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The Diamond Horseshoe is the 2nd Best Thanksgiving Dinner in the Magic Kingdom

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The Diamond Horseshoe is the 2nd Best Thanksgiving Dinner in the Magic Kingdom
The Diamond Horseshoe is the 2nd Best Thanksgiving Dinner in the Magic Kingdom

The Diamond Horseshoe is the 2nd Best Thanksgiving Dinner in the Magic Kingdom. Our go-to sit-down meal in Disney’s Magic Kingdom is Liberty Tree Tavern, but if you are looking for the same meal and cannot find a reservation The Diamond Horseshoe is a perfect second choice.

We spent the early hours of Sunday morning on our own adventure in the Magic Kingdom, deciding to try and enjoy all the attractions that are still in the Park from when Walt Disney World opened back on October 1st, 1971.

This also included trying to enjoy a meal, and while The Diamond Horseshoe was not an actual sit-down restaurant when Disney World Opened, it would do this day. When the Park opened it was an actual show attraction that guests could enjoy.

The Diamond Horseshoe is the 2nd Best Thanksgiving Dinner in the Magic Kingdom
The Diamond Horseshoe is the 2nd Best Thanksgiving Dinner in the Magic Kingdom

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Originally, the show premiered in Disneyland, and for trivia buffs, it actually opened 2 days prior to the actual opening of the Disneyland park itself. Apparently, Walt himself was so excited about the show itself he wanted to enjoy it.

The show featured live music, sing-along songs, and a can-can welcome with Slue Foot Sue. Pecos Bill even made an appearance. The hour-long show was performed sometimes ten times daily until it was changed on October 1, 1986. At this point, the show was recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest-running stage show of all time.

This is where our only negative comes in during our review, there is no entertainment anymore. Just a stage where a player piano sits and randomly starts playing. While seeing a player piano is cool, being sat center stage in the middle of an old-style theater, the piano just didn’t do justice to the stage, the venue, or what The Diamond Horseshoe used to be.

The Diamond Horseshoe is the 2nd Best Thanksgiving Dinner in the Magic Kingdom
The Diamond Horseshoe is the 2nd Best Thanksgiving Dinner in the Magic Kingdom

Located in Liberty Square, this charming establishment is housed in a stately, colonial-style building reminiscent of the 18th century.

The Diamond Horseshoe lunch experience in Disney’s Magic Kingdom is a delightful and unique dining option that transports guests to the Old West in a setting that combines history, entertainment, and delectable food. The restaurant actually sits between Frontierland and Liberty Square.

The Diamond Horseshoe offers a lunch experience that’s both a culinary and theatrical adventure. As you step inside, you’re greeted by the warm and rustic ambiance, with wooden beams, chandeliers, and vintage décor. The restaurant is designed to resemble an old-fashioned saloon, replete with the trappings of the Wild West.

The star of the show at The Diamond Horseshoe is the all-you-can-eat feast with a mouthwatering array of American classics. Guests can indulge in roasted turkey, carved ham, and tender pot roast, complemented by sides like mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and stuffing. It’s a true comfort food extravaganza that caters to various tastes and preferences.

Starting off with the Diamond Horseshoe Salad – Mixed Greens, Apples, Cranberries, and Cheese tossed with our House-made Dressing and Herb Rolls. We enjoyed the salad more than we thought, it is the dressing mixed in that works really well with the apples and cranberries in the salad. The rolls are a perfect Thanksgiving roll, perfect for dipping in gravy.

The Diamond Horseshoe is the 2nd Best Thanksgiving Dinner in the Magic Kingdom

Saloon Feast –

Roasted Turkey, Pot Roast, and Oven-roasted Pork with Mashed Potatoes, Green beans, Herb Stuffing, and homemade macaroni and cheese, plus a side of cranberry sauce. (Do you call it stuffing or dressing? we are going with stuffing)

The Turkey and Gravy are delicious, and you get a serving of both white and dark meat. The white meat can be a little tough and not fall apart, but that is not a bad thing. Especially if you like to get a forkful of everything in one bite. While the Pot Roast is the best pot roast in all of Walt Disney World Resort. Something about the slightly burnt ends, and the beef gravy, just hits home.

The Diamond Horseshoe is the 2nd Best Thanksgiving Dinner in the Magic Kingdom
The Diamond Horseshoe is the 2nd Best Thanksgiving Dinner in the Magic Kingdom

The stuffing is moist but retains the structure of the bread cubes, add a little gravy on top, and dang were we happy. Mashed potatoes, green beans, and mac and cheese are all good complements to the dish. The green beans are always done perfectly and have a great buttery flavor.

The mac and cheese is my issue here. It is the same mac and cheese sold all around Walt Disney World, how can you say ‘homemade’ when it is mass-produced? It is good, and kids will love it, but as an adult, no thank you! I do not like yellow/orange Kraft-looking generic mac and cheese. I want fancy mac and cheese with asiago, Gruyère, or some form of ‘real’ cheese.

One of the highlights of the meal is the dessert – Oooey Gooey Toffee Cake Vanilla Toffee Cake, Chocolate Sauce, and Vanilla Ice Cream. This is the reason to eat here! I could write 300 words about the desert itself. The nice thing about this dessert, it is meant for people to share, but you can ask for one for each person! They are served in mini cast iron skillets.

The Diamond Horseshoe is the 2nd Best Thanksgiving Dinner in the Magic Kingdom

So to sum things up. Your first choice for this meal should be Liberty Tree Tavern, but if you cannot find a reservation then The Diamond Horseshoe is a great backup plan. While reservations are recommended, this is one of the easier meals to walk up and find a seat. The meal is the exact same meal served in both locations.

The Diamond Horseshoe Lunch Pricing – is $42 per adult, plus tax and gratuity – $23 per child (Guests Ages 3 – 9), plus tax and gratuity Annual Passholder discounts are available.

The Diamond Horseshoe is the 2nd Best Thanksgiving Dinner in the Magic Kingdom

Wanted: Appetites Big ‘n’ Small

Come and get it—dine in splendiferous style featuring a full-on feast for lunch and dinner.

Celebrate with family and friends! No matter if you’ve got a hankering for grub around high noon or a tasty supper come sundown, make your way into this musical saloon for heaping helpings of traditional family-style dinner.

The show-stopping, all-you-care-to-enjoy feast opens with a zesty salad, followed by a plentiful platter piled high with roasted turkey, pot roast and oven-roasted pork accompanied by traditional sides.

While you get your fill, be sure to quench your thirst with your choice of beverage before enjoying the grand finale: Ooey Gooey toffee cake with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream.

Serving Liberty Tree Tavern Favorites
You can enjoy delicious Liberty Tree Tavern dishes when you dine at The Diamond Horseshoe.

The Diamond Horseshoe is the 2nd Best Thanksgiving Dinner in the Magic Kingdom
The Diamond Horseshoe is the 2nd Best Thanksgiving Dinner in the Magic Kingdom

The Diamond Horseshoe is the 2nd Best Thanksgiving Dinner in the Magic Kingdom

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