Which are the Best Magic Kingdom Restaurants? If you are enjoying a day out in Disney’s Magic Kingdom part of the experience is enjoying the food.
Whilst there are some very good restaurants in Magic Kingdom there are also some which really do not come up to the mark. In over 20 years of visiting the Magic Kingdom, I can say that things have improved greatly, but things still aren’t quite as good as they ought to be. However, there really are some great dining experiences at Magic Kingdom if you know where to look.
Which are the Magic Kingdom Restaurants which you should try and which should you perhaps avoid?
All Disney World Menus are limited right now, and some Magic Kingdom dining venues are closed. I will do my best to keep you updated, but everything here is correct at the time of writing which is December 2020.
Be Our Guest Restaurant
This is one of the most popular of all of the Disney World restaurants, not just those in Magic Kingdom. This used to be the hottest ticket in town for a Disney Dining Reservation. However, with lower attendance right now, it can sometimes even be possible to get a walk in. It is advisable always to book ahead though to make sure you have a reservation.
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To say that the setting is impressive is an understatement. You are dining in the Beast’s Castle!
The theming here is spectacular. This really is Disney at it’s best in terms of design and immersive experience. The Grand Ballroom from Beauty and the Beast is recreated in amazing detail.
Just look up to the ceiling with the beautiful chandeliers and mural.
Take some time to absorb the atmosphere and sheer attention to detail of the decor. You can still explore the space, just make sure you have your mask on and social distance!
The Ballroom is the largest of the three dining rooms. The smaller Castle, or Rose Gallery is centered around a giant music box with Belle and the Beast dancing on top. This is my least favorite room, but it does have some interesting details such as the portraits on the walls. and opulent seating.
The West Wing is my favorite spot. Even though the Beast forbids anyone to enter the West Wind in the movie, this doesn’t deter enthusiastic diners!
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The focal point of this highly atmospheric space is the Enchanted Rose. When the last petal falls watch what happens to the painting of the Prince. It is a little dark in the West Wing, and there are roars of thunder once in a while, so maybe don’t take your sensitive child in here!
In pre-pandemic days Be Our Guest served breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with dinner being full service and other meals quick service. Now it serves lunch and dinner only and all meals are served as a Fixed Price Menu.
The fixed menu is $62 for adults.
Be Our Guest Appetizers (choose one)
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Be Our Guest Entrees (choose one)
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There is also a Kids Menu available for a fixed price of $37.
Be Our Guest really is one of the Best Magic Kingdom Restaurants. In fact I would say it is the best in terms of experience. The new menu is not something I have been able to try, but previously the food has always been good.
Cinderella’s Royal Table – Best Magic Kingdom Restaurant
Cinderella’s Royal Table is one of the most popular restaurants in the whole of Disney World, not just the Magic Kingdom. But is it one of the Best Magic Kingdom Restaurants?
I have mixed feelings about it. But I know that I am very fortunate as I have the opportunity to spend a lot of time in Disney parks. So eating in the Cinderella Castle long lost its appeal just for the fact of eating in the castle. However, this is absolutely your only chance to go inside Cinderella Castle – unless you are going to be one of the very very lucky few who stay inside the Cinderella Suite.
If you are looking for an even more difficult reservation to get than Be Our Guest than look no further than Cinderella’s Royal Table! So much of the written word has been devoted to how to actually get a reservation at the overwhelmingly popular Cinderella’s Royal Table. So I won’t add to it here but will just direct you to How to Get A Reservation at Cinderella’s Royal Table.
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In these changed times, just like Be Our Guest, there seems to be a window of opportunity. Park attendance is relatively low right now, and guests are reporting that reservations are easier to get.
If you have never dined here, Cinderella’s Royal Table is one of those Disney World experiences that you have to do at least once. Right now the experience is very different, because it is not a character dining experience.
Pre 2020 you could meet Cinderella. the Fairy Godmother and an assortment of Disney Princesses. This made the experience more than worth it for most diners, despite the chunk of change it cost.
However, right now, this is not a character dining experience. The face characters are understandably not able to social distance in this setting so we are going to have to wait a while for the reappearance of Cinderella and her friends. So is Cinderella’s Royal Table still worth it?
