When it comes to classic theme park eats, Guests at Walt Disney World can look no further than the Resort’s flagship Park, the Magic Kingdom. Other Disney Parks might be known for their variety of snacks and quick service options (and the Magic Kingdom has been making progress in this area, too). Still, if there is anywhere that we want to stick with the classics, it’s within a short walk of Main Street, U.S.A., and Cinderella Castle.
There are several dining locations (both quick service and table service) around the Magic Kingdom where Guests can order a hot dog or cheeseburger. For many Guests, however, we would hazard a guess that your go-to hot dog spot is Casey’s Corner right on Main Street, U.S.A.
Themed to the turn of the century poem, Casey at the Bat by Ernest Thayer (and the 1946 Disney animated short of the same title) Casey’s Corner is iconic for its baseball-inspired setting and delicious hot dogs, corn dog nuggets, and their must-have topping, “plastic” cheese.
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If Casey’s Corner is your first choice for a hot dog at Walt Disney World, you are not alone. When the Resort first reopened from its closure at the onset of the pandemic in the summer of 2020 without Casey’s Corner, it was one of the locations that Guests lamented and missed during those odd times.
Casey’s Corner also has a long legacy as a staple of Main Street, U.S.A., offering magical moments to Guests who throw the first pitch of the day, live music with an incredibly talented ragtime piano player, and depending on when you happen to score a table on the patio, lunch or dinner with a view of parades or fireworks.
We can’t say the same for the other Magic Kingdom hot dog spot that just rolled out a new menu, but the options in Tomorrowland might just be more enticing than Casey’s…
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The Lunching Pad, located in the center of Tomorrowland, almost right beneath the PeopleMover, tends to fly under the radar when it comes to Magic Kingdom quick-service restaurant.
With no indoor seating, and a patio that can quickly fill up on busy days in the Park, plus a typically lackluster menu, we can normally understand why The Lunching Pad is not the first choice for many Disney Guests. (It is one of the only places to pick up a cream cheese-stuffed pretzel if that’s your jam.)
The menu at The Lunching Pad was recently done over, and with the refresh came new hot dogs with toppings not available at Casey’s Corner, or anywhere else in the Park.
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The new Lunching Pad menu features the following hot dogs that you won’t find anywhere else in the Magic Kingdom:
- Queso Fundido Hot Dog: All-Beef Hot Dog topped with Queso Fundido, Street Corn Relish, and Spiced Tortilla Strips served with a choice of Side
- Cuban Hot Dog: All-Beef Hot Dog topped with Diced Ham, Pickles, Swiss Fondue, and Dijonnaise served with a choice of Side
- Banh Mi Hot Dog: All-Beef Hot Dog served with Pickled Vegetables, Sriracha Mayonnaise, and Cilantro served with a choice of Side
All three specialty hot dogs are priced at $12.29 (the plain hot dog is $10.29), and each is served with a side of either Cuties mandarin oranges or a bag of potato chips. Specialty hot dogs at Casey’s Corner are also priced at $12.29, but side options include Cuties or french fries, with the option to upgrade to chili cheese fries or a foot-long hot dog for an additional $2.00. Currently, Casey’s menu only has plain, Chicago-style, and chili cheese dogs, in addition to corn dog nuggets.
The new hot dogs at The Lunching Pad are not the only new addition to Tomorrowland’s food lineup. With the (soft) opening TRON Lightcycle / Run, the Park’s newest roller coaster, came the Energy Bytes snack kiosk, which serves up dumplings, donuts, and a few other specialty items with a “digital” theme.