Sleepy Hollow Review

Sleepy Hollow is a quick service restaurant located in Liberty Square within the Magic Kingdom.  This is a prime location off the hub heading into Liberty Square across the bridge.  This cute walk-up has limited seating outdoors both covered and uncovered.  The only downside to this location is that it is a very busy walkway so seating can be at a premium and you may find yourself jostled a bit if you are in the uncovered seating area.

The menu is limited but what they do have is pretty great!  This is where you can get the famous waffle sandwiches!  You can choose the sweet option with Nutella and fruit, or there is the spicy chicken waffle.  There is also a breakfast version served until noon!

If you aren’t here for a waffle there is also sausage and cheese stuff pretzel, baked potatoes and funnel cakes!  There is also an ice cream cookie sandwich and plenty of drink choices such as water, lemonade, coffee, milk, soy milk, and orange juice.

On my last trip I tried the spicy chicken waffle it was very good and the portion is huge!  So if you do get this my suggestion is to ask for the coleslaw on the side this will prevent the waffle from getting soggy while you eat it.   Or you could always split it and it makes a pretty filling snack for a good price.

I also tried a bit of the Nutella and fruit waffle and found this to be so delicious!  This would make a great and quick breakfast and again very easy to share!

This quick service gets a big two thumbs up from me. It should be on your list of places to check out for a quick snack or a full lunch!

Unique Dining Outside of the Parks – Part II

Tired of the same old restaurants in the parks at Walt Disney World, or just looking for something new?  Check out the first installment check it out here to learn about unique dining options in the Magic Kingdom and Epcot Resort areas. **LINK** 

Animal Kingdom Resort Area:
ndscape of Flavors located in the Art of Animation is one of the few quick service restaurants on my list of unique dining.  It makes the list due to its lunch and dinner menus where you can custom make any different types of meals such as pasta, omelet, burgers, and salads.  It is fun to custom make your own pasta with sauce and meat choices.  It is sure to win over even the pickiest of eaters.

 Dine with Animal Specialist with in the Animal Kingdom Lodge is a 4 course lunch at Sanaa where you can learn all about the animals that are just outside the windows of the restaurant!  This is a truly intimate lunch that is limited to 12 guests.  Once you are finished eating you will head into a secure area for and up close and personal encounter with radiated tortoises. 


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Wanyama Safari is available only to guests of Animal Kingdom Lodge and features a 90 minute tour with unique vantage points for observing the animals.  It is limited to 12 guests so you will have a very personalized tour.  Prior to the safari you will have a reception with the chefs and cultural representative from Jiko and then conclude your safari with a fabulous dinner at Jiko.  This is a one of a kind dining experience.

Disney Springs:
If you are in the mood for some fantastic food by a famous chef you will want to see Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs.  There is a large sushi menu and plenty of Pan-Asian food for every palate. The menu is extensive with lots of seafood but plenty of steak, noodle and chicken dishes.  Don’t miss this fantastic restaurant.

Wolfgang Puck Express is an easy choice for a single table service credit with amazing food.  People always rave about the macaroni and cheese as well as the bacon wrapped meatloaf.  Not to be mistaken with Wolfgang Puck Grand Café, the express is just a smaller version of the main restaurant by the celebrity chef. Here is a great review we have!


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The Boathouse is another recent addition to Disney Springs, right on the water front.  You cannot beat the location and ambience at Disney Springs and the food is pretty darn amazing too.  They feature American, seafood and steaks and have gotten a reputation for the gigantic Gibsons S’mores Baked Alaska that serves four!

What other restaurants would you add to the lineup of unique offerings outside of a Walt Disney World park?  Let us know!

Podcast Episode 86: March Madness of Disney Snacks

6If you’ve been paying attention to our Facebook page you’ll have seen our Disney Snack Bracket Challenge.  We have the results for you in our latest podcast episode!  Find out which snack came out victorious in this all out battle.

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for our prediction winner! It might be you!

Happy listening!

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Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater- Review


Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater was another new restaurant for me on my last vacation. I chose it for its ambience, which may have ended being downside for my family. This restaurant is themed like a drive in theater where the table and chairs are cars facing a large drive in movie screen. This plays campy movie clips from the 50’s and 60’s.IMG_3290


A couple of the downsides were that is rather dark in the restaurant so if you are one who prefers a bright place this isn’t going to be a great choice. Also if you have an odd number of people and are not at the picnic tables one person will be sitting alone. And lastly as for this location is if you have a kid who is a bit of a chicken this might be hard. My daughter was a little scared by some of the clips, so keep that in mind for those kids who are the nervous sort.

