Dining at the Magic Kingdom

The Five Best Snacks to use My Disney Dining Plan Snack Credits on at Disney World

If you are at all like me, you know that one of the most important things to plan out for your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation is the FOOD!  While I love the attractions, the shows, and all the other magical entertainment that Disney World has to offer, I look forward to the food the most (and more specifically the SNACKS!  I know that I am not alone as Disney Snacks have become just as iconic as Cinderella Castle over the last couple of years with the introduction of shirts, hats, keychains, and even jewelry featuring many of the iconic snack options that Disney World has to offer.

When we go to Disney World, we always choose one of the dining plans.  Over the years, we have learned what to get and where to eat if we want to maximize the Disney Dining Plan Snack Credits.  One of the most important aspects to maximizing the potential of the Disney Dining Plan is making sure that we are getting the best snacks to get the most out of the Disney Dining Plan Snack Credits.

How to determine the best bang for your buck

In looking at the best options, I always like to make sure that we are only using Snack Credits on items that are over $6.00.  We will buy so much food in the parks that if I want something that is snack credit eligible but comes in at a price less than $6.00, I will usually use cash.  The only exception to this rule is if I get to the last day of our adventure and realize that we still have a couple of snack credits left on out accounts.  In the rare case that this happens, our friends and family will be getting Mickey shaped rice crispy treats for souvenirs!

#1 The Colossal Cinnamon Roll – $7.49

Colossal Cinnamon Roll – Animal Kingdom

Now, there are some good baked good in each of the parks, but nothing can compare to the Colossal Cinnamon Roll that is currently being offered at both Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery and at Creature Comforts.  At the time of writing this, you can only pick these up in these two locations, but of which are located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  I am sure that you have seen the pictures on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, but the pictures do not do this thing justice!  When you get this colossal Mickey shaped cinnamon roll, you will see what I mean.  We have a family of 4, and when we visited the Animal Kingdom, we got two and that was enough of a breakfast for all of us to share.  Pair it up with a nice Venti Iced coffee from Creature Comforts (aka Starbucks at Disney’s Animal Kingdom), and you will be good to go!

#2 The Mickey Pretzel with Cheese Dip – about $7.00 depending on location

For the longest time, these amazing salty treats were only available on the west coast at Disneyland, but a few years ago, Disney finally wised up and brought them over to the east coast!  The classic Mickey Pretzel with Cheese dipping sauce can be found at various bakeries, counter-service restaurants, and food carts throughout each of the four parks.  I believe that you can even find one in Disney Springs, but I am not able to verify that at this time. 

#3 Funnel Cakes – Especially at Oasis Canteen in Hollywood Studios – $8.49


Photo Courtesy of Walt Disney World

Now, anytime you see a funnel cake at Walt Disney World, there is a good chance that is will fall into our parameters of being a great Dining Plan snack credit.  Most of them come in between $6.00 and $7.00, but if you make your way over to the Oasis Canteen at Hollywood Studios (just outside of the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular), you will find the best option.  When you visit Oasis Canteen, you will see that they offer two different funnel cake options – The Funnel Cake with Strawberry Topping and Soft-serve Vanilla Ice Cream and the Funnel Cake with Cookies ‘n Cream and Soft-serve Vanilla Ice Cream.  Each of these funnel cakes come in at $8.49 which makes them one of the best options you will find on a regular menu in Walt Disney World.  Not only that, but they are amazing, and will make a great shareable for your whole family on just one snack credit!

#4 The Pineapple Upside Down Cake at Aloha Isle – $6.99


Photo Courtesy of Walt Disney World

This next item is fairly new to the Magic Kingdom and can be found at Aloha Isle in Adventureland.  You are probably already familiar with this location as for the longest time, it was the only place you could score the legendary Dole Whip.  Well, Disney World has upped their game with this offering as you will get a nice sized slice of pineapple upside down cake that can be served with Pineapple DOLE Whip®, Vanilla DOLE Whip® or a swirl of the two.  I can assure you that this is one thing that you will want to use the My Disney Experience App to Mobile Order as the lines can get pretty long at Aloha Isle!

