Best Restaurants to Eat at in Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom has over 40 dining options, but what's the best?
The Magic Kingdom is a must-visit park when traveling to Disney World in Orlando. While it can be easy to overlook dining reservations when fastpasses and character meet and greets are at the forefront of the magical experience, they’re equally as necessary. Any sit down restaurant in the Magic Kingdom will open for reservations on the website 180 days in advance. Believe it or not, some of those restaurants will fill up within hours of opening slots that are six months away.
Planning is essential when traveling to the Magic Kingdom, and planning for food is especially important when traveling with a group. Below you’ll find the top destinations to eat within the Magic Kingdom for all your needs, wants, and cravings.
The 9 Best Places to Eat at Magic Kingdom
Listed below are the best restaurants and places to eat at Epcot for the type of experience you’re looking for.
Best Experience – Be Our Guest
The newly added Be Our Guest restaurant is unique in food, experience, and scenery. The main Ballroom is the most extravagantly decorated room, and while it’s the loudest, the added magic of falling snow makes it the most popular. The West Wing dining room features a massive portrait of the Beast, which switches periodically between man and beast, accompanied by the sounds of thunder approximately every 20 minutes. The Castle Gallery is a bit more exclusive, as it’s not open for business all the time, so don’t count on getting a seat here if you hadn’t booked it in advance. Be Our Guest is different in the fact that it’s quick service for breakfast and lunch and then sit down for dinner. During the first two sessions, diners can choose which room they want to sit in, a great solution for checking out the different rooms without an extended wait time.
It’s important to note that even though breakfast and lunch are quick service, they still offer reservations as it can get extremely busy. Another tip is that you can dine at Be Our Guest before the park even opens. If you can’t find a pre-park opening time online, plug in a specific time rather than searching by meal times! If you’re in a hurry, you can pre-order your meal online at the reservation page. If your goal is to meet the Beast as part of your experience, dinner is the way to go. While he doesn’t come around to tables like traditional character dining, he has his own separate room where you can get your picture taken by Photopass.
As for the food, Be Our Guest serves French-based cuisine. The dinner menu is fixed and costs $60.00 per adult, including one appetizer, one entree, a dessert trio, and non-alcoholic beverage. For the kids menu, the fixed price is $36.00 and comes with the same choices as the adult menu, only catered to kids. Throughout the day you can find the iconic Master’s Cupcake, a chocolate cupcake topped with Lumineers “gray stuff”.
Quick Service Comfort Food – Friar’s Nook
Friar’s Nook is located in Fantasyland right across from the Prince Charming Carousel. Only open for lunch and dinner, they’re best known for their large plates of tater tots. While they do have a hot dog and tots along with a brat and tots meal available, the best choices by far are the loaded buffalo chicken tots and the creamy bacon mac & cheese tots. If you aren’t into the tots, you can get the bacon mac & cheese on it’s own. You’re going to spend $10 minimum on a plate, but they’re large enough to share if you’re just snacking.
Unique Fare with Vegetarian Options – Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen
Skipper Canteen is a fairly new addition to Magic Kingdom’s adventureland and adds a unique dining option for the park. First things first, you’re most likely going to need a reservation to get a table here as it’s a very popular sit down destination. While 180 days in advance might not be necessary, you’re better safe than sorry. Slots tend to open up, so if you weren’t lucky enough to reserve a time before your trip, keep checking via your app for a time to free up.
When it comes to which room you want to dine in, the Crew’s Mess Hall is the first room you’ll walk into, but also the noisiest. The way the tables are set up, it kind of feels like a quick service restaurant with sit down prices. If possible, ask for the S.E.A Room or the Fall’s Family Parlor.
Unlike some of the more eccentric food you’d find in similarly themed places in the Animal Kingdom, Skipper Canteen offers more traditional dishes with a South American/Asain/African twist. The bread in itself is unique in that it’s paired with honey dipping sauce, a must-try. The lunch and dinners are the same, so if there’s a certain dish you’re looking for, it doesn’t matter what time you eat. Top choices include the Perkin’s Thai Noodles and the Sankuru Sadie’s Seafood Stew. It truly taste like a home cooked meal and is so different than the American-style food you’ll find throughout the rest of the Magic Kingdom. For the vegetarians out there, this is the perfect spot to get a filling and hearty meal. For appetizer, the falafel is to die for. The vegetable stew as an entree includes pineapple tofu in a house-made curry sauce and coconut rice. Yum!
Nostalgia – Casey’s Corner
Casey’s Corner is open for lunch and dinner and is located right off Main Street U.S.A. The traditional American baseball themed, hot dogs and fries spot has added vegetarian options to their menu with some plant-based dogs, but the real draw is their enormous all-beef foot long hot dogs. Casey’s Corner is counter service but has a few tables inside and a larger seating space outside under umbrellas. You’ll find that a pianist comes and plays at the large white piano right outside the restaurant (find the schedule here). For 20 minutes at a time, the pianist plays old ragtime tunes, very fitting for the atmosphere.
The traditional hotdog meals are great, but take a deeper dive into the menu and get creative. Offerings include chilli-cheese dogs, bacon mac & cheese dogs, and limited time offerings, which currently happens to be a fried pickle dog with cheddar cheese, chipotle ranch and green onions. Add some fries for a stomach-full of great food.
