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Our Favorite Magic Kingdom Quick Service Restaurants

by Mommy Frog on May 22, 2014

When we visit the Walt Disney World Resort, dining is one of the biggest highlights for us. To save money, we pick and choose our splurge meals. For us, this means we typically eat breakfasts in our room with quick foods we've packed or picked up at a local grocery store. Tad and Lily are so excited to get to the park, that they are fine with this -- especially since it means they can sleep just a little bit longer. We usually schedule one Advance Dining Reservation (ADR) table service meal. The rest of the time, we opt for quick-service meals. Luckily, there are plenty of dining options at the Walt Disney World Resort and Magic Kingdom in particular.

Today, we wanted to talk about our favorite Magic Kingdom quick service restaurants. These restaurants offer the most variety and still kid-friendly items. This is important because while Tad and Lily would be perfectly happy eating burgers and fries for every meal (and OK Leap would too), I would like a few more options. It's even better when there are healthy options on the menu too. Here are our favorite Magic Kingdom quick service restaurants.

5. Sleepy Hollow Refreshments

Magic Kingdom Quick Service Restaurants - Favorite Treats

OK, there isn't a burger or fries on this menu, and it's decidedly small. But what the menu lacks in size, it makes up in taste with its waffle sandwiches! Guests have a choice between Sweet and Spicy Chicken or Ham, Prosciutto and Swiss waffle sandwich. The waffles are huge, big enough to share, which you are going to want to do, because Sleepy Hollow Refreshments also has one more waffle sandwich you won't want to miss -- Nutella and Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich. Yes, this is a waffle slathered in Nutella and then topped with strawberries, bananas and blueberries. Yum! There isn't a ton of seating here in this outdoor area tucked off to the side of Cinderella's Castle, so this is one where you'll want to visit during off-peak times.

4. Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe

Magic Kingdom quick service restaurant - Sonny Eclipse at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe

For sheer variety, you cannot beat Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe. There are tons of choices -- rotisserie chicken, hot dogs, burgers, barbecue pork sandwiches, Greek salad and pasta salad. For sides, there are chili cheese fries, regular fries and salad. Plus dessert, of course. On the edge of Tomorrowland next to Fantasyland, Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe also offers tons of seating, both indoors and outdoors. Always a plus, especially during the busiest times of year. But perhaps the biggest plus is catching Sonny Eclipse, who performs a loop of his favorite hits.

3. Pecos Bill Tall Tale  Inn & Cafe and Tortuga Tavern

Magic Kingdom quick service restaurant - Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe

We've lumped these two together, because they share a dining area. While at first glance there isn't a tremendous amount of variety on the Pecos Bill menu, burgers and taco salad, the beauty of the place is in the toppings bar. Guests can help themselves to all the fix ins' for their salad bar and dressing their burgers, including lettuce, tomatoes, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, cheese, pickles and salsa. It's entirely possible to make a nice, extra large salad out of those sides. At Tortuga Tavern, guests will find a selection of burritos, nachos and salads.

2. Columbia Harbour House 

Magic Kingdom quick service restaurant - Columbia Harbour House

In Liberty Square near Haunted Mansion, Columbia Harbour House offers a selection of seafood favorites, plus a few unexpected surprises. While there are plenty of fried options, there are also some healthy choices as well. The fresh, well-sized salads and even Grilled Salmon served with couscous and steamed broccoli holds its own against the fried shrimp and Lobster roll. This is a favorite for us frogs, not the least because it makes us think we're on a seafaring adventure. When it gets crowded, head upstairs, which is never as busy as downstairs.

1. Be Our Guest

Magic Kingdom quick service restaurant - Be Our Guest

There is no finer quick service dining experience in all of Magic Kingdom than Be Our Guest. While the restaurant is quick service during lunch (and reservation-only during dinner), it is still decidedly upscale by theme park standards. The food is French, but there are some American favorites too.

Salad nicoiseFor guests with food allergies, you can order many of the items such as the French Onion Soup and the Tuna Nicoise Salad without eggs, dairy or gluten. Save room for dessert, because there are a ton of yummy options, including The Master's Cupcake that is topped with Lumiere's "Grey Stuff!" No matter when you dine, the surroundings are quite elegant -- this is Beast's Castle after all! The most dramatic of the dining rooms is the West Wing, where guests can watch as a portrait of the prince slowly turns into Beast, but the room is a little dark and sees a steady stream of people coming in and out to take pictures. We recommend the grand ballroom area close to the windows so you can take in the magical snowfall.

There you have it -- our list of Top 5 Magic Kingdom quick service restaurants. Now it's your turn. Check out the complete list of Magic Kingdom Restaurants.  Share with us your favorite Magic Kingdom quick service restaurant and tell us why you think it's tops!

Related: The 5 Yummiest Treats at Magic Kingdom and Where to Get Them

Until next time ... hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Pam May 22, 2014 at 4:28 p.m.

Haven't made it to Be Our Guest yet but Columbia House has always been our family favorite. Since we usually at WDW in the summer, their salmon and fried fish always seems for appealing on a hot sunny day. Plus the added bonus of the quiet section upstairs is a great way to people watch while eating.

Derrick Jun 20, 2014 at 9:19 p.m.

Was fortunate enough to be able to land a reservation at Be Our Guest for dinner. Tried to book it a month in advance, but it was always full. Have your readers keep trying, as we nailed a reservation a day in advance of our arrival. Although it was for later in the evening (8:45 pm), it was worth it, as we got to dine in the West Wing. Wonderful experience.

Please let your readers also know that during our time at the Magic Kingdom, that we wanted to grab a bite to eat at Tortuga Tavern, but was disappointed to find out that it closed at 3 pm. Don't know if this is seasonal scheduling, or if it always closes at 3 pm. The food looked really good, but sadly, we never got a chance to try it.

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