Magic Kingdom may be known for its rides, but there are also some decent dining experiences to be had there if you know where to look. In general, Magic Kingdom has quick service, table service, character dining, and what we’re going to call snack stands. Sometimes the lines are a bit blurry between snack stands and quick service restaurants, but we designated our Magic Kingdom food options based on whether they had seating and how extensive or minimal their menu is. (Updated Februrary 15, 2023)
Here are a few other things to keep in mind as you go through this guide to the best restaurants in Magic Kingdom:
- Quick service restaurants offer indoor and/or outdoor seating. Orders are placed either on your cell phone and picked or with a cast member standing at a register. Menu options tend to be cheaper here than at table service restaurants.
- Table service restaurants offer almost exclusive indoor seating. As you probably guessed, orders are placed at your table with your server and food is delivered to you. Meals are more expensive here. These are also the only restaurants you can buy alcohol in Magic Kingdom.
- Disney character dining experiences are table service restaurants with the addition of Disney characters. Typically, characters will rotate from table to table throughout the meal allowing guests to get photos and autographs. It’s a great way to see these beloved characters really get into character in a unique setting. It’s like dinner and a show! These meals are more expensive than a normal table service restaurant, especially at Cinderella’s Royal Table.
- Snack stands have minimal menus and no or next-to-no seating. These are good places to grab both generic and especially photographic snacks like turkey legs, Mickey pretzels, or character-inspired sweets and a variety of drinks.
- Almost every restaurant will have at least a couple of plant-based or allergy/gluten-free options. Scroll to the bottom of the menu on the Disney World app to see what’s available. Cast members are also happy to help accommodate your dietary restrictions – you just need to let them know once you’ve arrived.
Now, without any further ado, here’s our list of all the places to eat in Magic Kingdom, along with a few of our favorites.
Best Restaurants in Magic Kingdom
Wondering where to eat in Magic Kingdom? Well, look no further. Here’s our list of the best Magic Kingdom restaurants.
Best Table Service – Be Our Guest Restaurant
With its beautiful themed dining rooms, elevated menu, and kid-friendly offerings, Be Our Guest Restaurant is at the top of our list of best table service Magic Kingdom restaurants. Adults will love the French prix fixe menu, design details, and it being one of the only places you can get alcohol in Magic Kingdom (along with the other table service restaurants), and kids will love seeing the Beast and feeling like they’ve stepped into the movie. It’s one of the priciest options at Magic Kingdom, but we think it’s worth it.
Best Quick Service – Columbia Harbour House
An unassuming favorite, Columbia Harbour House is our pick for the best quick service Magic Kingdom restaurant. There is a ton of indoor seating available, the seafood-heavy menu is a nice departure from standard theme park fare, and the theming is subtle yet filled with delightful details. With a Lobster Roll and platters overflowing with fried food, this is a restaurant both kids and adults can enjoy.
Honorable Mention – Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café
If it’s south-of-the-border favorites and great atmosphere you’re after, Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café in Frontierland features several tasty Mexican dishes, a burger (if you’re into that sort of thing), and plentiful air-conditioned and outdoor seating in a charming setting. Can it get crowded and hard to find a seat sometimes? Yup, but the food is pretty good, and there’s also a toppings bar so you can customize your meal to your heart’s content.
Best Character Dining – Cinderella’s Royal Table
For many families, there’s no better way to enjoy a meal than with a visit or two from some of your favorite Disney characters. Considered both character and signature dining, Cinderella’s Royal Table is a standout experience. After all, what’s better than eating at a restaurant in Cinderella Castle with princesses stopping by for a visit? Is it expensive? Yes. But if you or your kiddos are into Disney princesses, there is no better Disney character dining at Magic Kingdom.
Best Plant-Based and Allergy & Gluten-Free – Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen
Unlike many other restaurants at Magic Kingdom, most of the dishes on the menu at Jungle Navigation Skipper Canteen are already allergy & gluten-friendly. And that includes the “Tastes Like Chicken” Because It Is! crispy-fried chicken. Yes, you heard us right. Fried chicken that is already gluten-free on the main menu. As Skipper Canteen’s menu is based on African, Asian, and Latin American cuisines, many dishes already use gluten-free ingredients. For that same reason, Asian countries especially are more likely to be vegetarian, you can also find multiple unique plant-based dishes here.
