REVIEW: Liberty Tree Tavern Removes Pot Roast & Turkey Lunch Meals In Favor of Family Style Meals

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If you have been to the Liberty Tree Tavern for lunch at the Magic Kingdom, you without a doubt are familiar with the New England Pot Roast and Pilgrims’ Feast meals. If you aren’t, here is the old menu to refresh your memory a bit:

Lunch menu at Liberty Tree Tavern, February 2016
Lunch menu at Liberty Tree Tavern, February 2016

Liberty Tree Tavern has always been one of my favorite lunch spots at the park, being fairly inexpensive and having a menu of really solid comfort food. In fact, you can read my glowing review of the former lunch menu that I did back in February if you want to hear more about it.

On Wednesday, October 26th, 2016, the menu above ceased to be. In its place was this:

New Liberty Tree Tavern Lunch Menu, October 2016
New Liberty Tree Tavern Lunch Menu, October 2016
New Liberty Tree Tavern Lunch Menu, October 2016
New Liberty Tree Tavern Lunch Menu, October 2016
New Liberty Tree Tavern Lunch Menu, October 2016
New Liberty Tree Tavern Lunch Menu, October 2016

Now, not only are the Pot Roast and the Pilgrims’ Feast gone, but as you can see, the menu has been greatly reduced in overall options. You can still get turkey if you really want it, but you will have to order the infamous “All-You-Care-to-Enjoy” meal which is now also offered at lunch in addition to dinner, where it has always been.

Is the move a positive one, or is this another Plaza Restaurant style disaster? Let’s find out.

Liberty Tree Tavern “All You Care to Eat” Family Style Meal ($33.00 Adults, $19.00 Children)

The “all you care to enjoy” feast includes 3 courses: Declaration Salad, The Patriot’s Platter, and then dessert.

Liberty Tree Tavern bread and butter
Liberty Tree Tavern bread and butter

The meal begins with bread and the Declaration Salad. The bread is probably the highlight of the meal, soft, flaky rolls served with a sweet honey butter.

Declaration Salad
Declaration Salad

The salad is very standard, but good for what it is. I actually prefer the salad at the Diamond Horseshoe, but that is where compliments for that dining establishment end.

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Liberty Tree Tavern macaroni and cheese
Liberty Tree Tavern macaroni and cheese

On to the main course, the macaroni and cheese is a highlight if you enjoy such a dish, but there’s nothing really special about it. Sometime you just want some good mac and cheese though, it doesn’t always need a gimmick.

Liberty Tree Tavern Patriot's Platter
Liberty Tree Tavern Patriot’s Platter

As for the meats, the turkey is always a highlight, cooked well enough and rather enjoyable. I thought the pork had a weird flavor to it and was a little fatty for my taste. The sliced prime rib was fine, although depending on the batch you end up with, it might more closely resemble an inferior piece of beef. There was some au jus on the side with it, which I would recommend dousing it with.

The au jus, complete with a hidden EasyWDW in it
The au jus, complete with a hidden EasyWDW in it
Liberty Tree Tavern Patriot's Platter
Liberty Tree Tavern Patriot’s Platter

Our second helping was much healthier, but the prime rib had a very different appearance.

Liberty Tree Tavern Patriot's Platter
Liberty Tree Tavern Patriot’s Platter
Liberty Tree Tavern Patriot's Platter
Liberty Tree Tavern Patriot’s Platter

The mashed potatoes and the stuffing are just as good as I remember, and the seasonal vegetables were good enough.

Liberty Tree Tavern Bread Pudding
Liberty Tree Tavern Bread Pudding

The dessert offered with the feast is the warm bread pudding. This was really good, but the entire time I was eating it, I just wished that I was at Ohana at the Polynesian Village Resort (home of the world’s greatest bread pudding in my opinion). Also, the pieces of crust in here were really hard to chew, but otherwise the rest was moist and delicious.

OVERALL

Since the clam chowder and the cheeseburger stayed on the menu, my usual lunch order from Liberty Tree Tavern is still available, but it is hard to deny that this is a significant downgrade to the Liberty Tree Tavern. The Liberty Boys BLT with pork belly was delicious, the soup of the day was a nice offering, and the pot roast and cheaper Pilgrims’ Feast were a beloved mainstay of the menu, and now all of that is gone. In the short time we sat down for lunch, we saw two guests complain about the removal of the pot roast and Pilgrims’ Feast. The couple seated next to us up and left just minutes after being seated, and the table adjacent to them was given a “no strings” FastPass after complaining that they had to order something else.

