Ah, Magic Kingdom ... the home of churros, Dole Whip, popcorn and all treats Mickey-shaped. If you thought us frogs only liked to eat flies, you thought wrong. When we visit the Walt Disney World Resort, dining is one of the biggest highlights for us, and Magic Kingdom is no exception. When we're hungrier beyond one of the snacks listed above, but aren't quite in the mood (or the budget!) to have a sit-down meal, Magic Kingdom quick service restaurants are our best bets. Luckily, Magic Kingdom has some great options.
We're here to give you the ins and outs of Magic Kingdom quick service restaurants, from the classic, to the kid-friendly, to the more uniquely photo-worthy ... and everything in between. Don't worry, this isn't all burgers and fries. There are quite a few tasteful, healthy meals to choose from at Magic Kingdom quick service restaurants when you're on-the-go. As Lumiere would say, "The dining room proudly presents ..."
Our Favorite Magic Kingdom Quick Service Restaurants
Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café
True to Tomorrowland fashion, the options are out of this world at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café. This is one of our favorite Magic Kingdom quick service restaurants for the variety alone! Find burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads, chicken nuggets, fries, hot dogs and... drum roll please... a TOPPINGS BAR! Keep an eye out for specials as well, like the BBQ pulled pork sandwich. While Cosmic Ray's can get a bit hectic at times, there are tons of ordering lines, so your wait will never be too bad.
Another plus of Cosmic Ray's is that there is tons of seating, both indoors and outside. Inside, grab a table near Sonny Eclipse, the resident alien musician who will play groovy tunes for you. What better way to entertain the tadpoles while you enjoy cooling off in the AC and chowing down on a burger smothered with unlimited toppings? This is literally Leap's dream come true when it comes to Magic Kingdom quick service restaurants.
Formerly only home to a variety of pastries and the famous LeFou's Brew (don't worry, these things are still on the menu), Gaston's Tavern has started serving up some heartier fare. After all, a Disney villain who claims to eat five dozen eggs a day needs some protein at his own personal tavern!
Located in Fantasyland just behind the Beast's Castle, Gaston's Tavern has two yummy sandwich options: The first one is Ham, Brie and Grain Mustard, and the second is Smoked Turkey, Swiss and Cranberry Aïoli. Yum! We consider these to be pretty gourmet sammies for one of the Magic Kingdom quick service restaurants. The hard part is choosing between the Brie cheese and the Cranberry Aïoli ... *drools*. The Fruit and Cheese Picnic Platter is a great, unique option for Magic Kingdom as well.
Gaston's Tavern has a good amount of seating indoors compared to other Magic Kingdom quick service restaurants for a nice lunch or dinner break. Enjoy getting out of the sun and admire the details of this fun establishment. Be sure to snap a photo in Gaston's giant leather throne!
What we love about Sleepy Hollow is that it's not your standard American food quick service. At a small walk-up window in the heart of Liberty Square, guests have the choice between the Nutella and Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich or the Sweet and Spicy Chicken Waffle Sandwich. Both of these are Frog Family Favorites, and the combination of the two is one of the best lunches you can find at the Magic Kingdom quick service restaurants. Waffles aren't your thing? You can also find a yummy pretzel dog that will please anyone's palate. If you're visiting for breakfast, the Breakfast Egg and Cheese Waffle Sandwich with ham and tomatoes will fuel a magical day.
Oh, and did we mention that Sleepy Hollow is the home of the Vanilla Ice Cream Churro Sandwich? Enjoy all of this deliciousness in the nearby seating area with a unique view of Cinderella Castle, or take it to go as you adventure around the parks!
While we definitely aim for options beyond classic theme park fare when it comes to Magic Kingdom quick service restaurants, Casey's Corner will always have a place in our hearts. This Main Street restaurant may almost exclusively serve hot dogs, but boy, they do it right! There are regular, chili cheese, macaroni and cheese hot dogs and more that are all absolutely delish. The Corn Dog Nuggets and Casey's Classic Loaded Fries are tadpole faves. You can save some major green by splitting a foot long hot dog between two people. Leap and I always go halfsies on the Macaroni & Cheese hot dog, unless there's a yummy monthly special being served up. There's almost always a specialty hot dog available ... some of our favorites so far have been the Reuben, Buffalo Chicken and Aztec specials! Make sure you check 'em out. Oh, and there's a TOPPINGS BAR with sauerkraut, onions, relish and more. We are all about loading up for the ultimate dog.
Since Casey's Corner is in such a prime location on Main Street, it can be tough to snag a spot to eat. There are tables indoors and outdoors next door to the restaurant, so we have two tips for you. Always send a family member (if you have an adult to spare!) to scout out seating locations while you wait on your food. Next, consider sitting on the hub grass! You'll likely catch a showing of Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire or the Move It! Shake It! Dance It! Play It! Parade. We particularly love posting up with our food right around 3:15 p.m. to watch the Festival of Fantasy parade zoom by. (And have we mentioned how great it is to dine at off-peak times?)
Columbia Harbour House
Have you hopped off Haunted Mansion deathly starving? Venture no further than Columbia Harbour House, which you'll find directly across the way. First and foremost, this is our most highly recommended destination for seafood lovers. The menu is overflowing with nautical choices: Lobster Roll, Tuna Sandwich, Grilled Salmon, Shrimp Salad and New England Clam Chowder.
Leap's favorite here is the Trio Platter, a combination of Fried Shrimp, Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets and Battered Fish served with Hushpuppies and a choice of Green Beans & Carrots, Apple Slices or French Fries. WOAH! That's a lot of good food. There are a few combo platter options to consider ... and consider sharing.
Don't worry, there are some tadpole-friendly and non-seafood options as well. Opt for the vegetarian Lighthouse Sandwich (my fave!), Chicken Pot Pie or keep it simple with some chicken nuggets. Leave room for dessert, as Columbia Harbour House is home to some of the best out of all the Magic Kingdom quick service restaurants. The Boston Cream Pie is a MUST whenever we eat here.
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe and Tortuga Tavern
We've lumped these two Tex-Mex-style Magic Kingdom quick service restaurants together since they share a dining area. You can find this restaurant where Adventureland meets Frontierland, right between Pirates of the Caribbean and Splash Mountain.
Did someone say ... toppings bar? OK, I'm sure you understand at this point that we are suckers for the opportunity to pile our food high with free, extra toppings. At Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe, guests can help themselves to all the fix ins'. It's entirely possible to make a nice, extra large salad out of those sides. This is a great spot for those with dietary restrictions, since the menu has room for flexibility with rice bowls, fajita platters and salads in addition to its burgers, tacos and nachos. (Keep in mind, you can make these XL with additional toppings from the bar!)
Tortuga Tavern has a much more limited menu compared to other Magic Kingdom quick service restaurants, but is usually much quieter and still worth checking out. Hop on over for Chipotle Barbecue Short Ribs, or something simpler like a hot dog or turkey leg.
Is your mouth watering and tummy grumbling? Ours too. Comment below with your favorite destination when it comes to Magic Kingdom quick service restaurants, and be sure to try something new the next time you make the hop, skip and jump over to the Most Magical Place on Earth!