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Dining Discuss Looking for resort counter service advice in the Vacation Planning forums; We are heading down to Walt Disney World in a few weeks and have decided instead of doing the same old thing with our counter service meals (eat in the ...
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    Looking for resort counter service advice

    We are heading down to Walt Disney World in a few weeks and have decided instead of doing the same old thing with our counter service meals (eat in the parks all of the time), we want to use a few of our credits for lunch and dinner at some of the resorts.

    We have all of our ADR's for table service but I'm looking for advice on any counter service options for lunch and dinner at the resorts.

    A few that come to mind are Captain Cook's, Pepper Market and Mara.

    Does anyone have any experience with any of these or have any suggestions for any others?

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    The Pepper market is nice because you can decide what you want from different stations, anything from pasta's and pizza's to Mexican food and almost anything you can imagine.
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    What resort are you staying at?

    We love the Food Courts personally... like at ASMo, POP and Caribbean Beach.
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    Captain Cook's is great because after you meal you can make your own dole whip
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    We had a couple of pretty good meals at the food court at Pop Century last month.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BamaJenn View Post
    What resort are you staying at?

    We love the Food Courts personally... like at ASMo, POP and Caribbean Beach.
    I am staying at Riverside.

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    Captain Cooks has self-serve Dole Whips. 'nuff said.

    Pepper Market was nice in variety, but a tad more expensive. I think it works this way all day, at least it does for breakfast: you are escorted to a table and they take a drink order. You are given a ticket to take with you up to the food stations. You go to the stations and choose your food, they stamp your ticket with what you have taken. After you eat, you take your ticket to a cashier who charges you based on the stamps, and I believe they tack on a gratuity. I don't know how it works if you're on the dining plan for that.

    Mara was nothing special. Fairly small, down by the pool, very cafeteria like. Nothing at all like the other restaurants in AKL.

    Riverside has a nice food court. French Quarter is a nice walk and their food court has Beignets for a snack credit.

    Gasparilla Grill & Games, the counter serve at Grand Floridian was pretty good, even though it was in the game room. I think there are some outside tables you can take your food to that had a nicer atmosphere.

    There are some good quick serve options at Downtown Disney, too. Cookes of Dublin, the walk-up counter at Raglan Road; Earl of Sandwich; and Wolfgang Puck Express all take quick-serve credits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by disneydame2004 View Post
    Captain Cooks has self-serve Dole Whips. 'nuff said.

    Pepper Market was nice in variety, but a tad more expensive. I think it works this way all day, at least it does for breakfast: you are escorted to a table and they take a drink order. You are given a ticket to take with you up to the food stations. You go to the stations and choose your food, they stamp your ticket with what you have taken. After you eat, you take your ticket to a cashier who charges you based on the stamps, and I believe they tack on a gratuity. I don't know how it works if you're on the dining plan for that.

    There are some good quick serve options at Downtown Disney, too. Cookes of Dublin, the walk-up counter at Raglan Road; Earl of Sandwich; and Wolfgang Puck Express all take quick-serve credits.

    Have a great trip!
    The dining plan works well for Pepper Market. This is the only way that I have ever eaten here. It is actually my favorite resort counter service option because of the choices you have. My personal favorite is the ribeye steak you can get here. Yes, even this is a counter service credit.

    The other above mentioned counter service options at Downtown Disney are plentiful and vary tremendously.
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