Best Savory Snack – Sweet-and-Spicy Chicken Waffle Sandwich
Our pick for best Magic Kingdom snack, the Sweet-and-Spicy Chicken Waffle Sandwich at Sleepy Hollow, may not be around for long, so we recommend you head on over to this Liberty Square haunt (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves) while it’s still there. Yes, we know that technically this snack also says it’s sweet in the name, it’s so good that we did it anyway. Crunchy fried chicken crowned with creamy slaw and a spicy-sweet sauce all on top of a fresh waffle is a true delight. Just trust us here.
Best Sweet Treat – Dole Whip
Truly, of all these titles, this is the easiest of all. The best sweet treat in Magic Kingdom is, without a doubt, the Dole Whip. Once only available in pineapple or with a vanilla swirl, you can now find Dole Whip in many refreshing flavors like strawberry, lime (Storybook Sweets’ Peter Pan Float), orange (Sunshine Tree Terrace’s I Lava You Float), and coconut (Aloha Isle’s Kakamora Float). Of course, you could always go for the classic Pineapple Dole Whip Float at Aloha Isle as well. Or track down Dole Whip throughout Disney World. We won’t judge.
Magic Kingdom Food Options
Table Service Restaurants & Fine Dining
- Be Our Guest Restaurant
- Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen
- Liberty Tree Tavern
- The Diamond Horseshoe
- The Plaza Restaurant
- Tony’s Town Square Restaurant
Quick Service Restaurants
- Casey’s Corner
- Columbia Harbour House
- Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café
- Golden Oak Outpost
- Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café
- Pinocchio Village House
- The Friar’s Nook
- The Lunching Pad
- Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant
- Tortuga Tavern
Disney Character Dining
- Cinderella’s Royal Table
- The Crystal Palace
- Aloha Isle
- Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies
- Cheshire Café
- Cool Ship
- Gaston’s Tavern
- Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
- Liberty Square Market
- Main Street Bakery
- Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
- Prince Eric’s Village Market
- Sleepy Hollow
- Storybook Treats
- Sunshine Tree Terrace
- Westward Ho
Aloha Isle | Snack Stand
Wanting a sweet and fruity treat? Look no further than Aloha Isle in Adventureland. Featuring the holy grail of best Disney World snacks, the Dole Whip, this grab-and-go snack stand neighboring the Enchanted Tiki Room, Magic Carpets of Aladdin, and the cut-through walkway to Frontierland, serves up the original vanilla or pineapple Dole Whip, as well as raspberry-pineapple swirl, in a cup or as a refreshing float with pineapple juice. Yes, that is as delicious as it sounds. Aloha Isle is also currently offering the Kakamora Float, which is a tasty concoction (trust us, we’ve tried it) of coconut soft serve, pineapple juice, blue curaçao syrup, and crowned with chocolate cake pop made to look like one of the Kakamora, AKA those evil coconuts from Moana.
Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen | Table Service Restaurant
Do you like a little comedy with your cuisine? Have you ever been on Jungle Cruise and thought, “man, I wish this kind of trip was real, just without the headhunters”? If so, then the Jungle Navigation Skipper Canteen is for you. Worldly flavors are the feature at this table service restaurant, with African, Asian, and Latin-inspired dishes available for lunch and dinner like the “Tastes Like Chicken” Because It Is! with a sweet chili glaze or the Coconut Bar with Pineapple-Basil Compote and Vanilla Cream. Several plant-based options are also available. In general, this is a great dining option if you’ve got a sense of humor and a slightly adventurous palate.
