The joy ride continues as we move to Magic Kingdom for another round of quick service menu updates. Spoiler: There really aren’t any outside of 10 to 30 cent price increases, but this is a tradition and I think it’s a nice refresher on what’s available around the Park. The only new item we’re going to see is a Barbecue Beef Flatbread at Pinocchio Village Haus in place of the BBQ chicken.
We begin with walls that continue to surround the Hub area on the Adventureland side:
And Tomorrowland side:
It’ll be interesting to see how much water is present after everything is filled in.
During the Peter Pan’s Flight queue upgrade, Peter Pan himself meets at the Adventureland Veranda where Ariel and Prince Eric used to meet.
Here, usually beginning at 11am and almost always without Wendy these days.
It’s 12:30pm on a non-recommended Sunday over the Labor Day Weekend. 15 minute wait at Jungle Cruise remains reasonable.
40 minutes at Pirates of the Caribbean remains unreasonable.
That’s actually longer than either of the Frontierland headliners.
Actual waits looked longer than posted as the Splash line winds around outside into the extended queue.
20 minutes at Haunted Mansion with nearly the entire regular queue full.
Walls around Peter Pan’s Flight for the likely addition of an interactive queue.
15 minutes at it’s a small world.
Waits continue to come down for the princess characters with Anna and Elsa at “just” 60 minutes.
Festival of Fantasy FP+ were canceled due to rain:
Interestingly, Anna/Elsa were one of the alternates, among others.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train was not offered. More info on wait times from last week: https://www.easywdw.com/uncategorized/tracking-seven-dwarfs-mine-train-wait-times-and-downtime/.
Enchanted Tales with Belle wait times continue to come down and FastPass+ availability is better than you would expect for a relatively new, limited capacity attraction. It may be an indication that it’s a “one and done” for a lot of people.
Finally a wait longer than Pirates of the Caribbean!
The Astro Orbiter refurbishment continues:
Shooting to reopen on the 28th.
Be Our Guest Restaurant continues using return tickets at lunch service. Basically, Disney lets about a 20-minute wait form prior to open at 10:30am. Usually right around 10:30am, cast members begin distributing return tickets not unlike legacy FASTPASS to return beginning at 11:15am with a 15-minute window. So if you walked up at 10:30am, you should receive a ticket to return from 11:15am-11:30am.
Should you arrive after tickets have been distributed, you’ll find this sign and an endless stream of apologies from the poor cast members stationed up front. The first batch of tickets are routinely gone by 11:15am with a second set distributed around 12pm for times from 1pm-2pm. From 2pm onward, the line is usually reopened for standby. My suggestion would be to pick up a ticket right around 10:30am.
Upon your return, the wait should be about 10 minutes prior to ordering. For guests staying at a Disney-operated resort, your best bet remains FP+.
And now without further ado, menus! Main Street Bakery is up first, serving $tarbux:
Disney throws snack credit users a bone by allowing them to order the largest size drink.
Casey’s Corner at the end of Main Street:
The lemonade is now “odwalla” branded resort wide and this is one of the few spots to order a Fuze Raspberry Iced Tea “on draft.”
This souvenir cup is actually kind of neat with etching that makes it “feel” sort of like a baseball.
The Polish Sausage is a spicier choice than the dogs, but in my experience, the onions slide right off.
Plaza Ice Cream often has a long line, particularly in the evening around the Electrical Parade/Wishes. Sleepy Hollow Refreshments in Liberty Square is a good alternative for an ice cream sandwich and Storybook Treats in Fantasyland serves similar sundaes to usually nonexistent lines.
For those of you that want to haul a sticky plastic pants tub around for the duration of your day, the Kitchen Sink is still available. TWO CHERRIES! Disney spares no expense.
Aloha Isle has two sides – if one line is long, you always want to check the other side, which often will have a shorter wait depending on the time of day and which way people are headed.
Dole® is more prominent compared to the old menu:
Dole Whips are up another 20 cents, but the float is the same price! A price not raised by Disney is a price earned or whatever the saying is.
The cult favorite Adventureland Egg Roll Cart in between Swiss Family Treehouse and Jungle Cruise.
Egg Rolls up 25 cents.
There’s something to say for picking up a delicious Costco freezer egg roll on the relative cheap.
Sunshine Tree Terrace to the right of the Tiki Room.
I prefer the sourer Citrus Swirl over the reconstituted-from-a-powder Dole Whip in one of my many unpopular opinions.
