If you’ve been following along with my Walt Disney World Honeymoon series (Parts 1, 2, and 3), you know we’ve been covering all things Magic Kingdom lately. Last week, I shared a review of Cinderella’s Royal Table and Be Our Guest Restaurant, two of the most popular restaurants in the Magic Kingdom ㅡ but they’re far from the only food we tried in the park. Today, I am sharing with you all the counter-service restaurants we ate at and all snacks we tried while in the Magic Kingdom. I provided links to the menu's of each restaurant as well as what we ordered and what we thought about it! After this post, we’ll move on to Animal Kingdom as our Walt Disney World Honeymoon series continues!
Shrimp & Fish Combo ($12.49) – Fried shrimp and fish plate served with corn on the cob and a choice of green beans and carrots, apple slices, or French fries.
Columbia Harbour House is located in the Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square and has a distinctly colonial American theme. We had seen this restaurant pop up several times in our research, with its Shrimp Mac ’n’ Cheese being recommended quite frequently. We had already had shrimp mac ’n’ cheese planned at another restaurant (which will pop up in future Disney World food posts, and, yes, we planned a lot of our meals ahead of time), so we decided to try something else. We got the Shrimp & Fish combo instead. I’m not the biggest seafood person, so I thought it was fine, but Zach really enjoyed it. The corn was probably the worst part ㅡ it was kind of soggy with no flavor. Overall, though, I really enjoyed the atmosphere of Columbia Harbour House. It’s almost as if you stepped into your grandma’s house. It’s very cozy with antique-looking dining room tables and chairs for seating. There is also quite a bit of seating and is indoors, which is hard to find in WDW. I definitely recommend this place if you’re looking for a counter-service meal and enjoy seafood.
Cheeseburger ($12.29) - Flame-broiled ⅓ lb Angus Burger topped with bacon and american cheese on a brioche bun service with french fries
Bacon Cheeseburger ($13.29) – Flame-broiled ⅓ lb Angus burger topped with bacon and American cheese on a brioche bun served with fries.
This was the first place we ate at in the Magic Kingdom, and it was the perfect start to our vacation. It’s an odd restaurant that doesn’t even look like something that would be a part of the Disney brand. The Starlight Cafe is a futuristic restaurant that hosts Sonny Eclipse, an alien hired to perform at the Starlight Cafe while guests are dining. Sonny Eclipse is an animatronic that sings, plays piano, and tells jokes. Naturally, because of how bizarre he was for a Disney park, we were big fans. The menu at Starlight Cafe is made up of pretty basic burgers and fries, which we enjoyed thoroughly. It’s just your standard theme-park burger meal, but after walking around for a couple of hours in the heat (it was in the 80s, even in December!), it really hit the spot. If you’re looking for something simple and satisfying, this is a great option. We happily ate our food while listening to Sonny’s cheesy jokes and oldies songs about space.
Sweet and Spicy Chicken Waffle Sandwich ($10.49) – served with house-made chips
Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich ($8.29) – served with chocolate-hazelnut spread
Sleepy Hollow Refreshments is a small quick-service restaurant that serves hefty waffle sandwiches. Zach went and got these for us while I saved us spots for the Magic Kingdom’s New Year’s Eve fireworks. Both sandwiches were absolutely delicious. If you like chicken and waffles, you’ll love the chicken sandwich, which is sweet, salty, and spicy. It includes a sweet and spicy Asian sauce, fried chicken, slaw, and arugula, all nestled between a fluffy Belgian waffle. It was quite messy to eat but so tasty. The second waffle we got was the Fresh Fruit sandwich, which includes strawberries, bananas, blueberries, and Nutella, all encased inside a beautiful waffle. Incredible. Sleepy Hollow was probably my favorite of all the quick-service food we tried in the Magic Kingdom.
Pineapple and Vanilla Swirl ($4.49)
Aloha Isle is located at the Tiki Room and serves Disney’s famous pineapple Dole Whip. Its menu includes a lot more than Disneyland’s equivalent, including a pineapple upside-down cake. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to try it, but it looked incredible! Aloha Isle serves both Dole Whips and vanilla soft serve, which you can also order in a SWIRL! Which is exactly what we did, and it was delicious ㅡ even better than the Dole Whip by itself.