Sunshine Tree Terrace | Snack Stand
The ancestral homeland of pineapple Dole Whip, Sunshine Tree Terrace is a small, slightly awkwardly placed food stand currently serving up some other Dole Whip flavors like orange cream, citrus swirl, and strawberry in cups and floats, as well as some pork and vegetable potstickers. The highlight here is definitely the I Lava You Float, a yummy blend of orange Dole Whip, Strawberry Fanta, passion fruit syrup, and (wait for it) Pop Rocks!
Tortuga Tavern | Quick Service Restaurant
It’s a pirate’s life for you and your family at Tortuga Tavern. Typically only open when it’s super busy, this tucked-away quick service restaurant in Adventureland serves theme park favorites, occasionally with a Caribbean twist, like the classic Turkey Leg, Hot Dog with Ropa Vieja, Jerk-smoked Brisket sandwich, and Rum Cake.
Be Our Guest Restaurant | Table Service Restaurant
Step into a tale as old as time at Be Our Guest. Inspired by the film Beauty & the Beast, Be Our Guest takes guests out of the poor provincial town of Fantasyland and transports them to the Beast’s castle, where guests can dine next to the Beast’s enchanted rose in The West Wing, marvel at The Grand Ballroom, or explore Belle’s library in The Castle Gallery. Both lunch and dinner feature a prix fixe, 3-course menu featuring French cuisine. Guests choose from a selection of appetizers and entrees including lobster bisque, French onion soup, filet mignon, and pan-seared sea scallops. There’s even a prix fixe menu just for the kids! Whatever you do, be sure to save room for the dessert trio so you can finally try out the famous Grey Stuff.
Cheshire Café | Snack Stand
Right next to the Mad Tea Party, the Cheshire Café is a quaint looking food kiosk serving several drinks – including the delicious but definitely sweet Wonderland Slushy, a pink-and-purple-striped confection of raspberry lemonade and grape slushies served with a candy-coated straw(!) – as well as one of our other favorite Magic Kingdom snacks, the Cheshire Cat Tail, twisted puff pastry stuffed with chocolate and drizzled with pink and purple icing. Yum!
Cinderella’s Royal Table | Disney Character Dining
Ever wished you could dine with royalty? Well, you can at this restaurant in Cinderella Castle: Cinderella’s Royal Table. Enjoy lunch or dinner with Cinderella and her friends at this quintessential Disney signature character dining experience. The cuisine is elevated American, such as Braised Lamb Shank and a Roasted Chicken Breast. The highlight, aside from the princesses, of course, is definitely dessert. Go for Jaq & Gus or The Clock Strikes Twelve for something as Instagrammable as it is tasty. If your kids are into princesses, this is a must-do.
Gaston’s Tavern | Snack Stand
The décor may be manly but the snacks are sweet over at Gaston’s Tavern. Warm Cinnamon Rolls and a The Grey Stuff Cupcake are both on the menu, as is the delightful LeFou’s Brew. (Take that, frozen Butterbeer!) LeFou’s Brew is decidedly fruitier than its frozen Universal Orlando competitor, with apple juice and “a hint of toasted marshmallow” with a passion-fruit mango foam on top. This is a fun place to swing by for fans of Beauty & the Beast (or antlers!) and grab a little something to eat.
Pinocchio Village Haus | Quick Service Restaurant
Enjoy a relaxing lunch or dinner overlooking It’s a Small World in this quaint quick service restaurant inspired by Gepetto’s cottage. Food options skew slightly Italian, with several kinds of flatbreads on the menu, along with chicken strips and chocolate gelato. For those with an allergy or needing a gluten-free option, there are also plenty of possibilities, including all the aforementioned flatbreads. In general, there is a ton of kid-friendly choices here, and you might even see Jiminy Cricket stop by to say hello from the outside balcony from time to time.
Prince Eric’s Village Market | Snack Stand
Just across from Ariel’s Grotto, Prince Eric’s Village Market is a cute little open-air food stand with a selection of simple snacks like jumbo pretzels and grapes, the quintessential turkey leg, and a few frozen slushes. Our favorite thing here is the Mermaid Donut, a yeast donut with purple icing and white chocolate whozits and whatzits from Ariel’s Grotto.
