I’ll be honest – the Magic Kingdom dining situation isn’t my favorite. It’s not that the food isn’t good, it’s just that I love the dining at the other parks (Epcot’s World Showcase is my absolute favorite) so much more. But, chance are, you’ll be spending enough time at the Magic Kingdom that you’ll need to eat a few meals there. Here’s our guide to Magic Kingdom dining, including table service and quick service restaurants, as well as snacks.
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The Complete Guide to Magic Kingdom Dining – The Good and the Bad
The table service restaurants at the Magic Kingdom aren’t very big, and are very popular. So, you’ll definitely want to do your research in advance and make your dining reservation 180 days in advance where possible. When the parks are busy (which is pretty much year round these days), it’s not always feasible to get in if you don’t have one.
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Table Service Restaurants at the Magic Kingdom
Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen
The newest table service restaurant at the Magic Kingdom is themed after the Jungle Cruise attraction. The menu includes some exotic Asian-inspired entrees. My favorite is the “Tastes like Chicken” Because it is!” which is absolutely delicious. If you haven’t been here yet, it’s a great option.
Cinderella’s Royal Table
This is one of the most popular Magic Kingdom restaurants, and it’s small, so it books up quickly. Princess lovers will definitely enjoy going into the castle to dine among their favorite princesses. It’s a signature dining location, and you’ll need to use 2 table service credits. They offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Many kids dress up as their favorite princess although it isn’t required at all.
Be Our Guest Restaurant
Be Our Guest is one of the most unique dining experiences at Walt Disney World. Located in the Beast’s Castle in the Magic Kingdom, it offers quick service breakfast and lunch and table service for dinner. Reservations are recommended.
Unlike some quick service restaurants where you place an order at a counter, Be Our Guest offers order ahead service where your meal will be delivered to your table. This isn’t a character meal per se, but the Beast can often be found at Be Our Guest during dinner.
The Crystal Palace
This beautiful restaurant located right off of Main Street USA offers character dining with Winnie the Pooh and Friends. You’ll get to enjoy a delicious buffet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s one of our favorite character dining experiences at Walt Disney World, and my kids have wanted to go there on every vacation, even as they have gotten older.
I usually enjoy making lunch reservations there, because it’s a nice break during a long day. The restaurant is beautiful, and the food is really good. Even the pickiest of eaters will find something to enjoy on the buffet.
Liberty Tree Tavern
Located in Liberty Square, the Liberty Tree Tavern offers American-inspired cuisine. It has six separate small rooms inspired by different figures in American history. Menu items include fish and chips, pot roast, chicken, and more.
The Plaza Restaurant
This small restaurant tucked away off Main Street USA is one of my family’s favorites. It’s pretty casual and low key, so it’s a nice spot to take a break. They offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s pretty small, so it can be tough to get a reservation, but it’s not as popular as some of the other Magic Kingdom restaurants.
Tony’s Town Square Restaurant
As you walk into the Magic Kingdom, you’ll find Tony’s Town Square Restaurant right off the entrance. Tony’s is inspired by the restaurant in Lady and the Tramp, so of course you’ll find the iconic spaghetti and meatballs, as well as other southern Italian specialties.
Quick Service Restaurants at the Magic Kingdom
If you don’t have a reservation, or would prefer a quicker meal, there are a number of quick service restaurants in the Magic Kingdom for a quick bite. If you are in a hurry, you can also order in advance for select locations on the My Disney Experience app. During busy times, it’s best to visit either early or late to have a better chance at getting good seating.
Baseball lovers will enjoy some of their ballpark favorites at Casey’s Corner, including hot dogs, fries, corn dog nuggets, and more. There are tables outside on the corner of Main Street, so in nice weather, it’s great to grab food and sit outside.
Columbia Harbour House
Although it can still be crowded, I consider Columbia Harbour House a bit of a hidden gem. It’s in the back of the park across from the Haunted Mansion and offers some delicious New England specialties like shrimp, fish, lobster rolls, cobbler, and clam chowder. There’s seating upstairs, so head up there for the best seating.
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
Cosmic Ray’s is one of the more popular quick service restaurants in the Magic Kingdom. It’s located right off the bridge headed to Tomorrowland. Menu items include burgers, fries, nuggets, and salads. It’s a big spot with lots of seating that gets crowded during peak times. They offer lunch and dinner.
