Following the distinctive clanging sound of the bell through Liberty Square to the doorstep of the Columbia Harbour House. A counter-service eatery resembling a quaint colonial inn nestled in the heart of the Magic Kingdom, this is a must-do spot for a casual lunch or dinner on every one of my trips to Walt Disney World. If you have overlooked this restaurant before or aren’t convinced yet, check out my reasons why I think the Columbia Harbour House is a great dining option.
The Colombia Harbour House is situated as a cornerstone between Liberty Square and Fantasyland, making it very convenient to get to from several different areas in the Magic Kingdom. After a delicious meal, head over to visit the grim grinning ghosts at the Haunted Mansion, take a ride on the Liberty Belle, or sail away to Neverland on Peter Pan’s Flight. From the Liberty Square side, the restaurant fits in as a revolutionary-era building, but if you’re walking past it in Fantasyland, the exterior resembles a Bavarian inn.
2. Tasty options
Whether you’re hungry for a hearty meal, or maybe just interested in a lighter option, Columbia Harbour House has it covered. Featuring tasty fish or chicken platters, shrimp baskets, lobster rolls, New England clam chowder, and vegetarian chili, the menu has something for everyone. Healthy salads, sandwiches, and fresh vegetable side items are available as well.
3. Sweet desserts
After a scrumptious meal, check out the dessert menu. The Columbia Harbour House offers several treats to satisfy your sweet tooth, like Boston cream pie and fresh fruit cobblers.
4. A nice escape
Duck inside to get away from the crowds and out of the heat. The air-conditioned comfortable seating areas are a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle of a warm day in the Magic Kingdom. Check out the second floor for additional seating areas that are usually quieter. In my opinion, this area is a hidden gem!
5. Picture perfect views
The second floor of this cozy eatery treats guests to pretty views of Liberty Square and Fantasyland, and it’s fun to relax inside enjoying a meal while watching guests strolling outside. One of the front windows gives a perfect view of the Haunted Mansion too.
6. Impressive theming
I love the elaborate details of the Columbia Harbour House, from the model ships, scrimshaw, and fishing spears to ship wheels, flags, and nautical maps. When you’re done with your meal, take some time to check out the seafaring décor and artifacts. The dark wood paneling and curved ceilings may even make you feel like you’re onboard a ship.
Don’t pass up the historic nautical maps that adorn the walls of the dining area. A ghostly map of the hundreds of shipwrecks along the coast from the Chesapeake Bay to the Outer Banks of North Carolina hangs next to a window on the second floor, right next to the view of the Haunted Mansion.
8. Hidden Mickey
Check out the wall across from the food-ordering area for three small maps under glass. Together they form a classic Mickey.
9. Mobile Ordering
Columbia Harbour House is one of the newest Mobile Food and Beverage Ordering locations! Order and pay for your food from the My Disney Experience app and simply pick up your food when you arrive. It’s awesome and too easy not to take advantage of.