We set out for Magic Kingdom to check in on what we can expect to find on the quick service menus around the Park, beginning with Main Street USA and the run up to Liberty Square. We’ll try some items that the website hasn’t yet reviewed and discuss a few favorites that many of us have hopefully enjoyed over the years.
As I embark on these sorts of updates, I’m never quite sure how much depth we’ll see. If you missed coverage of Hollywood Studios, I recently added these posts:
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios Quick Service Menu Update – this post covers just about everything fast-food-related going on at the Studios.
- ABC Commissary Lunch and Dinner Review – a quick service that might surprise you with what’s currently on the menu, including Shrimp Teriyaki Bowls and Beef Enchiladas.
- A Table service menu update – including fresh reviews that pit 50’s Prime Time Cafe and Sci-Fi Dine-In against each other.
The Animal Kingdom update ended up being even more robust with:
- A review of just about everything on what is now the Chipotle-esque Harambe Market menu.
- An update on what’s available inside Pandora, including Satu’li Canteen, where I think there were more changes than most expected given the quick service’s success.
- We also traveled to Pizzafari and the rest of the Africa section of the Park.
- We stopped in Asia for new food and drinks along with an overview of everything available in that section of the Park.
- The DinoLand update included reviews of the new Corn Chip Pie, Restaurantosaurus Lounge, and more.
- Finally, Flame Tree Barbecue comes back in focus, where I try to convince you that it’s still the best quick service option at Animal Kingdom via a surprising Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese Dish.
So we’ll see how this goes.
Back to Magic Kingdom, you can pull up my recent August 2018 snack update here. That follows with a September, 2-part update, here, and here. These posts will cover what’s new since then, along with a quick refresher when a recent addition is worth revisiting. Suffice to say, there’s a lot of options and I think these roundup-style posts are more helpful than immediately “reviewing” whatever minor snack just appeared without any other context. Let’s see what we’ve got.
We begin on Main Street at Casey’s Corner with what I’m hoping is the worst-looking picture of the update. The Hot Doggery continues to serve a “Monthly Special Hot Dog,” which now seem to rotate on the same schedule with the new version coming out around the 5th of each month.
Currently, you’ll find the “Barbecue Pork Slaw Hot Diggity Dog,” which is a throwback to when it was a menu mainstay as recently as four or five years ago.
There’s also a few French Fry options, including the $6.49 “Bacon Macaroni & Cheese Fries – French Fries topped with Macaroni and Cheese and Bacon.” I always feel bad about myself as I eat these, in large part because of how much I enjoy them. You’ve got that hot, comforting, creamy, over-processed, we-might-not-actually-be-legally-allowed-to-call-this-cheese sauce on top of thin, salty fries. The macaroni adds an interesting, soft texture that contrasts nicely with the crispy quality of the fries. Then you’ve got a generous sprinkle of bacon bits, which are probably delivered in thousand-pound, frozen bags, sitting on top. It’s a small, but spectacular, opportunity at gluttony. As a civilized society, high atop the food chain, we can do and eat practically anything. Yet, we choose Casey’s Corner. And for that, we are doomed.
The toppings that grace the Hot Diggity Dog of the month can also be added to the same Fries for the same money.
During Christmas, Disney offered one of their 12 Hot Diggity Dogs each day running up to Christmas, perhaps for people hoping that indigestion will get them out of Christmas dinner with the in-laws. If you ever have the misfortune of being invited to my yearly Hanukkah Party, but can’t make it because you ate at Casey’s Corner last week, I will totally understand. Actually, I invite people based on a 35% Casey’s Corner dropout rate. Such is life when everyone you know eats snacks for a living.
My advice is to spring for the cost of the Foot-Long, as it’s considerably larger than the Regular, for “just” a two-dollar add. That’s the Regular version of the Buffalo Chicken Dog to the rear with the Foot-Long Bacon Macaroni & Cheese up front. The downsides are that the Regular Hot Dog is a different style that I actually prefer the taste of more, spicy with a better snap. The bun is also softer. The Foot-Long Hot Dogs are huge, but there’s a ton of bread involved with the thick bun. Worse, at least a third of the Dog hangs off of either side, toppings-less. Apparently, someone didn’t read the guidelines on appropriate dress.
Casey’s Corner has four different styles of menu and which items qualify for snack credits on the Disney Dining Plan change depending where you look. This menu should be accurate, with the various Loaded Fries and Mint Julep Lemonade Slushy eligible.
Also worth noting is the $11.49 “Plant-based Loaded-slaw Dog – Plant-based Sausage topped with Pickled Slaw, BBQ Vegan Aïoli, and Roasted Corn Relish served with French Fries or Apple Slices.” According to my review, “the vibrant Roasted Corn Relish adds a smoky quality to the Sausage and the BBQ Corn Relish offers a creamy, zesty component with just a little bit of sugar. It’s great to see such thoughtful vegan/vegetarian additions to so many menus across property.” It’d be nice if you could order the Beyond Sausage with the other toppings offered and vice versa, but that may be one step too many for the small kitchen.