#5 Almost Anything at Epcot During the Festivals – $6.00 up to $9.00+

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Throughout the year, Epcot features a few different festivals that you might be aware of.  While the actual dates do change slightly from year to year, the Festival of the Arts goes from January through February, Flower and Garden Festival runs from March through June, the International Food and Wine Festival runs from August through November, and the Festival of the Holidays runs from November through December.  If you have visited any of these festivals, you know that they set up booths and kiosks throughout Epcot that feature different foods depending on which festival is currently happening.  If you will be there during a festival, I recommend that you save your meal credits and spend all of your snack credits here as most of the great food options range from $6.00 all the way up to almost $10.00 per item.  We were there for the International Food and Wine Festival, and we took major advantage of these items, many of which were amazing!

Other Noteworthy Treats

While these listed here are our absolute favorites, please know that there are so many other items that you can use your snack credits on that we did not mention in the rankings.  Throughout the parks, you can find great snacks like the Pulled Pork Cheese Fries at Flame Tree Bar-B-Q, the Garlic Knots at Pizzafari, the Fruit Smoothies at Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies, the Mickey Waffle at Sleepy Hollow, as well as multiple great options throughout many of the on-property resorts. 

In conclusion

So, what do you think about our top five tasty treats?  Are there items that we left off that you believe deserve to be in the top five?  Have you tried all of these items?  Let us know in the comments below!  Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our page and share this list with all of you Disney Fanatic Friends!

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Magic Kingdom Table-Service Restaurants Ranked Best to Worst

If you are heading out to the Magic Kingdom, there is a good chance that you are interested in learning more about the table-service dining options.  Whether you are wanting to dine with a Disney Princess, or you are looking for a buffet with Pooh and all of his friends, there are many options to please your palate.  We have really enjoyed all of the dining options at the Magic Kingdom.  I have heard rumblings on a few restaurants, but I guess we have been lucky as we have always had great experiences.  Here are our thoughts on Magic Kingdom table service restaurants ranked best to worst.

#1 – Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen – View Menu

Magic Kingdom Table-Service Ranked Best to Worst!

This is such a hidden gem inside Adventureland next to the Jungle Cruise area. Just like the Jungle Cruise gives you a little show by the cast members driving the boats, the Skipper Canteen restaurant’s servers give you a little show with your dinner as well. They tell cute little jokes and have a good time with everyone at your table. This restaurant serves a wide array of dishes such as steak, chicken, pork, fish, lamb and Thai noodles. They have fresh vegetables and wonderful jasmine rice. My steak was amazing! (Lunch menu and dinner menu are nearly the same). The kid’s menu offers a build your own special where the children get to pick from several different options on the menu. They have great specialty drinks as well, which is included if you are using a Disney Dining Plan. You can also get an alcoholic beverage which is include in the package as well.

#2 – Liberty Tree Tavern – View Menu

Straight out of the streets of Americana, this quaint little restaurant is in Liberty Square near the Hall of Presidents. When you walk in, you feel like you are visiting someone’s house, with family style large round tables and chairs. There are six different themed rooms (think of it like different dining rooms) in the restaurant to sit in. There is a little bit of history all around the restaurant for everyone to learn a little bit about the history of America. All food is served family style on large platters. Think Thanksgiving Dinner with turkey and all the trimmings. They keep bringing it out and refilling your plate as well. The dessert here is awesome as well, and we always recommend the Ooey Gooey Toffee cake.

#3 – The Crystal Palace – View Menu

Dinner with Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and of course Eeyore.

Located at the end of Main Street on the left-hand corner before you walk into Adventure Land. While this is a buffet, it is Character Dining with Winnie the Pooh and Friends. While the food isn’t the best in the park, like most buffets, its decent and the kids loved all their choices. This restaurant makes the list at number three because of the meet and greet with the characters. Every single one of them came to the table and sat with my daughter for an extended period. The first time we went to Disney World, this was the very first restaurant that we did, and it set the tone for the rest of the trip.

#4 – Cinderella’s Royal Table – (2 credits) – View Menu

Meeting Cinderella before dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table

I think everyone knows that this is located inside Cinderella Castle. It is absolutely magical. Again, this is a restaurant that is all about the experience, and not necessarily the food. The food is just meh – so heads up on this and it also takes 2 Table Service credits per person for this. However, if you can go at least once, I highly recommend this. My daughter started out downstairs meeting Cinderella in person. Once we were ready to go up to our table, they escorted us up an elevator where we embarked into the dining room and to our table. Every single Disney Princess was in attendance and made it around to every table – and again, spent plenty of time with my daughter. We had a late-night reservation around 8:30 pm, so we got to see the 9:00 pm fireworks from inside the castle. How can you not love that? Talk about magical. I will never forget this experience. As far as the food, they offer things such as pork shank, beef tenderloin, fish, chicken, and couscous. If you can get a reservation and your kids are into Disney Princesses, I would highly recommend this experience.

