Whoops! Your Orlando theme park vacation is coming up and you forgot to make dining reservations for Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando theme parks. Or you tried to make dining reservations and couldn't get the tables and times you wanted. What can you do, without having to resort to walk-up burger counters for your vacation?
Not everyone plays the advance reservation game when planning a trip to Central Florida. Fortunately, Disney and Universal have so many dining options in their parks that anyone can enjoy well-themed, tasty food without having to call months in advance for an ADR or reservation. In fact, many of my favorite places to eat in the parks are either quick-service walk-up restaurants, or sit-down locations that rarely fill up, so they often have a table available with little or no wait.
A Twitter follower today asked for recommendations on places to eat at Disney and Universal where you could get the full park experience, but on a short-notice visit. Almost all of the high-demand restaurants, such as Be Our Guest, Cinderella's Royal Table, and Le Cellier Steakhouse, are long since booked by this point. But no worries. Based upon my personal preferences and our Theme Park Insider reader ratings, here are our picks for the top 10 themed restaurants in the Orlando theme parks where you don't need a reservation. (Restaurants with an asterisk* are table-service restaurants.)
Universal Studios Florida
Universal's Islands of Adventure
Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Disney's Animal Kingdom
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