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9 Things You’ll Love About Columbia Harbour House at Walt Disney World

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.

1. Location

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.

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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.

7. Maps

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.

About Melissa Fegely

I have been a professional writer for over 18 years with degrees in Biology and English. I am a lifelong Disney fan and a Disney Vacation Club member of over nine years. Having visited Walt Disney World several times growing up, I really caught the Disney bug after many trips with my husband. Now I am happily addicted to taking our son to Walt Disney World as often as possible and watching him experience the magic and Mickey Bars as he grows up. Traveling to Walt Disney World twice a year, I enjoy attending the Flower and Garden festival held in the spring and strolling around the World Showcase, as well as exploring all of the hidden gems that all four parks have to offer. I love helping my family and friends plan their next Disney trips based on my experiences. I also enjoy reading, swimming, traveling, and cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers. I grew up in Southwestern Pennsylvania, attended Shippensburg University, and current live in suburban Philadelphia with my husband, son, and two cats.