Magic Kingdom is the most visited theme park in the world. Knowing that all of those people will need to eat, Disney has provided places to eat around every corner. Some will make reservations at table service restaurants, but most of us just want a quick, tasty bite so that we can get back to rides, the parades, the shows, the spectacle.
There are thirteen Magic Kingdom quick-service restaurants where you usually stand in line, place your order, pick up your food, and find a place to sit. I have eaten at each of these places, and though I am not a professional critic, I certainly have opinions. The most important factor is obviously the taste/food quality. Atmosphere and setting are also important and do affect how well we enjoy our food.
Magic Kingdom Quick Service Restaurants Ranked
- Columbia Harbour House in Liberty Square is a table service restaurant disguised as a quick service option. With offerings like shrimp, grilled salmon, and chicken pot-pie and sides like couscous and steamed broccoli, this is not typical fast food, but delicious dishes that make you want to slow down for a moment and enjoy. The dining experience is one of the best, too. I recommend that you get a table on the second floor. It is less crowded and has views over Liberty Square and the Haunted Mansion. The grilled salmon and couscous is my favorite Magic Kingdom quick service meal.
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe’ in Tomorrowland is near the top of the list because of both the variety and quality of food offered. The serving sizes are huge! In many cases, one plate will feed 2 people. Roast chicken, barbecue pork, and bacon cheese burgers are favorites. Pairings such as green beans and mashed potatoes make this more comfort food than fast food. The atmosphere is not great, but the food overcomes this. One of the dining rooms features an audio-animatronic lounge singer. You should experience this once. Once is enough. Trust me.
- Be Our Guest in New Fantasyland is a ‘Beauty and the Beast’ themed restaurant that is an experience unto itself. It has the best theming of any restaurant in Magic Kingdom. The food has unfortunately been inconsistent, which is a shame. I have eaten very good and not so good meals. Even if all of the food was poor, this restaurant will still have to be ranked fairly high, because of the entire experience which is seamlessly orchestrated, thanks to your MagicBands, and because of the beauty and details.
- Pinocchio Village Haus in Fantasyland offers Italian fare: flatbreads and pasta. If you are a pizza fan, then the flatbreads are as close as you will get in Magic Kingdom. The flatbreads, pasta, and Caesar salads are all well done and are again a step above fast food. You can sit outside or on the second floor and watch all of “old” Fantasyland happenings as you eat. From the first floor dining, you can overlook It’s a Small World.
Pesos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn and Cafe’ in Frontierland serves Southwest style food such as enchiladas, fajitas, and taco salads. The food quality is only fair, comparable to Taco Bell. The toppings bar helps though as you can add as much or as little cheese, salsa, and other toppings as you wish. The setting is of a southwestern or Mexican piazza with adobe, balconies, and hanging lamps. When not overly crowded, it is nice atmosphere.
- Gaston’s Tavern in New Fantasyland serves only one “meal,” the Shank du Jour (roasted pork shank). The pork is very good. LeFou’s Brew is the star of Gaston’s and is something that you have to try. You may ask how a tavern with only one meal can rank in the top half. Gaston’s sits in what is arguably the best themed area Walt Disney World, New Fantasyland; and even more specifically the area surrounding the enchanted forest. The area is rarely overly crowded. It is one of our family’s favorite spots. You can sit inside and enjoy the medieval lounge setting or sit outside and enjoy the enchanted forest and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
- Sleepy Hollow in Liberty Square serves soup and waffle sandwiches. Many of use our true fans of the waffle sandwiches: ‘ham, prosciutto, and Swiss,’ ‘sweet and spicy chicken,’ and ‘nutella and fresh fruit.’ I think that they are quite tasty. There is no designated seating; so, you either have to stand or find wall/curb on which to perch. This can be tough on a hot, humid or wet, rainy day.
- Casey’s Corner on Main Street USA has hotdogs and Polish sausages. That’s it. To me, a hotdog is a hotdog. The dogs are large and the topping bar lets you adorn it as you like. So, as far as hotdogs go, they are not bad. Seating is limited inside, but if there is not a parade or show going on, then you can sit on the curb and watch the comings and goings on Main Street USA, which is worthwhile.
- Tortuga Tavern in Adventureland is only open seasonly. It serves chicken and pork sandwiches. My bottom four are only open seasonally. To me, their quality is lacking. Tortuga Tavern does have a nice setting, though based on a Caribbean port tavern. I wish the food were better.
- The Lunching Pad in Tomorrowland has hotdogs. You order from a window and can find ample shaded, outdoor seating. It is a good place to take in the comings and goings of Tomorrowland. Our family likes to get the cream-cheese filled pretzel (which is wonderful) at night, sit, and munch while enjoying the Tomorrowland atmosphere. Head to Cosmic Ray’s for a meal. Tomorrowland is best at night. Try the cream-cheese filled pretzel then.
- Tomorrowland Terrace in Tomorrowland offers cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets, and hotdogs. The seating area is gives good views of Cinderella Castle, though. This would be a better place to buy a drink, get a table, and rest. Eat elsewhere.
- Friar’s Nook in Fantasyland serves macaroni and hotdogs. The macaroni is not bad. You order from a window and then have to find someplace outside to sit and eat. Or, you can stand and eat. Florida can be very hot!
- Golden Oak Outpost in Frontierland serves only varieties of waffle fries; some topped with barbecue and some topped with BLT. They are okay, but pretty messy, and you have no place to sit.
I hope that you find this ranking of the Magic Kingdom Quick Service Restaurants helpful. I would love to hear your opinions! Tell me where I am right or wrong!