/ Thursday, September 19th, 2013

by Kristin Casagrand

This week is going to be a little different. I want to make this week a little more interactive to get y’all involved and test some of your Disney knowledge!Cinderella Castle

I want to highlight my top five picks for quick service restaurants in Magic Kingdom….but with a twist! I will list five recipes that correspond to my choices and I would like you all to try to figure out the matching restaurants! If you can correctly identify all five, you could win a WDW Radio Mystery Ticket!


RESTAURANT 1. This recipe is actually a now-extinct menu item at this restaurant, but back in the day it was quite popular! Recipe brought to you by www.thedisneydiner.com

Figaro Fries


4 slices bacon, cooked until crispy, then crumbled

2 – 3 handfuls of shoestring french fries, frozen vegetable oil, for frying

1/2 cup of prepared cheese sauce, jarred or canned

2 tablespoons milk

1/2 cup diced tomatoes

1 cup shredded lettuce

Ranch dressing, to your liking

salt, for the fries


Pour vegetable oil into a pan until 1-inch deep. Cook fries in hot oil until time indicated on package. While fries are cooking, heat 1/2 cup of cheese sauce in saucepan with 2 tablespoons milk. Stir continuously until smooth. Set aside.

When fries are finished cooking, place on a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Salt to taste. Divide fries into two serving bowls and cover with melted cheese sauce. Top with a layer of shredded lettuce. Drizzle Ranch dressing on top and finish off with crumbled bacon and diced tomatoes. Enjoy with a friend!


RESTAURANT 2. This restaurant offers light items, specializing in soups and sandwiches. And it just might leave you feeling pretty patriotic….Recipe brought to you by allears.net.

The Lighthouse Sandwich


Olive Panini Bread

¼ cup Hummus (recipe follows)

½ cup Broccoli slaw (recipe follows)

Vine ripe tomatoes sliced (2 slices per sandwich)



2 Tablespoons pureed garlic

3 cans (15 oz) garbanzo beans

4 tablespoons water

Juice of 2 freshly squeezed lemons

½ cup tahini paste (pure sesame seeds)

1 tablespoons salt

Method of Preparation:

Put garbanzo beans into food processor, mix with garlic, salt and tahini paste.  Puree approximately 15-30 seconds, then add lemon juice and water.  Continue to puree until smooth.  Should yield about 15, 3 oz servings.  This recipe can be cut in half to make a smaller portion.  The hummus will hold for five days once prepared

Broccoli Slaw:


3 cups shredded broccoli slaw mix (2-12 oz bags in the grocery store)

1 ½ cups honey Dijon dressing (Ken’s Brand)

Method of Preparation:

Toss together and set aside.

Slice bread and spread with hummus, add broccoli slaw and 2 slices of tomato.


RESTAURANT 3. I think this recipe speaks for itself and should be a giveaway for all of you Magic Kingdom quick service goers. But just in case you need a hint-make sure you don’t come to lunch “sleepy”! Recipe provided by www.thedisneydiner.com.

Nutella Waffle Sandwich


1 cup Carbon’s Golden Malted Pancake and Waffle Mix**

5 ounces water

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons butter, melted

Nutella Hazelnut Spread

fresh blueberries

fresh strawberries, sliced

banana slices


Preheat waffle iron.

Whisk egg and water together in large bowl. Stir in vanilla. Add Waffle Mix and sugar. Mix well until lumps are gone. Pour in melted butter and stir.

Ladle batter into preheated waffle iron and close. Let cook until golden brown. Remove carefully and set on plate.

Spread a generous amount of Nutella over the surface of the waffle. Top with fresh fruit. Fold in half (if you can) or serve flat and eat with a fork and knife.


RESTAURANT 4.  This quick service stop offers a favorite past time menu! Recipe by kraftrecipes.com.

Corn Dog Nuggets


1 pkg. hot dogs

1 cup biscuit mix

1/3 cup cornmeal

1 egg

2 tablespoons sugar



Method of Preparation

Cut hot dogs in 2 or 3 inch pieces

Combine biscuit mix, cornmeal, egg and sugar. Add enough milk to make it batter consistency. Coat hot dogs well in batter.

