Pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom restaurants

by Shannon Albert 41 comments Like the Facebook page

The pros and cons of all Magic Kingdom restaurants(Article last updated: June 12, 2016)

If Epcot is considered the place to go for great Table Service restaurants, then Magic Kingdom is the place to go for some of the best Quick Service and snacks in Disney World.

Let's take a look at the pros and cons of all of them...

Quick Service Restaurants

Aloha Isle

Price range: $3-5
Location: Adventureland
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes (snack credits)
Yelp rating: yelp45
Link to menu

Pros: Fantastic and refreshing snacks including Dole Whips and Coke/root beer floats

Cons: Lines can be long


 

Auntie Gravity's Galactic Goodies

Price range: $3-5
Location: Tomorrowland
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes (snack credits)
Yelp rating: yelp25
Link to menu

Pros: Refreshing snacks like vanilla and chocolate ice cream, smoothies and sundaes

Cons: No indoor seating

Tips: For a unique snack, try the Iced Coffee Float or have one of the fruit smoothies as a quick breakfast option


 

Be Our Guest (breakfast and lunch)

Price range: $10-13/entrees for lunch, $19.99 for breakfast
Location: New Fantasyland
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp4
Link to menu

Pros: Varied food options, feels much nicer than any other Quick Service

Cons: Reservations required and often difficult to get, picky eaters may not like the options

Tips: Reservations almost always required. See my Be Our Guest tips article for more info.


 

Casey's Corner

Price range: $5-10
Location: Main St. (on the end near the castle)
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp3
Link to menu

Pros: Good place to grab a hot dog, nachos or corn dog nuggets

Cons: Very limited indoor seating and the outside tables are often taken by people who want seating for parades

Tips: There's a ragtime pianist that plays here for about 20 minutes at a time, about once per hour starting around noon. Check the schedule before your trip to see when the piano player will be playing when you're there.


 

Cheshire Cafe

Price range: $2-4 for snacks and beverages
Location: Fantasyland, near Mad Tea Party
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, snacks
Yelp rating: yelp35
Link to menu

Pros: Great way to use snack credits

Cons: No indoor seating


 

Columbia Harbour House

Price range: $8-10
Location: Liberty Square, near Haunted Mansion
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp4
Link to menu

Pros: Great options for a Quick Service restaurant, including clam chowder, sandwiches and fish (just about anything you choose is going to be good here)

Cons: Picky eaters may not like the options here

Tips: Try the Anchors Aweigh Sandwich (white tuna) or the Lighthouse Sandwich (vegetarian) and find a table upstairs where it's much more quiet


 

Cool Ship

Price range: $3-5 beverages, $10 turkey leg
Location: Tomorrowland, near Astro Orbiter
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, snacks
Yelp rating: yelp3
Link to menu

Pros: The infamous turkey legs are available here

Cons: No seating


 

Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe

Price range: $7-10
Location: Tomorrowland
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp3
Link to menu

Pros: There are 3 different areas to get food in different "bays" - chicken, burgers and sandwiches/salads - which allow for several choices. There is also a generous bar of fixins including mushrooms, melted cheese and other toppings which allow people to customize their meal.

Cons: The food isn't super great, especially when you consider that there are so many Quick Service restaurants at Magic Kingdom, several of which have delicious food.

Tips: Be sure to check out the menu before ordering so you know how you want to order from the different bays


 

The Diamond Horseshoe

Price range: $10 entrees
Location: Liberty Square, near Liberty Tree Tavern
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp2
Link to menu

Pros: Home-cooked comfort food that usually appeals to the whole family

Cons: Only open seasonally (sometimes in summer and fall)


 

The Friar's Nook

Price range: $7-9 entrees
Location: Fantasyland, near Princess Fairytale Hall
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp3
Link to menu

Pros: Pot roast macaroni and cheese is a unique and delicious offering available here

Cons: No seating, but you can usually find a place to sit at Pinocchio's Village Haus


 

Gaston's Tavern

Price range: $3-5 for most snacks
Location: Fantasyland
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, snacks
Yelp rating: yelp4
Link to menu