Main Street Bakery continues to host the Park’s Starbucks location with its full roster of drinks. You’ll typically see far more people in line on cooler days here in January and February. As has been true since Starbucks kicked out Grandma’s cinnamon roll house, prices should be right around what you’d pay at your local shop. If ever there was a time to throw out a cupcake immediately after taking a picture of it held up to a sign, this is it. Forget Howard Schultz. Main Street, USA 2020.
Hot Cocoas are currently in season.
Plaza Ice Cream Parlor doesn’t necessarily want you to know how much anything costs. As prices continue to rise, it’s possible that at some point Disney won’t even tell you that your ice cream costs ninety-one dollars until you’re safely back home, “enjoying several scotches” in fear of the bill finally showing up.
Here’s what you’re looking at these days. You can always get that Kid’s Cone, review it, then blow it up in Photoshop, color correct for a change in ice cream flavor, clone stamp in a second scoop, and review it again. Personally, I don’t know anything about that. It’s way easier to zoom in on some other kids’ Double-scooped Cone.
While not currently listed on the online menu, the $7.49 “Doughnut Sundae – Glazed Doughnut with Cinnamon-Apple Topping. One Scoop of Hand-made Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, Chocolate-Chips, Peanut Butter Chips, Hot Fudge Topping, Milk Chocolate Mickey Ears(?), and a Cherry” is available on and off. Granted, I’ve personally ordered it exactly one time in my life, but it’s my favorite of the lineup with the doughnut adding a sweet, soft, pillow-y base to a lot of ice cream and toppings. Shared among two people for less than four bucks per person, this is a huge, satisfying treat.
While I’ll be reviewing each of the table service restaurants separately, I would call your attention back to breakfast at Plaza Restaurant, which debuted in November of last year. Above is a 10-ounce Strip Steak with Buttermilk Biscuit, Scrambled Eggs, and Breakfast Potatoes for $18.
I was flabbergasted by the high quality of the food and the relatively low price points, above with Lobster Eggs Benedict for the same 18 bucks. You can pull up the review here – everything points to the quality continuing as recent reviews have come in favorably. Originally, reservations were only available through the first week of March 2019, but you can now book through June 1st.
Crystal Palace, which I review here for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, is your character buffet option on Main Street with dinner up to $52 for adults and $31 for kids. You can pull up current pricing for all buffets, character meals, and shows, in this post.
Located right across the bridge from the Hub, Sleepy Hollow Refreshments remains a popular spot for a snack.
A lot of the buzz has died down on the Sweet & Spicy Chicken Sandwich with the price up to $10.49.
Back in 2012, when I took this picture, the price was under $7 and the large breast of chicken more than covered the area of the thick waffle.
While I’ve had a lot of luck with my own chicken experiences, I’ve read a number of complaints about paltry poultry. And the price is up over 50% since its debut back in 2012.
I would 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 Sleepy Hollow can get a little backed up in the afternoon as it serves up all of these freshly-made goodies, waits before noon, when the Breakfast Waffle comes off the menu, are usually short to nonexistent.
While Mickey Waffles are a ubiquitous part of the resort quick service breakfast landscape, they’re actually pretty rare inside the theme parks.
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.
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.
Casey’s Corner continues to serve interesting hot dogs that are shareable in the foot-long size. Use mobile order if you can because the quick service is typically swamped, particularly later in the evening when some of the other outlets have closed. I pulled up Harbour House on mobile order to check out the Hushpuppies-substitution-situation at 5:15pm last night only to find out that they closed at 5pm. When dining at Casey’s Corner, I usually take my food over to Tomorrowland Terrace because the seating area outside Casey’s is usually swamped. If you don’t mind standing, there’s a number of high-top tables outside and around the corner on the First Aid side behind The Emporium. You’ll also be that much closer to First Aid and the bathrooms, both of which are positives. I would recommend the Loaded Fries more highly if they were easier to order and more comfortable to eat. I don’t even consider sitting inside because of the smell, but you may have less Casey’s Traumatic Stress Disorder than I do.
Main Street Bakery is a nice stop for a pick-me-up when it isn’t “crazy crowded.” On colder days or when the line is out the door, the Joffrey’s stand outside Space Mountain may be a better choice.
Sleepy Hollow Refreshments remains a good choice for a sweet treat in the afternoon. The Sweet & Spicy Chicken Sandwich has fallen out of favor, but I think it’s still a decent option, particularly paired with one of those Mickey Waffles.
If history is any indication, there’s more to cover.