Kelly the Culinarian: What I Ate at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

What I Ate at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

I was recently at The Happiest Place on Earth for two days, exploring the best Walt Disney has to offer. I stayed on site and did the whole Magic Band/FastPass+ thing, and because it was the off season, I feel like I saw a whole lot in two days.

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



I had to, right? It's the quintessential Disney food. Now I went with the classic Dole whip, but they also offer a float, which is the same frozen treat goodness atop a cup of pineapple juice. I've also heard that you can get this with rum in the Animal Kingdom, which is fitting, because I'd liken it to a very smooth virgin Pina Colada. It was tasty, but didn't knock my socks off. Maybe it's because it was the item I was most looking forward to and it couldn't stand up to the hype. the tl;dr is I'd much rather have my froyo with a million toppings

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?

1 comment:

Eric DiPietro said...

I almost went to Whispering Canyon last year for my birthday since I love BBQ. Sounds like I made a good choice avoiding it. Crazy out of all the things you tried I've only had the Dole Whip and had similar feelings. Definitely over-hyped. We were on the Disney dining plan and were getting so stuffed with food between the sitdown meal, the counter service, and the snack that I just wasn't hungry when it came to the other stuff that I wanted to try like the waffles and LeFou's Brew. I'm going back in May while not on a dining plan so maybe this time I can snack my way through the parks.