Do you know where to find the best lunch at the Magic Kingdom?
When it comes to dining at Magic Kingdom, options that are worth making a reservation or mobile order for are somewhat limited, especially at lunch.
While I love a good order of corndog nuggets from Casey’s Corner, those are more of a snack, and forget about trying to get one of the incredibly limited seats at Cinderella’s Royal Table inside the castle.
If you’re wandering around Magic Kingdom and thinking, “Man, I sure am hungry.” there are a few spots worth trying to get into or mobile order from. These are my top seven places to eat lunch at Magic Kingdom.
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1. Be Our Guest Restaurant (Fantasyland)
Tucked away in Fantasyland is Be Our Guest Restaurant. The Beauty and the Beast-themed restaurant serves a fantastic lunch but reservations can be hard to come by.
Lunch at the restaurant is fast-casual where you’ll order at a kiosk or with a Cast Member then choose a table. A few moments later your food will be brought out to you.
The real joy of dining at Be Our Guest is choosing which of the three dining rooms to sit in. The main dining room is themed to look like the ballroom from the movie, complete with magical windows that make it look like it’s snowing outside. Making it the best lunch at Magic Kingdom?
Then there are the two secondary dining rooms, the music box room where there’s a larger than life sculpture of Belle and the Beast, and the West Wing, where it’s very dark but you’ll find the enchanted rose and a ghastly portrait of the Beast in his human form.
2. The Crystal Palace (Main Street U.S.A.)
If you’re into buffet dining then consider The Crystal Palace, just off Main Street U.S.A. The stunning restaurant looks like a turn of the century solarium, with beautiful topiaries of Pooh and his Hundred Acre Wood friends.
The lunch buffet is filled with scrumptious offerings like fried chicken, salad, vegetables, carved prime rib, mashed potatoes and more.
Buffets are still slightly modified at Walt Disney World and all guests are required to wear a mask while at the buffet line and walking through the restaurant. Characters have not returned to this restaurant yet, though we are hopeful to hug Tigger and Piglet soon.
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3. Columbia Harbor House (Liberty Square)
In a usually very busy corner of Magic Kingdom near Peter Pan’s Flight and the Haunted Mansion you’ll find Columbia Harbor House. The quick service restaurant serves seafood delights like fried shrimp and fish, lobster rolls, and large salads.
You will need to mobile order here to get your food, and the line to eat here can get long at prime lunch times, so consider dining between meal times.
One of our favorite parts about dining at Columbia Harbor House is choosing where to sit. Many Guests don’t know that the stairs that seemingly lead to nowhere in the restaurant actually lead up to a second floor dining room that’s usually empty.
I like to grab a seat by one of the window to people watch while enjoying a break from the crowds and refueling for more fun.
4. Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen (Adventureland)
Just around the corner from Main Street U.S.A. in Adventureland is Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen. The whimsical restaurant is themed after the neighboring Jungle Cruise attraction, where the service staff is meant to be skippers who are off-duty.
The restaurant is divided into a couple of rooms, but our favorite is the S.E.A. room, where you’ll learn about the lore of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers.
The restaurant is known for it’s play-on-words menu with dishes like Falls Family Falafel and the Tastes like Chicken! Because it is.
I love dining here not just because I love the Jungle Cruise, but because the food is worth fighting for a reservation.
5. The Plaza Restaurant (Main Street U.S.A.)
At the end of Main Street U.S.A. going towards Tomorrowland you’ll find The Plaza Restaurant. The small table service spot serves up classic faire like Monte Cristos, meatloaf, and burgers.
The quaint restaurant is a hard-to-get reservation but you can often find day-of reservations through the My Disney Experience app.
6. Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe (Frontierland)
Frontierland is often excluded from the food scene talk at Magic Kingdom unless you’re looking for a turkey leg.
But one place that’s a good spot to stop if you’re hungry before hitting Splash Mountain or Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe. The western-themed restaurant serves rice bowls, cheeseburgers, salads, nachos and tacos.
This is the spot I go when we’re traveling to Walt Disney World with friends because there’s something for everyone on the menu. I also like that it’s close to two of my favorite rides so when I get done eating, I can hop in line for two of the Magic Kingdom mountains.
7. Liberty Tree Tavern (Liberty Square)
If Thanksgiving is your favorite holiday then you’re going to want to make a reservation for Liberty Tree Tavern in Liberty Square.
The colonial-style restaurant serves a hearty family-style Thanksgiving-inspired meal every day of the year.
While the entrees are good, people really rave about the sticky toffee pudding dessert, which is served warm.
3 Easy Disney Dining Tips
- If you don’t get a reservation for the restaurant you want at the 60-day opening period for your trip keep trying. People always cancel or change their plans and often dining reservations can be found just a few days before a trip.
- Be sure to have the latest version of the My Disney Experience app downloaded so mobile ordering is easier and without any bugs or glitches.
- Don’t be afraid to ask your server for their suggestions. They know the menu well, and can guide you if you have questions about some of the dining options.
Final Thoughts on Having the Best Lunch at the Magic Kingdom
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