Everything You Need To Know Before Dining at Magic Kingdom

For many travelers food is a very important part of vacation. For some Disney World travelers they plan their entire trip around the dining they want to experience. When you think of a theme park vacation you might imagine burgers, hot dogs, and fries. At Disney World while those foods will always be available, there are so many more options. If food is important to you, or if you just want to be able to have dinner at a table service restaurant during your stay then make sure you are informed before you travel. 

I have put together this guide for Magic Kingdom to help you see what your options are and  determine where you want to eat while at the park.

The Basics

If you are new to dining at Disney World or need a refresher check out my post about the basics of dining at Disney World.

https://4ears4eyesforthemagic.travel.blog/2020/02/17/the-basics-of-dinning-at-disney-world/

If you have special dietary needs check out this post. 

https://4ears4eyesforthemagic.travel.blog/2020/05/05/allergies-and-special-dietary-needs-at-disney-parks/

There are three basic kinds of dining locations in Magic Kingdom. 

  • Table Service Restaurants – These are sit down restaurants where you are served by a waiter or waitress. 
  • Quick Service Restaurants – These are counter style dining locations where you order and pick-up your food from a main counter. 
  • Stands – These are carts, kiosks, and counter windows that serve limited menus and do not have specific seating associated with them. 

Advanced Dining Reservations (ADR) 

Dining reservations can be made at all table service locations. Reservations in advance are HIGHLY recommended if you want to eat at any of these locations. 

ADRs can be made up to 60 days in advance. If you are staying on property you can make ADRs for your entire trip 60 days from the first day of your visit. Reservations can be made online starting at 6:00am EST though the my Disney Experience App or website. They can be made over the phone at 407-WDW-DINE starting at 7:00am EST.

For the best availability make sure to make reservations as soon as possible.

Table Service Restaurants 

To find all the menu’s listed visit Disney World’s website at:

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/magic-kingdom

** Reservations Accepted and Recommended ** 

Tony’s Town Square Restaurant:

– Located on Main Street USA 

– Lunch & Dinner

– Food Style: Italian & American 

– Themed beautifully to turn of the century America with touches from Lady and the Tramp where the restaurant gets it’s name. The food here is mostly classic pasta and pizza’s. Don’t expect anything fancy from the food here as it is very basic. You can also enjoy an alcoholic beverage with your meal. This can be great for families with picky kids who want table service at a lower price point than your buffets and all you can eat family style options. Those looking for more I would recommend skipping Tony’s.

The Plaza Restaurant:

– Located on Main Street USA

– Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

– Food Style: American 

– Themed to turn of the century America this restaurant is small in Disney World terms so it can make for a nice change from the busy crowds all day in the parks and a more intimate dining experience. There are also some great views of the Castle and the Hub if you are seated near a window. Notable that this location serves breakfast. The food is American fare of sandwiches and burgers and salads that will please all. You can also enjoy an alcoholic beverage with your meal. Save room for their great desserts, mostly ice cream based as they are connected to the Ice Cream Parlor. 

Be Our Guest:   ** Best Theming ** 

– Located in Fantasyland 

– Lunch & Dinner

– Food Style: American and French

-The theming here is amazing you will feel that you are truly inside Beast Castle. Of the three dining rooms inside both the ballroom, and the west wing are unbelievably immersive. While the third room is more kitschy but you are able to walk around and take in all three rooms during your meal so make sure you do. Don’t miss the stained glass window off of the entrance either. The food here is fine dining and the pricing here is pre-fixed and you choose your appetizer and entree from several choices which differ for children and adults. You can also enjoy an alcoholic beverage with your meal. Then you receive a platter of desserts. Make sure to save room for the “Grey Stuff” it truly is delicious.

The Diamond Horseshoe:

– Located in Liberty Square 

– Lunch & Dinner

– Food Style: American 

– Themed to an old west saloon the Diamond Horseshoe offers a calm atmosphere but its tall ceiling and wide open structure can make for a very loud dining experience. Lunch offers a wider menu than diner which offers just their signature all you can eat Saloon Fest. The Salon Fest is served family style and features multiples meats, sides and desserts. You can also enjoy an alcoholic beverage with your meal. 

