This month on the Peach Loop of The Blogorail, we are talking some of the best counter service location at Walt Disney World. My favorite is the Contempo Cafe located at The Contemporary Resort just steps away from The Magic Kingdom. Read more to find out why.
I posed this question on twitter last week and got very little response so I decided, today, to write a short blog post on the topic. If you have been following the blog from the beginning, you will know that I love the Contempo Cafe. I love its location, the ability to watch the monorail go by, and the menu. It’s a great place to sit back and relax after a morning and/or afternoon in the parks.
Unlike it’s monorail loop brethren, the Gasparilla Grill and Captain Cook’s; the Contempo Cafe is NOT open 24 hours. The hours of the Contempo Cafe are from 6:00 am until midnight. This puts the Contempo Cafe’s hours more on par with moderate and value resorts than the other dining options along the monorail loop.
Are the people staying at the Contemporary just not hungry at night? Does Disney charge less for rooms at the Contemporary than at the Grand Floridian and Polynesian Village to compensate guests for not having a 24-hour quick service option?
Late night resort hopping is difficult to do in the off-peak months when the parks close earlier and as a result the monorail shuts down earlier as well. There is no boat from the Contemporary to the Grand Floridian or Polynesian Village without stopping at the Magic Kingdom and when the Magic Kingdom closes for the night, those boats stop running as well. There is a boat to Wilderness Lodge but that quick service restaurant is only open to midnight as well.
The Contempo Cafe has a wonderful breakfast especially its Bounty Platter with eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, and french toast. Disney could replace the bacon and sausage with some steak and charge a dollar or two more and have a fantastic late night steak and eggs menu item. It could have a late-night midnight to 6:00 am menu featuring a cross-section of its dinner and breakfast menu with quick easy-to-make selections from both menus.
Maybe Disney has crunched the numbers and the numbers say that Disney would lose money by keeping the Contempo Cafe open 24 hours a day. However, I think that Disney is missing out on an opportunity to have a unique late-night dining opportunity at one of it’s best quick service restaurants.
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Walt Disney World is full of great restaurants at both the table and counter service level. There are so many choices. A guest could make many trips and not double up on a restaurant. Once a guest makes a couple of trips, they start to formulate what places they enjoy eating at and what others they do not. The one restaurant that I make sure I eat at on every trip is the Contempo Cafe. It is my favorite quick service restaurant at the Walt Disney World resort. Let’s go into some of the reasons why.
This article is going through my top five counter service restaurants at Walt Disney World. There are counter service restaurants everywhere in the World making it impossible to eat at all of them in any one trip or even two or three trips. This adds to the variety of a guest’s vacation. These restaurants serve a wide variety of cuisine making it easy, for even the picky eater, to find something to find something to eat.
And with that introduction, I bring you my top five counter service restaurants at Walt Disney World.