Whether you’re just trying to enjoy the nice weather or you’re doing your best to avoid dining inside due to the pandemic, there are many reasons to dine outside. If you’re going to Disney World, you may be concerned about how to visit parks packed with thousands of people safely. Dining outside can be one of the best ways to limit your exposure, as the CDC currently recommends everyone should wear a mask inside regardless of vaccination status. And it’s pretty impossible to eat with your mask on.

I know there’s a wide spectrum when it comes to COVID concern, seemingly ranging from wearing a hazmat suit everywhere to actively trying to inhale strangers’ sneezes. This isn’t about debating what the right or wrong precautions are. Personally, my wife and I are opting to only dine outside when we travel, as we have a 1 year old baby that we would like to keep from getting the virus. What you feel comfortable with when you go to Disney World may be different. But as I plan my Disney trips, I thought that having a list of where you can eat outside at Disney World would be really useful to have.

In this series, I’m going to be breaking down the best places to eat outside at Disney World, starting with a complete guide to outdoor dining at Magic Kingdom. I’ve broken it up into “The Best” and “The Rest.” The restaurants listed in “The Best” either have delicious food, great outdoor seating sections, food that’s easy to eat on the go, or any combination of the above. If a restaurant is listed in “The Rest,” it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad option. It’s just not one of our favorites.

Magic Kingdom Outdoor Dining Guide

Unfortunately, the outdoor dining options at Magic Kingdom are pretty sparse. Tony’s Town Square Restaurant is your only table service option, and it might be our least favorite restaurant at Disney World. Pinocchio Village Haus, Pecos Bill, and Cosmic Ray’s are the only full quick service restaurants that offer outdoor seating. That being said, there are some good options for quick service, grab and go, and snacks that you can enjoy outside.

The Best Outdoor Dining at Magic Kingdom

Quick Service / Kiosks

Sleepy Hollow Refreshments - Magic Kingdom Dining

  • Sleepy Hollow (Liberty Square) – Offers awesome waffle sandwiches and desserts. Completely outside. Mobile order available.
  • Pinocchio Village Haus (Fantasyland) – Quick service flatbreads and salads. The flatbreads are pretty good and creative! Must order inside, but offers outdoor seating. Mobile order available
  • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe (Frontierland) – Quick service Mexican. Must order inside, offers outdoor seating.  Mobile order available

Lunching Pad - Magic Kingdom Dining

  • The Lunching Pad (Tomorrowland) – Hot Dogs, Wings, and Pretzels. Completely outside. Mobile order available.
  • Casey’s Corner (Main Street, USA) – Hot Dogs and Corn Dog Nuggets. Order inside. Limited outdoor seating. Easy to grab and go. Mobile order available.
  • Gaston’s Tavern – Limited outdoor seating. This spot offers a few famous Magic Kingdom eats, such as the turkey leg, warm cinnamon roll, and LeFou’s Brew.
  • Aloha Isle / Sunshine Tree Terrace (Adventureland) – Awesome desserts and snacks in Adventureland, including the Dole Whip at Aloha Isle and the Citrus Swirl at Sunshine Tree Terrace. Completely outside, limited seating. Mobile order available.

The Rest

Table Service

  • Tony’s Town Square (Main Street, USA) – Table Service. Italian food.

Quick Service / Kiosks

Friar's Nook - Magic Kingdom Dining

 

  • Friar’s Nook / Storybook Treats (Fantasyland) – These quick service windows features a small outdoor seating area. Home of the infamous Mr. Toad Burger. Mobile order available.
  • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe (Tomorrowland) – Limited outdoor seating, which eliminates the main draw of this restaurant: Sonny Eclipse. Mobile order available.
  • Liberty Square Market (Liberty Square) – Completely Outside. Offers hot dogs and snacks.
  • Tortuga Tavern (Adventureland) – Open air seating with plenty of ventilation. Offers hot dogs, burgers, and chicken tenders. Open seasonally.
  • Golden Oak Outpost (Frontierland) – Grab and go chicken strips and fries. Does not offer outdoor seating, but there is seating
  • Snack Carts (Park-wide) – These carts offer popcorn, pretzels, and turkey legs and can be found around the park.

Stay tuned for more of the best places to eat outside at Disney World, as we will have articles sharing the best outdoor dining at Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs, and the Resorts coming soon.


James

James is a lifelong Disney Parks fan. While at the parks, he loves finding new details, learning more about Disney World history, and taking pictures. His favorite WDW attractions include Spaceship Earth, Tower of Terror, and Star Tours.
James is a filmmaker and writer based in Los Angeles.

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