We all know that the happiest place on earth is Magic Kingdom and if you are visiting for the first time, then you might be wondering where to eat. I have created a list of our favorite restaurants at Magic Kingdom so you can plan your dining experience ahead of time! I’ll cover everything from Quick Service Restaurants, some great character dining and some really nice sit down dinner options for you as well.
Most of the time when we visit Disney we don’t make too many reservations for meals because sometimes we don’t know where in the park we will be around mealtime and we don’t want to rush to make it to a reservation on time. That’s where quick service restaurants come in handy. There are tons of great options.
Our hands-down favorite in the Magic Kingdom is Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe! They have the most options for whatever you are looking for. They have 3 ‘bays’ so you don’t have to stand in 1 line for everything, you simply go to the bay for the type of food you want.
They also now offer Mobile Ordering so you can place your order when you are walking to the restaurant and once you get there I check in on the My Disney Experience app and within minutes I am notified that my order is waiting and ready for me. This is so handy when you have hot hungry family members.
Aunt Polly’s (Open Seasonally)
Aunt Polly’s is a quick service spot with some of the best fried chicken in town! The menu features Southern classics like Chicken Fried Steak, Collard Greens and Buttermilk Biscuits or Cornbread.
It’s a dog-gone good time at Casey’s Corner. The menu features hot dogs and sausages with an array of toppings to choose from such as Chili, Cheese Fries or Loaded Slaw Dog!
Columbia Harbour House (currently serving at Tomorrowland Terrace)
If you’re looking for some seafood with your Disney experience, Columbia Harbour House is the place to be! The menu features fried shrimp and fish & chips among other favorites.
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
Fast food from the future at Tomorrowland’s Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe! Catch Sonny Eclipse next on stage.
Cosmic Ray’s Diner has a menu full of great-tasting counter service classics for everyone, including heaps of vegetarian and gluten-free options.
There’s plenty of seating at this Magic Kingdom favorite and the food is not half bad.
Friar’s Nook is a small, quiet restaurant that offers healthy food options like salads and sandwiches. It also has gluten-free bread available for those with dietary needs.
Gaston’s Tavern serves up hearty French-inspired fare and it’s the perfect place to take in a little of Beast’s Castle.
Golden Oak Outpost is a rustic dining experience with fresh air and the serenity of nature. The food here is hearty, flavorful, and family favorites
The Lunching Pad
At The Lunching Pad, guests can grab a quick snack and get back on their day.
Main Street Bakery
The Main Street Bakery is a great place for breakfast and coffee. It is the starbucks location inside of the Magic Kingdom
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe is a Western-themed restaurant with Tex-Mex flair. Guests can enjoy their favorite American classics like burgers, hot dogs, fries, chili macaroni salad, and more!
Pinocchio Village Haus
Pinocchio Village Haus is a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, serving up Italian classics like pizza and pasta.
Sleepy Hollow offers guests a delicious buffet that includes breakfast favorites, lunch items like burgers and sandwiches, as well as dinner entrees.
Tomorrowland Terrace (Currently service Columbia Harbour House food)
The Tomorrowland Terrace offers guests a tasty, quick bite to eat for breakfast and lunch.
Tortuga Tavern is a Caribbean-themed restaurant that offers guests tasty entrees like spicy jerk brisket sandwich and turkey legs.
Adventureland Popcorn Cart
A walk through Adventureland will lead you to a popcorn cart that offers freshly popped corn in three flavors: butter, cheese and salt.
The Aloha Isle is a quick-service restaurant where guests can enjoy Hawaiian favorites such as pineapple spears, Dole Whip and Mickey Mouse-shaped ice cream.
Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies
Located in Tomorrowland, Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies is a sweet shop that offers guests tempting treats such as space ice cream and themed cookies.
For a more old-fashioned treat, Big Top Treats is the place to go! Guests can enjoy freshly dipped corn dogs and churros.
This is an all-day dining restaurant that offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Along with traditional American favorites such as hamburgers and hotdogs, the Cheshire Cafe also has a variety of healthy options available for guests on special diets (e.g., gluten-free).
Egg Roll Wagon
At the Egg Roll Wagon, guests can enjoy cheeseburger egg rolls that are fantastic!
Frontierland Churro Cart
Located in Frontierland, the Churro Cart offers guests a variety of traditional Mexican cuisine with an added dose of Americana.
Ice Cold Refreshment Cart
The Ice Cold Refreshment Cart is a must-visit for guests looking to cool down. The cart offers Regular and Diet Coca Cola, Mexican Coke, Sprite, Minute Maid Lemonade (regular or diet), Fanta Grapefruit Drink, Powerades (Regular or Cherry), Nestea Iced Tea Mixers (Hibiscus Green Tea & Raspberry Passion Fruit), and ice cream sundae cups topped with fresh fruit.
Joffrey’s Revive Cart
Located in Fantasyland, the Joffrey’s Revive Cart offers guests delicious coffee drinks.
Liberty Square Market
Liberty Square Market offers guests a variety of food options. Guests can choose from fresh fruit, salads, sandwiches, and more!
