Top 3 Best and Worst Dining Locations at the Magic Kingdom
While it’s true Walt Disney World is a foodie paradise, not all restaurants and dining locations are created equal. So how do you know which restaurants are worth your time or which ones you should leave behind?
After scouring through our TouringPlans Lines 2.0 app, I’ve compiled a list of both the highest AND lowest-rated dining destinations at the Magic Kingdom! So which ones made the cut? And will you agree with our user ratings? Let’s take a look!
Here are the criteria for the dining locations I’m including in my lists. If a restaurant or walk-up window serves items that could count as a meal, it’s considered for the list. But if it’s a cart that only serves drinks or popcorn, it’s not a contender.
Therefore, according to my criteria, I can’t include Aloha Isle since Dole Whips technically don’t count as meals, even though they totally do to me in belief and practice.
Lowest Rated Dining Locations on the Lines 2.0 App
So, as always, let’s get the bad news out of the way first.
3. Tomorrowland Terrace
Tomorrowland Terrace is an open-air quick-service restaurant sitting between Main Street, U.S.A. and Tomorrowland, and it just recently reopened with Columbia Harbour House’s menu.
Before Walt Disney World closed in March of 2020, Tomorrowland Terrace was open seasonally serving typical theme park fare and also functioned as a dessert party location. But since Columbia Harbour House has remained closed, and open-air spots are ideal for safety these days, Tomorrowland Terrace has reopened but with Columbia’s popular menu of fish, fried shrimp, and lobster rolls.
The change has produced some positive reviews from guests in recent weeks so maybe Tomorrowland Terrace will climb its way up to the best list as opposed to the worst in the near future?
2. Tony’s Town Square
Located near the entrance of the Magic Kingdom, Tony’s Town Square is themed after the restaurant from Lady and the Tramp. However, despite its theming and prime locale, Tony’s has a reputation for less than stellar fare.
Since it is an Italian table service restaurant, you can expect spaghetti, fettuccine alfredo, pizza, gelato and cannolis, and the like. But if Italian food is what you’re looking for at Walt Disney World, skip Tony’s. There are way better Italian restaurants at Walt Disney World, particularly at EPCOT’s Italy pavilion.
1. Space Dog
Wow. A 66%? That’s pretty bad. But then again, so is the name Space Dog. This little Tomorrowland stand sits near the PeopleMover and offers what you’d expect – hot dogs and soft drinks. The only reason Space Dog qualifies for the list is because a hot dog counts as a meal, and these lackluster options are probably to blame for this location’s low rating.
Highest Rated Dining Locations on the Lines 2.0 App
Now that the bad news is out of the way, let’s get to the good news!
3. Liberty Tree Tavern
Liberty Tree Tavern is a table service restaurant serving Thanksgiving-style meals. Guests dine in rooms themed after historical figures, such as George Washington, Betsy Ross, and Benjamin Franklin. Also, Liberty Tree Tavern is home to one of the best desserts on property – the Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake!
Liberty Tree Tavern is pretty much a guaranteed win for guests visiting the Magic Kingdom. It’s all-you-can-eat without being a buffet, its menu is consistently great and a real crowd-pleaser, and you can get a bit of a historical experience tossed in too.
2. Main Street Bakery
Are you surprised? Don’t be. The Main Street Bakery is the Magic Kingdom’s Starbucks location and generates lines comparable to that of some attractions. Expect your typical Starbucks menu here from coffee concoctions to sandwiches, but you may also find a seasonal park treat here too.
1. Sleepy Hollow
The winner of the best dining location at the Magic Kingdom according to our Lines 2.0 ratings is Liberty Square’s Sleepy Hollow! This walk-up window serves popular sweet and savory waffle sandwiches, foot-long corndogs, and Mickey waffles as either breakfast or the perfect dessert.
Other dining locations that topped the 95% rating but failed to meet the criteria for this list are Aloha Isle, home of the legendary Dole Whip, the Main Street Confectionary, and the Main Street Popcorn cart. This makes sense since popcorn tastes better on Main Street. It’s like a law or something.
In addition to several generic ice cream carts, Sunshine Tree Terrace, known for its signature Citrus Swirl, also achieved ratings higher than 95%.
Do you agree with our Lines 2.0 app ratings? Which of these dining spots would you rate as the highest? Let us know in the comments!
7 thoughts on “Top 3 Best and Worst Dining Locations at the Magic Kingdom”
Skipper Canteen definitely makes the top 3 for me. Great theming and the food is on par with a “real world” restaurant; love everything I’ve eaten there.
Anyone who knew Main Street Bakery before the Starbucks takeover has to cringe it’s in the top 3. The baked goods used to be awesome. Now we get prefabbed cardboard. But people want their Starbucks
But what is Len’s opinion on that Space Dog hot dog? Last time I was there–September–there were no hot dogs available outside the Hall of Presidents. And with Casey’s closed, what’s a hot dog connoisseur to do? Asking for a friend.
You know, Janet, the lack of quality hot dogs in the Magic Kingdom is something that hasn’t been adequately addressed yet.
I will once again stand in defense of Tony’s Town Square. We had lunch there last October and the food was just fine. But more than that, the outdoor terrace seats can’t be beat for cavalcade viewing while relaxing over a meal. The service was good, too. We would gladly eat there again.
I’m not sure why the rating for Tony’s would be so low. My fiance and I had dinner there and we were much more impressed with our meal, the atmosphere, and staff there than at any other location we ate at during our entire trip, including Be Our Guest! In our opinion Tony’s deserves a much better rating than “second worst.”
I don’t want to live in a world where Pecos Bill’s isn’t in the top 3 best.