Some of the most sought after restaurants in Walt Disney World can be found at Magic Kingdom. All of the Magic Kingdom restaurants offer kid-friendly dining, although the Disney cast members prefer that any strollers are left outside of the building at the full service restaurants. Even the full service restaurants are casual dining experiences, but don’t be surprised to find more than a few little girls dressed as their favorite princess at Cinderella’s Royal Table.
Magic Kingdom restaurants include plenty of food stands and quick service eateries, but for those who want to make reservations for the full service Magic Kingdom restaurants, keep three tips in mind.
- Tip #1: It is always a good idea to book a reservation at 407-WDW-DINE, which can be done up to 180 days in advance.
- Tip #2: The “reservation” means that you will be seated within 15 minutes of your designated time (as long as you show up on time and don’t forfeit your reservation).
- Tip #3: Your entire party must be present in order to be seated—if half of your party is running a half hour late, you all risk losing the reservation. And while Magic Kingdom restaurants do not guarantee that large parties will be able to sit together, more often than not you will be able to be seated with your entire party.
Full Service Restaurants
The Magic Kingdom restaurants that definitely need a reservation are those that offer Disney character dining, namely Cinderella’s Royal Table in Fantasyland ($$$ dining at $36 – $59.99 per person) and the Crystal Palace in Main Street USA ($$ dining at $15 to $35.99 per person). Cinderella’s Royal Table serves breakfast, lunch and dinner menus and dinner packages available with photos of your little ones and the Disney princesses included. At the Crystal Palace, there’s no need for parents to pull out their bag of tricks to keep their little ones entertained at the table with so many photo opportunities and a hearty buffet to cut down on the wait time for food. Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore frequent the Crystal Palace, and at least once during the meal the children will have an opportunity to march through the restaurant with their friends from the Hundred Acre Wood.
Other full service restaurants with reservations recommended (you could attempt to get walk-in dining but don’t expect much on a busy weekend) are the colonial-themed Liberty Tree Tavern in Liberty Square ($$ dining at $15 to $35.99 per person), which serves up traditional dishes that one might find at a New England inn. Within the same price range ($$ dining at $15 to $35.99 per person) is the Italian trattoria-themed Tony’s Town Square Restaurant in Main Street USA, which was inspired by the Disney classic film Lady and the Tramp. Just a short walk across Main Street USA hungry diners can also enjoy the Plaza Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor ($$ dining at $15 to $35.99 per person), which offers sandwiches, hamburgers and an old fashioned ice cream fountain.
A few other full service Magic Kingdom restaurants are open seasonally, either during the peak summer season or during select weekends. These Magic Kingdom restaurants include the Tomorrowland Terrace Café and the adjoining Tomorrowland Terrace Noodle Station ($$ dining at $15 to $35.99 per person), which specializes in Asian noodles and stir fries. The Diamond Horseshoe in Frontierland ($$ dining at $15 to $35.99 per person) is another seasonal restaurant with an American-style all-you-care-to-eat dinner service.
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Quick Service Restaurants
The quick service dining experience ($ dining at $14.99 or under) can be found throughout the Magic Kingdom, with enough strategically located eateries to guarantee that no one will ever go hungry during their visit to Walt Disney World. These dining experiences are either standalone booths with outdoor seating, or indoor restaurants where customers line up on either side of the cashier, place their order and pay, and then proceed to the counter to obtain their meal. Finding a seat can be a little tricky during peak periods, and some Magic Kingdom restaurants have been getting a little more strict about people saving seats while one or two members of their party wait in line, but with so many quick service restaurants to choose from, visitors can travel from one “land” to the next and find basically the same selection of sandwiches, salads, burgers, hot dogs and fried chicken baskets.
The quick service Magic Kingdom restaurants include:
- Adventureland: El Pirata y el Perico Restaurant (seasonal, featuring Mexican fare) and Sunshine Tree Terrace.
- Frontierland: Golden Oak Outpost, Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café, and Westward Ho.
- Liberty Square: Columbia Harbour House and Sleepy Hollow.
- Fantasyland: Enchanted Grove, Pinocchio Village Haus, Scuttles Landing, and Friars Nook.
- Tomorrowland: The Lunching Pad, Cool Ship, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café, Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies.
- Main Street USA: Main Street Bakery and Casey’s Corner.
Magic Kingdom is best known for its classic attractions and favorite Disney characters, but the park also offers a wide variety of character dining experiences.