Pros: Fantastically-themed location where you can grab a warm cinnamon roll

Cons: No seating, can't use Disney Dining Plan credits for the pork shank


 

Golden Oak Outpost

Price range: $3-9
Location: Frontierland
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp25
Link to menu

Pros: Good snack and Quick Service options, including some vegetarian offerings

Cons: No indoor seating

Tips: Area is very crowded during parades so avoid visiting during that time


 

The Lunching Pad

Price range: $3-9
Location: Tomorrowland, at the base of Astro Orbiter
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp3
Link to menu

Pros: Great soft pretzels and a wide variety of beverage options

Cons: No indoor seating, area can be very busy

Tips: Instead of a standard soft drink, try a frozen slush drink which is offered here


 

Main Street Bakery

Price range: ~ $5 for all snacks and drinks
Location: Main Street
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp4
Link to menu

Pros: This location serves Starbucks drinks and treats with the drinks that many of us are used to ordering at home

Cons: No indoor seating

Tips: If you're on the Disney Dining Plan, you can use 1 Quick Service credit here to get either 1 entree with 1 beverage OR a combo of whole fruit, a pastry and 1 non-alcoholic beverage


 

Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

Price range: $8-11
Location: Frontierland
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp35
Link to menu

Pros: Good place to grab a Chipotle-style food item and enjoy the big fixins bar, indoor seating

Cons: Can get very, very busy

Tips: The restrooms here are huge and always available so be sure to make a stop before you head out


 

Pinocchio Village Haus

Price range: $8-10
Location: Fantasyland, next to the It's a Small World ride
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp25
Link to menu

Pros: Flatbread entrees are a popular option here

Cons: Not up to par with other nearby Quick Service restaurants

Tips: If you sit near the windows, you can watch people on It's a Small World go by as you eat


 

Plaza Ice Cream Parlor

Price range: $3-5
Location: Main Street
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, snack credits
Yelp rating: yelp35
Link to menu

Pros: A great place to get hard-serve ice cream (Edy's brand) which won't melt as quickly as the soft-serve that's available at most places. The ice cream sandwiches made with fresh-baked cookies and the waffle cone sundaes are a particular favorite.

Cons: Limited seating available

Tips: This is 1 of the best places to use a snack credit since there are many options worth more than $5 available


 

Prince Eric's Village Market

Price range: $1.50-5 snacks
Location: Fantasyland, near Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, snack credits
Yelp rating: yelp4
Link to menu

Pros: Good spot to grab a cold drink and healthy snacks

Cons: Just a cart/kiosk (easy to miss because it blends in so much) so it has no seating


 

Sleepy Hollow

Price range: $5-7
Location: Liberty Square, overlooking Cinderella's Castle
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, snack credits
Yelp rating: yelp4
Link to menu

Pros: Some of the best snacks in all of Magic Kingdom, including homemade ice cream sandwiches, funnel cakes, and waffle and fruit Nutella sandwiches

Cons: No indoor seating

Tips: Take advantage of this usually less busy, picturesque spot and snap some pics of the castle while you have a snack


 

Storybook Treats

Price range: $4-5 snacks
Location: Fantasyland, between Princess Fairytale Hall and Adventure of Winnie the Pooh
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, snacks
Yelp rating: yelp45
Link to menu

Pros: Delicious, unique ice cream sundae options

Cons: No seating, but you can look for places nearby


 

Sunshine Tree Terrace

Price range: $3-5
Location: Adventureland, next to Enchanted Tiki Room
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, snack credits
Yelp rating: yelp35
Link to menu

Pros: Refreshing treats on a hot day that include floats, lemonade and soft-serve ice cream

Cons: No indoor seating but some covered outdoor seating is available

Tips: The Citrus Swirl is often considered 1 of the best treats at Disney World (along with Dole Whips), but the lines here are much shorter so give it a try and spend way less time waiting


 

Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant

Price range: $9-12 per entree
Location: Tomorrowland
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp4
Link to menu

Pros: Cheeseburgers and chicken sandwiches available which are good options for most families

