9/4/15 Update: Menu updated.
Location: In Tomorrowland across from Tomorrowland Indy Speedway. It has entrances on three sides, so you can easily enter here or around on the reverse side closer to Cinderella Castle. There’s no entrance further down where Buzz and Stitch are located.
Food Type: Typical Disney Hot Dogs, burgers, and nuggets along with sandwiches, soups, salads, chicken, and ribs.
Dining Plan: One quick service credit and some items count as snacks.
Available only after 4pm: 1/2 Chicken and Rib Combo with Mashed Potatoes and a Seasonal Vegetable – $16.19
Unique Items: Greek Salad, Vegetable Sandwich, Cucumber Salad, Chicken Noodle Soup, and Gelatos are either a unique take or uncommon.
- A lot of indoor seating with audio-animatronic Sonny Eclipse entertaining guests, in addition to outdoor tables.
- One of the best toppings bars at Disney World with pickles relish, tomatoes, grilled mushrooms, grilled onions, lettuce, and the usual suspects.
- Even though the menu is more limited than it used to be, it still offers more items than most other quick services when all Bays are considered.
- If you want to order from multiple Bays, you’ll have to get in line multiple times or split the group up. It can be confusing to figure out who wants to order what from which bay, particularly with more kids than adults.
- Selection and quality have declined over the years. The popular Chicken/Rib Combo is expensive and only offered after 4pm so people on the Quick Service Dining Plan are less likely to be able to order two expensive entrees over the course of the day.
- Although seating seems plentiful, Cosmic Ray’s serves more people per day than any other Disney World quick service. Check seating near Bay 3 – tables are almost always available.
Value: Average. A lot of the food, including the salads, burgers, and nuggets are standard Disney fare. While I find some items large enough to share, I have no problem polishing off the Chicken/Ribs Combo myself.
Reputation: Cosmic Ray’s has a good reputation because of its toppings bar and people love the Chicken/Rib Combo. With the higher pricing, lower quality, and availability of the ribs only after 4pm, I would say Cosmic Ray’s is overrated. Selection is also much more limited than it has been historically.
1/2 Chicken and Rib Combo:
The Combo is a staple on the Disney Dining Plan since it’s the most expensive quick service entree in any of the Walt Disney World theme parks. “People” will tell you that it’s plenty of food to share. I’m not so sure – I never have any problem finishing it. There’s three fatty ribs underneath the chicken, a dollop of Mashed Potatoes, and the Green Beans.
It’s otherwise an above average meal that will run you $4-$5 more than your typical quick service meal. And it seems lighter than a lot of stuff, even if it probably isn’t.
Barbecued Pork Sandwich:
This is really nothing to write home about. If you’re familiar with the Jack Daniels brand of pulled pork, you’ll have a pretty good idea about what to expect inside this thing. It’s better than Lloyd’s or Curly’s though. There’s a reasonably sized portion in between the basic bun, but I didn’t find it to be a particularly filling or satisfying meal.
Chicken Breast Nuggets:
Disney Chicken Nuggets are basically the same theme-park-wide. The exterior is light/crispy and they aren’t greasy. The nuggets are quite good dipped in sauce, though nothing spectacular or much different than Tyson brand nuggets you can heat in the oven at home. If you’re looking for something that isn’t quite as heavy and don’t want a salad, then the nuggets aren’t a bad idea. At about $9, they don’t offer much value though.
This is a fairly rudimentary sandwich with cold cut turkey, tomato, cucumber, and Swiss cheese on multigran bread. It’s unlikely to impress, but it will do the job and you can spice it up a bit with the toppings bar.
Considering you get a bun and a microwaved-from-frozen patty for the equivalent of eight bucks, the chicken combo might look like a better value, even at twice the money.
This was incredibly bland before it was dressed up with toppings from the bar.
Deluxe Grilled Chicken Sandwich:
Just about anything would be an upgrade from the previous iteration, which was “literally” an unseasoned, previously frozen chicken patty on a bun, not unlike the vegetable burger above.
While the menu is vague, it turns out this is “Herb-marinated Chicken, American Cheese, and Bacon.” The “American Cheese” looks conspicuously like “pasteurized prepared cheese product (Kraft Singles),” but the bacon is nicely crisp and the herbs from the chicken add a touch of flavor. On the downside, the chicken was very dry and the herbs weren’t as zesty as I would like. A similar sandwich at Pecos Bill is better in my estimation.
This was a perfectly decent salad, if not for the fact that it was drenched in dressing and the lettuce was limp. There’s a nice helping of feta cheese on the side there, which is the key ingredient in a salad of this variety. It tasted like the President branded feta that I tend to put on most of my salads anyway. The cucumber had the appropriate level of crunch and seemed to be sliced fresh. The Greek olives were as you would expect. They’re not my favorite. The hunk of bread is also about as fresh as bread gets at Walt Disney World and it’s an awfully big piece. et some butter for it while you’re at the condiment station (if you’d like to, that is). Overall, not a bad choice should you be looking for a salad, especially a “naturally” vegetarian one.
Chicken Noodle Soup:
While not a particularly large portion, it was served hot and comes chock-full of cute Mickey-Head pasta. Mickey is accompanied by celery, onions, and carrots, which may make the soup less kid-friendly. I would have made my mom pick out all the ickies. Otherwise, you get a couple small pieces of chicken and a tasty broth. Depending on the sodium content, it would be a healthier snack than most other things at Walt Disney World, though it’s not as filling as your prototypical Mickey Pretzel.
According to the menu, this is a “No-Sugar-Added Mango Gelato.” The container calls it an Italian Sorbet. Semantics, I guess. It’s sort of an off-putting yellow, but soooooooooooooooo good. OMG. Divine. If you like sorbet or chilled fruit treats in general, this should be a winner. It’s also a nice changeup from the prepackaged cakes on the Disney Dining Plan and much more refreshing on those hot Florida days. Highly recommended. I preferred this to the chocolate.
It’s served in prepackaged containers that are distributed by Molto Gelato, a local distributor of gelato, ice cream, and other frozen treats. It has a very rich, deep, dark chocolate flavor. It’s not a huge portion, but it’s so rich and so heavy that I’m not sure you’d want much more. I think this would be amazing if you like dark chocolate. I’m more of a “milk chocolate guy,” so it wasn’t necessarily to my taste. It’s certainly a quality item, though.
Orange Cream Slush:
Cosmic Ray’s offers seasonal slushes, including this delicious orange cream slush. It’s not cloyingly sweet and is a lot of slush for the money.
Cosmic Ray’s has the largest seating area of any Magic Kingdom quick service, with a lot of indoor air-conditioned tables and outdoor patio seating. However, the area is usually swamped at peak meal time and you may be surprised to find the lack of available tables. If it seems full, look for tables furthest away from the cash registers near Bay 3.
The main seating area also features entertainment by the popular Sonny Eclipse.
Cosmic Ray’s has one of the best toppings bars of any Disney World quick service, offering up all of the usual favorites along with sauteed onions and mushrooms.
A condiment and toppings bar update for your pleasure. Grilled onions and mushrooms.
Peppers, jalapenos, pickles, onions, tomatoes, and lettuce.
Salt, pepper, ketchup, mayo, barbecue sauce, honey mustard, Smart Balance, sweet relish, and coffee creamer (not pictured).