tequila opens at noon and offers chips and queso/guacamole with a wide variety of tequila beverages and beers. Rose & Crown Pub opens at 11:30 am and offers a few filling British specialties and a large menu of lively beverages. Magic Kingdom Mizner's Lounge at the Grand Floridian offers several entrees and appetizers after 4:30 pm along with beverages. Tambu Lounge at the Polynesian offers all day food and beverage offerings. Trader Sam's Grog Grotto at the Polynesian opens at 4:00 pm with island food and beverage offerings. 21 and over after 8:00 pm. The Wave Lounge at the Contemporary opens at noon with food and beverage offerings. Citrico's Lounge at the Grand Floridian offers unique tapas and drinks after 5:00 pm. The above locations offer an alternative to the standard table service restaurants. While some may not find these options appealing or suitable for their travel group, others will enjoy a break from the high energy of the parks. Have any of these been a welcome respite for you during a day of park touring? Hours, offerings, and Dining Plan options are subject to change. Check the My Disney Experience app for up to date information. Connect with Liz Mroz on Twitter and Facebook @BuildingDisney

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