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Old 01-10-2014, 09:12 PM   #1
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Best Counter Service when it's busy

I wondering what the best choices are for counter service when it's busy that have a shorter wait. I'm gonna wait for a less busy day to go to the Little Red Wagon as I'm sure the wait is longer on a busy day. When the parks are super crowded does it make more sense to eat at a less busy counter service or make reservations for Table service? Will I wait longer for my reservation when the parks are busy?
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Old 01-10-2014, 10:04 PM   #2
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If you really want a Red Wagon Corn Dog....
Just go to the Stage Door Cafe in FrontierLand behind at the Golden Horseshoe.
Much shorter lines (4) not one, and faster service.
Same Corn Dog.
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Old 01-10-2014, 10:34 PM   #3
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If you really want a Red Wagon Corn Dog....
Just go to the Stage Door Cafe in FrontierLand behind at the Golden Horseshoe.
Much shorter lines (4) not one, and faster service.
Same Corn Dog.
We will be there for 4 days and touring plans lists them as 8,3,3,4 So I'm thinking we will do corndogs another day. We are coming on a sunday so we can see the fireworks and such but I'm wondering what the best plans are for lunch and dinner?
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Old 01-10-2014, 10:59 PM   #4
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I have to agree on Stage Door. I feel like I blinked and our food was there.
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Old 01-11-2014, 12:19 AM   #5
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Well, this is at DCA not DL, but the least crowded counter service is Whitewater Snacks at the Grand Californian, by their pool. It's the "snack bar" for the hotel, but serves full meals. You have to exit DCA over by Grizzly River Run to get to it. It's quiet, air conditioned, never crowded, and the food is delicious and semi reasonably priced for Disney. We are locals and it's our go to, especially when it's crowded. There are nice restrooms right next to it as well.
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Well, this is at DCA not DL, but the least crowded counter service is Whitewater Snacks at the Grand Californian, by their pool. It's the "snack bar" for the hotel, but serves full meals. You have to exit DCA over by Grizzly River Run to get to it. It's quiet, air conditioned, never crowded, and the food is delicious and semi reasonably priced for Disney. We are locals and it's our go to, especially when it's crowded. There are nice restrooms right next to it as well.
It can be non-crowded. However on one crazy crowded day the wait for food was one hour. I still remember that as not so fun...
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Old 01-11-2014, 04:24 PM   #7
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If you really want a Red Wagon Corn Dog....
Just go to the Stage Door Cafe in FrontierLand behind at the Golden Horseshoe.
Much shorter lines (4) not one, and faster service.
Same Corn Dog.
I did not know about this. Thank you.
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Old 01-12-2014, 09:13 PM   #8
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If you are in DCA, go out the Grand Californian exit and eat at White Water snacks. Just make sure you hold on to your receipt, as if it is a busy day, you may need to show it to use that entrance, just explain that you went to eat at the Grand California.

The food is good and there is never much of a line and the design makes it where even if the restaurant is completely filled, it's still quiet.
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Old 01-16-2014, 11:48 AM   #10
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Troubador Tavern is great, but only if you're a fan of kraut dogs. I will also second the stage door. Very quick service, and you get a classic corn dog to boot! There's also chicken nuggets or fish and chips, but really...you go for the corn dog.

If you want something a little...more...I recommend the French Market. The service moves pretty quickly and the food is great. At DCA, food and service are great at Paradise Garden.

Places to avoid when it's busy are the Jolly Holiday, Tomorrowland Terrace and the Village Haus. AT DCA, skip Fiddler and Taste Pilots.
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Old 01-19-2014, 11:31 PM   #11
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did someone say fried green tomato sandwich?

wayyyy down at the hungry bear?

I wish I had known that before. I will check it out next week.


my suggestion is take a second look at Jolly Holiday-loads of folks bypass it, but it is good and you can snag seats.


I just looooooove those merry cherry drinks!
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Old 01-23-2014, 07:29 PM   #12
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did someone say fried green tomato sandwich?

wayyyy down at the hungry bear?

I wish I had known that before. I will check it out next week.


my suggestion is take a second look at Jolly Holiday-loads of folks bypass it, but it is good and you can snag seats.


I just looooooove those merry cherry drinks!
oh goodness, what's a merry cherry?!
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it is a mix of cherry juice flavor (like the add ins at coffee chops) and lemonade.

addicting, and great to walk around and sip.

when I got home I bought a bottle on line from a store.

even my DH likes it.
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Old 01-11-2014, 12:35 AM   #14
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Hungry bear has usually not been crowded when we go. And I really like the fried green tomato sandwich
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Old 01-11-2014, 12:48 AM   #15
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I would just say eat meals at times where others aren't eating. We were there Jan 2-4 (during winter break and holiday season) and the longest line we waited in was for Starbucks in DCA. We just tried to eat early or late lunches and dinners, with snacks at random times in between!

Hungry Bear was pretty empty at 7:30 pm on the Saturday we were there.
Jolly Holiday was empty at 9 am on Thursday
Corn Dog Castle in DCA was empty at 4 pm on Saturday, but packed at 1:30 on Friday
Pacific Wharf (we had the 3 counter service options there) had a 10-15 min line each time we went, mostly for lunch
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