Dining is an important ingredient in every Disney vacation. Once you arrive at a Disney theme park, you really don’t want to leave the park to grab a meal, especially when there are so many eateries to choose from at every park. A favorite Quick Service Dining choice is Casey’s Corner, which has been a part of Walt Disney World since it opened in 1971. I have listed seven reasons I enjoy this diner so much.
Casey’s Corner, a very distinctive Quick Service Dining establishment, is located on Main Street, USA, in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. This prime location is at the corner of Main Street and the Magic Kingdom hub. Here diners can enjoy their meal with an absolute gorgeous view of Cinderella’s Castle. If you’re on your way to Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, or Adventureland, you’ll be passing by this very popular eatery.
Inside Casey’s there are plenty of baseball momentos. Guests are surrounded by vintage photographs of famous baseball games and players, imaginary heroes, hanging baseball team pennants, and an assortment of baseball bats. Red and white stripes on the chairs, tables, and umbrellas add to the throw-back decor. Waitstaff dress in vintage-styled baseball uniforms which helps to immerse the guests into the feel of yesteryear’s baseball parks!
Just outside of Casey’s Corner there sits a player-style piano. At various times during the day a gifted piano player, Jim Omohundro, will light up the ivory keys with his renditions of famous Disney tunes and lively ragtime melodies. Jim has been playing the piano at Disney for over 30 years. He is a talented musician who loves to interact with his audience. Jim enjoys taking requests and will strike up a conversation with anyone who enjoys hearing about the history of Walt Disney World. His music is the absolute best accompaniment for a delicious meal or simply a great performance by a brilliant artist. You won’t be able to keep your feet still when you hear his rendition of Maple Leaf Rag!
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At Casey’s Corner you can enjoy a full meal or a simple snack. There is limited seating inside this popular diner, but a great deal of seating is available outside at tables covered with umbrellas. The menu is filled with items you would typically find at a local baseball stadium. A popular item is their All-American beef hot dog. Dress it up in your favorite way– relish, sauerkraut, onions, mustard, ketchup, cheddar cheese sauce from their large toppings bar! Casey’s also serves popular Americana foods such as corn dog nuggets, chili cheese dog, barbeque slaw dog, polish sausage, Chicago-style dog, ball park nachos.
Casey’s Corner is now also serving a limited number of breakfast items– ham, egg, and cheese croissant, plain or chocolate croissants, Danish crumb cake, bagel and muffins. Assorted beverages are available including bottled water. For a tasty snack try their cotton candy, brownie, or cracker jacks.
Their signature hot dog meal includes sliced apples or French fries is currently priced at $9.49 (beverage not included). A side order of regular fries is $3.79. Entrees range $10-13 with snacks ringing $4-6. Fill your “Casey’s Batter Up Souvenir Cup” with your favorite beverage. These are not unreasonable prices for what you are getting. The delicious hot dogs and other delectable treats will satisfy any hunger pangs for quite some time.
For such a small space, there are plenty of cashiers, and your order is ready within a few minutes. The cast members are efficient, friendly, and ready to complete your order with any necessary extras. As with most of the quick service restaurants, for single parents with several orders, there will usually be a cast member to help carry your trays to your table for you. Also, the tables are quickly cleaned and made ready for the next guests.
Casey’s Corner has been around since Walt Disney World’s opening in October, 1971 but under a different name: Coca-Cola Refreshment Corner. In 1995, the area was reimagined to be Casey’s. Based on a famous poem written in 1888 by Ernest Thayer, “Casey at the Bat” this baseball-themed counter service is fun for all! (Casey at the Bat was adapted into an animated feature produced by Walt Disney in 1946.)
The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Mudville nine that day; The score stood four to two with but one inning more to play. And then when Cooney died at first, and Barrows did the same, A sickly silence fell upon the patrons of the game. A straggling few got up to go in deep despair. The rest Clung to that hope which springs eternal in the human breast; They thought if only Casey could but get a whack at that — We’d put up even money now with Casey at the bat.
Over the years, Casey’s Corner has undergone several makeovers. Today it’s a very popular dining choice, with extra space inside to take a break from the Florida sun. There are plenty of tables and chairs outside, great for people watching! This location is also an excellent place to get a glimpse of the daily parades or to watch the fireworks while enjoying a delicious meal or snack.
You really should put Casey’s Corner on your list of places to eat while in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. The baseball theme, colorful red and white décor, quick service, and delicious signature hot dogs and fries will delight every member of your family or group. Casey’s Corner is a great place to enjoy a hot dog, a great piano player, and an excellent view of Cinderella’s Castle. Casey’s hours of operations are Park opening until Park closing. You’ll be glad you gave it a try!
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