Liberty Tree Tavern: *** Favorite Table Service *** 

– Located in Liberty Square

– Lunch & Dinner

– Food Style: American

– Themed to Colonial New England the interior of Liberty Tree Tavern is charming. For both lunch and dinner they offer only their all you can eat family style dining option. Think Thanksgiving dinner for the food. You can also enjoy an alcoholic beverage with your meal. 

This is one of my favorite locations in Magic Kingdom and I recommend it for the night before a RunDisney race for your carb loading. 

Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen:

– Located in Adventureland 

– Lunch & Dinner

– Food Style: African, Asian, Latin American

– The theming here is very unique and make sure to pay close attention to the details because there are many. The butterfly collection here comes from Walt’s wife Lillian Disney’s collection. The food here is also unique for Magic Kingdom, with many more flavorful and varied options than at many the other table service locations. Make sure to check the menu before deciding to dine here to ensure it matches your pallet. This location is great for plant-based diners with more options than most locations. If you are looking for a “foodie” experience this is your best bet. You can also enjoy an alcoholic beverage with your meal. 

Character Dining 

Cinderella’s Royal Table:

– Located inside the Castle 

– Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

– Food Style: American

– Characters:

  • B: Cinderella, Ariel, Aurora, Snow White
  • L/D: Cinderella, Jasmine, Snow While 

– Cinderella’s Royal Table is THE most famous Disney World restaurant. It’s the dream many families have for the children to dine in the castle with the Princesses. A few things to note about this experience. Firstly, reservations are an absolute must here and I suggest you obtain them ASAP 60 days out from your travel date, see ADR section above. The food here is categorized as signature and fine dining but it is not quite the culinary experience you may have at other signature restaurants throughout the parks, but lets face it no one is dining here for the food. The dining is a set price and you pick from several options. Alcohol is available at an additional cost. My recommendation is to try and get breakfast here, it is the least expensive and everyone will still look rested and put together for the photos. Plus you get four Princesses instead of three, though this is always subject to change day of. 

– If you are celebrating a special occasion check out the Celebrations of One and All packages. These include special desserts, glass slippers and tiara’s, there is even a special engagement package. Contact Disney special events to arrange these at least 72 hours in advance. 

The Crystal Palace  ** Only Buffet ** 

– Located on Main Street USA 

– Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

– Food Style: American Buffet 

– Characters : Winnie the Pooh, Tiger, Eeyore and Piglet

– This turn of the century greenhouse style restaurant features a classic American buffet. The only buffet option in Magic Kingdom. Also the only character meal featuring Winnie the Pooh and his friends at Disney World. A great choice if your children are Pooh fans or if you want an all you care to enjoy buffet. Some lovely views of the Castle and the Hub can be found if you are seated by the windows. Alcohol is available at an additional cost. 

Quick Service Restaurants 

To find all the menu’s listed visit Disney World’s website at:

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/magic-kingdom/

** Be sure to read the mobile ordering section of my Basics of Dining at Disney World blog linked above. ** 

Note: Alcohol is not served at any quick service locations in Magic Kingdom. 

Casey’s Corner:

– Located on Main Street USA

– Lunch & Dinner

– Food Style: American

– Mobile Order Available 

– Indoor & Outdoor Seating

– Looking for the perfect theme park hot dog then Casey’s is your best bet. This location is also typically open later than many other theme park dining locations. This is a great late night snack option while you wait for fireworks or before you head back to your hotel. 

Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant:

– Located in Tomorrowland 

– Lunch & Dinner

– Food Style: American

– Outdoor Seating

– Seasonal – This location is often not open

– Traditional theme park fare is served here. When this location is closed the seating is a great place to grab some shade, or if you packed a lunch to pull that out to eat. The views of the castle are lovely. 

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe: ** Favorite Quick Service ** 

– Located in Tomorrowland 

– Lunch & Dinner

– Food Style: American

– Mobile Order Available 

– Indoor Seating

– Lots of traditional American quick service offerings in this outta-this-world location. I love it here for the 1/2 rotisserie chicken platter (dinner only) which is both a great deal and sharable and a bit healthier than some other options in the park, also for Sonny Eclipse the animatronic alien lounge singer who entertains the dinners. For families if your kids need some distractions while eating this can be a great choice to give parents a break.