Dumbo Delight’s caramel popcorn ($5.99)
A pastry and candy counter is available inside Big Top Souvenirs and serves classic Disney treats like cupcakes, caramel apples, and rice crispy treats. They also make fresh caramel corn right there in the store that they bag and sell. We were both craving sweet popcorn, and this hit the spot. The bag was still warm when we bought it, and it was perfectly sweet and crunchy.
Corn Dog Nuggets Meal ($8.49) with cheese sauce ($1.00) – served with apple slices or fries
Casey’s Corner is pretty much the same as Disneyland’s Casey’s Corner, serving up a menu of specialty hot dogs like chili dogs or mac-’n’-cheese-topped hot dogs! When researching our trip, one of the snacks we saw people recommend quite often was the corn dog nuggets with cheese sauce. We’re big fans of Disney corn dogs, so we were happy to indulge in these little nugs as a snack in the park. I wouldn’t say they were incredible, but, it’s little corn dogs dipped in cheese sauce, so naturally it was still delicious and wonderful. Fries (or apple slices, gross) came with the nugget meal, which we of course also dipped into the cheese sauce <3.
Warm Cinnamon Roll ($4.99)
LeFou’s Brew ($5.79) – Frozen apple juice with a hint of toasted marshmallow and topped with all-natural passionfruit-mango foam
Gaston’s Tavern is a Gaston-themed counter-service eatery that is host to some popular WDW snacks, as well, namely the cinnamon roll and LeFou’s Brew. We had this one evening when the temperatures dropped quite a bit, and it was amazing to warm up with the delicious warm cinnamon roll with extra icing. It was big, fluffy, moist, and so delicious. Going into it, we knew the LeFou’s Brew had mixed reviews ㅡ some people love it, some hate it. We thought it was fine, but it really is just a frozen apple-juice slushy! I don’t remember the marshmallow or passionfruit-mango being prominent enough to even notice it. It tasted fine but was nothing special (other than it looks cute and very on-theme!), and we probably won’t get it again. The dining area in the restaurant is small but features a large fake fireplace and antlers all over the room, with a very warm and cozy atmosphere. We were lucky enough to snag a table and warm up with our treats.
Citrus Swirl (now Orange Swirl) ($5.29)
The Citrus Swirl, which has been recently renamed Orange Swirl, is a blend of orange and vanilla soft-serve ice cream and is a staple of the Disney World snacks. The orange portion is a bit more like a frozen juice and is not very creamy (like a pineapple Dole Whip). Sunshine Tree Terrace is also home to its mascot, Orange Bird, who we had heard of because Disneyland sells Orange Bird merchandise, but we never actually knew where he was from. Well, I now love Orange Bird and even started a small Orange Bird pin collection. Anyways, the Orange Swirl was good, but I didn’t love it. It tastes very similar to a 50/50 ice cream bar (orange popsicle with a vanilla ice cream center), which I have never been a huge fan of, and I would prefer a creamier ice cream over the more icy/sorbet-like texture of the orange. While it tasted good, due to personal preferences, I don’t know if I would get this one very often. However, I did enjoy trying a snack that is a classic for the Magic Kingdom! If you love 50/50 bars or the citrus/vanilla combo, you’ll absolutely love this.
As you can see, we really didn’t eat a ton of snacks or counter-service meals. We had a lot of dining planned and would almost always share snacks or meals, which limited our ability to try too much (also, got to save a dollar somewhere). However, I genuinely enjoyed everything we did eat and, in general, feel like Disney World has better food than Disneyland, although the ’land has been stepping it up significantly lately. There are far more options at WDW, and the majority of what we tried tasted a bit fresher than you would expect from theme park food. It’s as if it had been prepared fresh versus sitting under a heat lamp, which can happen often at Disneyland. Also, while the Magic Kingdom had good food, we ate a lot more in Animal Kingdom and Epcot, which I can’t wait to share with you in future posts!
With all the swirls and Orange Birds,