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Old 04-30-2018, 03:04 PM   #1
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Smile Magic Kingdom Quick Service Restaurants?

Hi! I'm going to Disney World in May and I'm planning to spend my birthday in Magic Kingdom. I'm trying to decide where to eat. My family is big (twelve people) and we don't have too much money to spend on food so I'm going with quick service.
Any suggestions? I know quick service locations won't go all out with decorations for the theme but I love themed restaurants, so if there any well themed quick service locations in MK you know of that would be great.
Another thing I'm looking for is a good menu, because I know some quick service locations only serve a few things while others serve plenty.

What's your favorite MK quick service restaurant? And which should I visit? Thanks so much!
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I like Cosmic Ray's. You have a cheesy musical performance by Sunny Ray, and the food is fine.

I ate at Pecos Bills' a couple years ago, after they changed the menu to Tex-Mex and wasn't impressed. And I'm not even one who insists on "authentic" Mexican food. It's usually busy, so apparently other folks like it fine.

The huge cinnamon rolls at Gaston's are YUMMY!!! and they heat 'em! You should definitely share these, as they're enormous. Their ham sandwich (in pretzel bread? I forget) was okay, but it's made with cream cheese--yuck.

If you can get into Be Our Guest at lunchtime, that's pretty good, and the prices are reasonable (Disney-reasonable). Dinnertime is more expensive, but I understand the Beast appears, too. BOG considers breakfast (~$20/person) and lunch to be counter service, but you still need ADRs. Dinner is table service, again with ADRs.

The hot dogs at Casey's Corner on Main Street are good, too, and an inexpensive option.

Remember, with counter service meals, adults can order kids' meals and no one cares. And I usually substitute kids' sides (apples, grapes, carrots) for french fries at counter service places.

Good luck!
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I like Cosmic Ray's. You have a cheesy musical performance by Sunny Ray, and the food is fine.

I ate at Pecos Bills' a couple years ago, after they changed the menu to Tex-Mex and wasn't impressed. And I'm not even one who insists on "authentic" Mexican food. It's usually busy, so apparently other folks like it fine.

The huge cinnamon rolls at Gaston's are YUMMY!!! and they heat 'em! You should definitely share these, as they're enormous. Their ham sandwich (in pretzel bread? I forget) was okay, but it's made with cream cheese--yuck.

If you can get into Be Our Guest at lunchtime, that's pretty good, and the prices are reasonable (Disney-reasonable). Dinnertime is more expensive, but I understand the Beast appears, too. BOG considers breakfast (~$20/person) and lunch to be counter service, but you still need ADRs. Dinner is table service, again with ADRs.

The hot dogs at Casey's Corner on Main Street are good, too, and an inexpensive option.

Remember, with counter service meals, adults can order kids' meals and no one cares. And I usually substitute kids' sides (apples, grapes, carrots) for french fries at counter service places.

Good luck!
Thanks for the answers! I originally wanted to do be our guest, but it's a little more expensive and also my family prefers to eat when they feel like it rather then have a reservation
These other options sound great! I'll look into them
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Our family fave is Columbia Harbor House which is near the President's Hall. This is a nice stopping spot with a New England/England menu including Fish and Chips, Shrimp (fried), chicken (fried) Chowder, Vegetarian Chili and a few unique sandwich options. It offers a few nice choices other than the typical burgers found at counter service restaurants.

There is some nice seating upstairs that offers pretty views of MK while you relax and cool off. The theming and decor make you think you really have stepped out of Florida and stepped into New England in the past.


Maybe also consider the Plaza...it is table service with CS prices and also offers a nice view and lovely theming.
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Another suggestion is Gasparilla Grill at the GF.

Riding the monorail around the resort loop is relaxing but takes around 20-30 minutes what with three stops before getting to the GF. Taking the small boat is much simpler unless you’ll have people using scooters or large strollers. That boat can’t take either.

Gasparilla’s is open 24 hours and has a pretty varied menu with lots of other foods in the cold cases for those preferring to grab and eat. There are tables on the terrace out front as well as along the veranda if you’d rather not eat inside.

Very easy to get there from the boat dock. Just head for the central courtyard and look for the entrance to Gaspy’s along the side of the main building.

It may be a nice break from all the excitement and crowds in the park.

QS at the Contemporary or Polynesian may work well for your group, too.
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Our favorite for QS dining is Columbia Harbor House. We like to sit upstairs on the “little bridge” and people watch.
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We like Columbia Harbor House and Cosmic Rays. Some of the things they serve are so large that they are easily split between two people. We do it often and it not only helps the wallet, it helps the waistline too. If you go to Allears.net or even the Disney website, you'll be able to see the menus and see what kind of "combo" meals they have (sometimes chicken and ribs at Cosmic Rays, fish and chicken at Columbia Harbor House) and that might help you decide which place to go and which meals you'll be more apt to get and split. As Ginger said, you could also order kids meals too. We've also done that when we each want something different but don't want a lot. The sides with those are also great snacks for later as the grapes, carrots, and apple slices are usually little packs that can easily be put in a backpack for later.

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Thanks for all the answers!
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I love Cosmic Rays. Something to know about Columbia Harbor House is that the vast majority of their menu is seafood so if you or someone in your groups aren't seafood eaters they're choice is going to be chicken nuggets and maybe one other item. Plus, Columbia Harbor House is small so you might have trouble getting seats for a large group.
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Maybe also consider the Plaza...it is table service with CS prices and also offers a nice view and lovely theming.
The Plaza is wonderful, but it's also tiny. We struggled to get a table for two on our recent trip, never mind for a bigger party, so it's worth keeping that in mind. However, a big party did turn up at opening and got in. From what we heard, they didn't have a reservation, so you can always try on the day....
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Great suggestions here already ! Remember that you can also graze as you tour and sample all the great snacks available without sitting down at a single location for an actual lunch. We love the Nutella Waffle at Sleepy Hollow.

You also mentioned wanting to keep costs down. Bring wide mouth water bottles. You can start the day with a bottle of ice, from the hotel ice machine. It will melt as you go and then top it off at any counter service restaurant with free ice water. That way you have nice cold water with you all the time and save on buying bottles of water in the park.
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You can check out this site http://allears.net/dining/menu/ to see menus and prices of the various locations in the parks and resorts.
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Another vote for Columbia Harbor House and Cosmic Rays.

Love the upstairs and food for Columbia.

Love Sunny Eclipse and food at Cosmic Rays.
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I hope your trip was as sensational as you dreamed it would be. And I hope you took advantage of the mobile app. We ordered and paid earlier in the day and once we had a table at our quick service location, we gave them the "we are ready" click on the app. It made everything so much easier to have a table already and the person carrying the food knew what direction to head in.



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Columbia Harbour House immediately comes to mind - really good food and extra seating upstairs - and lobster rolls! We also enjoy Pecos Bill’s - it’s enormous inside!
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