The 9 Best Magic Kingdom Restaurants that Don't Need Reservations

While exploring Disney’s largest park, you’re going to work up an appetite, and sometimes that hunger comes quick. You don’t always have time to make reservation, and when kids are hungry, they’re hungry – no negotiating! But as a parent you’re also thinking about healthy food, and  something delicious for yourself. These Magic Kingdom restaurants offer counter-service options that are more gourmet and healthy than your typical theme park meal of pizza, burger, and fries. They’ll give you energy to keep going without the sleepy feeling that you get from a heavy, greasy meal.

1) Pinocchio Village Haus

Pinocchio Village Haus: Magic Kingdom Restaurant
Photo: Outside Pinocchio Village Haus | Matt Dempsey via Flickr

It’s a charming place that’s even better if you can snag a window seat in front the boats departing for It’s A Small World. Be sure to wave and smile as they pass by.  

The food here is Mediterranean and Italian-American with three different flatbreads, meatball sandwich, and a couple of salads. But don’t overlook their side dishes. You may just find yourself addicted to those garlic roll bread knots. During the winter months, I’d highly recommend the tomato basil soup.

What you need to know
Price for entree: $8.50 - $10.00
Location: Fantasyland

2) Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow: Magic Kingdom Restaurant
Photo: Fried Chicken and Waffles with Arugala at Sleepy Hollow | Anna Fox via Flickr

It’s open for breakfast, but what they really do well are their waffles. They have sweet and savory options. You might not think that the Ham, Prosciutto, and Cheese Waffle Sandwich would be good at all, but it is! And if you’re a sucker for chicken and waffles then you can get them here too.

But, the real star of the show at this Magic Kingdom restaurant is the Nutella Fresh Fruit Waffle sandwich. It’s a delicious combination of Nutella, fresh strawberries, blueberries, and sliced bananas, sprinkled in powdered sugar. It’s decadent, refreshing, and soul satisfying all at the same time.

Nutella Waffle: Sleepy Hollow Disney World
Photo: Zeke Yusof

What you need to know
Price for snacks: $5.00 - $7.50
Location: Liberty Square

3) Columbia Harbour House

Columbia Harbour House: Magic Kingdom Restaurant
Photo: Grilled Salmon and Couscous | Zeke Yusof

This the spot for lovers of fried fish and shrimp. They have plenty of healthier options too that are equally delicious. Battered fish and fried shrimp, may be what you crave, but if you want something lighter, try the Lighthouse sandwich with hummus, tomato, and slaw on a multigrain bread. There’s also a lobster roll, two tasty meal-sized salads, and a tuna sandwich. But the star of the show here is without a doubt, their grilled salmon. It comes with a side of couscous and steamed broccoli. Add a little Tabasco for some extra kick.

What you need to know
Price for entree: $8.00 - $12.50
Location: Liberty Square

4) The Diamond Horseshoe

The Diamond Horseshoe: Magic Kingdom Restaurant
Photo: Daryl_mitchell via Flickr

Fans of pork and turkey will rejoice! You can satisfy cravings with a regular turkey sandwich, or the barbecue turkey sandwich. Hand-carved pork and the brisket sandwich are also winners, as are the pork brisket or turkey mixed green salad. For a vegetarian option, the portobello sandwich is surprisingly satisfying.

What you need to know
Price for entree: $8.00 - $9.50
Location: Frontierland

5) Golden Oak Outpost

Golden Oak Outpost: Magic Kingdom Restaurant
Photo: BBQ Pork Fries at Golden Oak Outpost | Disney

Despite my pledge that this is a guide for food beyond fries, I’m making this as an exception, because this is not your usual fries. This Magic Kingdom restaurant focuses on different ways to serve waffle fries. It’s similar to the Canadian poutine, if that’s of any help. You wish, for the sake of your waistline, that you won’t like the Brown Gravy and Waffle Fries, or the BLT Waffle Fries, or the BBQ Pork Waffle Fries, or the Tex-Mex Waffle Fries, but you will! This is where you just have to forgive yourself and indulge in the simple, guilty pleasure of high fat, high carbs food. Besides, you’ve been walking all day long and you’ll continue to walk for a few more miles ‘till it’s all over. So keep telling yourself that you’ll burn it off, you’ll burn it all off! Or better yet, these fries are made for sharing. So sit around with the people you love and share the calories!

Now, as if that type of indulgence isn’t enough, the Sweet Potato Nuggets in the “Desserts” section will push this over the edge. They’re warm and covered with powdered sugar. Oh yes, you know you’re in serious trouble now!

What you need to know
Price for entree: $9.00 - $11.50
Location: Frontierland

6) Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe: Magic Kingdom Restaurant
Photo: Rotisserie Chicken at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe | Zeke Yusof

As you’re being serenaded by the performance of Sonny Eclipse, you’ll find a wide variety of familiar food. Sure, you may have your burgers and fries, but don’t miss the rotisserie chicken, BBQ pork sandwich, and Greek salad. The favorite here is definitely the rotisserie chicken, which comes with mash potatoes and vegetables.

What you need to know
Price for entree: $8.00 - $12.00
Location: Tomorrowland

7) Tortuga Tavern

Tortuga Tavern: Magic Kingdom Restaurant
Photo: Brandon Serna via Flickr

With a little bit of pirate theme, this Magic Kingdom restaurant serves typical, but delicious Mexican fare. The bean and chicken burritos are good standbys for anyone not willing to do anything too adventurous. However, the beef bowl and vegetarian bowls are not to be overlooked. They may not be as good as the ones in Chipotle, but they’re definitely worth considering.

The interesting thing here is that the kids menu item, the cheese quesadilla, makes for a very nice snack if you’re just a bit peckish, but not wanting a full meal.

What you need to know
Price for entree: $9.00 - $11.50
Location: Adventureland

8) Aloha Isle

Aloha Isle: Magic Kingdom Restaurant
Photo: Dole Whip Float | Disney

There’s only one thing you need to know about this restaurant: Dole whip float!

It’s a pineapple juice float, topped with a soft-served pineapple ice cream, and it’s become so legendary that there are Disney pins and t-shirts featuring this concoction. It’s probably the most refreshing thing you can get on a hot and muggy Orlando summer day.

What you need to know
Price for treats: $2.79 - $5.29
Location: Adventureland

9) Main Street Bakery

Main Street Bakery: Magic Kingdom
Photo: Ricky Brigante via Flickr

Get your Starbucks fix here. It’s a full-blown Starbucks serving lattes, frappuccinos, and all your favorite Starbucks drinks. There are also pastries and sandwiches that you’d normally expect from a typical Starbucks cafe, but with the addition of items from a Disney bakery.

What you need to know
Price for drinks: $1.99 - $5.25
Location: Main Street USA

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About Zeke Yusof

Zeke is a physicist, living near Chicago, and a huge fan of the Disney parks. Having discovered Walt Disney World as an adult, he makes 2-3 trips a year to the Most Magical Place on Earth. He’s also an avid foodie and lover of down-home ethnic cuisine.