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EAT & TELL: at Disney’s Diamond Horseshoe Restaurant in Magic Kingdom

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Entrance to the Diamond Horseshoe in Magic KingdomCanva: Theresa Vitale

If you are currently on or planning to go on a Disney vacation, your plans probably include a visit to the Magic Kingdom. You may also want to plan out some dining options as well as the parks continue to get busier. It is well known that the Magic Kingdom theme park is one of the more popular parks at Walt Disney World, especially for visitors with kids. Disney is still operating with a theme park reservation system to help control capacity and guest experiences, we are told. This means to visit the Magic Kingdom and other Disney World parks, you will need a ticket to enter and a reservation for that same day. You may also find it necessary to reserve attractions with Disney’s Genie+ as well as sit down meals. Even with the park reservation system in place, it seems like the parks are as busy as they ever have been. This is no surprise as the decrease of Covid-19 restrictions may be fueling the desire to get out there and vacation again. Check out this view below of the Magic Kingdom as we made our way towards our dinner reservation, with the food review further below at The Diamond Horseshoe.

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Crowds of Magic Kingdom on a Sunday afternoon in late March 2022Canva: Camillo Vitale

We think it’s a good idea to give a little back drop on The Diamond Horseshoe as it‘s been a bit of a mystery to many Magic Kingdom guests, depending on when they last visited. It has always been located in Frontierland and has the old West music hall vibes going on. If you remember visiting in the 1980’s, you may also recall there were live performances on stage, however today there is a form of a large music box that occasionally fires up some tunes.

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Self-playing piano takes center stage at The Diamond Horseshoe instead of live performancesCanva: Camillo Vitale

For a period of time, the Diamond Horseshoe offered quick service food items and at one point was labeled a seasonal dining option but remained closed for extended periods of time. It was at some point during the recovery of travel from the pandemic that the restaurant reopened as overflow for socially distanced dining for the wildly popular Liberty Tree Tavern next door. Today, it has it’s own reservation system but maintains the same exact menu offerings as Liberty Tree Tavern does; with the only difference being what ambiance you prefer to eat your dinner in.

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The All-You-Care-to-Enjoy lunch & dinner service at The Diamond HorseshoeCanva: Camillo Vitale

The Diamond Horseshoe is an “All-You-Care-to-Enjoy” Disney dining experience, served family style at your table. Currently, both lunch and dinner are priced at $39 plus tax and tip for adults, and $21 plus tax and tip for kids aged under 12. Please check pricing before reserving as Disney reserves the right to change pricing at any time.

We were quickly seated towards the stage at a small round table for two after using our Disney Experience APP to check in digitally. Our server came over moments later and joyfully explained what we were going to experience and took our drink orders. If you are looking past the full range of Coke products, they have a “tavern punch” which is a Dole Whip Lemon and Sprite. If you are a fan of red wine, we recommend The Federalist Cabernet or Zinfandel at $12 a glass to help cut through the meats!

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Pull apart bread served with butter as part of The Diamond Horseshoe lunch and dinner experienceImage credit: Camillo Vitale

We then received some pull apart bread which was warm from the oven. Resist the urge to finish them, all they are more filling than they look. The salad came just a few minutes later, and the dressing was very refreshing with a touch of tangy citrus to compliment the thinly sliced radishes on top.

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Salad served at The Diamond Horseshoe lunch and dinnerImage credit: Camillo Vitale

I want to mention at this point, if you are looking for plant based eats, the restaurant has an Impossible Meatloat option for an entrée. You can ask for a slice if you want to try it. The standard platter is stacked with Roast Turkey Breast, Pennsylvania Pot Roast, and Oven-roasted Pork with Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, Herb Stuffing, and House-made Macaroni & Cheese. They also have a cranberry sauce that we always ask for more of as we soak the Roast Turkey and Pork in it!

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Traditional platter served at The Diamond Horseshoe restaurantImage credit: Camillo Vitale

If you happen to get Turkey or Pork that is dry, just ask the server for a new piece. We did this once and they brought hot, fresh servings and it was a night and day difference in quality. We also noted the garlic on the green beans make them really flavorful. The Stuffing, Mac and Cheese, and Mashed Potatoes have also always been done really well.

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Fresh garlic green beans with creamy mashed potatoes at The Diamond HorseshoeImage credit: Camillo Vitale

The Pot Roast has been really the hit or miss item for us, with more times not meeting standards for a good pot roast. We almost wish they would substitute something else in its place that is a bit different like a Prime Rib or a Top Sirloin. We hope you were able to save room for desserts! If you are following a plant-based diet or love apples like us, it is perfectly fine to ask for Johnny Appleseed’s Warm Apple Cake! Many people do not realize this is an option and a fine option at that. Slightly sweet, incredibly moist with apples baked in and a plant-based whipped cream dollop on top, it rivaled our typical go-to dessert at this restaurant.

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Plant-based alternative Apple dessert option available at The Diamond Horseshoe restaurantImage credit: Camillo Vitale

As you can tell from below, that Oooey Gooey Toffee Cake is very addictive and that vanilla ice cream is soft and creamy. That topping could be its‘ own dessert. The bottom layer is like a cookie dough baked blondie with the topping of warm caramel, chocolate sauce, chocolate and toffee chips. They are both fine dessert options to end a very filling meal.

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Traditional Toffee dessert served at The Diamond Horseshoe restaurantImage credit: Camillo Vitale

In conclusion, the bottom line is this place is a recommended lunch or dinner location. If you are looking for an adult beverage at the Magic Kingdom, you will find it here and they have the same menu as the Liberty Tree Tavern. You may also find it potentially less difficult in getting a reservation. Sometimes they open the walk up reservations but we would try to get one before heading into the park. The theming inside is different so if that matters to you, weigh it in your decision process. Most of the menu has been well executed on multiple trips, and the staff is more than eager to make it right if the experience is not up to your standards. All of this means is the next time you are eating at The Diamond Horseshoe, look around and see if we are sitting next to you!

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