Pinocchio Village Haus:

– Located in Fantasyland 

– Lunch & Dinner

– Food Style: American

– Mobile Order Available 

– Indoor Seating

– Themed to Pinocchio this location is popular for families with youngsters. If you are a Pinocchio fan this is his largest presence at a location in Disney World. The menu is mostly various flat bread pizzas. Be sure to grab a table near the large interior window that looks over It’s A Small World.

Gaston’s Tavern:

– Located in Fantasyland

– Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

– Food Style: American

– Indoor Seating

– This location is the most immersive of all the quick service location is Magic Kingdom. Themed to the tavern Gaston frequents in Beauty and the Beast, you will find antlers in all of the decorating. The menu is limited and really mostly snacks but it is much more of an experience than other snack location so I have included it here. It is also a breakfast option which can be harder to find. Check out the HUGE cinnamon buns and the family friendly Lefou’s Brew. 

Columbia Harbour House:

– Located in Liberty Square

– Lunch & Dinner

– Food Style: American, Seafood

– Mobile Order Available 

– Indoor Seating

– Seasonal – This location may not be open during slow seasons. 

– Themed to Colonial New England with nautical flare this location has traditional American food, like chicken-pot pie and soups combined with seafood options like grilled salmon and lobster rolls. Check out the combo platters as a possible sharable option. 

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe:

– Located in Frontierland 

– Lunch & Dinner

– Food Style: Mexican

– Mobile Order Available 

– Indoor Seating

– Themed to the Wild West, Pecos Bill’s is your go to for Mexican food in Magic Kingdom. With an extensive menu of various options including several plant-based options. If someone in your party doesn’t want Mexican you can still grab a burger here as well. The toppings bar here is a very popular. 

Tortuga Tavern:

– Located in Adventureland

– Lunch & Dinner

– Food Style: American

– Indoor  & Outdoor Seating

– This Caribbean and pirate themed restaurant is a great place to grab the classic turkey leg. This is a perfect stop for a big Pirates of the Caribbean fan. The menu here is slim but the offerings are good. Watch out for Captain Jack Sparrow as he is a frequent visitor to Tortuga you often find him nearby. 

Stands 

To find the menu’s listed visit Disney World’s website at:

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/magic-kingdom/

On top of the restaurants the are many many carts and kiosks and windows the serve snacks, desserts, and some even small meals. Be sure you try out at least one or two snacks during your visit. 

Note: Alcohol is not served at any stand locations in Magic Kingdom.

Main Street USA:

Main Street Bakery – Each of the theme parks has a Starbucks and this is Magic Kingdoms. 

** Plaza Ice Cream Parlor – A beautiful and classic ice cream parol, with non-dairy options. Don’t forget to add Mickey ears to your cone. 

Tomorrowland:

Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies – Ice cream treats

Cool Ship – Churros

The Lunching Pad – Slushies, pretzels and a few entree options. 

Fantasyland:

Cheshire Cafe – Beverages and the sweet Cheshire Cat Tails if you are looking for a sweet breakfast this is a fun option. 

The Friar’s Nook – Good stop for a breakfast sandwich plus later in the day several tater tot meal options. A nice sharable snack option that won’t leave you hungry. 

Prince Eric’s Village Market – Some healthy options plus turkey legs and the Mermaid Donut. 

Storybook Treats – Ice Cream

Liberty Square:

Liberty Square Market – Lots of healthy options plus turkey legs. 

** Sleepy Hollow – Funnel cakes and waffle sandwiches are the stars here. 

Frontierland: 

Golden Oak Outpost – Chicken nuggets and fries. 

Westward Ho – Breakfast sandwich options, meats on sticks throughout the day. 

Adventureland:

** Aloha Isle – Home of the Dole Whip! 

Sunshine Tree Terrace – Home of the Dole Whip’s cousin the Citrus Swirl and its adorable mascot Orange Bird. 

