12/1/15 Update: Menu updated with the changeover from burgers to burritos.
Location: In Frontierland – Country Bear Jamboree is to the left and if you continued walking, you’d see Big Thunder and Splash Mountains on your right and Adventureland down to your left.
Food Type: Burritos, Fajitas, Rice Bowls, and Southwestern Salads.
Dining Plan: One quick service credit and some items are snack credits.
Note that the Kids’ version of the Rice Bowl is no longer available – it’s been replaced with Macaroni and Cheese as pictured below.
Unique Items: Most everything is at least unique to Magic Kingdom.
- Restaurant is dark, kept at a nice cool temperature, and themed well with indoor and outdoor seating.
- The toppings bar is among the best in Disney World, offering unlimited guacamole, shredded cheese, sour cream, salsa, roasted corn, pico de gallo, verde sauce, jalapenos, banana peppers, chipotle ranch salad dressing, red onion, and limes.
- Rice Bowls and fajitas are large portions and with the help of the toppings bar, can be enough for two people to share, particularly with a side of tortilla chips.
- Service is usually on the fast side even when lines appear long.
- Different than anything else available at Magic Kingdom.
- Those looking for the hamburgers-of-the-past will be disappointed to find that they’re no longer available. Cosmic Ray’s in Tomorrowland is a good alternative and serves basically the same menu as Pecos used to with a similar toppings bar including sauteed mushrooms and onions.
- During peak meal times and/or heavy crowds, there usually aren’t enough tables inside. Disney may try to keep people without food from holding tables, but that only causes the ordering area to be more cramped.
- On the expensive side out-of-pocket.
- For the money, food quality isn’t superior to other options, even if the flavors are unique to the location.
Value: Good for the most part, particularly when you consider the unlimited guacamole and shredded cheese to help bolster the portion. While tortilla chips aren’t on the menu, they are available for a nominal charge. Ask if you’re interested and they aren’t offered.
Reputation: Disney switched out burgers for burritos in September of 2015 to mixed opinions from those that were iffy on a such a dramatic change in style. Most people that visit the new location seem to enjoy the food.
Steak Fajita Platter:
This is how the plate is served with the tortillas wrapped in aluminum foil to keep them warm.
The beef wasn’t fantastic. My guess is it’s cooked separately from the onions and peppers as the juices didn’t seem to flavor the dry, gritty, mostly flavorless beef at all. Usually when you order fajitas at a restaurant, they’re presented tableside steaming hot after being cooked altogether. You don’t get any of that here – not that it’s surprising at a Disney quick service.
They’re served alongside what basically amounts to three halves of a tortilla. Together, they probably span the size of a single large Mission-brand tortilla, though they’re not as soft or as plump.
With the help of the salsa, sour cream, and other toppings, I was able to put together three half-decent little tacos, but the fajita beef certainly did not impress. Cilantro is apparently very divisive – they should have plain rice to substitute if you prefer or they may be able to double you up on beans.
My advice is otherwise to stick to the burritos and rice bowls, I think. They’re easier to manage, less expensive, and you get either the same amount or more food.
Beef Rice Bowl:
This is basically a deconstructed burrito.
The layer of pico de gallo on top is thinner than it might look in the picture and there’s a ton more food underneath – I was impressed by the quantity and the quality. The pulled beef was tender with some mild, lingering spice from the taco seasoning. The pico freshened up the flavors along with some cilantro in the rice and the black beans, which added some additional heft to the dish.
Burritos here are large and packed with your choice of chicken or beef, in addition to cilantro or plain rice and beans. Load up at the toppings bar and you have a formidable entree that could easily be stretched to feed two people.
Southwest Salad with Spicy Beef
I really enjoyed the salad – it might be my favorite on property, thanks to the ability to dress it up further at the toppings bar. You can load it up with an unlimited amount of shredded cheese, roasted corn, guacamole, pico de gallo, salsa, verde sauce, jalapenos, banana peppers, and sour cream. So if you ask for another plate, you can pretty easily split this up into two sizable salads. The spicy beef that you receive here and in the rice bowl is otherwise worlds better than the fajita beef, which is extremely dry and lacks much flavor. I highly recommend going with the rice bowl or salad if you’re after beef.
Chicken Enchilada Soup:
Your six bucks buys you a relatively small cup of soup topped with tortilla strips that’s about half the height of a kids’ beverage cup.
It’s a very creamy, cheesy mixture of chicken, beans, corn, and peppers that would be a decent use of a snack credit for those looking for a hearty snack or potentially a substitute for a dessert on the Dining Plan, but it doesn’t offer a lot of value out-of-pocket. I usually compare the price/portion to a standard quick service entree for the value proposition. This is easily much less food than half of a burrito for half the money and the quality isn’t really high enough to justify the price.
There isn’t a whole lot to the quesadillas. Since the cheese is white, you may not even be able to see that they’re anything more than a folded tortilla. Considering the palates of most seven year olds, this probably isn’t such a bad thing. With the ability to class it up at the toppings bar, there are a lot of opportunities to be creative or you can go simple and leave it plain.
Pecos Bill seemingly has a lot of tables, but it’s almost always jam packed full of people at regular meal times. The indoor seating area is dark and the seats aren’t particularly comfortable – many also have no backs. Outdoor patio seating is also available. If it’s after 3pm, you can also head down to Tortuga Tavern after it’s finished serving, where you should have no trouble finding a table.