What better way to cap off an early access day at Magic Kingdom than having a dinner fit for a king? I did just this at no other than, The Diamond Horsehoe. A menu chock-full of down home “stick to your ribs” classics with all the fixin’s, you’re guaranteed to leave here needing a nap! Grab that pen and paper because there is a lot to unpack on this addition to my Disney Parks food saga.
Tucked between Liberty Square and Frontierland, The Diamond Horseshoe gives you a healthy mixture of Liberty Square’s British Colonial aura and the rustic Wild West atmosphere of Frontierland. Walking in, you see lots of stained wood and white accents much like an 1800’s era saloon. Atop a stage in the main dining area sits an old timey piano that plays a tune and lights up with various effects every few minutes. Makes you think a pistol-twirling cowboy will walk in the door any minute and claim “This town ain’t big enough for the two of us!”
Sharing the kitchen with Liberty Tree Tavern, The Diamond Horseshoe allows more guests to be served out of a single cooking space. A rather clever concept to keep things moving and they sure do get a lot of folks fed throughout the day. A very good friend of mine met my family along with his family for a fun weekend at Disney, we booked adjoining resort rooms at Pop Century and were planning to hit the parks with our party of 10. That consisting of 4 adults and 6 children, we were in for an eventful time! A suggestion by my friend Brad, The Diamond Horseshoe was in our crosshair for a nice early family dinner that was sure to handle lunch and dinner for the day. We booked a reservation at 2_45 PM trying to split lunch and dinner as I mentioned, knowing it is an all you care to enjoy menu (all you can eat). We managed to lightly snack throughout the day to prepare for our feast. We arrived to The Diamond Horseshoe about 10 minutes before our allotted time so we could check in with the host. My brother Justin and his son Jacob paid us a visit to the park after a couple of days in Daytona for the Daytona 500 weekend. Being that they stuck with us as a group for the day, I suggested them coming to have dinner with us if we could manage to squeeze them into the reservation. I spoke with the host at check in and asked if it was possible to add two more to our already party of 10? I figured since they already had a party that large locked in on a reservation, it may not be much trouble to get two more in. After speaking with a manager briefly, the cast member told me that would not be a problem but may push our wait time back ever so slightly. Not a big deal, right? All in all, it may have added 10 minutes onto our wait, so big shout out to the cast members being ever so gracious and accommodating! So just a pro tip moving forward, these things are possible as long as your requests aren’t too ridiculous. But enough about the setup, let’s get into the meat and potatoes of this review! (Pun intended.)
To paint this picture, I’ll break down the menu for you. They start you off with bread service featuring soft, warm dinner rolls with table butter and a mixed greens salad with cucumbers and a honey vinaigrette dressing. Try to throttle yourself here even though they are delicious because the heavy hitters will arrive soon! Before you can finish your salad, you begin to see large platters full of roasted pork loin, sliced turkey breast, stuffing, and pot roast with pearl onions, mushrooms, and carrots. Then come the sides_ large bowls of mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and fresh green beans are snugly placed where space is available and finally a gravy boat with piping hot poultry gravy, meant to blanket the turkey breast and stuffing for expert level foodies. Repeating the fact that the menu is all you care to enjoy, Brad and myself managed to polish off three re-orders of the pot roast. It is truly out of this world when paired with the mashed potatoes. Putting ourselves in a near comatose state, it’s safe to say we already got our money’s worth out of this ordeal. And just when you think it was over, dessert makes its way into the mix. Several Ooey Gooey Toffee cakes were placed on our table and boy they did not last long! Imagine a large, warm, chocolate chip and toffee cake in a cast iron pan topped with whipped cream and chocolate fudge sauce. While rather heavy and decadent, it was no issue pounding one of these bad boys into oblivion! When you think about it, weighing in at $39 for adults and $21 for children 3 and up, the value you get from this dining experience is unparalleled!
It’s a well-known fact that food at Disney just flat out hits different. Being a true fatty at heart, I go out of my way to make sure my family and I experience these dining options every chance we get. This is just a small excerpt in my Disney Parks food saga, and I cannot wait to bring more to the table! If you’ve got any cool dining places to share, be sure to give some feedback and I’ll be more than happy to check it out and do a review myself! Until next time, always remember to keep your childish sense of wonder and you never really have to grow up. You only get to live once so never let the world stop amazing you! Take care.
” That’s the real trouble with the world. Too many people grow up.” - Walt Disney