Our trip around Magic Kingdom continues as we sample one of everything that’s at least a thousand calories in Fantasyland. So far, we’ve visited Main Street, Liberty Square, Adventureland, and Frontierland.
Disney debuted three new ice cream cones back on the 24th of February, 2019, including “The Lost Princess Cone” at Storybook Treats, which you’ll find to the right of the entrance to The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and basically across the way from Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
The Peter Pan Float, which Disney added last summer, helped put Storybook Treats on the map. It instantly transformed from a hole in the wall that people passed over to a hole in the wall that a couple dozen people “rope drop” ahead of its usual 11am opening every day. You can’t walk five feet with this thing before somebody wants to know where you got it.
While I’ve already named the Pineapple Upside-Down Cake from Aloha Isle in Adventureland as my favorite Magic Kingdom treat, the $6 “Peter Pan Float – Lime Soft-Serve, Sprite, and Chocolate Feather” is a close second. According to my review:
The tart Dole Lime soft-serve, which pairs nicely with the crisp quality of the Sprite, isn’t too sweet, which makes it really satisfying during the heat of the day. The little chocolate feather tastes better than it has any right to and take it from me, you’ll look quite precious parading one around Fantasyland for your photoshoot. If the various trashcans are already occupied, just go up to the people and tell them that the waste receptacles are the property of easywdw.com and you’d like to see their image-capturing permit. Of course, taking a photo of a sundae on top of a trash can requires no permit, but I guarantee you that whoever is standing there will leave in short order. It works every time.
There’s a new ice cream holder on the block with this $5.29 Lost Princess Cone. There is no description on the menu, but it’s a purple cake cone topped with Lemon Dole Whip and “edible” flowers.
While Hei Hei gets all the credit at Aloha Isle, there is no mention of Rapunzel or Tangled here. Obviously, the purple cone mimics her dress, the yellow frozen non-dairy treat her hair, and the flowers…the flowers.
On one hand, it’s awfully precious. On the other hand, there isn’t necessarily a ton going on here to justify a price-tag that comes in north of five dollars. Hei Hei arrived with two flavors of Dole Whip, the pucker-y sour fruit roll, and sugary eyes. This is, arguably, a lot more basic. The good news is that the Lemon Dole Whip will be popular for those that prefer their ice cream tart, with a bright lemon flavor backed up by sweet sugar. Technically, most flowers are probably edible, but most of us probably don’t go around making sure. The flavor from the flowers is exactly how you would expect pansy petals to taste. They’re probably best discarded.
Overall, I’d put this on the list if you’re after a photo or would like to make the people around you jealous for the 12 seconds before it melts all over you, but I couldn’t help feeling like there wasn’t enough of it to justify the money. On the other hand, you may not care that it’s a dollar overpriced, even by Disney’s standards.
The Lost Princess replaces Tink’s Pixie-dusted Cone, which also came in at $5.29. The cone and the portion of Lime Dole Whip are about the same, but we have a custom-made Tinker Bell chocolate piece and it’s surrounded by cotton candy, increasing the value proposition in my estimation. There’s a reason that Disney offers cotton candy at its carts instead of pansy plants to take home.
This “Cookie Sundae – Vanilla Soft-serve, Hot Fudge, Seasonal Sprinkles, and a Chocolate-Chip Cookie” is only 70 cents more than the Lost Princess Cone and comes with a big cookie along with a similar amount of ice cream and a ton of hot fudge and whipped cream.
But there is something to say for preciousness and it’s possible that yellow non-dairy soft serve atop a purple cone is exactly that.
Fantasyland is now home to two major quick services with Be Our Guest continuing to serve a fast casual meal during breakfast and lunch. Pinocchio Village Haus is a quick service eatery for lunch and dinner, though you’ll find slightly different menus there depending on when you decide to dine.
The above options are available all day. There’s also a Penne Pasta with Marinara available for $7.29 if you ask at the register or go on mobile order via the My Disney Experience app. I always recommend checking out mobile order, even if you’re planning on ordering in person, because there’s often menu items available that don’t make the menu board. At Village Haus itself, a cast member might mention the existence of the less expensive pasta if someone asks about vegetarian options, but they obviously want you spending almost double the amount of money to include the chicken and side salad if you’re less curious.
I’m easier on Italian food than most other types of cuisine, I think, as I actually enjoy the $13.49 “Chicken Parmesan Pasta – Panko-coated Chicken Breast upon Penne Pasta and topped with Provolone Cheese and Marinara Sauce and served with a side Salad.”
It’s basically a crispy, oversized chicken nugget covered in a chunky marinara sauce on top of penne pasta. The good news is that the sauce is relatively robust with identifiable pieces of onion and tomato. Eight-year-old me would have hated it for that reason, but it has a decent flavor as far as fast food Italian goes. The penne pasta probably isn’t great – a little gummy and without much flavor on its own, but there’s a ton of it underneath the chicken. If anything, I’d like more sauce given how much pasta there is in the bowl. It’s a very filling portion.
