Podcast Episode 188: Fantasyland In Depth

Continuing on with our in depth looks at the Walt Disney World parks, we explore Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom!  From the rides and shows, to the shops, and the food, we let you know what you can find in one of our very favorite lands!

Be sure to check out our other In Depth episodes:

Pandora at Animal Kingdom

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Podcast Episode 109: Magic Kingdom Quick Service

You know us here at Dole Whipped, we love to talk about food!  This week we’re talking all about our favorite quick service locations at the Magic Kingdom!  We let you know where you can get traditional theme park fare as well as some other dishes that go beyond what you might normally expect to see.

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Pinocchio Village Haus Review

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Caprese Flatbread and Chicken Alfredo

On our last Disney trip, I had the opportunity to try the flatbreads at Pinocchio Village Haus for dinner.  This is a quick service restaurant in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom.  One of the fun features of this restaurant is that there are a few tables inside that overlook the loading area of the It’s A Small World attraction.  We managed to snag one of those tables and my kids just loved it!  We waved at all the people in the little boats heading into the ride.

I had heard about the caprese flatbread so I gave that a try while my husband had the chicken alfredo with caesar salad.  My girls had the Uncrustables kids meal and my son had the pepperoni pizza kids meal.

My son is a bit of a purist when it comes to pizza so he wasn’t crazy about the flatbread crust.  However, my husband and I thought our entrees were pretty good.  The caprese flatbread had a good covering of mozzarella and tomatoes and quite a generous drizzle of balsamic vinegar.  In fact, the drizzle was a bit too generous for me.  I could’ve used a smidge less drizzling, but it was still very good.

The chicken alfredo entree was a generous portion with lots of chicken.  And for kind of a side dish afterthought, the caesar salad is actually quite tasty.

Since we were using the Disney Dining Plan, my husband and I both got gelato for dessert.  He got the chocolate and I got the sugar free mango flavor.  The chocolate was excellent, but the mango tasted and looked a bit too much like baby food for my preference.

Overall, we really enjoyed Pinocchio Village Haus and will definitely return in the future!

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!

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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!

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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?