Just days after Disney announced the Skipper Canteen would begin taking Advanced Dining Reservations instead of being strictly walk ups they have now released that another restaurant in the Magic Kingdom would become walk up only. The popular Plaza Restaurant on Main Street USA will immediately cease offering advanced dining reservations except during the time period of 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM each day. Guests who have made reservations prior to today will still be able to use those reservations going forward. It remains to be seen whether these changes to dining at Disney World will be permanent or if they are simply testing various strategies for these different dining locations. We will continue to update as we know more.
It’s Trip Review Saturday and in this article I’m going to review our latest visit to The Plaza Restaurant. The Plaza, located at the end of Main Street U.S.A. is one of our favorite dinner spots when we are looking for a simple table service meal. This restaurant has been one of our favorites over the past couple of years because it is one of the best value table service meals on property. There are several menu items available for between $12 and $16 which by Disney standards is a great value for a table service restaurant.
The Plaza Restaurant is located on the end of Main Street U.S.A., facing the castle. It is a small restaurant once you are inside, but the theming is fantastic. You certainly feel like you have just walked off of Main Street and that this is a place you would most definitely find on Main Street in small town America. One of the other big benefits for us is that you can order dessert from the Main Street Ice Cream Parlour when dining here. More on that later!
We had a dinner reservation for this evening and checked in about 10 minutes before our reservation time. Unfortunately, we were not seated for about 45 minutes, which is very rare for Disney dining reservations and especially rare based on our past trips to The Plaza. I’m not sure if they were just over-booked or there was some impending severe weather so people may have been hanging around inside the restaurant longer than usual. We were seated eventually though and our waiter was very quick and efficient. We usually do not liked to be rushed and he was fast, but we did have some FP+ reservations later on in the evening and the delay in getting seated had us closer to our windows, so this time we appreciated the quick pace.
As far as the food we have always enjoyed what we have ordered at The Plaza. There are no appetizers on the menu, but since we knew we would be ordering dessert that was not a problem for us. I should mention that they do offer a soup of the day and side salad even though there is no appetizer menu. The first thing we tried was the Turkey Sandwich: smoked turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise layered on toasted multi-grain bread. The cost of this sandwich was $12.49 and it comes with chips.
All in all this sandwich is a great bargain. As you can see in the picture above there is a large amount of meat and other toppings. Also, the multi-grain bread it was served on was fantastic. We didn’t finish the entire sandwich, but we certainly finished the bread! The other entree we tried as the Plaza Club: smoked ham, turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise on toasted sourdough bread for $12.49.
The signature club left a little to be desired in our opinion. It had plenty of meat and toppings, but we found the bread to be very hard. Actually if I had it to do over again I would probably ask if they could make the club sandwich with the multi-grain bread, now that would be a fantastic club! Don’t get me wrong the club was good, just not my favorite thing on the menu. I have also ordered Beef Brisket Onion Burger before here and remember it being very good. Overall we were satisfied with the entrees, especially considering they cost $12.49 at a sit down restaurant. Also, you get a large serving of the chips with each sandwich and we are big fans of those. That is one food item we think Disney does really well and it is a nice changeup from having fries as a side with a lot of meals.
Of course after our entrees we had to save room for one of our favorites, a brownie sundae from the Plaza Ice Cream Parlour.
This dessert was huge and extremely tasty. It is so nice to just sit back, relax, enjoy your ice cream, and look out the large windows and observe all of the action taking place on Main Street and in the hub. The setting of this meal is almost perfect and the food is pretty good to compliment that. Overall, we highly recommend The Plaza Restaurant. Like we said earlier this place is a great value if paying cash. It is not a great value if on the dining plan as you aren’t getting much value for your dining credits, so if you are on the dining plan you might just consider paying cash here and using your table service credits elsewhere. That will do it for our review of The Plaza, thanks for reading and happy trip planning!