Cinderella’s Table Menu
Just like most of the character dining locations in Disney World, Cinderella’s Royal table has converted to a fixed price, smaller menu.
The Cinderella’s Table menu costs $62 for adults and $37 or children aged 3 to 9.
Cinderella’s Table Appetizer (choose one)
Cinderella’s Table Entree (choose one)
Braised Lamb Shank
Cannellini Bean Ragoût, Caramelized Pickled Shallots, and Herbed Panko Breadcrumbs
Cinderella’s Table Desserts (choose one)
The Crystal Palace Magic Kingdom
The Crystal Palace is usually a Disney Character Dining Restaurant. It has long been on my list of Best Magic Kingdom Restaurants.
Crystal Palace is certainly one of the most stunning in terms of architecture and design of all the Disney World Restaurants. Inspired by a Victorian greenhouse design, the Crystal Palace has huge windows, high ceilings and is just visually breathtaking.
The atmosphere could certainly always be described as lively! Usually you could enjoy one of the best buffets in Disney World and meet with Winnie the Pooh and his Friends.
However, with the suspension of most Disney character dining, it now serves meals family-style. The lack of characters has of course taken away a lot of the appeal of this Magic Kingdom restaurant, but it is still a great option for family dining.
The Crystal Palace Restaurant is due to open on December 13, 2020.
Family Style Starters are brought for everyone on the table to share:
- Seasonal Salad
- Marinated Water Melon and Tomatoes
- Homestyle Buttermilk and Cheddar Bacon Biscuits
Guests have a choice of Entree:
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- Crispy Fried Chicken
- Brown Sugar-glazed Bone-In Port Chop
- Fire-roasted Prime Rib of Beef
- Blackened Catfish and Shrimp
- Southern Fried Chicken Cauliflower
A Family Style Dessert Platter and Strawberry Shortcake Desserts are then brought to the table.
Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen
For me this relatively new addition is one of the best places to eat in Magic Kingdom. The imagineers got the theme so right here and with so much detail. This is what Disney restaurants should all be about – a great theme and great food. Jungle Navigation Co Ltd really hits the mark.
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The restaurant is divided into three different rooms. The first is a colonial themed Mess Hall, the second is the Jungle Room and finally is the Society of Explorers and Adventurers (S.E.A) Room.
Take some time to look around at all the details here.
The food is described as being a mix of Asia, South America and Africa. So that covers quite a lot then! Usually I am pretty cynical about places which try and cover such a lot. However, I think that this has some of the best dining in Magic Kingdom, as it really does have some excellent food.
There is also a separate Kids Menu for those aged 3 to 9.
Disney Magic Kingdom Plaza Restaurant
The Plaza Restaurant often gets overlooked as a Magic Kingdom Restaurant, but it really is worth giving it a try. It is a relatively small restaurant, but it is usually possible to get reservations here.
The Plaza Restaurant is located at the bottom of Main Street, just before you get to Tomorrowland. for some reason a lot of people miss this location. Probably because you will walk past it very early on in your Magic Kingdom visit, which usually means you just walk straight past it!
It was inspired by the Plaza Inn in Disneyland, but is rather different. Walt and Roy Disney both loved dining at the Plaza Inn in Disneyland. Roy Disney was reported to particularly love the chicken at the original Plaza Inn. So when Disney World was being built, Roy wanted a Plaza Inn there too.
The Disney World Plaza Restaurant opened when the park did in 1971. However, in 1977 the restaurant was split into two parts, with a lot of the area being taken up with the ice cream parlor. Now you will find a relatively small Plaza Restaurant at Walt Disney World.
Not much has changed since that opening day five decades ago. The Magic Kingdom Plaza Restaurant really is one of those wonderful places in Disney World where if you went as a child or young adult, as I did, you can take. your children and not much has changed,
Apart from the prices. However, The Plaza Restaurant remains one of the best values of all of the Magic Kingdom Restaurants. Whilst the bottomless milkshakes are unfortunately no more. The Plaza Restaurant is a good value for money, in Disney World terms.
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The Plaza Restaurant does accept the Disney Dining Plan. However, if you are looking for the best value out of that, then this definitely is not the place to use your credits.
