Eat This, Not That In the Magic Kingdom

Being the most visited Walt Disney World park, you would think that Magic Kingdom would have numerous outstanding food choices for guests.  This isn’t exactly the case.  We have what you should eat and not eat when it comes to table service, quick service and snacks at Magic Kingdom.

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Table Service:  Eat This

If you are looking for an excellent sit-down meal, we highly recommend Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen in Adventureland.  At this adventurous dining location, guests can explore the bold, flavorful cuisine of Asia, South America and Africa with the help of our daring riverboat pilots.  The idea behind this dining location is that the skippers that guide explorers down the river on the Jungle Cruise have opened a restaurant and are inviting friends and family to join them for a meal.  Guests can sit in one of three themed locations: the crew’s colonial-era Mess Hall; the Jungle Room, former family parlor of Dr. Albert Falls himself; and the S.E.A. Room—a once-secret meeting place for the Society of Explorers and Adventurers.  Although the food is slightly unique here, it is a fantastic choice in the Magic Kingdom.

Liberty Tree Tavern is another excellent option when it comes to table-service meals in Magic Kingdom.  This Thanksgiving style meal is one you have to be ready for as it is heavy and not always as enjoyable on a hot summer day.  Like Skipper Canteen, there are different themed rooms that guests can sit in. Each of the six rooms commemorates a pivotal figure in U.S. history: Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Paul Jones, Paul Revere, Betsy Ross, and George Washington.

Having a sit-down meal scheduled at the Magic Kingdom can be a great way to relax without leaving the park.  If this is something that would work well for your family, consider Liberty Tree Tavern or Skipper Canteen.

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Table Service:  Not This

Most believe that they have to eat at the castle when in the Magic Kingdom, but we don’t feel this is the case.  Although Cinderella’s Royal Table is amazing and beautiful, it isn’t a necessity when it comes to dining in the Magic Kingdom.  Right  now only Cinderella visits from afar and for the price point, the food options might feel slightly limiting.

Another extremely popular option in the Magic Kingdom is Be Our Guest.  There is no denying that this location is absolutely stunning and truly transforms you to the movie, but that doesn’t mean the food is always as fantastic.

These opinions might seem strange for Magic Kingdom, but we would definitely suggest Liberty Tree Tavern and Skipper Canteen over Cinderella’s Royal Table and Be Our Guest.

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Eat This:  Quick Service

There are numerous quick service dining locations throughout Magic Kingdom; however, not all are created equal.  For a quick meal, we highly recommend both Columbia Harbour House and Casey’s Corner.

We are thrilled that Columbia Harbour House is coming back!  Here guests can try delicious items such as lobster roll, shrimp, fish and so much more.  Located in Liberty Square, this location has a lot of seating and doesn’t get as busy as other places in the Magic Kingdom.  Food continues to be fresh and the options are different from typical amusement park food.

Casey’s Corner however will provide you classic theme park food if you desire outstanding hot dogs and corn dog nuggets.  That is right folks- one of our top options in Magic Kingdom is the hot dog quick service.  We are thrilled that we can now get our corn dog nuggets once again and enjoy them on the hub of the Magic Kingdom- that is happiness.

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Not This:  Quick Service

Cosmic Rays in the Magic Kingdom is the classic theme park dining location.  It is extremely large and offers a variety of food from hamburgers to chicken nuggets that most families can find something for everyone.  The problem is that because it is often mass produced during busy times, the food isn’t anything outstanding.  You can expect your basic hamburgers, nuggets and salads you can find anywhere.

Pinocchio Village Haus is another location that doesn’t have a lot of excitement when it comes to food choices.  Here is where you can find pizza, salads, soups and pastas but once again they aren’t anything exciting.  We love being able to watch the boats from it’s a small world; however, that is the extent of the thrill.

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Eat This:  Snacks

Spring Rolls!  That’s all we have to say about snacks in the Magic Kingdom.  Located outside of Adventureland you can find the Spring Roll cart and there the outstanding and delicious spring rolls.  Typically they have both pepperoni or cheeseburger. Both are fantastic.  They are a little more expensive than we think necessary; however, they are worth it in our opinion.

A classic treat we can get behind is the dole whip from Aloha Isle.  This famous and fantastic ice cream treat is one that shouldn’t be skipped.  Although the classic pineapple is served here, you can also try the citrus swirl and other flavors at Sunshine Tree Terrace.  These are amazing during a hot and humid day in the Magic Kingdom.  Sweet and refreshing.

Not This:  Snacks

The turkey leg is the snack we are going to tell you to skip when in the Magic Kingdom.  There are many other options that are far better and way more filling than the turkey leg.  The next snack we are going to encourage you to skip is snacks from Starbucks.  This might make many people angry, but we would just like to suggest trying something different while in the Magic Kingdom.

There are our “eat this, not that” of Magic Kingdom when it comes to table-service, quick-service and snacks.  We hope this helps you determine where you will eat during your next visit.


About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.