Sunday, May 25, 2014

Quick Service Picks at Magic Kingdom

There's an abundance of quick service restaurants (Disney's version of "fast food") in Magic Kingdom.  During lunch especially, these restaurants can get really busy, and it can be hard to choose exactly where you want to eat.  Having some knowledge about these quick service restaurants before going to the park can help you pick the best quick service place for you to eat!

However, even if you don't pre-plan where to go, you can't go wrong with Disney food!

Planner vs. Impulsive
Though the planner and the impulsive individual might be happy with any choice, it's nice to have a clue what might be best suited for you before going to the parks!

  • Location: New Fantasyland (in Beast's Castle)
  • Menu: Lunch Only
  • Why: Be Our Guest is one of the newest and most popular restaurants in Magic Kingdom.  A quick service option only during lunch, the lines can be up to an hour long just to get in.  It takes planning to get into this restaurant, whether it be the time that you get there, or trying to secure a Fastpass+ (not included in your 3 for the day) at this site.
  • Note: The automated ordering system can be a bit confusing, especially for those on the dining plan, so be sure to ask the many cast members standing by for help if you need it!
  • Be sure to order the Master's Cupcake here.  It is topped with the "grey stuff" that you'll remember is in the song, Be Our Guest!
  • Location: Tomorrowland
  • Menu: Lunch/Dinner
  • Why: With multiple "bays," meaning multiple places for various different food options, and lots of indoor and outdoor seating, and an extensive toppings bar, this location has options for a lot of different tastes and is able to hold and serve a large capacity of people.  It's perfect for those with a last minute pick to make, for a large group of people with different tastes, and those who was a classic Disney experience.

Saver vs. Spender
Whether you have a seemingly endless budget, or are pinching the pennies as much as possible, there is a quick service stop in Magic Kingdom that's just right for you!

(The Lunching Pad)
  • Location: Tomorrowland
  • Menu: Lunch/Dinner
  • Why: Though the Lunching Pad might be listed at as "snack" option, the Coney Island Hotdog and the Philly Cheesesteak Hotdog are some of the most reasonably priced entrees (and served with chips) in the park.  There are also some specialty (non-alcoholic) frozen beverages, and delicious pretzels that are great for a quick stop in the day!
(Pecos Bills Tall Tale Inn and Cafe)
  • Location: Between Adventureland and Frontierland
  • Menu: Lunch/Dinner
  • Why: The menu features some burgers and some taco-type items, which are the priciest of the quick service options.  However, the extensive toppings bar, bigger portions, and generally tasty fare makes this food worth it!  The theming here is also really well done, blending seamlessly from one "land" to the other.
  • Note: Like Be Our Guest Restaurant, Pecos Bill has the option of automated ordering, though it seems to be easier than that at Be Our Guest.
  • A guest favorite tends to be the Taco Salad.

Romantic vs. Fun
Even quick service stops can embody the feel of the Walt Disney World visit you want to have! 

(Columbia Harbour House)
  • Location: Liberty Square
  • Menu: Lunch/Dinner
  • Why: Columbia Harbour House has delicious food that is higher quality than you would expect from a quick service restaurant, even in Disney!  But, with a quiet and quaint dining area upstairs that has window views of Fantasyland, this is a great place for couples to go relax and get away from the craziness of the park for a little while.
  • Though all of their food (especially seafood) is delicious, their specialty is obviously the fish and chips.

(Casey's Corner)
  • Location: Main Street U.S.A.
  • Menu: Lunch/Dinner
  • Why: Casey's Corner is a great and nostalgic end to Main Street.  With classic baseball stadium fare and a fun and old-fashioned atmosphere, Casey's is a great place to visit for those that want to have fun!  (It's personally one of my favorites, a most-stop for every vacation.)
  • Note: The outside seating here provides really great views of Cinderella Castle.
  • The hot dogs here are the obvious star, and because there is almost always a little bit of a line here, the turnover for the food is fast so everything is hot and fresh!
Fun Alternative: The Waffle sandwiches at Sleepy Hollow are awesome and really interesting, definitely a must try!!
Location: Liberty Square
Menu: All Day Menu
Note: The Waffle Sandwiches are only served from 11am - 5pm, so make sure you get yours earlier in the day!

There were some other quick service option left out...what do you YOU think of the places that were left out?  Would you pick a different option for any category (snack only stops not included)?  Let me know in the comments!

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