The Plaza Restaurant is very much the place to come if you are looking for comfort food. As an Appetizer you can choose the Plaza Loaded Fries with Crispy Fries, Melted Cheese, Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato for $9.
Entrees are priced from $19 to $22. Traditional favorites are Homestyle Meatloaf, Bangers and Mash and The Plaza Burger. The Signature Chocolate Cake is more than enough for two to share and at $9.50 is a bargain. The original Banana Split at $10 should be on your list of desserts to try.
As with all Magic Kingdom restaurants there is a kids menu for children aged 3 to 9. Here you will find such favorites as Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Chicken Strips and Turkey Sandwich. Kids entrees re priced from $9 to $11.
Gone are the days when alcohol was not served in Magic Kingdom. Here there is a beer and wine list.
I feel that you should try Plaza Restaurant at least once. The ambiance is good, and the servers are some of the best in Magic Kingdom. The prices are most definitely on the lower side for Magic Kingdom. It is a big step up from counter service and here you get to sit down in a nice restaurant with good service. Plaza Restaurant should definitely be on your list of restaurants to try in the Magic Kingdom.
Liberty Tree Tavern
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For years the Liberty Tree Tavern somehow passed me by and I had probably been visiting Magic Kingdom for more than a decade before I tried it for the first time. I was very glad I did! Now it is one of my favorites and I would certainly say it is one of the best places to eat in Magic Kingdom.
The outside of the Liberty Tree tavern looks like a late 18th century colonial home. Inside you will find rooms dedicated to Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson. The theme is Thanksgiving. Every day of the year! There is also a really good plant-based option here so I would particularly recommend it if anyone in your party is vegetarian or vegan.
Liberty Tree Tavern Restaurant is one of the best values of a restaurant in the Magic Kingdom. The exception to this is if you have a child aged 3 to 9 who doesn’t eat very much. The price of $21 for a child meal is pretty high if all they are going to eat is some mac and cheese!
All meals are served Family Style and are all you care to eat. Make sure you bring your appetite and you will not be disappointed!
All-You-Care-to-Enjoy Bill of Fare (Adult 39.00 / Child Ages 3-9 21.00)
All-You-Care-to-Enjoy Plant-based Tavern Keeper’s Feast (Adult 39.00 / Child Ages 3-9 21.00)
Tony’s Town Square Restaurant
I know some people have a soft spot for Tony’s Town Square Restaurant, but it definitely isn’t on my list of best Magic Kingdom Restaurants. I first dined here way back in the 90’s and I remember it was a decent option. However, over the years the standard of food has declined.
The theme of Tony’s Town Square is the movie Lady and the Tramp.
There is a cute fountain in the restaurant, and walls are full of images from the movie.
The big draw of Tony’s is the patio dining, which gives you great views of the parades.
It is a wonderfully relaxing way to watch the parades passing whilst enjoying the comfort of being in the shade and actually sitting down. You will also get a good view from a window seat in the interior of the restaurant.
Ask your server for today’s specialty $9.00
Tony’s Town Square Entree
Tony’s Town Square Desserts
Which are the Best Magic Kingdom Restaurants?
If I had to choose just one place to eat in Magic Kingdom it would be Be Our Guest. It is a difficult call for me between this Beauty and the Beast themed restaurant and the Jungle Navigation Co, Ltd Skipper Canteen. I think the combination of good value of the Skipper Canteen, the theme and the fact that it has some of the best food in Magic Kingdom makes it a definite must try for anyone visiting the park.
The worst Magic Kingdom restaurant? This award has to go to Tony’s Town Square.
Best Food In Disney World
If you want to know more about which are the best restaurants in Disney World here are some places you go to start your research. If you are going to the land of the movies here is our guide to the Best Dining in Disney Hollywood Studios. If you are just looking for Quick Service locations in Hollywood Studios you can read about that here.
If you are looking for some of the best dining in the whole of Disney World you really ought to try some of the Restaurants in Epcot.
There are some amazing restaurants in the Disney World Hotel Resorts. The Wilderness Lodge Hotel Restaurants are always worth a visit.
Which do you think are the bet Disney Magic Kingdom Restaurants?