Main Street Confectionery
Located in the heart of Main Street, this bakery offers a variety of sweet treats. Chocolate éclairs, sugar cookies, and tarts are just some of the delicious baked goods you will find at the Confectionery!
Main Street Popcorn Cart
Located next to the Main Street Confectionery, there is a popcorn cart.
Maurice’s Amazing Popcorn Machine
Located in Tomorrowland, this popcorn cart offers a variety of flavors.
Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
Located on Main Street, this ice cream parlor offers guests a variety of flavors.
Prairie Outpost & Supply
Located in Frontierland, this restaurant has a variety of options including kettle corn and ice cream.
Prince Eric’s Village Market
Located in Fantasyland, this restaurant has a variety of options including a turkey leg or a Jumbo pretzel.
Storybook Circus Popcorn Cart
Located in Storybook Circus, this popcorn cart offers a variety of flavors.
Located in Storybook Circus, this ice cream spot offers a variety of flavors.
Sunshine Tree Terrace
Located in Adventureland, this restaurant has a variety of options including the Sunshine Tree Shake.
Westward Ho Refreshments
Located in Frontierland, this restaurant offers a variety of options including the ever-popular Dole Whip.
Sometimes you just want a nice quiet meal without the character meet and greets and the Magic Kingdom has a great selection of casual dining. Price wise these restaurants are a bit more costly than quick service but not as expensive as Character Dining.
Tony’s town square restaurant
Just about everyone loves Italian food. This beautiful turn-of-the-century trattoria offers fantastic views for people-watching. Inside, music from Disney’s animated classic, Lady and the Tramp, plays in the background and the walls are covered with pictures of the famous spaghetti eating couple. Their menu can be found here.
The Plaza restaurant
At the plaza you will find family-friendly fare amid an atmosphere of the turn of the century elegance. Located near the front of the park this is a great option for families to take a break from the crowds and heat and enjoy a nice meal. Their menu can be found here.
Liberty tree tavern
This colonial-style inn restaurant featured classic New England turkey dinner with all the fixings. Here you will dine family style in an all you are to enjoy service. Their menu can be found here.
The Crystal Palace
The Crystal Palace is located at the end of Main Street. The buffet-style restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a variety of options including American classics such as Macaroni & Cheese or Southern favorites like Fried Chicken (this was our favorite!). They also offer character dining at breakfast, lunch, and dinner with Pooh, Tigger & Piglet at a table nearby the buffet.
The Diamond Horseshoe
If you’re looking for a quick-service dining experience, The Diamond Horseshoe is your spot. This restaurant offers counter service with traditional American fare such as burgers and hot dogs (or just about any other food that can be grilled or fried!).
A more upscale alternative to The Diamond Horseshoe, the Skipper Canteen offers a prix-fixe menu with dishes inspired by explorers of Africa and Asia. Guests can feast on French Onion Soup or Duck Breast before rounding out their dinner at this table service restaurant with an order of Banana Rum Cake for dessert.
If you have little ones who love meeting characters then a Character Dining option might be a great option for your family.
Be Our Guest Restaurant
Located in the New Fantasyland, this restaurant has a beautiful lobby that you can take photos of before your meal! It is better to make reservations if possible as it can be hard to get in without a reservation.
You will be dining in the Beasts Castle and feel like you are transported into the movie. My favorite dining room in the ballroom where they have it lit with beautiful crystal chandeliers and a snowy view outside.
They have some great choices for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. We enjoy dinner there because that is the only time that you get to meet the Beast and have your picture taken with him. We actually wrote a full review and guide on dining at Be Our Guest, so you may want to check that out if you are thinking about eating here.
They come out with an interactive menu where they ask what dish we would like to eat or drink. You can pick between many different dishes including lamb chops, mashed potatoes, macaroni & cheese, steak frites, and more!
This restaurant is very kid friendly with plenty of entertainment for them. There are many different dishes to choose from so you can find something that everyone in your party will enjoy.
Cinderella’s Royal Table
Cinderella’s Royal Table is a restaurant located in the castle at Magic Kingdom. At this restaurant, you will be served dinner and breakfast with some of your favorite characters from Disney including Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Rapunzel (Tangled), and of course Cinderella.
Reservations are recommended and you will also pre-pay for your meal when making the reservation. We find it is easier to call to get the time you are looking for rather then trying online. These reservations book quickly so I suggest booking at your 60 day mark when they open reservations. There are ways to ensure that you get a reservation at Cinderella’s Royal Table (or Cindy’s as the cast members like to call it). So make sure you check out that handy guide as well.
For any princess, it’s a dream come true to be able to dine INSIDE Cinderellas Castle. I know for me as a little girl if it had been open I would have loved it! On a recent trip, we were able to get a dinner reservation and I was just as excited as my daughter, it for sure was a dream come true for me. They offer Breakfast Lunch and Dinner fine dining style, ball gowns optional (lol) offering some fabulous dishes.
Hopefully, this guide has given you a peek at all of the different options you have for everything from breakfast, to a snack, to eating a full dinner at the Magic Kingdom. You have plenty of options to choose from, so enjoy!