Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so Craig, Ryno, and I decided that Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom is the perfect place for our next dining review. Here, guests can experience a Thanksgiving-style meal any time of the year.
At Liberty Tree Tavern, guests can enjoy a full feast for lunch or dinner: the all-you-care-to-enjoy Patriot’s Platter piled high with roasted turkey, pot roast, and oven-roasted pork accompanied by traditional sides. Guests can try the famous Ooey Gooey toffee cake with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream for dessert. If you have any dietary restrictions or eat plant-based, don’t worry. They have plenty of options and ways to accommodate.
The pricing for this restaurant is $42 per adult plus tax and gratuity and $23 per child plus tax and gratuity. This dining experience used to be one of the more affordable meals at Magic Kingdom, but with recent price increases, it has become on par with other restaurants on property.
Liberty Tree Tavern – Ambiance & Location
This restaurant is located behind Cinderella Castle in Liberty Square. This dining location shares a kitchen with Diamond Horseshoe, which used to be a fun and lively restaurant that once had a show. Now, they serve the same menu as Liberty Tree Tavern, and the show is long gone. This reminds me. Does anyone remember when Liberty Tree Tavern used to be a character dining location?
Liberty Tree Tavern is a very cozy place filled with fun facts and a handful of history. A big part of the ambiance comes from the cast members. We didn’t have the best server. They were very dismissive and were very quick to walk away even while we were asking questions. Throughout our experience, we saw other cast members who had that Disney difference.
Liberty Tree Tavern – The Food
This table service is an all-you-care-to-enjoy, which means you can ask for more of your favorites until you can’t eat anymore. Here, the food is served on massive plates perfect for sharing or dividing onto smaller plates.
All-You-Care-to-Enjoy Plant-based Tavern Keeper’s Feast
The plant-based meal comes with a tavern salad, plant-based meatloaf with mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, seasonal vegetables, and Johnny Appleseed’s warm apple cake with caramel and whipped topping for dessert.
This meal was okay. The highlights for me were the dairy-free and gluten-free rolls covered in a garlic herb “butter,” the salad, and the dessert. I didn’t think the dessert was out of this world, but I have such a sweet tooth that is so extreme that I deem anything sweet perfect. The salad was very refreshing, and I loved that it had a mix of cranberries and diced apples in it. It was an excellent way to start the meal.
The entree is where I was a little disappointed. The Impossible Meatloaf wasn’t anything amazing. I was trying to figure out what it was made with, but all I could really see were pieces of onion in the patty. The patty alone wasn’t great, but the mushroom gravy took it up a level. I did enjoy the mashed potatoes and the green beans that also came with the dish.
The Johnny Appleseed’s warm apple cake wasn’t the best dessert I’ve ever had, but I love sweets. The apple flavor was very hidden, which was the disappointing part. I love apple-based desserts, so I was very excited for this. They should take a page out of the Akershus book and serve an apple crumble style of cake. The whipped cream and the drizzled caramel were nice touches and added some extra flavors. Again, I wish it was heavier on the apple.
All-You-Care-to-Enjoy Bill of Fare
The Bill of Fare meal includes a declaration salad, roasted turkey, pot roast, oven-roasted pork with mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, herbed stuffing, house-made macaroni & cheese, and Oooey Gooey toffee cake for dessert.
Craig and Ryno had the “regular” version of the lunch, and they didn’t seem all that impressed. They both raved about the rolls and the salad brought at the meal’s start. Craig had four of the rolls and couldn’t stop raving about them. The only difference between my salad and theirs was that they had cheese sprinkled on it.
As for the entree portion, they didn’t find many things they liked, but there were a few items that they did enjoy. Craig and Ryno said the mashed potatoes were creamy, just as they should be. They both said that the green beans were good. The green beans were cooked well and topped with garlic. I enjoyed them, too, due to their flavor profile.
The herbed stuffing wasn’t something they talked about, but they did talk about the allergy-friendly stuffing for a while. We were all blown away by that dish. Not necessarily because it was good but because it was very reminiscent of day-old Panda Express, and for some reason, the three of us loved that. It was definitely heavy on MSG.
Ryno made it very clear that macaroni and cheese were horrible and had no flavor. When he said that, I asked, “Does it taste like school cafeteria mac and cheese?” he said, “No, this is worse.” Once Craig tried it, he agreed that it was awful. Another thing Ryno pointed out was that the oven-roasted pork seemed out of place, and so did the pot roast. We came to the conclusion that there should’ve been a sweet ham instead of the oven-roasted pork.
As for the dessert, they enjoyed it and said it was another highlight of the meal. So many Disney fans rave about the Oooey Gooey toffee cake, which has become a fan favorite. Their only complaint about the dessert was the type of ice cream it was topped with. Craig noticed it was a cheaper ice cream and wished it was better, higher quality ice cream being used.
We didn’t have the best time here, which made me sad. I loved this place growing up. Whenever I visited Walt Disney World with my dad’s family, we’d always eat here on our Magic Kingdom day. It was a great deal back in the day for how much food was served, and my dad loves a good deal. I had such high hopes going into his, and that shows how important the cast member interactions are at a dining location.
Our server made us feel so rushed and sometimes made us feel like an inconvenience. We watched another server nearby go above and beyond for their guests and anticipate their needs. If I’m being honest, we were a bit jealous of that table.
As for the food, it wasn’t the best food in the world, but we didn’t hate everything. We found some food items that we did enjoy throughout the meal. I must admit that the pricing isn’t horrible here because if you enjoy this cuisine, you’ll get your money’s worth fairly quickly. If you are looking for a meal at Magic Kingdom that will keep you full for hours and help you power through the day, this is the place to go. I am hoping we were experiencing an off day during our visit because about two years ago, I had a wonderful experience at the restaurant.
We all rated this restaurant low, and trust me, it hurt me to do so. We have eaten at so many places in the last couple of months; this is the one I rated the lowest. I never thought I’d give this dining location a low rating due to how much I loved it in the past. I gave it a 3.4 out of 5, and I think I was being generous in some categories. I hope you will have a wonderful time the next time you visit this restaurant.
If you want to see our full review, check out the YouTube video below.
Hi, I'm Erica, and I write about all things Disney. Before working for The DIS, I was a theme park performer at SeaWorld, but I also performed at Disney. I have such an immense love for theme parks to the point I studied them in college.