One of the more popular restaurants at Magic Kingdom is The Plaza Restaurant. I had the pleasure of eating there during the initial reopening of Disney World, and I absolutely loved it!
The Plaza Restaurant
Located at the end of Main Street U.S.A., The Plaza Restaurant offers beautiful views of Cinderella Castle in a turn-of-the century atmosphere. It is located next to Plaza Ice Cream Parlor, which is temporarily unavailable, along the walkway to Tomorrowland.
The food is considered fast-casual and has many simple favorites that Guests can enjoy. I need to mention the menu was severely limited when I went for the official reopening so there weren’t many options for me to choose from.
In fact, many menus across the Parks and Resorts have been drastically reduced. You can read about some of those changes HERE.
More on food in a bit!
Reservations for the Plaza Restaurant
Reservations are highly recommended for The Plaza Restaurant. In addition to the dining reservation, you will also need a Park Pass to gain entry to Magic Kingdom as well as the other parks.
Since seating has been reduced to promote physical distancing, the once small restaurant is now operating on an even smaller scale.
On the day I dined there, I previously had a reservation and decided to cancel because I didn’t want to waste park time at the end of the day.
However, my friend and I quickly realized that since wait times were so low and crowds were non-existent we had accomplished all we set out to do. This put The Plaza back into my mind, and at 6:30 pm (a half hour before closing), I walked up to the check-in station and was able to be seated right away without a reservation.
I would not recommend doing this any other day as this was probably just a lucky one-time incident. Considering the park was almost closing and there was a thunderstorm nearby, there were probably some last minute openings that allowed me to dine as a walk-in.
Physical Distancing and Other Safety Measures
About half of the tables were taken out of the restaurant (compared to some restaurants where there is simply a marker on the table letting Guests know not to sit there), which left The Plaza feeling very empty.
This allowed for parties to be spread out very well and not come close to other diners.
Additionally, all menus have gone digital at restaurants across Walt Disney World. Our server brought us a piece of paper with QR code. We scanned that code and were brought straight to the online menu.
Our server had a mask on the entire time, and we really appreciated that. We, of course, were able to take our masks off. This is when a dining reservation at sit-down restaurant really becomes attractive to Guests. Being able to take your mask off for an hour or more is a welcome respite after wearing them the rest of the day.
Food Offerings at The Plaza Restaurant
As I mentioned before, food menus across Walt Disney World are very limited. At this time, the following entree items are on the menu at The Plaza Restaurant:
- Cheese Steak Sandwich
- The Plaza Burger
- Bangers & Mash
- Home-style Meatloaf
- Plaza Club
The full menu for The Plaza Restaurant and other dining locations can be found on Character Locator!
Pricing is very reasonable for dining in the theme parks. Adult entrees are in the $20-range, and children’s entrees are approximately $10 each.
I ordered the Plaza Club, which comes with smoked ham, turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise. It was served with fries and the portion was huge considering the price.
The Plaza Club was delicious! The bread was a little overpowering so I took out the middle slice. Each ingredient could be tasted equally – one was not overpowering the others. The bacon was cooked just right as well.
I love the thinner-style fries, and they were hot and had just the right amount of salt.
Susan ordered The Plaza Burger, and while she enjoyed it, it was not her favorite burger on Disney World property. She loved the burger from STK Orlando at Disney Springs, so be on the lookout for her review soon!
I really wanted to save room for a milkshake or the signature chocolate cake, but I just couldn’t stop eating my sandwich!
Atmosphere of The Plaza Restaurant
The Plaza Restaurant itself is very small compared to other restaurants around the parks and resorts. It was quite loud when we dined there at half capacity. I can’t imagine how noisy it could get when the restaurant is at full capacity!
The decor really did remind me of turn-of-the-century elegance. I think it fits in well with the Main Street U.S.A. vibe. The restaurant also reminds me of The Grand Floridian Cafe or even 1900 Park Fare so I could see it easily fitting in at The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa as well.
There is a little gazebo-style seating area on the far side of the restaurant that offers great views of Cinderella Castle while also offering more privacy.
Speaking of Cinderella Castle, we were seated along the front window and had an excellent view of the Hub! We watched a thunderstorm clear out the park as Guests ran through the heavy rain. Conveniently, the rain stopped just as we were finishing up.
Pirate tip: if possible, ask for a seat along the windows for great views of Cinderella Castle and the hub
We were able to take our time in the restaurant since the park had closed. We really enjoyed this casual end to a fun park day!
I am glad we were able to get in at The Plaza Restaurant despite previously dropping our reservation.
The food was a fantastic value for the price, the views of Cinderella Castle were perfect after dreaming of being back at my Happy Place for months, and I felt the safety measures in place made for a comfortable dining experience.
I think this would be a great option for either lunch or dinner, and I will definitely bring my family back! I do wish there were more menu offerings, but I realize that is something that can’t be helped during this initial reopening phase.