My choice for dinner was the Salmon BLT Sandwich, it was very tasty, and very filling. It was not something I might have ordered regularly, but I am glad I tried it because I would order it again.


My daughter had the chicken nuggets with fries. I tried them and they were good, better than your average but still chicken nuggets.


My husband had the build your own burger which I have to assume was good as he finished it!


My mother-in-law had the vegetarian shepherd’s pie, which I neglected to take a picture of or try, but she assured me it was tasty!

Bottom line; I would probably go back again but not any time soon. There are few choices to dine at Hollywood Studios so while it is on the short list I would check out 50’s Prime Time first.

Via Napoli- Review

Situated in the Italy pavilion of Epcot, Via Napoli serves wood fired pizza as well as a full menu of Italian favorites. They are probably most well-known for the Neapolitan pizza and their awesome stoves named after Italy’s three active volcanoes. This is a very popular restaurant so be sure to make your reservations early. This is a great restaurant for large parties since they have plenty of seating. Plus most people love a great pizza and this is the place to get it!


Since we had a picky eater amongst us we chose to go with the Quattro Formaggi in the Mezzo Metro. This serves 3-5 people and is the largest size of pizza. It is pretty big, but the crust is thin so if you have a part of 4 with more than 2 adults this might be a good choice!

Children are given a neat activity sheet and crayons which helps to keep them entertained while the food is being made!

The pizza is covered in mozzarella, parmesan, fontina, and provolone. It got a big thumbs up from everyone in our party!


The restaurant itself is very elegant looking and the centerpiece of the ovens are so neat to look at. It is pretty loud in the restaurant so just be aware of that if you are looking for a quite dinner. Our service was perfect and we had no problem getting anything we needed.

Bottom line: we would go again! The pizza was amazing and the atmosphere was fun! This is perfect for families and large groups!

Beyond Burgers & Fries: Magic Kingdom Edition

One common misconception I hear often about Disney World is that they only have ‘typical’ theme park food of burgers, chicken nuggets and french fries. While I do happen to believe that the burgers and chicken nuggets at Disney are top-notch, I also understand the desire for something a little bit more sophisticated than those options on occasion. In Part 1 of this 4 part series we check out some great options for counter service meals in the Magic Kingdom!

1) Columbia Harbor House : Located in Liberty Square, I consider Columbia Harbor House to be a hidden gem at the Magic Kingdom. You can find many delicious seafood options here including a lobster roll (for the bargain price of $10.49), clam chowder, fish and chips and more. Another highlight of Columbia Harbor House are the vegetarian options of vegetarian chili and the Lighthouse Sandwich which consists of tomatoes and broccoli cole slaw with hummus on multigrain bread. Even my burger-loving self admits this sandwich is something special!

2) Pinocchio Village Haus : This counter service restaurant in Fantasyland (with a few “it’s a small world” view seats!) is worth visiting for one of their menu items alone. Disney pizza in general is… not very good. The flatbreads at Pinocchio Village Haus are a different story! There are three different varieties of flatbreads: Pepperoni, Caprese and BBQ beef but I personally enjoyed the BBQ beef. Another very popular item here is the meatball sub, which is definitely on my list to try for next time!

3) Casey’s Corner : On Main Street USA, Casey’s Corner is a staple of Magic Kingdom. Yes, they are just hot dogs, but sometimes you just feel like a hot dog! At Casey’s you can get a plain hot dog or go all out and have the Chilli Cheese dog or the Barbeque Slaw dog. I personally prefer the corn dog nuggets for my meal. You can also get Cracker Jacks here!


4) Be Our Guest : Be Our Guest is still a very difficult to place to obtain a reservation. If you are lucky enough to grab one, you will have a very good meal. Counter service lunch at Be Our Guest is as close to the quality of a sit down meal as you can get. I have personally tried (and enjoyed!) the Braised Pork and Carved Turkey sandwich, but I have yet to hear any real negative feedback on the menu items served during lunch at Be Our Guest. A major bonus is the setting! Enjoying lunch at Beast’s Castle, there isn’t much better than that!


Note: A prior version of this list may have included Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn and Cafe. However my personal opinion is now that they’ve recently removed the taco salad from their menu there are better places to find a meal at the Magic Kingdom! One minor caveat; if you are going to eat a burger at Magic Kingdom the Angus beef burgers are Pecos Bill’s are very good, and the toppings bar allows you to customize to your liking!

What are your favorite counter service restaurants at Magic Kingdom?