When planning a trip to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, it can be easy to forget that, at some point, you’re going to need to eat something. In between rides on Space Mountain and meeting Cinderella and Mickey Mouse, knowing where to eat can be even harder than remembering to eat at all. The Magic Kingdom has over 30 different snack stands, counter service eateries and table service restaurants, and you don’t want to make a rookie Disney mistake and pick the wrong one for you and your family. And some of these restaurants require a lot of planning. Reservations for table service restaurants (such as Cinderella’s Royal Table, Crystal Palace and The Plaza) require advance dining reservations, which open up 180 days out on Walt Disney World’s website. Several of these places will, in fact, fill up at that 180-day mark. So, to help you plan your culinary tour of the Most Magical Place on Earth, we’ve tracked down the 15 best restaurants at the Magic Kingdom and ranked them.
To determine which of the many Magic Kingdom eateries made the cut, we limited the list to sit down (table service) restaurants and counter order (quick service) restaurants. Snack stations like Storybook Treats, Golden Oak Outpost and Aloha Isle — while great for some of the best Disney snacks of all time — weren’t eligible for our list. Seasonally operating quick service spots and counter service locations that change their menus regularly, such as Tortuga Tavern, also were not considered.
After narrowing down our list to 15 spots, we analyzed the restaurants based on our own dining experiences as well as online customer reviews, grading each on atmosphere (including theming and character interaction, if it’s offered), the quality of the food and if diners get their money’s worth. Note: Getting your money’s worth is, of course, all relative. Eating at the theme parks is ultimately going to cost you a pretty penny. But if you get a truly-out-of-this-world culinary experience for $50 and get to meet your favorite characters to boot, that’s money well spent. If you spend the same amount on overcooked chicken in a crowded, loud quick service spot, that’s not as great of a value. Click here to find out the best restaurants at Magic Kingdom, ranked.