#5 – Be Our Guest – (2 credits) – View Menu

Dining in the West Wing.

This is another popular restaurant and is very hard to get a reservation. Lunch is considered quick service, and dinner is considered Table Service. It does take 2 table service credits in order to book here. Again, this restaurant is all about the experience and not necessarily the food. The restaurant has three unique themed dining rooms that bring their own sense of Disney Magic. The main dining hall is full of beautiful architecture, crown molding and chandeliers, and the back wall is a window looking outside where it appears to be snowing. The Beast’s West Wing is a very dark and scary dining room, but tons of fun. We’ve eaten in here before for the experience, but heads up, it is very dark and hard to see your food. The final dining room is one that is equally as beautiful and features Beauty and Beast dancing in the middle of the room. Beast makes an appearance during dinner service, but he sort of just walks through the hall, not really coming to tables etc. The fixed menu features food such as roasted tenderloin, Filet Mignon, chicken, tortellini, seafood, and lamb. If I was going to use two dining credits on BOG or Cinderella’s Royal Table, I would choose CRT because of a greater experience. (Highly recommend this place for QS Lunch though)

#6 – The Plaza Restaurant – View Menu

Located right on main street in the busy hustle and bustle that is all things Main street. The restaurant is a cute little restaurant featuring a limited number of tables. They are known for great milkshakes, so feel free to indulge. The food choices are great feel good food choices like baked brisket mac and cheese, a juicy Angus Burger, home style meatloaf, and smoked porkchops. You have a great view of all things Main Street when dining here.

#7 – Diamond Horseshoe – View Menu

Another cute little restaurant located in Liberty Square featuring all things Barbeque. They have brisket, pulled pork, mac and cheese and smoked stuff peppers. Since we’re from Texas, of course this is an all-time favorite.

#8 – Tony’s Town Square – View Menu

Located as soon as you walk through the front gates of the Magic Kingdom on the right-hand side before you start walking down Main Street. It is themed after Disney’s Lady and the Tramp and has a cute little charm about it. They even have a patio where you can enjoy outdoor dining and catch a parade if you make the right timed reservation. The food is typical Italian food such as spaghetti, fettuccini, parmigiana, pizza, etc. Other critics have given this restaurant a thumb sideways or a “meh” review since the food is just not that amazing. However, I’m a cheese and pasta girl, so I enjoyed it. I never get meat on my pasta, such as chicken or shrimp, so not sure how those meals compare to other Italian Restaurants on Disney property like Mama Melrose at HS.

In Conclusion

Well, that covers all the table-service options that Disney’s Magic Kingdom is currently offering. What are your thoughts?  What does your list look like?  Let me know in the comments below.  We hope that you enjoyed our list of the Magic Kingdom Table-Service Restaurants Ranked Best to Worst.  Please do us a favor and like our post and share with all of your Disney Fanatic friends! 

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Magic Kingdom Quick-Service Restaurants Ranked Best to Worst

Going to Disney’s Magic Kingdom is truly a magical experience.  From the rides to the attractions to the cast members to the food, Disney really does everything they can to ensure that every guest that enters the gates is treated to a truly magical experience.  One of my personal favorite things to do while visiting the Magic Kingdom is to try as much food as possible!  Growing up, I can remember visiting the Magic Kingdom, and I can only remember thinking that the food was underwhelming.  I am happy to report to you that things have definitely changed!  Over the last ten years of so, our family has had the great pleasure of visiting each of the quick service dining options.  

DISCLAIMER

I would like to mention that this ranking is only looking at lunch and dinner options.  Also, at the time of writing, Tortuga Tavern is officially serving a limited quick service menu, so I have included it towards the bottom, but based on what I am hearing, it has a good chance of moving up once we get the opportunity to give it a try.

