Diamond Horseshoe

by josh on October 9, 2012

6/6/14 Update: Menu updated.

Location: Diamond Horseshoe is located in between Liberty Tree Tavern and Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade in Frontierland.

Food Type: Sandwiches and Salads.

Dining Plan: One quick service credit and a couple items count as snacks.

Menu:

Unique items: All items are a unique take.

Advantages:

  • There is plenty of seating, particularly on the second floor, which is among the quietest quick service seating on property.
  • Few people head in here, causing waits to be extremely short.  Your food will be ready just a minute or two after you order.
  • The carved sandwich meats are sliced while you wait.
  • Kids’ Meals are more interesting than most other quick services.

Disadvantages:

  • It’s very rarely open.  Expect to see it open only when the overall crowd level is 8+ and busy Saturdays and even then, service is usually from 11am – 3pm.
  • Sandwiches may or may not come with desirable toppings and there’s no toppings bar.  For a long time, the Turkey Sandwich was just a roll and two slices of turkey.  Disney since added bacon, lettuce, tomato, and a cranberry mayonnaise, but cheese is still not available.  It’s hard to say what they’ll offer the next time it’s open.
  • The Potato Chips are hit or miss.  Some are salty and crunchy, while others soft and lack texture.
  • Because it’s rarely open, cast members may be confused about what’s available on the Dining Plan and what’s included in your meal, ultimately causing delays and confusion.

Value: Low, considering the sandwiches at Main Street Bakery and Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe are bigger and better.

Reputation: Since it’s so rarely open, few people have eaten here in recent years.  Some may remember the stage show that used to be performed here, but that’s long, long gone.  This is a quick service for lunch and when it’s extremely busy, an all-you-care-to-enjoy dinner with the same menu as Liberty Tree Tavern next door.  I don’t particularly care for it and I’m positive that I’ve eaten here more often in the last year than anyone else in the world, so my opinion goes.  It isn’t that good.

Food Choices:

Barbecued Turkey Sandwich:

This sandwich wasn’t bad per se.  It just wasn’t what I was expecting.  There’s no explanation on the menu about what it is you’re ordering.  It doesn’t say “Pulled Barbecue Turkey Sandwich,” which would be Josh-speak for what arrives on the plate.  I guess it was a decent, albeit small, portion and the roll was amazingly soft and fresh.  The “house made chips” are of the same variety that are served at Tomorrowland Terrace.  You may remember me mentioning that they are pretty bizarre.  About three quarters of them are varying levels of crunchy, while the other quarter is soft with no crunch at all.  It’s difficult to gauge whether this is intended or some sort of flaw in the process.  Personally, I would have been happier with a bag of Doritos.  This doesn’t differentiate itself from the Pulled Pork Sandwich available property-wide in any meaningful way.

Hand Carved Turkey Sandwich:

When I ordered the sandwich, the cast member mentioned that the toppings were something that they were “trying” and that the sandwich came with lettuce, tomato, and bacon.  She said that she didn’t have a button to hold the toppings, but I could tell them at the counter that I wanted the sandwich without something.  It was made by the time I got there, but they probably would have made a new one if I had an aversion to bacon or something.

And a too-small-in-my-opinion dollop of cranberry mayo.  Maybe the same one that tops the turkey sandwich at Flame Tree Barbecue.

The addition of the toppings make this a considerably better sandwich.  Previously, it was just two slices of turkey on a bun.  It still isn’t much more than “just a sandwich,” especially considering we still lack a slice of cheese.  But the bacon is a nice addition.  And the location is a lot of fun too.  I don’t think it’s better than several other options, including the turkey sandwich over at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe or Main Street Barbecue, but it’s here and freshly prepared if you’re in the area and it’s open.

Hand Carved Pork Brisket Sandwich Kids Picks:


This may be an older version of the Pork Brisket Sandwich.  I’m not sure what toppings and condiments they’ll include when the restaurant reopens.  In July 2011 when I ordered this, it was only $4.99, which is a steal.  The sandwich was almost as big as the adult portion and it uses the same quality buns and comes with chips, carrots, and apples.  Now the same meal runs $6.99 and should only come with two of the sides (plus a drink).  Remember when I said the cast members don’t quite have the hang of what’s included?  I was supposed to receive a milk instead of the chips.  Anyway, the pork is seasoned nicely and the bun is nice and fresh.  The chips are still a little goofy, but they may figure things out once of these days.  Now that the Kids’ Picks is $6.99, they aren’t as good of a substitute for the $8.99 adult meal.

Mixed Green Salad:

This makes it look pretty small, but the container is the standard size. Unlike comparing salads at your usual fast food places like Burger King, McDonald’s, Jack in the Box, etc. Disney salads just don’t differ much between establishments. They’re all served in the same containers with the same kinds of ingredients. In this instance, we get to choose between the same carved turkey or pork that’s served inside the sandwiches. Pork is pictured above.

Looks like we’ve got pork, lettuce, red onion, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and carrots.

Unlike most salads, it was not served with a salad dressing mixed in or on the side, which means your options are Ken’s brand at the condiments bar. The only options on the lower level were the fatty Ranch and Caesar, which basically means you’d be better off getting something fried after mixing in two of the small-ish packets. Checking upstairs, I found a low fat balsamic vinaigrette, which I opted for because I’m watching my boyish figure. They also had crouton packets upstairs, so you may want to head up for a wider variety of choices.

As far as the salad, it was “just okay.” The pork was extremely dry and mostly tasteless. It ended up being a decent portion of meat because the cast member kept pushing the salad toward the carver to add more on top. I think the standard portion is probably a bit smaller and on par with the five or so chicken strips you’d receive on most Disney salads. With the standard Ken’s salad dressing, this isn’t anything that couldn’t be put together at home for less than a dollar. I’d opt for just about any other Magic Kingdom salad over this one, but it’s certainly not terrible. Just don’t expect to be wowed.

Seating:

Seating is on two levels.  This is about half of the first floor seating.  This also shows the area where you pick up your order.  You’ll first order at one of two registers at the front of the restaurant and then proceed around to the counter in the background to pick up your beverage and then your sandwiches and salads further down to the left.

You may also hear the world famous self-playing piano bust out into song during your meal.

I’ve eaten at Diamond Horseshoe five times over the last 18 months or so and I’ve only seen people on the second floor one time.  And remember that it’s only open when Magic Kingdom is slammed.  Head up the stairs for a quieter, more intimate barbecue sandwich.  There are a few regular tables up here along with standing-only tables.

Condiments

Diamond Horseshoe offers your run-of-the-mill condiments upstairs and downstairs.  You’ll find your usual variety of Ken’s Salad dressings (Ranch, Caesar, Balsamic Vinaigrette).  Ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard are available in dispensers, along with bbq sauce in packets.  Napkins, straws, sugar, salt, and straws are plentiful.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Canwegosoon October 10, 2012 at 5:05 pm

I really want to try this out at Easter- Thanks Josh- I have always wondered what it would be like.

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Ali October 13, 2012 at 1:18 am

A gorgeous looking restaurant, great piccies and tips Josh :)

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Ben April 5, 2013 at 3:15 pm

What the heck is a pork brisket? I’ve heard of beef brisket. I grew up on a farm where we raised all our own meat and have never seen a pork brisket.

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Heather May 21, 2013 at 8:17 pm

We actually ate here September 2012. The food was decent but the cast was rude. They made sure to let us know that we barely made it in the doors before they closed. Some others came in after us and they told them they shouldn’t have been allowed in. This was our first trip to Disney and I hadn’t studied quick service restaurants at all so we just happened to walk by when we were hungry and liked what we saw on the menu.

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