Magic Kingdom, is the flagship theme park of the Walt Disney World resort and has withstood the test of time. The dining is no different. Whether it is good old classics or some newer additions, the food is nothing less than magical at the Magic Kingdom. And it is easy to build up an appetite while running from attraction to attraction while fitting in some character sightings.
Here we are going to break down the nine best places to eat at Magic Kingdom, but before we begin, there is some important things to know about Disney dining and the best places to eat at Disney World:
There are two different kinds of dining locations available throughout the Walt Disney World resort. The first is going to be a quick service location where you enter the establishment, wait in line to order from a cashier, wait in line again to retrieve your food before you go and find your own table and clean up after yourself. Table service on the other hand is going to be a standard dining location where you wait to be seated and then are served by the staff in a traditional sense. Remember that all buffets are also included in the table service category as well including Disney World character dining.
Dining reservations are going to be a must when selecting to dine at any table service restaurant. Sometimes there are going to be walk ups available but it is not a guarantee.
Reservations can be selected up to 180 days before your vacation begins. Make sure you book your reservations earlier rather than later because some of the locations will fill up quickly. Waiting can be a downfall. If you are hesitant you can always select reservations but change them later on down the road.
Mobile Order is also a new program that has been rolled out recently. This is going to give you the chance to order your food on the My Disney Experience App and then select a time to pick up your food. This is a huge time saver when you are spending your days running around the parks. One less line you have to wait in!
So here we are! Now we are going to countdown the nine best places to eat at Magic Kingdom!
Cinderella’s Royal Table:
Located in the iconic Cinderella’s Castle is going to be a dining experience that will be the most talked about event of your entire vacation, Cinderella’s Royal Table! Here you will sit in a castle fit for a queen and dine on exquisite cuisine. While you are eating, Cinderella and her friends will make their way around the dining area providing one on one interactions that will make the entire party blown away.
This is going to be an experience that really tops all of the character interactions you have. Make sure you have your cameras ready to snap the best pictures you will be able to get. This is one of the more expensive meals on property running anywhere from $35 to over $60 per adult. It is also worth two table service dining credits. There is no dress codes but you need to make sure you secure dining reservations.
This is one of the hottest dining locations within Magic Kingdom and without reservations, there is no guarantee you will get in. Even the pickiest of eaters will be able to find something to eat so never hesitate booking a reservation here.
There is another smaller castle located in Magic Kingdom. Inside that facade is the Be Our Guest restaurant themed directly with Beauty and the Beast. Inside the eatery is absolute divine. It feels as if you have walked right into the story itself. Now during the dinner service you can find the Beast inside the library where you can snap a photo and meet the big man himself, but that is the only character interaction you will find. If you go for breakfast or lunch, it is a quick service meal and worth one quick service credit.
If you do decide to enter for dinner, it is a Prix Fixe menu with three courses and worth two table service credits. The pricing ranges anywhere from $15 to $59.99 per adult. There is also no dress code so show up as you are ready to eat. Reservations are a must. Sometimes they will have availability when it comes to walk ups but that is rare. Having a reservation will make sure you can dine with ease.
The Crystal Palace:
Right across from Cinderella’s Castle you are going to find another one of our top dining locations. The Crystal Palace is an all you can eat buffet, but the real reason this one of our favorite places to eat has to be the character interactions. Pooh and his friends will make their way around the entire dining room bringing with them some of the best one on one experiences you can have with any characters.
This dining room is rather large which provides plenty of space for your whole party to get some great pictures with the Hundred Acre Woods gang. There is no dress code to dine here but reservations are necessary to eat here. There is rarely walk up slots available and having the reservation will also be a comfort that you know what time you are going to eat. This experience is worth one table service dining credit and can range from $15 to $59.99 per adult.
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe:
There are plenty of fantastic table service restaurants within Magic Kingdom, but no list would be complete without mentioning the great quick service restaurants too! Located in Frontierland you will find Pecos Bill. In the past few years there has been a fantastic retheme to feature Mexican inspired cuisine.
