The very first installment of the massive Walt Disney World Resort was the Magic Kingdom. It opened on October 1, 1971 and welcomed Guests to enjoy exciting rides and attractions—some that had a lot in common with those found at Disneyland California. To this day, we still love the classic attractions and shows, and we appreciate the many table-service restaurants that call Magic Kingdom home. The next time you’re planning a trip to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, consider booking a dining reservation at one of these amazing restaurants.
1. Be Our Guest Restaurant
Be Our Guest Restaurant is housed inside Beast Castle at Fantasyland. You’ll find it across from the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. The food is amazing, and the service is second to none, and for these reasons, it can be extremely difficult to score a dining reservation, especially if you’re hoping to have dinner at Beast Castle. Your very best bet is to make your dining reservation 180 days in advance of your visit. At Be Our Guest, you can enjoy French and American favorites like French onion soup with gruyere cheese, pork tenderloin, seared chicken breast, ratatouille and more. For dessert, try the Grey Stuff; it’s delicious, as is the strawberry cheesecake cupcake. If you’re able to get a dining reservation for dinner at Be Our Guest, you’ll also have the honor of meeting the Master of the Castle after your meal. He’ll even pose for photographs with you!
2. Crystal Palace
The Crystal Palace restaurant is a beautiful dining venue at Magic Kingdom that takes its design inspiration from 19th century Victorian greenhouses. Crystal Palace is also one of the favorite restaurants among Winnie the Pooh and friends. Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet and other friends from the Hundred Acre Wood make appearances during breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Crystal Palace. Bring your autograph book and camera so you can capture all the fun! Enjoy an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet whether you dine at breakfast, lunch or dinner! Be sure to reserve your experience by calling (407) WDW-DINE up to 180 days in advance of your visit.
3. Tony’s Town Square Restaurant
You’ll remember Tony’s Restaurant from the beloved story of Lady and the Tramp. The canine duo shares a meal (and a bite of spaghetti) at Tony’s during a night on the town. At Magic Kingdom, inside Town Square, you and your family can enjoy Tony’s too! Step inside and enjoy Italian favorites like house-made pizza pie, ravioli, chicken breast, gnocchi primavera, fettucine alfredo and more. You can’t meet Lady and her Tramp, but if you ask nicely at the host desk, you might just be able to score a “paw”-tograph from them.
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4. The Diamond Horseshoe
The Diamond Horseshoe restaurant is situated inside a building that is reminiscent of an Old Western-style music hall. Whether you dine for lunch or dinner, you’re sure to get a plateful of mouthwatering food! The lunch menu offers a la carte options like grilled chicken sandwiches, creamy turkey salad sandwiches, brisket sandwiches, a mixed green Prairie Salad and Chuck Wagon platters with your choice of brisket, pulled pork or grilled chicken and choice of two sides. Dinner at the Diamond Horseshoe is an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet called the Saloon Feast that includes choices like green salad, potato salad, brisket, pulled pork, corn on the cob, macaroni and cheese, baked beans and more. Don’t forget to enjoy dessert after your meal!
5. Cinderella’s Royal Table Restaurant
Tucked away on the second floor of Cinderella Castle, Cinderella’s Royal Table Restaurant is the most difficult venue at which to score a dining reservation. That’s because not only is a very popular experience, but the dining room at the restaurant is one of the smallest at the Walt Disney World Resort, with a maximum capacity of 130 Guests at a time. The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, and payment is due at the time you make your dining reservation. Breakfast includes choices like caramel apple French toast, shrimp and grits, quiche, beef tenderloin with egg and more. Lunch and dinner choices include a Castle salad, choice of pork shank, beef and shrimp, vegetable couscous and Fish of the Day among others. For dessert, try an amaretto cheesecake named the Jaq and Gus or the infamous Clock Strikes Twelve dessert, which is a dark chocolate mousse with dark chocolate ganache and raspberry coulis. Before your meal, you’ll get to meet Cinderella in the Grand Hall before ascending a beautiful spiral staircase to the banquet hall. During your meal, you’ll have the chance to meet several more Disney princesses.
6. Jungle Navigation Co, LTD Skipper Canteen
This restaurant takes much of its inspiration from the Jungle Cruise attraction in Adventureland. The menu is full of Asian, South American and African flavors. Savor them in one of three quirky dining rooms—the Crew’s Mess Hall, the Jungle Room and the S.E.A. Room (Society of Explorers and Adventurers). Lunch and dinner are served here and include appetizers like noodle salad, Jungle Green salad, falafel and Lost and Found Soup. Choose from entrees like grilled steak, fried chicken, siu-marinated pork, curried vegetable stew, fried fish, Thai noodles and lamb chops. For dessert, try the Kungaloosh—a chocolate cake with caramelized bananas or the Quick Sand, which is a Jasmine rice pudding with mango sauce and lemon curd.
7. Liberty Tree Tavern
Liberty Tree Tavern is a restaurant with Colonial style-inspired architecture and New England-inspired food. You and your party will be seated in one of six historically-themed rooms, each one paying tribute to a pivotal figure in our country’s history. Lunch is offered as an all-you-care-to-enjoy feast of Declaration Salad and the Patriot’s Platter, which includes roast turkey, pot roast, roasted pork, mashed potatoes, vegetables, herb stuffing and house-made macaroni and cheese. Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake is served for dessert. The lunch menu also includes an a la carte menu with appetizers, fish and chips, burgers and other entrees. The dinner menu only offers the all-you-care-to-enjoy option, which is served family style at your table.
8. The Plaza Restaurant
At the end of Main Street U.S.A., you’ll find the Plaza Restaurant. It’s an elegantly-decorated venue with a casual atmosphere. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served here. Breakfast includes choices like a breakfast platter, steak and eggs, lobster fried green tomato and eggs Benedict, Mickey waffles and a create-your-own-omelet option. Lunch and dinner at the Plaza Restaurant include choices like meatloaf, burgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, brisket macaroni and cheese, a grilled Reuben, pork chops and strip steak. And don’t miss dessert! There are cakes, pies, shakes, ice cream and ice cream sundaes so no one goes home hungry!