It’s served with a side salad with a nice assortment of “stuff.” We’ve got bright tomato, cucumber, and red onion on top of a lot of romaine that’s tossed in what is usually too much Italian dressing. Everything is nice and fresh and the vinegar-heavy flavor is a nice accompaniment to the heartier main dish.
If you’d prefer to get your carbs in the form of a bun instead of pasta, then this “Chicken Parmesan Sandwich – Panko-coated Chicken Breast on a Brioche Bun topped with Provolone Cheese and Marinara Sauce served with French Fries” is another option. It’s a full three dollars less than the Chicken Parmesan and with the fries, probably comes in at a similar amount of calories.
I’m not particularly crazy about the Village Haus Flatbreads, which use a thin, cardboard-esque base underneath what is usually a paltry amount of toppings. The fact that it’s the same price for Cheese as “Meat Lovers” doesn’t bode well for value, either.
Dinner begins at 4pm and brings with it exactly two unique items, both under the Stromboli header. Like the Flatbreads, the cost is the same whether you’d like the Deluxe or the Cheese.
Here’s the full meal deal with one of the two Stromboli. They both look about the same.
The Stromboli is sizable with the slightly-crispy Italian pizza dough holding in a ton of sauce and melted cheese.
This is the $13 “Cheese Stromboli – Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheese,” which is filled with exactly that. I much prefer the dough-y Stromboli crust to the thin Flatbreads, so you may want to consider the bread situation if you’re eyeballing something cheesy. The Stromboli costs a dollar more, but it does come with the Side Salad.
The Deluxe Stromboli arrives packed full of Onions, Pepperoni and Bell Peppers, along with a similar amount of Cheese as our original foray. We enjoyed this one even more with a nice kick from the Peppers and a surprising amount of meaty Pepperoni intertwined throughout.
The Stromboli(s) are served with the same vibrant side salad and a cup of thinner marinara sauce than we saw spooned on top of the pasta for dipping.
The Deluxe Stromboli and Chicken Parmesan Pasta are my top two here. The Chicken Parmesan Sandwich also makes for a fine, easy lunch.
Of some note is the fact that the Kids’ Meal Flatbreads are exactly half of a full adult size. With the regular adult entree coming in at $12, you might instead order two Kids’ Meals, which come with a total of four sides and two small beverages. You can substitute the Milk or Water for a Soda.
Erin and I like to split an entree and a side of $5 Breadsticks, which are served with the same Marinara as the Stromboli. These sticks of bread are far from life-changing, but they’re typically thick, soft, and pillow-y with a nice blend of herbs sprinkled on top. An order of these along with a Chicken Parmesan should be enough for two people to share with a few bites to spare.
The Italian Cream Cake dessert is precious. According to my review:
The ratio of icing to cake seemed to be off with at least an inch of thick, sweet icing followed by a thin layer of crumbles, then another inch of icing, a few more crumbles, and even more icing. But the cake had a really nice spice to it mixed in with some candied fruit and the toasted, lightly-browned coconut on top added a little bit of a nutty, roasted quality. At almost five dollars, it seems like there are some better desserts available elsewhere, but this is so sweet and so rich that I could see four people each enjoying a couple of bites of it. But it’s 75% icing.
Overall, Pinocchio Village Haus is, potentially, a nice change of pace from standard Disney quick service food. I’d probably put it behind Columbia Harbour House, Pecos Bill, and Be Our Guest Restaurant (lunch). On the plus side, Pinocchio benefits from plenty of indoor and outdoor seating and you can sit and watch the it’s a small world boats go by inside or head upstairs to the outdoor balcony. Mobile order typically works well here too.
You’ll find Cheshire Cafe around the corner from The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and across from Mad Tea Party. That’s Cosmic Ray’s in the distance.
The Cheshire Cat Tail and Wonderland Slushy are worth a look.
On our first visit, the tail was packed with tiny chocolate chips in between an incredibly flaky, crispy pastry. It was topped with a sweet, but not overwhelmingly so, icing that added a nice little crunch to each bite. My second try was less successful with a pastry that was much less flaky and crisp, so freshness may come into play here. I’m not sure that it’s unique enough to seek out specifically – Disney offers a similar pastry in several other locations – but the purple icing is colorful and certainly worth a fun picture.