Storybook Treats | Snack Stand
Frozen treats are the focus at this little ice cream stand between The Friar’s Nook and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Cups of soft serve, floats, and strawberry or hot fudge sundaes are all available. Fortunately, for everyone, Dole Whip has also found its way here, so we highly recommend the Peter Pan Float, a yummy mix of lime Dole Whip and Sprite all topped with a chocolate feather.
The Friar’s Nook | Quick Service Restaurant
Looking for something comforting and filling to get you through the rest of your Disney day? Head on over to The Friar’s Nook in Fantasyland. Right next to Princess Fairytale Hall, this walk-up stand dishes up such indulgent entrees as Creamy Bacon Macaroni & Cheese or the super tasty Loaded Buffalo Chicken Tots. There’s also a plant-based brat here for any vegetarians or vegans.
Golden Oak Outpost | Quick Service Restaurant
Across from Pecos Bill Tale Tale Inn and Café and neighboring Adventureland, Golden Oak Outpost serves a regularly changing menu typically of fried, “loaded” food. Currently, you can find some basic chicken nuggets, loaded onion rings or waffle fries, and chili cheese onion rings or waffle fries. There’s a nice little seating area here, however many guests choose to hunt down a table in the A/C at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café across the way. This little food stand is another that tends to close when crowds are low, so be aware.
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café | Quick Service Restaurant
Long gone are the days of the glorious burger toppings bar (oh, how we miss you). In its place at Pecos Bill Tall Tall Inn and Café is a wide range of Mexican favorites like a Fajita Platter, Southwest Salad, rice bowls, and a few kinds of nachos and a new toppings bar. Plenty of allergy and gluten-free options are available here. This is a great place to sit down and enjoy some air conditioning, and a prime location along the parade route. That all makes this a very popular spot, meaning finding a place to sit can be challenging.
Westward Ho | Snack Stand
Needing something to fuel you in your journey across the American frontier (AKA as you head over to Adventureland for your Disney Genie+ time at Pirates of the Caribbean)? Stop by Westward Ho for a few small snacks like Corn Dog Nuggets or a Churro with chocolate sauce, as well as lemonade or Coca-Cola slushies and Joffrey’s cold brew.
Liberty Square Restaurants
Columbia Harbour House | Quick Service Restaurant
Take a trip to old New England at Columbia Harbour House. Chicken may be first on the sign that hangs outside Columbia Harbour House, but make no mistake, seafood is definitely the feature here. Go for the Lobster Roll or the Trio Platter and be sure to save room for the Hushpuppies and Minnie Mouse Chocolate Lava Cake. This is also a great spot for those with allergies. When it’s open, this is cozy quick service restaurant is a nice change of pace from Cosmic Ray’s or Pecos Bill Café, in a prime location neighboring the Haunted Mansion between Fantasyland and Liberty Square.
Liberty Square Market | Snack Stand
Wanting some grab-and-go snacks or everyone’s favorite Turkey Leg and Mickey Pretzel? Swing by Liberty Square Market between the Haunted Mansion and Liberty Tree Tavern. This open-air snack stand has pre-packaged snacks like Babybel Cheese and trail mix, plus a variety of fruit.
Liberty Tree Tavern | Table Service Restaurant
Are you hungry? Like, really hungry. Stuff yourself as much, or as little, as you like at this Disney buffet restaurant that’s as American as apple pie (which Liberty Tree Tavern surprisingly doesn’t serve – it’s Warm Apple Cake or Oooey Gooey Toffee Cake instead). Tuck into the all-you-care-to-enjoy Patriot’s Platter, inspired by a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, or the plant-based Tavern Keeper’s Feast. Allergy and gluten-free options can be found here as well. While you’re here, be sure to take some time – maybe get up and walk around to make some room – to walk around the restaurant a bit. There are tons of fun Founding Fathers details here to be found.