But my favorite part is the condiments bar! You go wait in line and receive your food and then head immediately to the condiments bar where anything you could possibly imagine to top your meal will be easily accessible. If you like more flavor than just the basics, this is a great way to get some more bang for your buck! This is worth one quick service dining credit and is worth $14.99 and under per plate.
No dress code or reservations are needed to dine here as well. This is a great stop if you are trying to find a place to eat when you are heading over to Splash Mountain or Thunder Mountain.
Now this particular dining location is going to be different than others on our list. It is not an official dining location and you definitely do no need reservations or a dress code to eat here, but it is by far one of the most immersive experiences and it does do a disservice to just consider it a snack place.
Unlike the iconic turkey legs they have pork shanks here that are delicious and it feels like you are walking directly into a French pub that Gaston himself would frequently attend. It is nothing less than spectacular. Located right in the heart of Fantasyland, this is a great alternative if you do not have a chance to do Be Our Guest. And if you do order the pork shank, do not worry, you will be full. This location is priced under $14.99.
Tony’s Town Square:
Located right in the heart of Main Street is going to be our next best dining location. From the moment you walk in you are going to feel like you have waltzed into Lady and the Tramp ready to feast on some spaghetti with someone you truly love. The iconic spaghetti and meatballs is a go too here. The music will set the scene as you dine away, but make sure you snag reservations to experience this beauty.
This is high demand location especially because of the location on Main Street and does become very busy. There is no dress code which always makes dining better. This is worth one table service dining credit and runs about $15 to $34.99 per adult.
Located also on Main Street is a fantastic quick service alternative. Located centrally in the park, the entire menu is themed around ballpark foods. They are going to have a hot dog choice for any member of your family and the portions are very filling. You do not need any reservations to dine here but do try to coming during the off hours and never try at the end of the day.
It can get very busy and the seating is incredibly limited which is why it is lower on the list. It is worth one quick service credit and each item is $14.99 and under. There is no dress code here and overall the atmosphere is very lax which is a huge plus when trying to eat some food when jetting off to your next location.
The Liberty Tree Tavern:
The Liberty Tree Tavern in my opinion is one of the best hidden gems located in Magic Kingdom when it comes to dining. From the moment you enter the front doors you are transported from Liberty Square in Magic Kingdom, directly to the colonial area of the United States. There are six separate rooms you can dine in and you can wander throughout the restaurant when you are done eating to see all of the artifacts in each room.
The meal is traditional American Thanksgiving dinner served in the style of a feast, but for lunch you select a meal such as pot roast which is also delicious. You are going to need reservations here. Even though it is a hidden gem during the year it can get very busy. It is worth one table service dining credit and it is worth $15 to $34.99 per adult.
Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen:
We are ending our best places to eat in Magic Kingdom in Adventureland in one of the newer table service restaurants to open. Now a forewarning before you go any further: this location is known for feeding the palates of ravaging hungry jungle pilots, so if you have any picky eaters in your party this is not going to be the location you want to eat at.
Now if you are willing to be daring in adventure, make sure you book a reservation here to have some of the most delicious food with its roots in Asian, South American and African cuisine. This is a very popular location due to being right across from the Jungle Cruise, so make sure you have your dining reservations booked in advance.
This is a larger restaurant with multiple rooms that have their own theme while definitely adds to the Jungle Cruise feel inside. This is worth one table service dining credit and is $15 to $34.99 per adult. Just make sure you show up with an empty stomach wearing your theme park outfit since there is no dress code and you will be good for the meal!
So there you have it! The nine best places to eat at Magic Kingdom. And remember if there is more than one place you want to dine, just make sure you grab a park hopper ticket because you can always plan more than one meal and come back at the end of the day to fill your stomach or spend just the evening in the park because the crowds will die down and you can get some extra rides in after your meal. Either way you cannot go wrong dining in Magic Kingdom, just make sure you spend your day working up an appetite to get the most bang for your buck.
So begin your research and remember all your Disney vacation tips. Plan ahead, be prepared and most importantly enjoy the magic because this vacation is going to be an experience your entire family is going to treasure forever and with just a little planning, the magic is endless.
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