This is the $6 “Wonderland Slushy – Minute Maid Raspberry Lemonade with Fanta Grape and a Candy-coated Straw.” Sweet grape soda dominates the flavor profile with just a little bit of berry flavor showing through from time to time. It almost has a fizzy quality to it, which makes for a fun, interesting sip. I find these Candy-coated Straws to be incredibly confounding. Just about every review describes the straw as “fun” or “what really makes the drink.” I don’t understand this because the candy is stuck to a paper straw that almost-instantaneously disintegrates under the weight of the slush. You’re then left with a thin layer of very hard candy clinging to what quickly becomes paper mush. During the first couple of sips. the sweet and sour rock candy does sweeten up the flavor profile even more, but it’s basically impossible to separate the candy from the paper mush very shortly thereafter. It would make a small amount of sense to dip the candy at the top of the straw, where your mouth is intended to go. Or, if possible, somehow remove the paper after the candy straw has an opportunity to form. But as it stands, it’s more aggravating than anything.
Also be on the lookout for a small sign indicating the fact that the quick service carries the $6.59 Sweet Cream Cheese Pretzel.
LeFou’s Brew is still available at Gaston’s Tavern back in New Fantasyland, unlike our favorite Pork Shank.
It’s possible that nothing in this picture is in focus, much like the content of this website. One of the nice things about Gaston’s Tavern is that there is rarely much of a line at the right or left registers because everybody backs up straight out the center door. That means the wait to order your Frozen Apple Juice with Mango Foam will be minimal. On the downside, that also means you’ll be disappointed that much sooner.
I’d only recommend the $10 Sandwiches, each presented with a bag of Lay’s Chips, if you’re going to perish without an imminent infusion of bread.
These are pre-made with the entire thing sitting in a cold refrigerator until they’re ordered.
If you have a thick piece of old bread on hand, you could try cutting it in half and then filling it with a couple slices of deli meat and a single layer of cheese. Then stick it in the fridge overnight and see how it tastes the next afternoon. If, after ripping up ten dollars, you’re still pretty into the whole thing, then Gaston’s Tavern is probably the lunch for you.
It’s a similar situation with the $8.49 Fruit & Cheese Platter, where the Croissant sits in the fridge along with the other stuff. I’m not sure the whole thing “feels” particularly healthy or fresh.
Prince Eric’s Village Market is located across from the entrance to the Little Mermaid Ride.
If you ever want proof that Disney has never read this website or simply doesn’t care, the official word is that this stand remains your opportunity to “revitalize your appetite with a rainbow of refreshing and healthy snacks.”
But this is the current menu with the Turkey Leg, Jumbo Pretzel, Slushy, and Donut headlining the menu.
If you block out any morbid curiosity over where the other half of the mermaid might be located, the donut is light and airy with a fluffy, pillow-y quality and glazed with a relatively thick layer of vanilla icing and then topped with a generous sprinkling of purple sugar crystals with a couple more white chocolate shells placed on top for good measure.
The Witch’s Frozen Brew is “Minute Maid Frozen Lemonade and Frozen Coca-Cola swirled with Monin Cherry, Granny Smith Apple, Watermelon, and Red Passion Fruit Syrup.” One wonders who had to guzzle down flavor combination after flavor combination until Peak Sugar was eventually produced. This actually works pretty well with the tart quality of the Lemonade helping to balance out all of the sugar in the various syrups. Under the Florida sun, it still melts in a hurry, leaving a sugary puddle that you’re probably not going to want to wade in, whether you’ve got fin or feet.
Just about rounding things out, we’ve got the current lineup at Friar’s Nook, the quick service across from the entrance to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and to the right of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. A couple of the options now include the ability to swap out the “Potato Barrels” for Macaroni & Cheese.
I would call your attention to the vegan Plant-based Protein Brat, which uses a Beyond Sausage. The look of it was a little off-putting at first, but as dismaying as it is, I actually preferred the flavor of the Vegan Sausage. It was well-seasoned and incredibly juicy with a similar snap to the bratwurst all with more protein, less sodium, and fewer calories. There’s also more of it in the bun and I can guarantee you that the retail price of the Beyond Sausage is far higher than the regular Brat, making it a better value.
You can pull up my most recent Be Our Guest lunch review here. It’s no Oasis Canteen.
Lunch is certainly worth experiencing, particularly considering the fact that it’s the only meal at the restaurant where you can order whatever it is that you want, choose wherever you’d like to sit, and stay for as long as you like.
Dinner is now, of course, a prix fixe affair at $60/adult and two credits on the Disney Dining Plan. You can pull up my full review, which includes a look at everything on the menu, in this post.
I’d only recommend breakfast if you can do it before the Park opens and want to take advantage of the early start to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. You can read all about that touring advantage here. But with an adult entree now running $28 and consisting of very little food, the prices are impossible to justify otherwise.
Overall, Fantasyland has a lot to offer on the quick service front, whether you’re after a tasty snack or a quick, serviceable meal.
We’ll move on to Tomorrowland.