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Dining at Magic Kingdom

by Jamie Rumph

The dining options at Magic Kingdom are nearly endless! ?With so many choices where do you start? ?Look no further than right here! ?While I have visited a great majority of the dining options in Magic Kingdom, I have not visited them all. ?I will do my best to give you insights into each place so that you can choose what is best for you and your family! ?Remember, reservations are a must for many table service restaurants, especially the most popular ones. ?You can read my previous post here “Making Reservations” to learn when and how to a make your table service reservations.

So, let’s dive right in, starting with Table Service Restaurants first! ?I will include allergy friendly information as well, but rest assured, my husband has put his two sense into the yummy-ness of these restaurants as well, and he um, eats everything! ?There is a quick reference table at the bottom of this post, that may be helpful and less, well, wordy! πŸ™‚

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Out front of Be Our Guest

Out front of Be Our Guest

Be Our Guest – is located in Fantasyland. ?It is one of Magic Kingdoms newest restaurants, and one of the harder reservations to get. ?You can not, at the current time, walk up and walk right in (unless you just happen to get lucky, so don’t count on it!). ?It is the home of Belle’s Castle and boasts 3 enchanted dining rooms, each with their own special Disney effects. ?You order via kiosk and are given a rose to receive your meal, which is?delivered to your table for breakfast and lunch, table service at dinner.

Rose given at  time of ordering.

Rose given at time of ordering.

The Grand Ballroom Dining Area

The Grand Ballroom Dining Area

Beast portrait in the Westwing Dining Room

Beast portrait in the West Wing Dining Room

The Castle Gallery Dining Room

The Castle Gallery Dining Room

Allergy notes: ?We ate here for lunch and were impressed with not only the decor, but also with the impressive service from staff insuring our food safety. ?Even though you typically order from a kiosk, a chef happily greeted us at the kiosk and entered our order, then took the order to the back himself and prepared it. ?It was delivered to our table, covered in order to not contaminate our food. ?The variety of choices was not overly large, however what was available was tasty and well prepared. ?BOG did have separate fryers so I could enjoy gf fries! ?Always a treat! ?They did not have any gf/dairy free dessert options.

allergy friendly meal at BOG

allergy friendly meal at BOG – roast beef, fries and broccoli

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Outside the entrance

Outside the entrance

Cinderella’s Royal Table – located in Cinderella’s Castle. This restaurant is a must, a least once, if you have any love of princesses living in your house, or if you’re dying to get inside Cinderellas Castle! ?This is by far the hardest reservation to get inside Magic Kingdom! ?So if you want it, you’ll need to be up bright and early on 180 days prior and hope that the magic is with you! ?If you don’t get it at first, don’t give up! ?There are ways to get it, hopefully, if you’re persistent. ?I did not get it my first try, but was happy to finally get it booked after weeks of trying!

View looking down onto the main entrance area where you get your picture taken with Cinderella.

View looking down onto the main entrance area where you get your picture taken with Cinderella.

This reservation starts in the bottom level of the castle with a picture of Cinderella and your family! ?These pictures are printed and delivered to your table and are not part of the photopass package. ?The room is grand like a castle, make sure to look up for Gus and Jaq in the rafters.

Gus and Jaq

Gus and Jaq

After meeting Cinderella you are escorted up the main staircase and seated in the dining area. ?The stained glass windows look out the back of the castle and onto Fantasyland. ?The Castle was recently refurbished and restaurant closed for a bit in January 2015. ?I’m not sure if anything was truly changed or if it was just scheduled maintenance.

Main dining area

Main dining area

Ceiling in main dining area

Ceiling in main dining area

Guests are given wishing stars and wands to participate in a little magic ceremony as the meal begins and the characters are introduced. ?We saw Snow White, Jasmine, Ariel, Aurora and of course Cinderella while we were there. ?The characters can change, so if you are looking for someone particular this may not be the best route to ensure seeing them.

Wishing Star

Wishing Star

Magic Wands

Magic Wands

Cinderellas Royal Table Menu - October 2014

Cinderellas Royal Table Menu – October 2014

The menu is 3 course, and patrons choose one item from each course, with only a few choices to choose from. ?The princesses make their way around the dining room visiting each table individually. ?You will have time for pictures, an autograph or two, but not much time for conversation. ?My girls truly enjoyed this experience and although the pictures are not great, due to all of the tables and heads in the background, we still have them none the less.

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Pictures with Princesses while dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table

I would suggest asking to be sat in the main part of the dining room near the windows if possible (not around the perimeter) but there are no guarantees for seating. ?My philosophy is it never hurts to ask, and Disney always does their best to make your time there extra special.

There are a few new packages avaliable within your reservation, “Her Royal Highness” for little princesses and “Glass Slipper Engagment”. Details of these packages can be found by clicking on the link?of My Disney Experience.

Allergy friendliness: ?I had a good experience here as well, in terms of safeness of my food. ?A chef came to the table and was able to prepare a meal that met my dietry requirements. ?The choices again were very limited, and not terribly exciting but they weren’t bland and boring either. ?Probably my biggest disappointment was that the only offerings they had for the dessert portion of the menu was fresh fruit. ?It was good, but when you know there are better “desserty” options within the park, it was disappointing.

My husbands meal

My husbands meal

Amazing dessert! - Not allergy friendly!

