I planned this in a hurry because I found super cheap airfare and figured why not, but I still managed to research tips, tricks and tastes. I looked into recommended food extensively, because, priorities. So here's a look at where I ate, and how many Mickeys I'd give each.
Whispering Canyon Cafe, Wilderness Resort
I stayed at the villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge and had dinner here the first night. There's an all-you-can eat barbecue option that includes amazing corn bread, salad, green beans, baked beans and all manner of smoked meats. It's probably one of the best values at the park at $30 per adult and $15 per kids. It's amusing, too - it's an interactive dinner where kids can get a little rowdy playing along with the wait staff and each other. I'd say the focus is the entertainment factor more than the food. For the money, I think I'd rather go to one of the other resorts that offer a character buffet dinner.
Rating: 3.5/5 Mickeys
Waffle sandwiches, Sleepy Hollow, Liberty Square
I'm not ashamed to say I went back to this place. The menu features soft waffles served either with powdered sugar or as the foundation for sweet or savory sandwiches. The Nutella and fresh fruit was a crowd pleaser, while the ham, prosciutto and swiss was what made me want to come back. The spicy chicken and waffle sandwich is only served after 11 a.m. and didn't quite wow me, but of course I tried it. For research purposes.
Rating: 5/5 Mickeys
Pot roast mac and cheese, The Friar's Nook, Fantasyland
The standard mac and cheese at this place is pretty banging topped with good ol' panko. But for $1 more you can add pot roast, which propels it into foodgasm territory. The pot roast was a perfect example of slow-cooked meaty goodness, whereas the macaroni and cheese was perfectly creamy and delightful.
Rating: 5/5 Mickeys
Dole whip, Aloha Isle, Adventureland
Rating: 2/5 Mickeys
LeFou's Brew and cinnamon rolls, Gaston's Tavern, Fantasyland
This place is a lot of fun. The LeFou's Brew was delicious and hard to describe. It's an icy-cold fruit-based beverage topped with what I think is frozen apple juice and fluff. It's sugary for sure, but also frothy and light. The cinnamon roll was the size of a toddler and also had a hint of apple juice in it, too. Sip the brew, skip the roll. IKEA's are better anyhow.
Rating: 4/5 Mickeys
So what did I miss at Magic Kingdom?