Favorite Restaurants: Magic Kingdom
Post #2 in my Favorite Restaurants series takes us to Magic Kingdom! I’ll talk all three meals, maybe even some snacks, both restaurants and quick service. I will say flat-out I have not eaten everything there is to eat in Magic Kingdom. And, on our recent trip, we never got the chance to try a place we’d been looking forward to – the amazing waffles at Sleepy Hollow in Liberty Square.
I may as well start off with the restaurant everyone is talking about: Be Our Guest! You can dine at Be Our Guest for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, but there are different experiences (and menus) to be had with each. Breakfast and lunch are both quick service and dinner is a sit down, table service meal. You need a reservation for all three mealtimes and they are tough to get!
With breakfast and lunch, once you’ve checked in, you’ll be given a menu if you have not already ordered your food, and you’ll get in line to order. You can actually place your order for your food ahead of time, which saves you wait time once you arrive, and instead of handing you a menu when you check in, they’ll hand you a rose!
With dinner, you can request to be seated in a certain room (your options are the Ballroom, the West Wing, and the Rose Garden), but you may have to wait longer to have your request accommodated. For the quick service meals, you enter the gorgeous ballroom and can choose your own table in any of the 3 rooms.
The ballroom is my favorite, but my husband wants to eat in the West Wing, so we need to make that happen for him. We always order our food in advance if we’re doing a quick service meal, so hubby goes straight to find a table and I grab coffee if it’s breakfast time, and napkins and utensils, and find him and sit and wait together and take in the gorgeousness of the details.
Breakfast always come with a plate of pastries, which I was thrilled about. I’m a baker at heart and pretty much can’t ever turn down a croissant.
My favorite thing about lunch is the grey stuff. You can get it as dessert for dinner, as well, but it’s different. Breakfast and lunch it’s on a cupcake but dinner it’s on some weird cookie/brownie thing that I just didn’t like as much.
This next place is one that has a lot of fame for it’s corn dog nuggets and, I have to say, it didn’t disappoint. Casey’s Corner is on Main Street; if you’re walking towards the castle, it’s the last spot on your left.
Hubby’s favorite thing ever is a hot dog covered in mac ‘n cheese, yet it’s often hard to find. I didn’t tell him that was on the menu and his reaction when we walked in was fantastic! I’m not usually a french fry fan (I know, I know, I’m a freak) but these were fantastic!
It was totally mobbed in there but definitely worth the wait. Casey’s is a location that allows mobile ordering and, now, you can even mobile order if you have the dining plan (that wasn’t an option yet when we went).
Another fan favorite in Magic Kingdom is pretty much only for breakfast, but hey, you do you.
Gaston’s Tavern has cinnamon buns the size of your head and they’re absolutely delicious!! There’s something almost maple-flavored about them, and I pretty much hate maple anything unless it’s real maple syrup, but these are fantastic!! I don’t know how to describe them, but I encourage you to skip your usual breakfast one morning and go for one of these babies. You won’t regret it.
Aside from grabbing a coffee at Starbucks, that’s pretty much it for me for Magic Kingdom. It’s a park I go to for the magic feels and my love of the castle and all the amazing mountains. When I really want an amazing food experience, I typically head to Epcot, Disney Springs, or one of the resorts.
You may notice there are a few table service restaurants I didn’t mention: Cinderella’s Royal Table, Crystal Palace, Liberty Tree Tavern, and Tony’s Town Square. I have eaten at all 3 of these and I certainly don’t dislike them. I confess it’s been awhile for each, but Crystal Palace and Cinderella’s Royal Table are both character meals and hubby and I just aren’t into that. Liberty Tree is also a character meal and is family-style Thanksgiving food, and I honestly don’t get excited for Thanksgivings good (except mashed potatoes!). Tony’s is good, but my favorite Italian food on property is Via Napoli in the Italy pavilion in Epcot and Mama Melrose in Hollywood Studios. Magic Kingdom days we usually go to one of the monorail resorts or Epcot for dinner.
What’s your favorite place to eat in Magic Kingdom?