Also, the Pina Colada slush is creamier than your usual frozen beverage and recommended. One downside to Sunshine Terrace is they are horrendously slow for whatever reason. If there’s any kind of line, you may want to come back later.
Two snack carts across from Tiki Room:
$4.75 for a Fuze…
Moving into the off-season, expect Tortuga Tavern to be open less often. Diamond Horseshoe and Tomorrowland Terrace are the other two that will rarely be open.
Golden Oak Outpost changed its menu for the 3,714th time in as many days a few weeks ago to much amazing hoopla!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The waffle fry menu sounded promising.
But none of us were enthusiastic about the quality or portion size, which consisted of about eight limp fries underneath basic toppings. You could put this together at the Pecos Bill toppings bar, minus the bacon, for half the price and come away with at least twice as much food.
Add to that the fact that according to this week’s Times Guide, it looks like Waffle Fries will be closed daily for the off-season.
Frontierland’s major quick service:
For lunch. Dinner adds two items I didn’t have much luck with.
Karubi Style Short Ribs – Two to Three Bone Meaty Cut Short Ribs with Coleslaw and choice of Corn on the Cob, Apple Slices, or French Fries $14.19:
I’m still not sure the amount of fat on these suckers is obvious. The good news is that the meat was quite good – moist, tender, and bathed in a tangy barbecue sauce. I had some problems differentiating what was meat and what was fat because the textures were similar and you’re fighting with a plastic fork and knife on the battlefield that is a slippery paper plate. Sweet potato fries are no longer available.
I’m happy to report that the chicken iteration continues the tradition of basically inedible quick service fare at Pecos Bill.
Imagine the cheapest, driest, most flavorless piece of meat-ish possibly allowable by the FDA. Then imagine a lower quality cut somehow shoehorned into law via what I’m sure was a hefty bribe or some kind of obscure grandfathering. Then microwave that meat-ish for four hours and let it cool in the sun. And you’re in the ball park of what this tasted like. It could not have been drier. I feel like you need a glass of water just looking at it. The slimy pesto sauce on top does add a bit of oily flavor, if you want to look on the bright side.
Let’s say you have a decent box of cornbread mix that calls for it to be baked in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for say….20 to 25 minutes. Instead of following the instructions, you bake it at 250 degrees for four minutes. This is what comes out – a gummy, undercooked, sticks-to-the-top-of-your-mouth hunk of dough.
Imagine one of those frozen Tyson chicken breasts. Then imagine thawing a pile of them outdoors for two weeks on the ground in Orange County Florida. Then squeeze all the liquid out of what’s left and microwave it for four hours. That dry mass is topped with brown-dyed high fructose corn syrup and served. This was the best part of the meal.
A side of salsa for some reason.
Westward Ho across from Pecos in Frontierland.
I realize that is POWERADE’s logo, but it doesn’t seem to work very well here…
Disney corn dogs aren’t a tremendous value and aren’t eligible for a snack credit, but they are reliably freezer quality.
Turkey Leg Alley in Frontierland:
The Turkey Leg meal is actually one of the better quick service dining plan “values” based on out-of-pocket cost at $19.
And there’s always the Mickey pretzel!
Diamond Horseshoe closed.
This is Halloween this is Halloween…in August…and September…
Sleepy Hollow Refreshments in Liberty Square.
By some miracle the waffle sandwiches didn’t go up in price.
I am not as big of a proponent as some people of these things, but they are a good value for the money and with the size of the waffle and chicken, a filling meal or a big snack to share.
Available before 11am is this Ham and Cheese Omelet Waffle Sandwich that is very good if you like prosciutto and tomatoes.
Liberty Square Market across from Haunted Mansion:
This is home to many of the same allergy-friendly snacks you’d find at the Gardens Kiosk at Animal Kingdom, in addition to some underrated snacks and a quick way to pick up a sandwich when lines are long elsewhere. During busier times, Disney installs a frustrating process at its major quick services, having cast members guard entrances and exits that are all ordinarily available to “help” traffic flow, in addition to blocking people without food from sitting down at tables. While it sucks to have a tray full of food and cranky kids (husband) in tow only to see an ocean of tables occupied by grubby 10 year olds and backpacks, the fact is that those same people are stuck loitering in an already busy ordering area when they aren’t allowed to sit.
Particularly as temperatures (hopefully) cool, the baked potatoes are a nice evening snack. And they were added as snack credits this time around.
The corn is freshly roasted at the market, unlike Pecos’ microwaves.
I would not necessarily recommend the sandwiches since Columbia Harbour House is significantly better, but if the quick services are crushed or you just want a large snack/quick meal, they are a decent choice. The Ham and Cheese is basically Arby’s style.