#1 – Be Our Guest – Available as a Quick Service Dining Credit for Lunch Only – View Menu

Belle and Beast in the Castle Gallery

My family has truly enjoyed every visit we have had to Be Our Guest. When it comes to Quick Service, this location cannot be beat for its ambiance, food quality, and overall total experience.  There are three options including the main area referred to as the Ballroom, the smaller and very dark, but truly amazing West Wing, and the beautiful Castle Gallery.  From here, you will place a device on your table, and head to the drink stations to get your choice of a wide variety of both hot and cold beverages.  Shorty after returning to your table, a server will deliver your food to you in a fancy rolling wood and glass cart.  Overall, the experience can’t be beat, and we have all enjoyed each of our experiences here.  While it is quick-service for lunch, you are still expected to make reservation online, which as of our most recent trip, was not easy to get.

#2 – Columbia Harbor House – View Menu

Not sure how we have not tried Columbia Harbor House until our most recent visit to the Magic Kingdom, but we sure are glad that we found it!  We snuck in here for a late dinner during the fireworks on our last trip, and we were truly surprised.  Kalynda is not a fan of seafood, so we had doubts, but she was very happy to find that they offered a Chicken Pot Pie that could have easily been served in any of the full-service restaurants.  I went with the Trio Platter (fish, chicken, and shrimp), and I am glad that I did.  I am pretty sure that all of the fried foods on my platter were frozen and fried, but either way, for the quick-service credit, I thoroughly enjoyed every last bite!  I heard that they had an upstairs dining room, so we headed up and enjoyed a peaceful family dinner.  We will definitely be eating here again in the future!

#3 – Casey’s Corner – View Menu

There is not much to say about Casey’s Corner except for the fact that they sell a wide variety or ever-changing hot dogs.  If you love hot dogs, you can’t go wrong with Casey’s.  We really like that they have new dogs on each visit, as well as a hot dog of the month.  Being that it is at the end of Main Street, it can get pretty busy during peak dining times in the park.  Additionally, there is very little seating, so if it is busy, be prepared to grab your food and head out to one of the sidewalks or lawns outside of the restaurant.

#4 – Pinocchio Village Haus – View Menu

Another great option over in Fantasyland is Pinocchio Village Haus.  This is a great place to visit if you have a craving for a pizza, pasta, soup, and salad.  For the kids, you can also get the traditional chicken tenders with French fries.  While the food is not anything out of this world, I have enjoyed each of my visits, and will most likely eat here again in the future.  If you are someone who has a love for “It’s a Small World,” there are seats with windows that overlook the ride where you and sit and enjoy the view.  Also, there is an upstairs dining room that you can check out and maybe get away from the crowds downstairs.

#5 – Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn and Café – View Menu

While Pecos Bill’s has undergone quite a few changes over the years, it is still okay.  I know that I have it ranked towards the bottom, but it is still a good choice if you are really hungry.  They also have a very diverse allergy-friendly menu if that is something that is important to you and your family.  They have a southwest theme going on with a menu that features fajitas, but they also have a variety of nachos, burgers, rice bowls, and more.  I really enjoyed Pecos Bill’s before they changed the menu, but like I said, in my opinion, now it is just okay.  It will do the trick…  Not going out of my way to eat here, but if I was hungry and the lines were short, I would give it another shot.

#6 – Tortuga Tavern – View Menu

I need to be upfront and let you know that we have not eaten here with the current menu (as of February 2019).  That said, I have been doing research and talking with a few of my park insiders, and I believe that if what they say is true, Tortuga Tavern has the potential to move up if they continue growing their menu and offering items similar to what they are doing now.  Right now, the menu is very small, and they are only serving a short rib sandwich, a short rib topped hot dog, a traditional hot dog, and a turkey leg.  I know that I love Disney Turkey Legs, but from what I hear, the short rib sandwich and hot dog are both pretty good as well.  If you get a chance to give it a try, leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

#7 – Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café – View Menu

In the intro, I said that my vision of Magic Kingdom food from growing up was underwhelming.  When I think about Cosmic Ray’s, I think about visiting when I was younger.  Burgers, fries, hot dogs, chicken tenders – all of which can be done better than Cosmic Ray’s serves them.  In watching some of the more popular vloggers and bloggers, it appears that Cosmic Ray’s tried hard to offer new and exciting burgers and sandwiches throughout the year, but I have never been there to experience anything other than the traditional, boring menu.

Well, that covers all the quick-service options that Disney’s Magic Kingdom is currently offering.  I know that we did not cover all the counter service options as that would have made this list too long, but I can assure you that we will be tackling each of them really soon.  What are your thoughts?  What does your list look like?  Let me know in the comments below.  Please do us a favor and like our post and share with all of your Disney Fanatic friends!

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