Most Uniquely Disney – Cinderella Royal Table
You can’t get much closer to a magical dining experience than actually eating inside of Cinderella’s Castle. As character dining is almost always more expensive, The Royal Table experience is definitely lofty in price starting at $75.00 per adult for lunch and dinner. Breakfast is only slightly cheaper at $62.00 per adult. Children cost is $45.00 and $37.00, respectively. For such a pricey meal, the experience can be best categorized as putting you at the heart of Disney. If you’re looking for fine dining, or a nice high-class meal, you’re in the wrong spot. However, the ambiance is breathtaking. For as old as the castle is, it’s upkeep is clean and current (as is mostly everything Disney). For a character dining experience, the dining room isn’t too loud and picture taking is done in a respectful way, so you’re not being interrupted or bothered by other guests using their PhotoPass.
As for the food itself, it’s not an all-you-can-eat type deal. Your menu is fixed, but they won’t stop you from ordering more at a price. Some of the most raved about dinner entree options include seared pork rib chop and tenderloin of beef. The protein bowl is great, but it’s hard to order when you know you’re spending fine dining prices. Kids can choose from traditional fare ranging from chicken nuggets to turkey pot pie to the seared fish of the day.
While the food is very good, the ambiance and views are what you’re really paying for. If you can time it out right, and you’ve seen the Magic Kingdom’s firework show before, eating in the castle during it is a wholly new and special experience. While you don’t get the full effect with the soundtrack or the light show shining on the castle, being able to look out to Main Street and watch the rest of the viewers in awe as the night sky lights up is unique. For a perfect view, you’d need to reserve a window seat, which would require far in advance planning.
Best All-You-Can-Eat – Liberty Tree Tavern
A well-known sit down restaurant located at the heart of Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom, Liberty Tree Tavern offers both lunch and dinner. For lunch, diners have the option of ordering the all-you-care-to-enjoy Bill of Fare, served family style, or al la carte choices including comfort meals like meatloaf, pot roast and turkey breast. The all-you-can eat option costs $39.00 per adult and $21.00 for children. For kids, there’s a create your own meal option that comes with a main entree and the choice of two sides. The Tavern also has a decently extensive specialty drink and cocktail selection including the Warm Washington Cider that’s topped with Baker’s Creme.
For dinner, the only option served is the all-you-care-to-enjoy Bill of Fare that comes with a tossed salad, the Patriot’s Platter, and their Ooey-gooey toffee cake. The Patriot’s Platter is made up of traditional Thanksgiving dishes like roasted turkey breast, pot roast, oven roasted pork, mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, stuffing, and mac & cheese.
Best Snack Stop – Gaston’s Tavern
Gaston’s Tavern is located in Fantasyland and is one of the best quick service stops in the park. They do offer two very good sandwiches, a smoked turkey and gouda as well as ham and swiss, the snacks are the real draw. If you’re looking to fulfill a sweet tooth, here’s your stop. If you’re looking for something on the healthy side, here’s your stop. The iconic warm cinnamon roll is so fresh and gooey, find a fork before you dive in. The tavern also offers hummus and vegetables for a quick on-the-go bite.
Even more unique is Gaston’s non-alcoholic signature drink. Served in a souvenir stein if you choose, Lefou’s Brew is concocted with frozen apple juice, toasted marshmallow, and passion fruit mango foam. You’ve got to try it to love it.
Walking Food & Last Stop Dessert – Sleepy Hollow
Also inside Liberty Square, Sleepy Hollow is a quick service food stop with some interesting options for on-the-go fare. Choose from a foot-long corn dog, sweet & spicy chicken waffle sandwich, or some sweeter choices like powdered sugar waffles or funnel cake. You can also grab a breakfast sandwich on a waffle before 12:00.
Sleepy Hollow has a must-try dessert and because of its location is especially accessible when exiting the park. The ice cream churro sandwich is a mix of warm and creamy cold and is big enough to share between two. Pair this with a frozen mocha coffee or hot chocolate and you’re set to fall into a food coma before bed (totally worth it).
Staple Dessert – Aloha Isle
Aloha Isle is a window service stop in Adventureland and can be spotted with a line of people trailing down a pathway waiting on their beloved Dole Whip. If you haven’t tried dole whip before, you’re missing a portion of the Disney World experience. Dole Whip is a soft serve ice cream with vanilla, pineapple, or swirled options. You can also get pineapple upside down cake with a dollop of the whip on top or a frostie with the sweet frozen treat mixed up into a smoothie like consistency. No matter how you eat it, the mixture is incredible. Aloha Isle is one of the few places you can actually order via your cellphone to avoid the lines. Download the app through this link.
Some honorable mentions for Magic Kingdom food places include Crystal Palace, where you can eat buffet style with Pooh and Friends, as well as Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe, which serves traditional on-the-go mexican cuisine. The Magic Kingdom and Disney in general is doing a great job of updating menus and serving specialty options at specific sites to offer new things around every corner. Even the most traditional food cart might have something that isn’t offered anywhere else. Take the time to check them out!
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