As I had mentioned in one of my previous blogs, I am a huge Disney Fan! Some of my earliest memories are of me in front of the TV dancing along with the penguins in Mary Poppins and riding on my dad’s back pretending to be Aladdin. As I got a little older, my weekends were full of cartoons like Recess, Pepper Anne, Doug, The Weekenders, etc on Disney’s One Saturday Morning. So, when my family asked if I wanted to join them in the Happiest Place On Earth over my sister’s reading week break, you all know I said yes!
Disney World is an awesome place, especially for a Disney fan like me. However, each park has its own layout and requires a little know-how if you’re trying to find a quick meal, the best places to buy souvenirs or even the best times of the day to be in specific spots in the park for firework viewing / parade viewing. Lucky for you, my family has been visiting good friends in Orlando since I was 5, and every year we go with them to the parks which makes me a bit of an expert when it comes to doing the Disney thing. Today, let’s talk about quick service food at The Magic Kingdom.
Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is full of places to grab a quick meal and/or snack between rides and parades/shows. So, I decided to give you a quick run-down of some of the best places to grab a quick bite in each of the areas of the park.
The second you walk into the park you walk onto Main Street USA and Mainstreet is full of great food! You’ve got the Candy Shop, Ice Cream Parlor and thanks to Disney’s 2014 partnership with Starbucks you can also enjoy a Carmel Macchiato or Mocha Frappuccino while taking in Cinderella’s Castle. Now, diagonally across the street from the Starbucks is a quick service hotdog place called Casey’s Corner. This baseball-themed counter-service spot based on the classic story turned Disney Cartoon “Casey at The Bat” is serving up hotdogs every which way you can think of including my personal favorite, Corndog Nuggets! This is the perfect snack if you’re looking for food you can eat on the way to your next attraction, and who doesn’t love a good corndog?
Directly across from Aladdin’s Magic Carpet ride and beside the classic Tiki Room show is a pretty popular counter-service place with one very special item on the menu, one of my personal favourites, the DOLE Whip soft serve. Like regular soft serve, you get to choose one of 3 different options except this place serves it up vanilla, pineapple, or a swirl of the two. I recommend the swirl, extremely delicious and super refreshing especially on hot days!
Frontierland Quick-Serve Cart
Diagonally across from the Country Bear Jamboree, and just in front of the bridge to Splash Mountain / Big Thunder Mountain is a quick service stand that is serving up some pretty interesting snacks. When I was a kid there was one cart, maybe two in Frontierland and they only served hotdogs and popcorn with occasional Turkey Leg. Now, they have multiple stands lined up by the river serving up Turkey Legs, Popcorn, hotdogs, and my personal favourite in the area maple-glazed pork belly/bacon. This last snack is seriously good! It’s sweet and salty with a little hint of smoky BBQ flavour. If you’re looking for a quick pick-me-up between rides, this is the place to go…just wait a couple minutes before you hit Splash Mountain after.
This quick-service ice cream place across from the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is serving up soft-serve cones and sundaes themed after some of your favorite Disney characters. They have your classic vanilla, chocolate or swirl soft serve as well as Hot Fudge Sundaes and Strawberry Sundaes. They also have tricked out themed desserts like the Peter Pan themed Float (DOLE Whip® Lime Soft-serve, Sprite®, and a Chocolate Feather), and the Minnie Mouse Cookie Dough Sundae (Vanilla soft serve, chocolate sauce, a Minnie Mouse polka dot chocolate bow, and two scoops of cookie dough resembling Minnie’s ears). If you have a sweet tooth this is the perfect place to grab a snack!
If you’re not in the mood for something sweet directly beside Storybook Treats is a multi-counter quick service place called The Friar’s Nook. They’ve got hot dogs, bratwurst and sauerkraut, and tater tots! The star of this menu, however, is the Loaded Buffalo Chicken Tater Tots (A bed of tater tots, covered with buffalo chicken, blue cheese crumbles, and ranch dressing). The mixture of salty, spicy, and creamy is perfect together. It’s like eating a deconstructed chicken wing but with tater tots. I honestly didn’t think buffalo chicken could get any better but then…tater tots, I mean come on!
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