Bars & Lounges 

There are no bars or lounges in Magic Kingdom. If you are looking for an alcoholic beverage you will have to dine at a table service restaurant. If you want to end your day with a nightcap check out the options at the nearby resorts on the monorail loop, the Grand Floridian, the Polynesian, and the Contemporary.

Best Breakfast Spots 

If you are at the parks early and looking to have breakfast there are not as many options for you to have for lunch and dinner. Here are some of your best bets to grab breakfast. 

One option with the table service restaurants is to grab a reservation for before the park opens. You will check in at the main gate and be allowed into the park with a very small crowd. This is a great way to grab a photo in front of the castle with no crowds in it. But beware that PhotoPass photographers might not be out yet. Plus once you finish breakfast you just might beat the crowds to some attractions. 

Main Street USA:

– Crystal Palace – Table Service 

– Main Street Bakery – Stand 

Fantasyland:

– Cinderella’s Royal Table – Table Service

– Gaston’s Tavern – Quick Service 

– The Friar’s Nook – Stand 

Liberty Square:

– Liberty Square Market – Stand

Frontierland:

– Westward Ho – Stand

Dining Packages

How They Work: You book a dining package reservation. For a set price you enjoy your meal at the restaurant you have chosen then you received a voucher for your show experience later in the day. At the show you will skip the normal line and get priority guaranteed seating.  Note: Don’t confuse a dinging package with the Disney Dining Plan.

Magic Kingdom only has one dining package. 

Festival of Fantasy Parade Dining Package:

  • Restaurant: Tony’s Town Square Restaurant
    • You will receive VIP viewing for the Festival of Fantasy Parade 

Dessert Parties

How Dessert Parties Work: You book a reservation and for one price you enjoy an unlimited dessert buffet and drinks. The Magic Kingdom dessert parties do not have alcoholic beverages. During the show you then have a special viewing area. The show in Magic Kingdom’s case are the castle fireworks, “Happily Ever After”. 

Those with allergies, note this with your reservation and again when you arrive with a server. They will get you a special allergy plate of treats. 

Options:

  • Fireworks Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace
  • Fireworks Dessert Party with Plaza Garden Viewing
  • After-Fireworks Dessert Party 

Special Events

Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise

This is a special dining experience that you book ahead of time. You will leave Magic Kingdom and head to the Transportation and Ticket Center on the monorail. There you will board a ferryboat and set sail on the Seven Sea’s Lagoon. Then you will enjoy signature drinks, with alcoholic options as well as all you care to enjoy desserts. There is even an ultra-violet scavenger hunt for the kids. 

Taste of Magic Kingdom Park VIP Tour 

This 3 hour VIP tour special experience needs to be booked in advanced. Take a tour around the Magic Kingdom as you sample foods from around the park, go behind-the-scenes in the kitchens and hear stories from Disney chefs. You even get to taste some foods that are in in-development to be new offerings. A great offering for foodies and those who are interested in backstage Disney, and or the world of restaurant kitchens. A fun addition to a trip for guests who are Disney veterans who want to get a new perspective. Guests must be 16 and up. 

Signature Celebration Package at Cinderella’s Royal Table

This special package includes a diner at Cinderella’s Royal table before which you will be greeted by Cinderella and Prince Charming and you will receive a keepsake menu and glass of sparkling wine.  After dinner you will watch Happily Ever After fireworks from a priority viewing area in the West Plaza Garden. Take along a box of Cinderella inspired treats for your viewing. After the fireworks head to the After Fireworks Dessert Party. This is the ultimate Cinderella dining experience. 

Now that you know everything you need to and more about dining at Magic Kingdom you are ready to plan your visit there. 

If you are looking for more guidance or assistance with booking your trip I am a travel agent and all of my services are free of charge to the travelers.

Contact me at: katiev@themagicsyours.com

Published by katiethemagicsyours

I am in independent travel agent with The Magic's Yours Travel. Here to plan all your Disney adventures, at no cost to you! I am a wife, cat mom, Aunt, Marylander, traveler, runner, and Disney fanatic. I have personal experience with Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line and Disney's Aulani, and I am here to share it with you. Contact me today for a FREE quote at katiev@themagicsyourstravel.com www.themagicsyours.com

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