Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner

by josh on November 28, 2012

6/7/14 Update: Menu updated and items added.

Location: Min & Bill’s is located inside of this ship on Echo Lake.  You’ll see it on the Lake across from American Idol Experience.

Food Type: Bread Cones, “Sandwiches” and “Shakes.”

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

Menu:



Unique Items: The sandwiches are unique. Pork Shank is only otherwise available at Gaston’s Tavern in Magic Kingdom.

Advantages:

  • Plenty of outdoor picnic table seating.
  • Lines are usually nonexistent, making it an easy and quick way to pick up a meal, beer, or snack.
  • Sandwiches are easily portable.  They’re a good candidate to take with you to Fantasmic or to another quick service.
  • You can order the sandwiches or bread cones without the bag of chips to save $2.  The Frankfurter in a Pretzel Roll for $5.59 is a lot more food and a lot more interesting than your usual Disney Hot Dog.

Disadvantages:

  • Limited menu.
  • No indoor seating.
  • The “shakes” are really soft serve ice cream.

Value: High.  Particularly without the chips, the Sandwiches are a good value and cost less than most other entrees.

Reputation: Min & Bill’s really doesn’t have one because few people actually eat here.  I love it and recommend the sandwiches wholeheartedly and think most people that do eat here enjoy the food.

Food Choices:

Frankfurter in a Pretzel Roll:

The pretzel crust was delicate and chewy with a pronounced pretzel flavor.   Unfortunately, the dijon mustard didn’t add much to the mix.   There wasn’t a lot of it and the flavor didn’t pop like you might expect from a spicy mustard.  Luckily, regular mustard and ketchup were readily available.  The kettle-style chips were what you would expect – crunchy, salty, and sort of potato-y.

The inside of the pretzel roll – one of the better values at the theme parks.

Italian Sausage:

All of these pictures were taken pre-Tom, so they’re not particularly good.  The Italian Sausage is probably the most food out of the three choices.  Expect a lot of peppers and onions that aren’t easily removable.  I’m guessing you can order the sausage without them if that’s the way you want to go.  The Sausage is nice and spicy and the sandwich definitely has more kick than most with the number of peppers inside.  Recommended if you like that sort of thing.

Milk Shake:

This is a “Shake” in the same way a Wendy’s “Frosty” is a shake.  Which is to say, it’s soft serve ice cream in a cup.  That doesn’t make it bad, just don’t expect to drink any with a straw.  You’ll be scooping this up with a spoon.

Frozen Lemonade with Booze:

With Three Olives Cherry Vodka. Like other lemonades of this variety, it is prepared with a shot of alcohol poured first and then the non-alcoholic lemonade dispensed on top.

It was far too tart to the point where we threw about half out. Hard to say whether it was a one-off mistake or they tend to be like that.

Seating:

Min and Bill’s has several picnic-like tables with umbrellas out front.  There are also a bunch of benches nearby.  This isn’t a particularly popular quick service (though I recommend it) and there are usually available tables.  Head down toward Star Tours to sit at Backlot Express if there aren’t any tables or you prefer air-conditioned seating.  Backlot Express is two or three minutes away, past Indiana Jones and Sounds Dangerous.


{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Cindy November 29, 2012 at 7:49 am

Since there is no kids’ menu, can the kids (9 and under) order from here with the dining plan?

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josh November 29, 2012 at 8:39 am

Yes.

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Erica December 1, 2012 at 5:34 am

So the ‘frosty ‘ counts as a snack?

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Regina December 16, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I tried ordering the pretzel dog without the chips to save the $2 earlier this month and was refused. I mean, he didn’t give me the chips but charged me full price anyway. So YMMV with some CMs.

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armscrossed December 27, 2012 at 7:58 am

I tried ordering the pretzel dog without the chips to save the $2 on 12/23 and was told it was the same price either way. They did offer to substitute the $2.39 cookie for the chips as a ‘courtesy’ and it was the best chocolate chip cookie in (Disney) World.
Try the cookie there – it is not discusting and it does not come sealed in a bag.

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Nicole T. May 21, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Is the ‘shake’ considered a dessert on the Dining Plan?

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LeeAnne December 10, 2013 at 10:44 am

I loved the Ceaser Salad Roll. It was one of my favorites. You could get the frozen lemonade or milkshake as your dessert with it as part of the meal plan. I hope before we go in September they bring it back.

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