Edit: A version of this post, including an update on Liberty Square, appeared about a month ago. With some new offerings in Liberty Square, I’ve split this post up into two with Liberty Square coming next.
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. 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.
You can pull up my recent August 2018 snack update here. That follows with a September, 2-part update, here, and here. This series of 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.
January’s offering was 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. The Buffalo Chicken Dog, which is actually pretty good, is the hot-dog-of-the-month for another few days.
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 sometimes in season. High temperatures range anywhere from 72 to 88 degrees these days with lows that can drop to the low 50s. If you can imagine such frightful chills.
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 August, making this look like a permanent offering,.
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.
Overall, 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.
We’ll move on to Liberty Square.