One of the oldest restaurants at Magic Kingdom, Tony’s Town Square, is located near the train station on Main Street. This turn-of-the-century trattoria features hearty Italian meals and a cute Lady and the Tramp theme.
While I remember visiting as a teen, we haven’t been in 20 years, mostly due to the subpar reviews I’ve seen online and the fact that there are plenty of other places to eat at Magic Kingdom. But, the current COVID situation prompted us to finally give Tony’s a try. The main factor going for it – it’s the only table service restaurant in Magic Kingdom with outdoor seating – an absolute must for our family right now.
I made a 2pm reservation so that we would get a break from the heat/humidity and our masks at the hottest part of the day. We arrived about 15 minutes early and completed mobile check-in from the My Disney Experience app. After we were all checked in I went up to the podium and requested a table outside on the terrace, and since no one was actually sitting out there (which I found shocking!), I was told it would be no problem. Five minutes later we were seated outside by ourselves in the fresh air.
Rather than using traditional menus, or disposable paper menus, you’re given a piece of paper with a QR code so that you can pull the menu up on your phone. We had several phones at our table so it was no problem to bring up the menus on all of them and share, but I could see it being an issue if you only had one phone- or even worse, no phone! I’m sure that they have traditional menus available just in case that type of situation arises.
Every meal at Tony’s starts with bread service, and oh my gosh was it delicious!! The kids devoured the bread and wanted to ask for more but I opted to skip another round of bread so that they would eat their lunches.
Ellie had fun posing for pictures while we waited for our food. I think she really appreciated the break in the shade and the chance to be mask free for a while.
One of the best things about dining on the terrace at Tony’s Town Square is that you can watch the character cavalcades and the Main Street Marching Band coming down Main Street periodically. Plus, it’s a great spot for people-watching in general as you can watch people enter and leave the park.
Like all Disney restaurants, Tony’s Town Square is operating at reduced capacity. Inside the restaurant, it looked to be about half full, outside on the terrace it was just us and another party of two which was maybe 15 to 20% capacity.
And now, for the food! Not surprisingly, Nick ordered the pepperoni pizza.
But surprisingly, it was actually pretty good. Overall we are not huge fans of theme park pizza, but this one seemed like decent quality and Nick gobbled it up.
Been ordered the spaghetti and meatballs – from the adult menu – and it was delicious. Lexie ordered the spaghetti and meatballs from the kids’ menu, but it didn’t come with very much sauce, so definitely ask for extra if your kiddo likes a lot of sauce.
As usual, Ellie ordered the kids pepperoni pizza and she enjoyed it, she gave me a bite of the crust and I thought it was good for theme park pizza.
Chris was more adventurous with his menu choice, and ordered the Scampi Pasta (shrimp & mussels in an herb butter sauce) which he said was absolutely delicious!
And you can’t eat it in Italian restaurant without getting dessert but our table was split on what to order so we ended up with a few choices. First up, the tiramisu that Nick ordered and said was delicious – I didn’t even get a bite.
One of the options with the kids meals at Tony’s is a cute little ice cream sundae with Mickey sprinkles. I love when dessert is included in Disney kids meals because it’s one less treat I have to pay extra for
We also ordered the cannoli – sidenote, did you know that the plural is actually cannoli and the singular is cannolo?
Overall, we really enjoyed Tony’s Town Square. I wouldn’t say it’s the best food we’ve ever eaten, nor would it be my first choice table service restaurant in Magic Kingdom once this is all over, but everyone enjoyed the meal. The fact that we were able to dine outdoors and still stay in Magic Kingdom is definitely the biggest pro right now. With the limited park hours all around Walt Disney World, gone are the days where I’m willing to head to a resort in the middle of the day for a break since it eats up so much of the available park time. I’ve always felt that dining options are somewhat limited at Magic Kingdom – especially now since not everything is open – but Tony’s Town Square is somewhere that I would definitely go back to again, even once every where is open and things are back to normal.
TIPS FOR DINING AT TONY’S TOWN SQUARE
- Reservations are required- you can make them online through My Disney Experience 60 days prior to arrival
- Dining reservations will require valid theme park admission AND a theme park reservation
- Located on Main Street at Magic Kingdom
- If you’re interested in dining on the terrace, you can request outdoor seating at the podium after completing mobile check-in.