Amazing dessert! – Not allergy friendly!

I didn’t take any pictures of my allergy meal. ?I apparently didn’t find it all that exciting. Overall, our experience here was fantastic and worth the money simply for the atmosphere and the coolness of getting to go in the Castle!

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Front of Crystal Palace

Front of Crystal Palace

Side of Crystal Palace

Side of Crystal Palace

View from bridge while approaching Crystal Palace from the Adventureland area

View from bridge while approaching Crystal Palace from the Adventureland area

Crystal Palace – Located right off of main street to the left of the castle. ?We visited this restaurant as our ploy to get into Magic Kingdom before the crowds, so we could get the Castle picture without anyone in it. ?See that post by clicking (here!) ?This is a character meal which features Winnie the Pooh and Friends. ?All meals are buffet style at breakfast, lunch and dinner. ?The atmosphere is light and airy, appearing like a green house. ?The staff was uber friendly and helpful! ?I would recommend this if your dying to visit with Pooh and his friends, or as a way to get into the park before hours. ?The food was good, and atmosphere nice, but to me it doesn’t demand my return unless I was looking for the above mentioned items.

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Gluten Free Mickey Mouse waffles

Allergy friendliness: ?Buffets can be hard on those of us with allergies! ?You just never know what’s lurking in something that looks or typically is safe. ?It is always best to ask for guidance. ?On my visit, a chef accompanied me through the buffet line and listed ingredients and pointed to what was safe. ?If there was something he was unsure of, he did not guess, and was quick to tell me he would rather double check than ruin my day! ?I so appreciate this kind of thing! ?It can be hard for people without food allergies to completely understand the repercussions of eating something your body doesn’t agree with. ?I have had many disappointments in this area, and witnessed and given my share of snarky comments. ?Yuck, no fun! ?Either way, those things never, not once, have happened at any Disney dining facility I have visited. ?IF anything, they are often overly cautious! ?Which is awesome! ?It’s one of the many, many reasons I LOVE Disney and continually return!

There were gluten free Mickey Mouse waffles here, which my daughter was able to enjoy! ?I was so happy for her, because no kid should have to go without those on a Disney trip! ?I could not partake as they use rice flour as the wheat (gluten) flour substitute and I don’t tolerate rice well, but I was happy to see that Disney makes and incredible effort to keep up the fun for everyone!

Again, the food is not extraordinary, but the effort of the staff was endless. ?And if you can get a safe and good meal, visit Pooh and Friends, and get your picture in front of the Castle minus the crowd (8 am breakfast reservation only) then I’d say it’s worth it!

I have not eaten lunch or dinner here, but would imagine the food is about the same level of goodness.

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Liberty Tree Tavern

Liberty Tree Tavern – located in Liberty Square and serves up buffet and family style all American meals, complete with a turkey dinner! ?This is a table service location I have not visited.

Liberty Tree Tavern will be closed for refurbishments from July 6, 2015 to November 20, 2015.

Allergy friendliness: ?to be updated soon!

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Plaza Restaurant

Plaza Restaurant – located on Main Street, USA. ?This table service restaurant serves up comfort food, complete with meatloaf and mashed potatoes, as well as sandwiches. ?They are open for lunch and dinner and reservations are accepted. ?This is another location I have not visited.

Allergy?friendliness: to be updated soon!

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Picture from disneyworld.disney.go

Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party?– located in Tomorrowland at the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant. ?This location is a quick service restaurant for lunch and dinner from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. ?It is then reopened for guests who hold a reservation of the Fireworks Dessert Party. ?It is recommend that guests check the daily schedule and to arrive for the party apx 60 minutes before the start of the fireworks show. ?This can be a very hard reservation to get, so please, if your dying to visit here, make your reservation at 180 day from your visit.

Guests will enjoy and unobstructed view of Cinderella’s Castle, the fireworks and Tink making her nightly flight from the Castle.

Guests will be seated and then invited to visit the dessert buffet. ?Often times people will stand and line up near the edge of the balcony, so if you want the best view, you may try to line up earlier rather than later.

Allergy friendliness: I have not visited here, but am positive that with an advanced phone call they can accommodate your needs. ?Additionally, Babycakes NYC, which has several locations?(click link for locations) throughout Disney World will deliver their fabulous allergy friendly and vegan desserts. ?Seriously people, these are some of the VERY best treats I have eaten!

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Tony’s Town Square Restaurant

Tony’s Town Square Restaurant – located on Main Street USA and open for lunch and dinner. ?Tony’s features an Italian menu complete with old fashioned spaghetti and meatballs. ?This is a location I have not visited, but I am sure is yummy none the less.

Allergy friendliness: ?I have not visited this location, but would guess that they have gluten free pasta options. ?It would be worth a phone call to find out before making reservations if you need special accommodations. ?More info coming soon.

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picture from disneyworld.disney.go

Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party – located in Tomorrowland at the Terrace Restaurant. ?I am not sure the difference between this fireworks dessert party and the Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert party. ?However, I will get to the bottom of it! ?Check back soon!

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You’ve reached the end of the wonderful list of table service dining options at Magic Kingdom! ?I hope you’ve enjoyed my personal pictures and insights where I could share them. ?Keep checking back for updated info, as this page is always a work in progress.

Quick service restaurants coming soon!

Quick reference table coming soon! ?For those of you that don’t like to read!

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