When visiting the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort, families often get caught up in the whirl of which attraction to visit first or which character to see, but deciding which restaurant to eat at is also part of the excitement. With so many options it can be easy to choose the one closest to you when everyone decides they’re hungry. However, there are a few meals you won’t want to miss out on, not only for the food, but for the atmosphere as well. Here are five meals for you and your family to try on your next trip to the Magic Kingdom.
6. Be Our Guest Restaurant
Be Our Guest Restaurant is a Disney dining must-do. While the atmosphere alone is enough of a reason to dine here, the food is what keeps guests coming back. In particular, for dinner there is a thyme-scented pork rack chop served with au gratin macaroni and a selection of vegetables. You could cut the pork with a fork and the sides complement the seasoning very well. This is also a great dish for kids who are graduating from the children’s menu and are looking to try new things. The au gratin macaroni, or fancy mac and cheese, has a wonderful balance of cheese and pasta with a little bit of a crunch on the outside. Add your choice of dessert at the end, seriously try the Gray Stuff, and you’re set for a meal fit for royalty.
5. Tony’s Town Square Restaurant
Another excellent meal option can be found at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant on Main Street U.S.A. right next to Mickey Mouse’s meet and greet station. There are seating options both indoors with a view of the Lady and the Tramp statue and on the outdoor patio with a view of the entrance to the park (and Christmas tree if you visit during the holidays). Depending on when your seating is, you may also catch a parade from your table. Those looking for something beyond the standard spaghetti and meatballs, which are delicious, should sample the Cannelloni which is available for lunch or dinner. This dish contains pasta, ground beef, sausage, mozzarella, ricotta and marinara and crème sauce creating a melt-in-your-mouth sensation that can’t be beat.
4. Crystal Palace
This next meal option is for picky eaters as well as those who want to try a little of everything. The Crystal Palace, located on Main Street closer to the hub is a buffet experience. For one price it’s all you can eat with kids having their own dishes of chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, spaghetti and other “safe” foods made available. For adults and those more adventurous, there are selections for sandwiches, a variety of rice, pasta, and meat dishes. Once you find what you like, help yourself to another serving. What also makes this restaurant worth visiting is that it’s a character dining experience for Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore, so get those autograph books out when you visit.
3. Tortuga Taverns
Those looking for a quick bite to eat can stop in at Tortuga Taverns in Adventureland right near the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. A great meal offered here is the beef rice bowl. Served in a large crispy tortilla bowl with beef and cheese, guests can go to the toppings area and add as much lettuce, tomato, and other additions as they’d like. This is a great money saver as well since the bowl is rather large and is perfect for sharing between family members. It’s also fun for kids since they can eat the dish their food was served in.
2. Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
Another quick-service meal on our list is from the Pecos Bill Inn and Tavern located in Frontierland. If you’re in the mood for a good BBQ pulled pork sandwich, they have it. Just the right portion size, it’s filling without that bloated, stuffed feeling. It also comes with your choice of sides including corn on the cob, apple slices or French fries. As you can get apples and fries just about anywhere in the park, the corn on the cob is the way to go as guests are given half of a cob to complement their sandwich.
1. Honorable Mention- Pinocchio Village Haus
Pinocchio Village Haus in Fantasyland gets an honorable mention for their vegetarian meal, caprese flatbread. Light and refreshing, there is a good balance of cheese and tomato with the flatbread being nice and crisp. It’s perfect for those hot days when you’re not looking for anything heavy. Guests can also find tables in the seating area that overlook the Small World attraction loading area and wave to other park guests while enjoying their meal.
If you haven’t tried any of these Magic Kingdom meals before, be sure to put them on your list for you and your family’s next visit to Walt Disney World Resort. With something for every taste and every dietary need, it’s hard to find something you don’t like. Happy dining!
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