I ventured out to Magic Kingdom this evening to check out the new menu items at Columbia Harbour House and Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe. In addition to new items, I also found higher prices on many quick service items throughout the Magic Kingdom. For example, a Regular 22-ounce fountain beverage is now $2.59, up from $2.19. If you want to skew it into percentage terms, that’s 18.3% more expensive. The Large 32-ounce fountain beverage is also 40 cents more expensive, ringing up at $2.89 as opposed to yesterday’s $2.49 price tag. An increase of a mere 16.1%. That Dole Whip that used to cost $3.19 is now $3.49. The Pineapple Float that was $4.19 yesterday is now $4.49. The Casey’s Corner “Premium” Hot Dog Combos are up to $8.59 a piece from $8.09. Just about everything at Pecos Bill is more expensive now.
Here’s Pecos Bill’s old menu:
And the new menu:
#1 Barbecue Pork Sandwich: $8.89 ->$9.39 (5.6% increase)
#2 1/3 Pound Angus Cheeseburger: $8.29 -> $8.69 (4.8% increase)
#3 Deluxe 1/3 Pound Angus Cheeseburger: $9.29 -> $9.69 (4.3% increase)
#4 Vegetable Burger: $6.99 -> $7.59 (8.6% increase)
#5 Caesar Salad Chicken: $7.79: -> $7.79 (0% increase)
#6 Taco Salad: $7.69 -> $8.19 (6.5% increase)
#7 Chilled Chicken Wrap: $8.79 -> $9.39 (6.8% increase)
In addition, Kid’s Meals are now $5.49, up from $4.99. A 10% increase.
Even the oft-closed Friar’s Nook got in on the action.
A measly 20 cents on the first two items, 50 cents on the Kid’s Meal, 40 cents on the fountain beverage, 25 cents on the Smart Water.
So there’s that.
Let’s head over to Columbia Harbour House to check out the new menu. The old menu (from June 2011) and pricing is available here: https://www.easywdw.com/menus-and-seating/columbia-harbour-house-liberty-square-major-quick-service/ and the rest of the quick service menus and pricing are available here: https://www.easywdw.com/menus-and-seating/magic-kingdom-quick-service-menus/. I’ll be updating as I get time over the next week.
New Columbia Harbour House Menu:
Grilled Salmon with Couscous and Steamed Broccoli is new.
A Fried Shrimp/Fish Combo replaces the Fried Fish/Chicken Nugget Combo.
The Lobster Roll with Potato Chips is new.
The BLT Salad is replaced with the Broccoli Peppercorn Salad. Fine with me. I’m not big on salads with fried chicken nuggets on top.
Vegetarian Chili is new.
Soup of the Day is gone.
Steamed Fresh Broccoli is new.
Couscous is new.
For the kids, the Tuna Sandwich replaces the Mixed Greens with Chicken (bet that was popular with kids LOL)
Commentary on Differences:
It looks like we have some tasteful additions to the menu. While one of my vacation rules is “never order the fast food seafood,” I’ve had Disney World’s Lobster Roll at Tomorrowland Terrace and it was actually pretty good. Columbia Harbour House’s looked like it was the same. I have to laugh at the addition of couscous, considering Disney is a company that generally doesn’t get french fries right. How will they pull off couscous? Let’s see.
Grilled Salmon with Steamed Fresh Broccoli and Couscous.
I decided on the Grilled Salmon since it included three new menu items. It’s not a bad value at $10.19, considering the price of even lowish quality salmon. The broccoli was fine. Maybe “under steamed” a bit for my liking. I’m used to steaming broccoli in a bag in the microwave until its limp and has lost any indication that it’s broccoli though, so I may not be the best judge in that respect. It did retain a bit of a “crunch” or “raw texture,” which may very well be ideal. The couscous was about the same quality you’d get from a box in the grocery store. That is to say, it was fine. By the time I got it to the table, it was no longer hot (if it ever was), which was a bummer. The texture is what you would like to see in a couscous – it wasn’t overcooked and mushy. Considering the quantity that must be prepared, the attention was commendable. Not a ton of flavor, but couscous generally has a subtle taste unless it’s over seasoned. To compliment Columbia Harbour House, the couscous was every bit as good as what you’ll get at Restaurant Marrakesh at Epcot’s Morocco Pavilion.
The salmon had an overpoweringly tart taste, like it had too much lemon. It was hot, flaky, and cooked well, but they didn’t have the marinade quite right (in my opinion). I would have liked to see a more subtle flavor from the marinade that brought out the flavor of the fish. Of course, a strong sauce also covers up a lower quality salmon. We’ll see what other people have to say about it down the road. I’m not much of a food critic, as you can tell. Overall, the meal was just fine. It’s nice to see some healthier options that aren’t salads with fried chicken on top served with a high calorie ranch dressing. I always laugh at the people dumping the full tub of Caesar dressing on their salad at the Costco Food Court, completely oblivious to the fact that there’s more fat in that tub than in a huge piece of Costco pizza. But that’s only because I’m mean.
This was as backed up as I’ve ever seen Columbia Harbour House, at least considering the relatively few people in line. The upstairs seating area was mostly empty and there were still tables downstairs, yet the ordering process took about 25 minutes from the time I got in line to the time I received my food. Pretty ridiculous for only having five or six groups in front of me. Obviously, there are still kinks to work out in the new menu. The salmon and couscous, which take more attention, may also slow down food service. It would be nice if they could get it together and these sorts of “higher end” choices could be made available at the likes of ABC Commissary or Electric Umbrella.