The Friar’s Nook
The Friar’s Nook in Fantasyland is a small spot with a few unique menu items. These include buffalo chicken tots, fiesta tots, and fried twinkies.
Golden Oak Outpost
This small shop in Fantasyland offers some on-the-go items including chicken nuggets, jalapeno poppers, and cauliflower.
The Lunching Pad
The Lunching Pad, located right in the middle of Tomorrowland, in an outdoor venue with a few tables. Menu items include hot dogs, BBQ pork sandwiches, pretzels, and churros.
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
Another one of our favorites is Pecos Bill’s, which is located in Frontierland. This large quick service location offers lunch and dinner, with lots of indoor seating.
Menu options include hamburgers, nachos, tacos, rice bowls, lettuce wraps, and more. Mobile ordering is also available, and the menu especially appeals to kids.
Pinocchio Village Haus
This Fantasyland restaurant, located adjacent to it’s a small world, was our go-to place when I was a kid. If you arrive early, you can grab a seat overlooking the beginning of the it’s a small world attraction. Dining options include flatbreads, pasta, and sandwiches. Because of its location in the center of Fantasyland, it often gets crowded early during lunch and dinner times.
You’ll find Tortuga Tavern right across from Pirates of the Caribbean. It has a fairly limited menu, but can be a great spot for a quick bite. Here, you’ll find turkey legs, hot dogs, and pretzels for both lunch and dinner.
Magic Kingdom Snacks
I could write an entire post about Magic Kingdom snacks (here’s one on Walt Disney World snacks). There are so many delicious options that you may even want to have a light lunch or dinner. Of course, you’ll find plenty of popular snacks like Mickey Bars and popcorn, but there are other fun options as well.
For churros, visit Cool Ship or the Lunching Pad in Tomorrowland. There’s also a churro cart in Frontierland.
Want to try the world-famous Dole Whip? Head to Aloha Isle in Adventureland. There are a few options, but my favorite is the Pineapple Float which includes pineapple juice in the bottom. If you prefer orange, visit the Sunshine Tree Terrace, also in Adventureland.
Love waffles and funnel cakes? Sleepy Hollow in Liberty Square offers a variety of different funnel cakes and waffles, including a fresh fruit waffle sandwich with nutella.
If you’d like some fresh fruit, head to the Liberty Square Market. You can also get grapes at Prince Eric’s Village Market. For a sweeter treat, try the Mermaid Donut.
Other popular spots for a quick snack include Gaston’s Tavern (try the LeFou’s brew), the Main Street Bakery (where you’ll find Starbucks), and the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor.
My secret for delicious, stress-free Magic Kingdom Dining
As I mentioned above, the dining at the Magic Kingdom isn’t my favorite of the theme parks. When we want a great dinner and a break, we actually leave the Magic Kingdom and walk to the Wave in the Contemporary hotel. It’s a quick walk, and regardless of your Walt Disney World park ticket option, you can re-enter the park in the same day.
The Wave is a delicious restaurant offering healthy meals. It’s more low-key than the spots at the Magic Kingdom, and so it’s perfect for a nice dinner. We usually book a 5pm dinner, and then head back to the park for some evening fun.
What is the best restaurant at the Magic Kingdom?
I’m often asked what the best restaurant at the Magic Kingdom is. It really depends on what you are looking for. My two favorites right now are the Crystal Palace (for the buffet and the Winnie the Pooh characters) and the Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen (for the slightly more exotic food options).
If you’ve got a princess-loving child, you may want to consider Cinderella’s Royal Table. We went there for a few years when my daughter was younger. Now that my kids are older, we prefer other options.
What is the best quick service meal at the Magic Kingdom?
My favorite spot for a quick service meal is the Columbia Harbour House. They have some delicious, healthy options, and there’s lots of seating.
Is alcohol served at the Magic Kingdom?
Until recently, alcohol was not served at the Magic Kingdom. When Be Our Guest opened, it was the first Magic Kingdom dining location offering alcoholic beverages. Recently, all of the restaurants started serving alcohol.
Do you need a park ticket to dine at the Magic Kingdom?
Valid park admission is required to dine right at the park. If you have the park hopper option on your ticket, you’ll be able to visit another park and then just go to the Magic Kingdom for dinner. However, if you just have a base ticket, without the park hopper, you can only visit the Magic Kingdom for the day.
What is your favorite Magic Kingdom dining spot?