Magic Kingdom Dining Recommendations

Every guest that goes to the Magic Kingdom has the same thought that we do….
I’m Hungry! Where should I eat?

If you’re planning your trip, it gives you a little extra time to have an idea into what you should avoid…but what about going back to that burning question?
“Where should I eat?”

Here’s where I have to say that this list is 100% my opinions and let’s be honest…folks can have a great time at the worst restaurant and a completely miserable time at the best restaurant. We remember the individual aspects which stands out for us, be it quality of the food all the way to the way that our server greets us and refills our soda.

Casey’s Corner at the Magic Kingdom (Image: Dustin Fuhs / StepstoMagic)

Please take this article as a starting point to your planning OR as another voice as you’re going through the process of booking your next ADR or thinking about where you could eat with your family. I’ve had awesome experiences at the Tomorrowland Terrace (for example) during times when it’s open, but can a seasonal restaurant rank at the same level as a location that’s open year round?

Whether it’s your budget or your time that’s limited…it’s always good to have a starting point.

Related Articles – EPCOT Dining Ranking and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Dining Ranking


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BEST TABLE SERVICE RESTAURANT AT THE MAGIC KINGDOM IS…

SKIPPER CANTEEN

For years, my favourite table service at the Magic Kingdom was Cinderella’s Royal Table, but things have taken a turn for the worse.

With a lack of innovation and raising expectations, the experience has gone from the top down a few spots – which gave Skipper Canteen the opportunity to jump right in.

This Jungle Cruise themed dining room has everything that you would want from a well-themed Disney restaurant.

Unique eats, strong storyline and a ton of openings in the calendar for guests to get out of the heat and into solid air conditioning.


BEST QUICK SERVICE RESTAURANT AT THE MAGIC KINGDOM WAS…

BE OUR GUEST (LUNCH)

Pre-pandemic, the best location for a Quick Service meal was a lunch at Be Our Guest. It was high quality and “reasonable” (by Disney’s standards) pricing for a consistent food.

That changed in the pandemic era.

Disney made the entire Be Our Guest format a fixed-price experience, which had guests pay an astronomical amount for a breakfast & lunch.

Is it worth it? Nope.

Wait until the quick service lunch options return and until that point – visit Columbia Harbour House!


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WORST TABLE SERVICE RESTAURANT IS…

TONY’S TOWN SQUARE AND THE PLAZA

Main Street USA leaves a lot to be desired for table service quality.

Both Tony’s and the Plaza are easily forgettable and when you look at the fact that you can use a Dining Plan credit at Be Our Guest or even Crystal Palace…it’s an easy “pass”


WORST QUICK SERVICE RESTAURANT OFFERING IS…

PINOCCHIO VILLAGE HAUS

When you think about the strides in Theme Park cuisine, this location has been left behind.

Pinocchio’s is a location that needs help! The menu is lacking in any sort of variety and the theme of the restaurant itself brings me to a time when we were supposed to get the Pinocchio Dark Ride from Disneyland…and instead we got the Village Haus.

When I’m looking at a location to eat at the Magic Kingdom, the quality has to equal or exceed the standards and theming that Be Our Guest and Gaston’s Tavern have brought!


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RANKING THE MAGIC KINGDOM TABLE SERVICE RESTAURANTS

  1. Skipper Canteen
  2. Cinderella’s Royal Table
  3. Crystal Palace
  4. Liberty Tree Tavern
  5. The Plaza
  6. Be Our Guest
  7. Tony’s Town Square

RANKING THE MAGIC KINGDOM QUICK SERVICE LOCATIONS

  1. Columbia Harbour House
  2. Cosmic Rays
  3. Pecos Bill’s
  4. Friar’s Nook
  5. Casey’s Corner
  6. Tomorrowland Terrace / Tortuga Tavern (Seasonal Offerings)
  7. Pinocchio’s Village Haus

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RANKING THE SNACK / LIGHT MEAL OPTIONS AT THE MAGIC KINGDOM

  1. Aloha Isle (Dole Whips)
  2. Gaston’s Tavern (LeFou’s Brew)
  3. Main Street Bakery (Starbucks)
  4. Sunshine Tree Terrace (Citrus Swirl)
  5. Plaza / Storybook Treats / Sleepy Hollow / Big Top Treats
  6. Friar’s Nook
  7. Cheshire Cafe
  8. Lunching Pad

What do you think about my choices? Is there something that I should consider on a future list? Let me know!

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