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Let us tell you a little story about something that happens in Disney World from time to time. Think of it like a cautionary tale. Let’s say you’re enjoying a park day at Magic Kingdom. The sun is high in the sky, the wait times are creeping up, and you’re getting hungry. It’s time for a break. But Magic Kingdom’s quick-service options are, well, lame.

Cinderella Castle

So, you decide to visit one of the nearby Monorail Resorts (Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort) for a better meal. There’s just one problem.

Sorry to leave you on a cliffhanger like that! But we had to pause for dramatic effect. Now, back to the story. Over at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, Gasparilla Island Grill has a FANTASTIC House-Made Macaroni & Cheese. Seriously. It’s really good. We much prefer this over the food at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in Magic Kingdom, for example.

House-Made Mac ‘n Cheese

So, as you make your way to the Grand Floridian Hotel for that great House-Made Macaroni & Cheese, you jump on the My Disney Experience app to place a mobile order. But when you search for Gasparilla Island Grill, you’re met with a message. It reads, “At this time, mobile ordering from Gasparilla Island Grill is only available to guests staying at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.” Looks like mobile order is out of the question for now!


Change of plans. Next, you check the menu at Contempo Cafe, located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. A similar message appears on your app! Turns out that on a busy day, it’s not so easy to place a mobile order and quickly pick up your food. Of course, you can still visit the restaurant and place your order in person, but keep in mind that mobile order isn’t always an option.


So, what’s the lesson here? Well, if you’re in a rush and you were hoping to pick up a meal from one of Disney’s popular quick-service restaurants, don’t count on mobile order. Note that this restriction isn’t ALWAYS in place. But, during busy times of year (like right around the Fourth of July), you may see that message pop up on your My Disney Experience app.

Contempo Cafe

Mobile ordering food can come in handy — it’s a big time-saver — but there are some benefits to ordering in person, too. Sometimes, for example, you may spot a limited-edition snack that isn’t listed on the mobile order menu. We’ve discovered some AMAZING snacks this way before!

Croissant Cookie

We hope this little story helps you better plan your next visit to Disney World. It’s better to be prepared and know what to expect than to be caught off guard, right? In the meantime, we’re always on the lookout for the latest Disney news, so stay tuned for more.

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