REVIEW: Plaza Restaurant’s ‘Cheers to 50 Years’ $32 Dessert is The Worst We’ve Ever Had at Walt Disney World, Delicious Marceline Mudslide and Monte Cristo Also Come to Magic Kingdom

Plaza Restaurant on Main Street U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom is getting in on the 50th anniversary festivities with a few new items, so we grabbed a reservation to try all of the new offerings.


The Celebration Menu lists the new offerings, including the EARidescent Sip-A-Bration that is available at most restaurants.


Marceline Mudslide – $10

Blend of Breckenridge Vanilla Porter Beer with Vanilla Ice Cream, garnished with Chocolate Syrup, Whipped Cream, and Crispy Chocolate Pearls


I love a good vanilla porter, and combining that with ice cream and chocolate syrup is always a winning combination. Honesty, I could drink this every day.


Breckenridge Brewery describes the beer as such:

Aromas of vanilla and toasted grain set the stage for mellow flavors of vanilla and dark roasted malts in this popular porter. Don’t let its deep mahogany color fool you, this brew is packed with flavor, yet as smooth as they come.


Again, the sweetness of the ice cream and chocolate sauce really brings out the vanilla and malt flavors of the beer. I’d highly recommend this.

Monte Cristo Sandwich – $19

Bacon, Roasted Turkey, Provolone, dipped in Funnel Cake Batter, and Deep-fried. Sprinkled with EARidescent Sugar, Powdered Sugar, and served with House-made Strawberry Jam


OK, so it’s not the Disneyland Monte Cristo, but it is still very good. The old version of the Turkey Club at Plaza was a classic dish for me, and I miss it so, but in a lot of ways this is just the deep-fried version of that.


The absence of ham makes this really stand out from the Disneyland classic, but the bacon is a solid stand-in. Cheese, turkey, bacon, and bread coated in a crispy, fried exterior – what’s not to like?

Yes, I opted for the green beans since we were having desserts, although I’m not sure that makes a huge difference when you’re having multiple ice cream offerings and a Monte Cristo. The green beans were well cooked, albeit a little oily.

Cheers to 50 years! – $32

Chocolate and Vanilla Ice Cream, Cookie Crumbles, Brownie Pieces, Pretzel Rods, Hot Fudge, Caramel Sauce, Whipped Cream, EARidescent Sugar, and topped with a Mickey Pretzel (Serves Four)


This is why we came, but boy, was this disappointing. Honestly though, it’s a pretty accurate representation of Magic Kingdom snacks over the last 50 years.


Most of the items were stale. The Mickey pretzel, the pretzel rods, and the brownies just tasted as if they had been sitting around for hours, likely because they were. The ice cream itself was fine, but I don’t know how they would’ve messed that part up.


I know it’s tempting to order this because it does make such a statement in photographs, but it really is one of the least remarkable desserts I’ve had at Walt Disney World, most definitely the worst offering of “The World’s Most Magical Celebration.”


We suggest heading over to the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor next door and getting the new Banana Boom Sundae for a tastier option, and if you need a photogenic, mega-dessert to commemorate 50 years of Walt Disney World, the Fiesta Pyramid at EPCOT is as delicious as it is beautiful.

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1 month ago

That’s getting typical for Disney. They do the cheapest thing & charge a ridiculous price for it. Personally, I would’ve sent the $32 dessert back & asked for fresh items. That’s ridiculous

Andrew G Kalipetis
Andrew G Kalipetis
1 month ago

Tom, with all due respect, that is the BIGGEST MESS I have ever seen! It looks like a four year old was let loose in the kitchen. And for $32 ??