The Tomorrowland Terrace has had a tumultuous history at the Magic Kingdom. It has typically been closed seasonally for most of the last 20 years, reopening for filler table service a few times, or as the often despised “noodle station” which infamously served nearly inedible fast-food Asian cuisine that would make Panda Express seem like Victoria and Albert’s. In more recent years, it has reopened with a fairly forgettable menu, with options that could only be viewed as a minor improvement over half-cooked noodles. Recently, the venue reopened for counter service dining with a very different menu, so we decided to go check it out.
Spicy Chicken Sandwich ($9.99) – This was pretty solid. The patty itself had a nice flavor, complimented well by the spicy sauce. The bun could have been a little fresher, but otherwise a fine option here. SCORE: 5 out of 7.
Dipped Chicken Strips with Buffalo Sauce ($10.99) – These were everything I wanted them to be. I have been pretty sad since the removal of the buffalo chicken breast nuggets at Backlot Express at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but these are just as good if not better. Sometimes you just want something simple and cheap, and these deliver on a good quantity of food and good flavor from the sauce. I just wish I liked the fries more… SCORE: 7 out of 7.
Coconut Tres Leches Cake ($4.59) – I was pleasantly surprised how good this was. A nice lighter option to follow the strong flavors from some of the spicy entrees here. SCORE: 6 out of 7.
Rocky Road Brownie ($4.59) – Don’t buy this. It’s so chalky and bland that it is nearly inedible. It tasted what I imagine 5-year-expired chocolate frosting tastes like. SCORE: 0 out of 7
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this experience (outside of the brownie). The service was quick and the food was actually fantastic for what I would call a run-of-the-mill counter service. I would much prefer to eat here than fight the crowds at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe, plus the options here are just much, much, much better. It may not be Be Our Guest, but Tomorrowland Terrace is a fine choice for a quick bite this summer when you visit the Magic Kingdom.
OVERALL RATING FOR TOMORROWLAND TERRACE (Summer ’16 Tour) – 6 OUT OF 7