With Shanghai Disneyland open again to guests, it's time to start thinking more seriously about the return of theme parks around the world. Once you get into a park again, at some point you'll need to eat. But where will you go - to a quick-service stop or a full, table-service restaurant?
That's our "which is better" vote for today. Of course, at some theme parks, this choice is made for you, as many parks don't offer table-service dining. But at Disney parks (and Universal Orlando), table-service restaurants can be a big part of the attraction.
Full service allows you to sit and take a break, almost always in a shaded or indoor, air-conditioned location. Maybe there's even characters at the meal, allowing you to skip the long waits to meet characters elsewhere in the park as you can get your photos and autographs as you eat. Table-service meals typically offer better food quality than quick-service windows, often with waiters who not only can guide you through the menu but also can guide you through the park, providing welcome advice for the rest of your day.
But you pay for all this, with higher prices and a greater time commitment than you face with quick-service meals.
Mobile ordering also can help you speed through a meal at quick-service locations, as you can order and pay for the meal on your phone instead of having to wait for a seemingly endless procession of families in front of you trying to decide what they want to eat. And where table service restaurants deliver a higher-end experience, quick service includes a wider range of dining options, from a grab-n-go to fully immersive themed experiences such as those found in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Not that quick service isn't without issues. Good luck in a lot of locations finding a clean, empty table after you've picked up your food. While some quick-service locations offer a variety of interesting entrees, many offer little more than the boring burgers, fried chicken strips, and pizza slices. And sometimes those queues of indecisive diners at the register can make eating at a "quick" service location as much of a time commitment as a table-service meal.
So which is it for you? I know that many of us choose where to eat on a restaurant-by-restaurant basis, but which option do you prefer in general? There's no wrong answer, of course, just your preference. So please tell us a bit more about why you prefer your choice.Tweet
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