Fry in 2 inches of hot oil.


RESTAURANT 5. This restaurant has a western flair! Recipe by www.talkdisney.com.

Chili Con Carne


2 Tablespoons bacon drippings or vegetable oil

1 clove garlic — minced

1 small onion — chopped

1 small green pepper — chopped

1 can tomatoes — (16-ounce) including liquid

1 can chili beans — (16-ounce) including liquid

1 can red kidney beans — (15 1/4-ounce) including liquid

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon granulated sugar

2 Tablespoons vinegar

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

3 Tablespoons chili powder

1 Dash Tabasco sauce or cayenne pepper

1 pound lean ground beef

1/2 cup onion — chopped

1/2 cup Cheddar cheese — grated

Method of Preparation:

Heat 1 Tbsp. Bacon drippings in a large frying pan and sauté garlic until Golden brown.

Add Chopped onion and green pepper. Cover pan and cook over low heat until Onion is translucent.

Meanwhile, mash canned tomatoes in own liquid in a 4-quart saucepan, then Add chili beans And kidney beans, including the liquid.

Add salt, vinegar, pepper, chili Powder, Tabasco sauce to Beans and tomatoes and bring to simmer.

Add sautéed garlic, onion and green Pepper.

Reheat Frying pan and sauté beef in remaining bacon drippings, stirring with a fork to crumble, until Cooked.

Drain off fat and add beef to bean mixture in saucepan.

Simmer, Uncovered, for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Serve in bowls topped with chopped onion And Cheddar Cheese.

Accompany chili with saltine crackers or hot buttered tortillas.


After seeing the recipes, who can guess my top 5 quick service spots in Magic Kingdom??  Post your answers in the comments below, and you could be selected at random to receive a WDW Radio Mystery Ticket!



Kristin Casagrand is a student currently studying physical therapy at Bellarmine University. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Kristin has taken many a family vacations as a child driving 24 hrs, cramped in the back of the car and fighting with her sister to get to Disney (definitely worth it though). She looks forward to sharing “A taste of Disney” with everyone each week.





8 thoughts on “A Taste of Disney: The Best of Magic Kingdom Quick Service Restaurants”

  1. Melissa says:

    Pinocchio’s Village Haus
    Columbia Harbour House
    Sleepy Hollow Refreshments
    Casey’s Corner?
    Pecos Bill’s

  2. Kendall Foreman (MoretotheWorld) says:

    I think I know all five:
    1. Pinocchio Village Haus
    2. The Columbia Harbour House
    3. Sleepy Hollow Refreshments
    4. Casey’s Corner
    5. Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café

    Love the Lighthouse Sandwich and the Nutella Waffle Sandwich. I make both of these all the time at home.

  3. Tony E (BacksideOfWater) says:

    1. Pinocchio Village Hause
    2. Columbia Harbor House
    3. Sleepy Hollow Refreshments
    4. Caysey’s Corner
    5. Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe

  4. Peyton says:

    Awesome post idea this week! Okay, my guesses are in order: Pinocchio Village Haus, Columbia Harbour House, Sleepy Hollow Refreshments, Casey’s Corner, and Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe?

  5. Caitlin Corsello (giantnfl) says:

    I love this idea, Kristin!
    Restaurant 1 = Pinocchio Village Haus
    Restaurant 2 = Columbia Harbour House
    Restaurant 3 = Sleepy Hollow
    Restaurant 4 = Casey’s Corner
    Restaurant 5 = Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

  6. Crissy S. says:

    1. Pinocchio Village Haus
    2. Columbia Harbour House
    3. Sleepy Hollow
    4. Casey’s Corner
    5. Pecos Bill’s

  7. Diane Jones says:

    1=Pinocchio’s Village Haus
    2=Columbia Harbour House
    3=Sleepy Hollow Refreshments
    4=Casey’s Corner
    5=Pecos Bill’s

    This post made me hungry 🙂

  8. emily hartzog says:

    Great idea for the post! I love Disney quizes!

    Pinocchio Village Haus
    The Columbia Harbour House
    Sleepy Hollow Refreshments
    Casey’s Corner
    Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café