Sleepy Hollow | Snack Stand
The Sleepy Hollow food stand offers up sweet treats and iced coffee drinks overlooking Cinderella Castle. This charming cottage serves sweets like Funnel Cakes and Mickey Waffles, plus the delicious Sweet-and-Spicy Chicken Waffle Sandwich and Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich with Nutella. There is a seating area available nearby, however, it’s pretty small, so it gets filled up with people and powdered sugar pretty fast.
The Diamond Horseshoe | Table Service Restaurant
Once a seasonal quick service location, The Diamond Horseshoe straddling Liberty Square and Frontierland is now a seasonal table service restaurant. Similar to Liberty Tree Tavern, bottomless servings of filling food are the feature here, however, a la carte options are also available. If you’re really hungry, go for the all-you-care-to-enjoy Saloon Feast. Another menu item that we were happy to see here is the Smoked Stuffed Peppers. While plant-based meal options are normally boring, these serrano peppers filled with vegetarian-friendly stuffing are a pleasant departure from the monotony. The inside is also a ton of fun with its Wild West saloon stylings and a player piano that performs throughout the day, making this a unique place to eat when it’s actually open.
Main Street, U.S.A. Restaurants
Casey’s Corner | Quick Service Restaurant
If there’s anything that’s more American than apple pie, it’s baseball and hot dogs. And if there’s anything that’s more American than a hot dog, it’s a loaded hot dog. Casey’s Corner at the end of Main Street, U.S.A has it all (minus the apple pie). The menu here is packed with loaded hot dogs, from the classic chili-cheese to bacon macaroni & cheese. There’s even a plant-based Loaded Slaw Dog for the vegetarians out there, and some decidedly non-vegetarian Corn Dog Nuggets that come with some very popular plastic cheese. If you’re lucky, you might even catch the restaurant’s piano man playing just outside.
Main Street Bakery | Snack Stand
Wondering where to get your caffeine fix at the beginning of your day at Magic Kingdom? Head on over to Main Street Baker, also known as Starbucks, for all of your frappuccino, latte, cold brew, and iced tea needs. As you might expect, lines can get very long here throughout the day but especially in the morning, so be ready for a wait.
Plaza Ice Cream Parlor | Snack Stand
There’s no need to wonder about what’s served at the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor: just scoops and scoops of creamy, dreamy ice cream. The menu offers up ice cream cones, a customized Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich, and a delicious array of sundaes – go for the All-American Sundae with hot fudge and peanut butter, the Apple Blossom Sundae with caramel sauce and warm apple pie (finally!), or one of the Plaza’s limited-time options.
The Crystal Palace | Disney Character Dining
Always wanted to meet Winnie the Pooh and Tigger too but could never make it all the way to the Hundred Acre Woods? No worries! Enjoy a character meal with silly old Pooh Bear, Piglet, Eeyore, and Tigger at The Crystal Palace, right next to the entrance to Adventureland. This restaurant may look like a Victorian-inspired greenhouse inside and out, but the food is Southern at heart. The Crystal Palace all-you-can-eat, family-friendly fare like Country Fried Chicken doused in a black pepper gravy, creamy Mashed Potatoes and meaty Prime Rib.
The Plaza Restaurant | Table Service Restaurant
Take a trip to yesteryear at The Plaza Restaurant. Disney’s theming is simple here, all pastels and turn-of-the-century charm, and the menu offers up classic American comfort foods to match. The Plaza Club is a favorite, as is The Plaza Burger which comes topped with honey-barbecued beef brisket and the Original Banana Split or any of the other decadent milkshakes and sundaes. Plant eaters will enjoy the Bangers & Mash (yes, we know, not exactly what we’d call American cuisine) and the Dark Chocolate-Banana Bread Pudding.
Tony’s Town Square Restaurant | Table Service Restaurant
If there are two things people love, it’s Italian food and dogs. Fortunately, Tony’s Town Square Restaurant kind of has both. Inspired by the movie Lady & the Tramp, Tony’s Town Square is meant to be the restaurant where that famous spaghetti noodle kiss happened. In fact, if you take a look at the ground in front of the restaurant, you might even see Lady’s and Tramp’s paw prints inscribed in a heart. Menu options here are basic Italian, including pizza, a Roman-style Steak, and pasta. This is by no means gourmet Italian food, but with plenty of kid-friendly options and cute theming, it’s an enjoyable place to eat in Magic Kingdom.
Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies | Snack Stand
Need something cool and sweet to get you through the rest of your Disney day? Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies, an ice cream shop next to the Astro Orbiter and the Merchant of Venus, serves up ice cream, shakes, smoothies, floats, and even a Brownie Sundae. This is a good place to stop if you’re in need of a sugar buzz or something to help you take the heat of an Orlando summer.
Cool Ship | Snack Stand
Aside from a refreshing mist, Cool Ship serves up only two things: Coca-Cola beverages, including a Super Lemonade with blueberry boba, and Churros. That’s it. It’s simple, but who doesn’t love a good churro?
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café | Quick Service Restaurant
Think of Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café as a classic American diner in space. We’re talking hot dogs, cheeseburgers, a Spicy Chicken Sandwich with bacon and sriracha aioli, chicken strips, Greek salad, and even a Greek Salad with Chicken Strips. For vegetarians, there’s an Impossible Burger and plenty of options for those with allergies and gluten issues. There’s also a toppings bar available to make your meal your own. With tons of indoor and outdoor seating and out-of-this-world entertainment by Sonny Eclipse, this quick service restaurant can get busy, but if you’re able to find a table, it’s a decent place to eat with plenty of kid-friendly meal choices and glorious A/C.
Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company | Snack Stand
Joffrey’s is a mainstay throughout Disney World and offers up tons of hot, iced, and frozen coffee beverages and tea. Pastries are usually available as well, and kiosks will often feature seasonal drinks for a limited time. This is just a kiosk, so expect lines to get long and move slowly.
The Lunching Pad | Quick Service Restaurant
Tucked underneath the Tomorrowland Transit Authority and the Astro Orbiter, The Lunching Pad is a small quick-service location with some outdoor seating in the middle of Tomorrowland. Options are limited to hot dogs, a Pulled Pork Sandwich, Mickey and warm cream-cheese-stuffed pretzels, and slushies.
Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant | Quick Service Restaurant
Typically home to a fireworks dessert party, Tomorrowland Terrace also occasionally opens as a quick-service restaurant when crowds are at their heaviest. With its plentiful covered seating and views of Cinderella Castle, it’s an out-of-the-way place to grab a bite to eat in Magic Kingdom or to snack on some sweets during the dazzling nighttime spectacular.
Allergy & Gluten-Free Options in Magic Kingdom
There are many things that Disney does well. Movies, TV, and theme parks are the big ones, of course. Another thing is accommodating food allergies in their theme park restaurants, whether that’s getting a tour of the buffet with a chef showing you what you can and can’t eat, special off-menu offerings concocted by the chef, or through substitution or elimination of ingredients. Truly, traveling to a Disney park is a dream for those needing allergy & gluten-free options.
Magic Kingdom dining is no different. Cast members are happy to make sure you receive a gluten-free (or any other allergy) meal, just let them know when ordering. Some restaurants will only have a few allergy-friendly options, but there are some that have many, and many kitchens have a separate fryer specifically for allergies.
Before you go, we recommend looking over the menus at various restaurants first to get an idea first of where you’d like to eat. Because, while some restaurants offer unique gluten-free offerings like the fried chicken from Jungle Navigation Skipper Canteen, most gluten-or-other-allergy-free options are done by substituting ingredients or getting rid of them altogether. Overall, there are plenty of things available. You just need to ask for them or know where to get them.
That wraps up our guide to Magic Kingdom dining. We hope we helped you narrow down your list of the best places to eat in Magic Kingdom on your next vacation. To make the most of your day, be sure to check out our 1-day Magic Kingdom plan. We help you accomplish all there is to do in as little time as possible, leaving you more time for things like eating delicious, delicious food.
If you’re looking for other dining recommendations, don’t miss our Epcot, Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Disney Springs food guides. Been to Magic Kingdom before? We’d love to hear about your favorite restaurants, meals, and snacks.