Magic Kingdom Quick Service Food Tips From The Experts

Written by Jeff Heimbuch. Posted in Features, Vacationeering, Walt Disney World

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Published on August 18, 2012 at 10:48 pm with 6 Comments

Planning a Walt Disney World vacation is as much about the food as it is about the theme parks and the resorts. Some days, you might have planned your sit-down dinners or character breakfasts, but that still leaves another meal or two. Anyone that has spent a week at Walt Disney World knows that you can only eat so many sit-down meals, right? Let’s let the experts chime in on the Magic Kingdom Quick Service restaurants.

We’re here to help!

Let’s take a virtual planning trip to the Magic Kingdom to talk about some of our favorite places to eat and some tips to help you make the most of your meals, money and magic.

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café

Jeff: My favorite Quick Service Dining Restaurant is Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe. I don’t know why, really. I’m pretty much just in love with the fact that they have an alien entertaining you while you eat. The food is, for the most part, good, but it’s the atmosphere that really makes it.

Laura: If you’re using the Dining Plan and want to get the most bang for your buck, go to Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe, where you can have a rotisserie chicken, mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetable, dessert and one drink for one Quick Service Credit. This meal is easily shared by two people and at most you may want to purchase an extra drink.

Shirley: I always try to make it to Tomorrowland’s Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café. For some reason, I just love to watch the animatronic Cosmic Ray do a rather “cheesy” comedic routine while I eat my burger.

Columbia Harbour House

Teresa: Columbia Harbour House is a great choice for a quiet lunch and New England clam chowder. I always go upstairs and sit next to a window— it’s quiet and I might catch a glimpse of the new Fantasyland being built.

Shirley: We keep heading on to the Columbia Harbour House. It has an upstairs dining room that seems to be hidden from the masses of people! My kids like the fish sandwiches but I prefer the clam chowder.

Siriann: My favorite counter service at the Magic Kingdom is Columbia Harbour House in Liberty Square. I really like their fish and chips and clam chowder. A quick tip, find a table upstairs. It’s not as loud or crowded as the main floor and there is a nice view of the park.

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

Teresa loves Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café: Not only do they have great burgers, but when you get your food go toward the dining area and walk all the way down on the left—it looks like the inside of the Mexican pavilion at Epcot and is quieter.

Laura: Because all of their burgers are double burgers, order an extra bun for a small cost and make two single burgers that you can top with all the fixin’s (lettuce, tomato, pickles, sautéed onions, mushrooms, etc.) at the Fixin’s Bar. Share the fries and drink or buy an extra drink to save a little money if not using any dining plan.

Shirley mentions that as her family heads to Frontierland and Liberty Square, they see a lot of other families heading to Pecos Bill for a burger or chili.

Sarah: My favorite Quick Service at the Magic Kingdom is Pecos Bill’s. I love the BBQ Pork Sandwich because it’s a nice change from the usual burger or chicken fingers and I never have trouble finding a open table.

Pinocchio Village Haus

Teresa: Pinocchio Village House has a window to watch the people getting on It’s a Small World. It’s a great place to keep the younger kids entertained while you finish your meal!

Shirley: There is a great option for quick service in Fantasyland that makes you feel like you have stepped into Pinocchio’s world, aptly called the Pinocchio Village Haus. They serve flatbreads and some great choices for kids.

Main Street Bakery

Amy: One of my favorite treats found at the Magic Kingdom is located right in the middle of Main Street USA. Inside the Main Street Bakery you will find the most wonderfully warm, LARGE and filled with ooey gooey goodness taste of the Main Street Bakery cinnamon rolls. And here’s another little tip, if you feel your cinnamon roll could use a little extra of the sweet & sticky icing drizzled over the top you can always ask for more (Yes, I did!). Oh yeah! Go for the gusto… full on sugar rush! Seriously, these are yummy for your tummy, don’t miss out on this classic confection on your next visit.

Dole Whip at Aloha Isle

Jeff: But if you’re looking for a good tip, one of my favorite things to do is buy a DOLE WHIP, and climb up to the top of the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse, and just look at over the Park. It’s a delicious way to cool down in the shade and enjoy an amazing treat.

Sarah likes to slow down at the Magic Kingdom: We always get a churro in Frontierland, and a Dole Whip at Aloha Isle, we find a bench nearby, sit back and people watch. It’s a great way to relax, talk about the day and plan what we want to do next.

Shirley: In Adventureland, I will always see my family heading for Aloha Isle. We like the Dole Whip, but prefer to have it mixed with a little vanilla soft serve!

Laura’s husband dives into a Dole Whip! I hope he asked if they were sharing!

What are your favorite Magic Kingdom quick service eateries and snacks at the Magic Kingdom? Do you have any tips to share?

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About Jeff Heimbuch

Jeff has been in love with all things Disney since a very early age. He writes From The Mouth Of The Mouse and The 626 every week for MiceChat. He also collaborates on The Disney Review every weekend. Aside from that, he is one half of the devastatingly good looking duo of the weekly vid/podcast Communicore Weekly (the other half being fellow MiceChat columnist George Taylor), which you can find at Jeff is also writing a book with former Imagineer and Disney Legend, Rolly Crump. You can find out more about the book at

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  • rjamerson

    The information on Pinocchio Village Haus is outdated. There are no burgers and fries on the menu. The menu now consists of different types of flatbread pizzas, pasta and salads.

    Regarding the “extra bun” advice—- Disney raised the cost of an extra bun from .75 cents to $1.99 several years ago to discourage the practice of of converting double burgers into singles.

  • Johnny

    I hear the waffle sandwiches at Sleepy Hollow (in Liberty Square) are pretty tasty. Has anyone tried them?

    • George Taylor

      I’ve had the Nutella waffle with fruit and it was great. I had a really good friend eat the chicken waffle and he raved about it. It looked like it was a lot of food for a great price.

  • Fairy Godmother Travel

    Thanks for pointing out the changes to us, we updated the post. I still think that the extra charge for the bun is a little expensive but it is a great way to cut some costs!

  • whamo

    Nothing beats the Matterhorn ice cream special on Main Street at the REAL Disneyland.

  • Erik Olson

    Liberty Tavern is a favorite stop for our family. There is usually an amazing crush of people coming through the gateway from Fantasyland into the square and around the Haunted Mansion, but you can escape to your own little “private dining room” upstairs in the Tavern and enjoy fantastic views of the square, river and Haunted Mansion. The Tavern is a great place to decompress in quiet, air-conditioned comfort and work on your plans for the rest of the afternoon!