Cons: No indoor seating but lots of covered open-air seating

Tips: Find a table on the lower level for a good view of the castle


 

Tortuga Tavern (lunch)

Price range: $7-9
Location: Adventureland, across from Pirates of the Caribbean
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp25
Link to menu

Pros: A chance to eat barbecue at Magic Kingdom

Cons: Only open seasonally

Tips: This restaurant shares seating space with Pecos Bill's but the lines here are almost always shorter, so if you are traveling during a time when this restaurant is open this is a good option if Pecos Bill's is too busy


 

Westward Ho

Price range: $2-3 snacks
Location: Frontierland, near Pecos Bill's
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, snacks
Yelp rating: yelp15
Link to menu

Pros: Snacks and refreshing beverages, including frozen lemonade slushes

Cons: No seating

Table Service Restaurants

Be Our Guest (dinner)

Price range: $15-20/entree
Location: New Fantastyland
On the Disney Dining Plan?Yes
Yelp rating: yelp4
Link to menu

Pros: Interesting French food options (I like the potato leek soup and desserts the best here), The Beast appears here

Cons: Service and food are inconsistent, waits can be long even with a reservation

Tips: This might be the hardest dining reservation to get in all of Disney World since it's the newest restaurant. I don't happen to think it's worth the trouble (lunch here is much better in my experience) but be sure to make one 180 days in advance if you want to eat here for dinner.


 

Cinderella's Royal Table

Price range: ~ $55-70/adult, $35-40/child
Location: In the castle
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 2 Table Service credits
Yelp rating: yelp4
Link to menus

Pros: The experience, view, characters and some of the food is good too (like the stuffed French toast, prime rib, and kid's sundae)

Cons: Expensive, waits can be long to get in even with a reservation

Tips: This reservation needs to be made 180 days in advance, particularly for an 8 a.m. breakfast


 

Crystal Palace

Price range: $25-40/adults, $15-20/child
Location: Main Street
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp35
Link to menus

Pros: This is a Winnie the Pooh and friends character meal that has the benefit of having both good food and fun character interactions. The food is served buffet-style and includes favorites like breakfast lasagna, puffed french toast, pineapple upside down cake, bread pudding and character waffles.

Cons: Can be a wait, even with reservations (which you almost always have to have to get in here)

Tips: The Cast Members here are known for providing great service, including recognizing special occasions so be sure to note if you're celebrating on your reservation and mention it when you check in as well.


 

Liberty Tree Tavern

Price range: Lunch entrees are around $15-$20, dinner is around $35/person
Location: Liberty Square
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp35
Link to menus

Pros: Thanksgiving-style home cooking is served here with lunch being a la carte and dinner being served family-style on platters

Cons: During busier times, waits can be long even with a reservation

Tips: This is an underrated location that has great food and is often pretty easy to get into


 

The Plaza Restaurant

Price range: $11-18/entree
Location: Just off Main Street, on the way to Tomorrowland
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp35
Link to menu

Pros: The least expensive Table Service restaurant with good sandwich options and a view of the castle

Cons: Service can be inconsistent and there are very limited Advanced Dining Reservations available, however guests can check at the restaurant for walk-up availability

Tips: The ice cream on the menu comes from the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor next door so you can avoid standing in line over there if you want to order your dessert while dining here


Skipper Canteen

 

Price range: $18-25/entree
Location: Adventureland, right next to Sunshine Terrace
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: N/A
Link to menu


 

Tony's Town Square

Price range: Around $15-25/entree
Location: Main Street, right at the front of the park
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp3
Link to menus

Pros: Lots of pasta options and cute Lady and the Tramp theme

Cons: The food isn't known for being very good

Tips: If you make a reservation about an hour before the parade and request a patio table when you check in, you might get lucky and get to view the parade while you dine or book the Main Street Electrical Parade Dining Package for lunch to get reserved seating in the hub near the flagpole on Main Street for the parade

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Where will you be eating at Magic Kingdom? I'm more likely to have a Table Service meal at a nearby resort since there are so many good options but there are lots of good snacks to be had at Magic Kingdom.

I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments.