Edit: A portion of this review was published a little less than a month ago. I’ve since added reviews of the Vanilla Churro Sandwich and Foot-Long Corn Dog from Sleepy Hollow Refreshments and Frog Prince Whoopie Pie from Liberty Square Market.
We continue our VIP Food Tour(?) around Magic Kingdom after first walking up Main Street USA to see everything that’s available there. We’ve landed in Liberty Square with this beautiful view of Cinderella Castle across the water.
Located right across the bridge from the Hub, Sleepy Hollow Refreshments remains a popular stop for a snack.
The Corn Dog rejoins the lineup after a year-plus hiatus.
Previously, the Corn Dogs were hand-dipped to order inside Sleepy Hollow at a price of $8.49 with Chips.
While it didn’t always make for the most attractive picture, the Corn Dogs were reliably fresh with a delicate, crispy quality and a flavorful hot dog inside.
Earlier this month, the Corn Dog returned, this time in the foot-long format and with a similar side of House-made chips for what is now an $11 ask.
Your corn dog is now homogenized, certainly fried-from-frozen, and lacking any qualities that help it stand out against a number of more flavorful entrees. There is a nice coating of crispy batter encasing what is a largely limp, chicken-esque dog inside. I would have a pretty hard time differentiating this from a Foster Farms or State Fair brand corn dog. With that said, it’s certainly not terrible and the fact that it’s deep-fried makes it crispier than your microwaved corn dog at home. Unfortunately, the price increase to eleven dollars puts it out of snack territory and places it on par with a lot of other quick service entrees, many of which offer fresher ingredients. If you’re in the mood for an old standby, then this is certainly a “safe” option. Ketchup and mustard packets are provided.
Personally, I think the Corn Dog Nuggets at Casey’s Corner are a little more novel if that’s what you’re in the mood to eat. The meatier nuggets also come with fries, which you may prefer, at a price that’s two dollars lower.
I would call your attention to the Vanilla Ice Cream Churro Sandwich, which was added to the menu last year.
Originally, Sleepy Hollow used older, staler Churros as the basis for the sandwich.
Now, you’re more likely to find fresher, warmer churros.
On the plus side, the churro slices that make up the sandwich taste great – sweet, cinnamon-y, soft, and chewy. On the downside, you’re looking at a plate of vanilla soup in short order given how quickly the warm crispy dough melts the ice cream. I think you’re probably better off with the Cookie version from Plaza Ice Cream Parlor if you prefer your ice cream to be sandwiched. Otherwise, a sundae from the same Parlor or Storybook Treats would be easier to eat and less likely to instantaneously melt.
For less than the cost of the Corn Dog, the Sweet & Spicy Chicken Waffle Sandwich is a more interesting option, with a freshly-pressed waffle and what is typically a hot, crispy piece of chicken. Unfortunately, the size of the chicken isn’t as uniform as the Corn Dog, and sometimes the piece can be on the small side. Still, I think it’s a tastier proposition for those looking for more flavor and something a little different than what you bring home from your grocery’s freezer aisle and microwave.
I would also call your attention to the $8.29 “Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich served with Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread” if you like Nutella. I’m sure the heaping portion of bright, fresh strawberries and blueberries help balance out any fat and the malty, sweet Waffle underneath does a surprisingly good job of holding everything together.
If you’re looking for a quick, hot breakfast without having to march all the way back to Starbucks or drop $28/person at Be Our Guest Restaurant, then the $9 Breakfast Egg and Cheese Waffle Sandwich is a smart choice.
While Mickey Waffles are a ubiquitous part of the resort quick service breakfast landscape, they’re actually pretty rare inside the theme park fast food eateries.
The Waffle is available for $5.79 with Powdered Sugar or $6.79 as seen here with Strawberries and Whipped Cream. I’m usually a little wary of Strawberry Syrup Product, but the berries here were firm and sweet and the Whipped Cream enjoyed a nice creamy fullness. Relatively speaking, it’s a fun, tasty snack that isn’t quite as heavy as something like the Churro Ice Cream Sandwich, which typically tastes cold and stale.
Liberty Square Market, located just about in the middle of Liberty Square across from the loading dock for the Riverboat, is potentially a spot for a healthier snack.
This is still a theme park, so it certainly doesn’t have to be as Turkey Legs, Hot Dogs, and Mickey Pretzels are also available. It is rare to see Goldfish Crackers listed separately. It rivals the Theme Park Pickle as one of the least expensive snacks.
Cold fruits, vegetables, and juices are available, typically pre-cut and sitting in small packages.
Just in case you’re worried that Diet Coke and Grapes are all that’s available, there’s a helpful note that Hot Dogs are hidden somewhere behind the counter. I’m not sure if you need to show photo ID to order one or not. If the government is tracking how many you buy then I am probably due for a raid.
Disney typically hawks a number of new Coca-Cola beverages along with the classics. Two types of juices within one juice is typically my maximum, which eliminates the Cranberry Apple Raspberry. Worse, the top two ingredients are water and high fructose corn syrup and there’s more pear juice than any of the three juices in the actual name. At almost 20 calories an ounce, I think you’d be better off blending the Mickey Waffle and eating that. If you’re ill-prepared and don’t have a blender on your person, just check in the bushes and ask me. I’d be happy to loan you mine. I haven’t actually been able to eat any of this stuff since my teeth rotted back in 2016. Maybe I should mention that in the Food and Wine Festival reviews.
This $5 “Frog Prince Whoopie Pie” debuted at Liberty Square Market on February 24th.
We were actually really impressed with this – the two pieces of cake that make up yet another sandwich enjoyed a soft chewiness with a light cinnamon flavor. The creamy filling added a sweet, surprisingly robust graham cracker taste. The vanilla icing on top adds just a little bit of crunch and the festive sugar crystals make the whole thing all the more sweet. There’s more vanilla icing on top, in the shape of some leaves, and then a solid chocolate frog on top, the latter of which may even save you a trip to Universal for a similar Harry-Potter-themed dessert. A lot of the value here is going to be derived from how precious it looks, but we were impressed by the flavor and the attention to detail.
Columbia Harbour House is the Land’s major quick service and a perennial candidate for best quick service at Magic Kingdom. That might be akin to being the best basketball team in the Men’s Pac-12. If that reference seems obscure, the Men’s Pac-12 is not very good at basketball, so I’m saying quick service at Magic Kingdom is not very good.
Disney tinkered with the menu throughout the first half of 2018, for a while eliminating items like the Lighthouse Sandwich. Considering the profit margin on an $11 broccoli sandwich is approximately 99.5%, it didn’t seem to make a lot of sense. If there’s a national shortage of broccoli or something then I think the children would be much happier than they are.
The Hushpuppies are available as this side for $4 and are served by default alongside the various Fried Foods. You should also be able to exchange the Hushpuppies as the side on most other entrees either via mobile order on the My Disney Experience app or by crying about not wanting the broccoli in person.
Since these aren’t exactly a classic Harbour House offering, it’s a little curious that Disney would go out of their way to add them when most guests have been fine with fries for 40+ years. The Hushpuppies are potentially a nice change of pace, fried to a golden brown with a nice soft doughy quality backed up by plenty of corn, the kernels of which you can see in this beautiful fast-food cross-section. I don’t think they’re worth going out of your way to try, unlike every other blog post about them seems to imply, but I wouldn’t hesitate to substitute them for a vegetable.
The Fish Disney uses is a little different than the long, greasy pieces that we’ve seen across-property for 10+ years. The current version is crispier and less oily, though the batter might actually be a little thicker. The $14 “Trio Platter – a combination of Fried Shrimp, Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets, and Battered Fish served with Hushpuppies and a choice of Green Beans & Carrots, Apple Slices or French Fries” is a ton of food that I think should be easily shareable. I see at least four chunky nuggets and at least two pieces of fish, plus three or four Hushpuppies hiding underneath the Fries towards the top of the plate.
Here’s the old fish – I’m not sure if that’s a natural color and those fries don’t look like they were prepared within a week of being served.
The Trio also arrives with five or six golden-fried Shrimp. While portions and quality probably run the gamut on most items, I have found that what I receive here is anywhere between shockingly scant and heart-attack-inducing. At $14, we hope for the latter.
The Salmon, now served with Peas and Carrots due to the national broccoli shortage, is a potentially healthy option.
I’m not sure if anyone remembers this $12.49 “Baked Chicken Breast and Shrimp Platter with Couscous and Steamed Broccoli.” It was only available for a short time in late 2016.
Conventional advice is to head to Columbia Harbour House because the second-floor seating area is typically a ghost town. This is very much not the case these days, with the upstairs dining room often just as busy as Pecos Bill or Pinocchio Village Haus. On less crowded days or during off-peak times, it can still be pleasant though.
When Erin and I aren’t out for the sake of bloggability, which I assure you is rare, we switch between the Harbour House’s Fried Shrimp and the Beef Nachos at Pecos Bill. Both are pretty solid choices depending on what you’re in the mood to eat.
Overall, Liberty Square offers a wide assortment of food whether you’re looking for a treat, a substantial snack, or a full meal. Recent additions continue to impress.