Dining Recon: Columbia Harbour House – A Triumphant Return!

OK.  We’re sold, my friends.  It took a while, but we finally get it.  Columbia Harbour House is the best Quick Service in Disney’s Magic Kingdom.




In fact, Mrs. All in WDW declared, on a visit just a few days ago, that it is our new healthy place to go for lunch.  Why?  Well, we sampled their Grilled Salmon.


It was delicious!  We agreed that we’ve both had salmon at fine restaurants that wasn’t as good!

You see, prior to this, we’d only ordered Columbia’s fish and chips – now offered as a Battered Fish Plate.  We weren’t impressed.


The salmon, however, accompanied by couscous and broccoli, made for a fine lunch.  The salmon, itself, was perfectly cooked.

The couscous – although on the dry side (which I prefer, by the way) – tasted great!  The only critique I’d have is that, though the broccoli was very tender, it seemed completely unseasoned.  At the least, a bit of butter is a must.

A “go to” meal, we’re glad to have discovered it … or, did we?  Doug Davis of the WDW Main Street Podcast has been recommending this dish to us for quite some time.

Having said that, I discovered the truth only recently.  Apparently, his favorite Harbour House dish is their Lobster Roll.

Doug reports that his wife, Brenda, is the one who is a big fan of the salmon.  You know, that makes sense to me.  I always had her pegged as the brains of the operation.  Lol, Doug.

Anyway, you heard it here … if you’re looking for a Magic Kingdom meal that’s a little bit more on the healthy side … Grilled Salmon at Columbia Harbour House.  Get it!

Any “Harbour” In A Storm? We Have A Magic Kingdom “Champion”!

Well, folks, it was a wild ride and a razor-close finish, but any “harbour” in a storm will do, eh?  I just knew that this one was over before the “tournament” ever began.

You see, Magic Kingdom’s Columbia Harbour House just gets way too much love to lose.  In fact, it won this very same poll the last time we ran it … back in 2014!

Congrats on the “repeat”, Columbia!  You are the 2016 All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Magic Kingdom Quick Service!

Columbia Harbour House

When it comes to our new (old?) champion, I have to admit that Mrs. All in WDW and I have tried way too little of their menu to make a fair appraisal of the restaurant’s “greatness”.

Honestly, we’ve only sampled their Fish and Chips!  And, looking back at what I wrote back then, you’ll find that I said …

“When in Walt Disney World, whilst dreaming of perfectly battered, piping hot, incredibly flaky, crisply fried fish, you must … pick Yorkshire [County Fish Shop in Epcot]!”

In other words, I was left unimpressed with Columbia Harbour House’s offering.  True, one plate of fish and chips does not a restaurant make, but that was my opinion, nonetheless.

Read … Dining Recon: Fish and Chips Throwdown!

Having said that, I know that I’m distinctly in the Disney minority.  Anyway, with other attractive options like Grilled Salmon and Lobster Roll on Harbour’s menu, I know we haven’t given Columbia the fairest of shots.

Hey!  Before I move on, how about that Dole Whip?  Two years ago, Aloha Isle gave Columbia a run for its money, as well.  Like I said in my post yesterday, it just goes to show you … doesn’t everyone love Dole Whip?

My friends, dining advice worthy of passing along to friends and family alike, here is the list!  These are the 2016 All in WDW Readers’ Top 10 Favorite Magic Kingdom Quick Services!

  1. Columbia Harbour House
  2. Aloha Isle
  3. Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
  4. Casey’s Corner
  5. Pinocchio Village Haus
  6. Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café
  7. Main Street Bakery
  8. Gaston’s Tavern
  9. Sleepy Hollow
  10. Plaza Ice Cream Parlor

It’s the GREAT Big “Quick Magic” Finale! VOTE for YOUR Favorites!

Wow!  Another phenomenal response, my friends.  Simply outstanding.  Over 500 votes were cast yesterday!  Thank you, very much, for your overwhelming support!

Hey!  If the last two days of this “competition” are any guide, today’s Big Finale should be epic!  I can’t wait to see the final result!

Doesn’t EVERYONE love Dole Whip?

Today’s task is very simple.  VOTE for your THREE favorite restaurants in this one last group.  They are the best of the best.  SIX great restaurants remain.  One future champion will be crowned!

Which venue will become the 2016 All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Magic Kingdom Quick Service?  YOU make the choice!  VOTE!

Magic Kingdom Quick Service “Madness” Continues! VOTE in Round 2!

Phenomenal response yesterday, my friends!  Wow!  Nearly 600 votes were cast in Round 1!  I can’t wait to see today’s results!  It’s our semi-final round!


Today’s task is very similar, folks.  Below, I present you with TWO groups.

Your job today is to VOTE for your THREE favorite restaurants in each group.  In other words, you can cast as many as SIX votes in total today!

Upon the conclusion of today’s voting, the Top 3 restaurants in each group will advance to our Big Finale!

So, what do you think, everyone?  Which venue will become the 2016 All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Magic Kingdom Quick Service?  Let’s find out!  Go ahead and VOTE!