While I occasionally find myself craving the comfort food of the “all you care to eat” offering, I would much rather have the diverse lunch menu and instead come to Liberty Tree Tavern for dinner if that is in fact what I wanted. Instead, you now have a restaurant that may only be a notch above the Diamond Horseshoe Saloon… and that’s bad… really bad.

I still enjoy the “all-you-care-to eat” meal, but the Magic Kingdom has changed a lot in the last few years. What was one of my favorite meals at the park (albeit originally with the added offering of Disney characters for dinner) now exists in a world with Skipper Canteen, the sweet and spicy chicken and waffle sandwich, and even a Pecos Bill’s menu that I really enjoy. In a brave-new-dining-world of far superior choices, I can’t in good conscious recommend a visit to Liberty Tree Tavern for lunch unless you really just want what is pictured above (and maybe the Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake, because that is amazing). Otherwise, there are plenty of other fine restaurants at the Magic Kingdom, they just don’t exist along this street between Frontierland and Liberty Square.

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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  • Is the turkey and prime roast beef also back on the dinner buffet menu. I know they had changed to pot roast and ham awhile back which I wasn’t thrilled about. If so, I will have to head back there again. :)

  • That pot roast was my favorite meal at all of Disney World. I hate the nostalgia-never-change-anything-at-Disney attitude (generally) but come on. COME ON.

  • I loved the comment “The au jus, complete with a hidden EasyWDW in it”. I thought that was Josh! Ha!

  • Wow th e pot roast was my all-time favorite too. I’ve even tried to make it at home. We were there in June for dinner, and it had been changed to family style. It just wasn’t he same. BRING IT BACK!!!!

  • Soo disappointed at this.! You dont mention the childrens menu but for those angry about the pot roast removal they left it on kids menu. ..Hopefully enough will take the time to email disney with complaint so they will put it back on the adults and rethink the massive feed at lunch if you want turkey. A dinner sized meal and price at lunch is ridiculous!! Write and be heard folks!

  • Actually, went online and looked at the kids menu. It has the pot roast, a turkey meal, pasta (do you folks know what kind of pasta you get), mac-n-cheese. So it looks like there’s decent options for the kids.

    Couple of other questions; if my wife just wants some turkey.. couldn’t she just order it off the kids menu? Also, they can make the colony salad to order (no pecans or cheese?)?

    • They probably could accommodate the salad changes – you’d just have to ask the server. Some have to do that due to allergies anyway, everywhere in Disney. Also, don’t quote me but I think you can order a kid’s meal for an adult as long as it’s not Dining Plan related (a kid can only get a kid’s meal if on dining plan; otherwise a kid could get an adult meal if you’re paying out of pocket….so you’d think the opposite would also be true. A not-that-hungry adult could get a kid’s meal. Maybe if others in the party were getting adult meals anyway and paying out of pocket).

  • Sounds like the previous lunch menu was very beloved. I never had lunch there but enjoyed the one dinner I had there in the past and will do it again with the family on Christmas Eve (the big feast). Anyone think maybe this lunch menu change might be just for the holidays? (Like…now through early January or something?) They share a kitchen with Skippers Canteen so maybe this is a temporary change.

  • Sounds like another money grab to me, charge more for cheaper crap. The prime rib looks disgusting, fatty and dry. The bread pudding looks like a very sloppy attempt… cheap way to make dessert with leftovers.

    Bring back the good stuff, flank steak, the good roast pork etc. Looks like I’ll cancel my Thanksgiving reservation.

  • That beef looks disgusting. I would have sent it back. I like when they had the pot roast for lunch, it was one of my favorites! Luckily, for my next trip…next month…I decided to go with 50’s PTC and we already planned on ordering the Sampler which has pot roast that is similar.

  • Thank you for this article. We are canceling our reservation at Liberty Tree Tavern, since they no longer have our favorite meal – the Pot Roast – and the $33 price for most of what’s left is ridiculous. My wife got the recipe for the Ooey Gooey Toffee Cafe, and we will have that at home.

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