The Hot Roast Beef and Swiss is better – very similar to the prime rib sandwich at Be Our Guest without the lettuce or a side of fries – a decent value for the money in the grand scheme of things. And there’s virtually never a wait at the Market.
On busier days, you’ll see these two carts operating across form the Market and to the left of the entrance to Haunted Mansion.
Occasionally the sandwiches will be available here instead of the Market, particularly in the afternoon. Note that tax is included here and not at Liberty Square Market, which is the reason for the price discrepancy.
More turkey legs. If Frontierland is busy, this is a better choice.
Columbia Harbour House is my favorite Magic Kingdom quick service, offering unique dishes freshly prepared. For lunch:
One exception in my opinion is the fried fish, which is far from spectacular and the same stuff they serve at ABC Commissary at Hollywood Studios.
The Lobster Roll is only available before 4pm.
Two other items are available after 4pm, one being this Chicken Pot Pie with Steamed Fresh Broccoli – $9.59. It’s more of a chicken soup spooned inside of crust, but there is a considerable amount of chicken present and the flavor is what you would expect from Campbell’s Chicken Soup. Not an outstanding dish, but a decent option at MK.
The macaroni and cheese is the same as you’d find elsewhere – microwavable Stouffer’s quality with a half dozen gummy shrimp placed on top along with three or four sizable pieces of lukewarm lobster. The flavor may work better for you than it did me and Lisa – the radioactive looking cheese didn’t seem to mesh well with the off-taste of low quality seafood. It’s not necessarily a terrible value as it’s a large portion with a decent amount of seafood on top. I think it works better as a shared side than it does as a meal. It’s heavy and one-dimensional.
The sandwiches, fried shrimp, salads, and soups are all excellent, as are the seasonal cobblers.
Pinocchio Village Haus.
The Flatbreads are pretty good here and I think most people enjoy them better than the usual Disney pizza served at Pizzafari, Pizza Planet, and resort quick services.
The Caprese for example.
The “Italian Sub” was less pleasant with extremely salty ingredients on top of a very crispy flatbread.
Friar’s Nook looks like it will be open daily here post-summer, though not for breakfast. A refresher:
That’s the schedule we can expect for the rest of the month and into October, probably up until Columbus Day Weekend.
The macaroni dishes are a relatively recent addition.
These work better than Harbour House’s Seafood version, though I’m not sure they’re compelling. I would shy away from the version topped with bread crumbs for $7.99 and pick up a Macaroni and Cheese Kids Pick at Village Haus for less money.
Storybook Treats is right next door:
Rarely a line.
I like Be Our Guest a lot for lunch and dinner. Food and service were spotty for a while after it first opened, but they seem to be running on all cylinders more often than not:
I won’t bore you with a rehash of what’s offered, but there’s a review of most items here: https://www.easywdw.com/dining/be-our-guest-restaurant/
LeFou’s frozen apple juice remains not outstanding.
Standard popsicle pricing at the Popping Machine.
If you’re wondering which popsicle is no longer available, it’s these Orange & Cream.
Prince Eric’s Village Market across from Journey of the Little Mermaid has been a complete bust:
The pickles are actually kind of a fun snack if you’d like to get your day’s sodium in a couple crunchy bites.
20 cents more expensive.
Big Top Souvenirs in Storybook Circus serves Goofy’s Glaciers and some other treats that are more popular at the Main Street Confectionery:
Not sure when you’ll see this cart in the back of Fantasyland open again.
Two carts on the walk to Dumbo or Mad Tea Party:
Theme park churros.
Another location where you won’t find much of a line.
The “Gourmet Cake Cups” are also still available.
At $4.59 or a snack credit, they may be a fun little snack, but I would personally head for a more satisfying sundae.
Bay 1 adds ribs and a chicken/ribs combo after 4pm.
Ray’s setup where it has three individual lines each with a different menu is kind of annoying. If you wanted a ribs plate and a bowl of chicken noodle soup you’d have to wait in line two times. Add a chili cheese hot dog and it’s a third line.
One item I’ll highlight is the Tortellini Salad, which is actually really good and available all day now.
Smoothies are a potentially healthy alternative to some of the other sundaes.
Offset by the sugar content.
Lunching Pad is behind fewer walls.
I’m not real sure why you would stop here for a hot dog over Casey’s, where they have fries and a toppings bar.
Rounding out our options is the fun Cool Ship.
And the Tomorrowland Popcorn Cart:
You’re up to date.