Planning a Disney holiday on a budget can be tedious. Like most theme parks, Magic Kingdom’s prices vary wildly between restaurants and stores. And with so much merchandise and seasonal items to spend your money on, you don’t always want to blow your vacation budget on food and snacks!
Luckily, there are places you can visit at Walt Disney World that offer just as much magic as some of the high-priced eateries and snack vendors. And one of our favorites is the park staple, Casey’s Corner!
Our guide has everything you need to know about this quick-serve restaurant. It also includes an overview of its history and its lip-smacking menu.
All About Casey’s Corner
Casey’s Corner History
Originally named the Refreshment Corner, Casey’s Corner changed its name in 1995. That means that this restaurant has been operating for over twenty-five years under its new name! Since its grand opening, the restaurant can still be found in its original location in the park’s Main Street, USA.
This beloved classic was named Casey’s Corner after drawing inspiration from Ernest Thayer’s 1888 poem ‘Casey at the Bat.’ And it pays perfect homage to its baseball-themed roots.
Another part of this restaurant that has become ingrained in its history is the piano player. He usually sits outside and tickles the ivories almost all day long! Playing upbeat ragtime pieces and entertaining the crowds, he is often the main attraction in this quiet little corner.
Jim, one of the most recognizable faces behind the piano, has been playing at this spot for over thirty years. So don’t forget to snap a picture if you spot him playing a magical rendition of one of Disney’s most famous tunes.
If you don’t want to get a photo with Jim, you can always get a few snapshots with Casey himself. Casey’s mannequin stands proudly in his blue and white-striped baseball getup outside the restaurant entrance, so he’s difficult to miss! Kids love posing around the figure, making it a great holiday shot to show your family and friends when you get home.
Although the restaurant may look plain and understated, the fact that it still has a place on Main Street after all these years speaks volumes about its quality! Clearly, there are tons of guests who love visiting this little ‘hot doggery.’
Casey’s Corner theme
You may have already guessed that Casey’s sports a baseball-themed restaurant with plenty of decor and nods to the good old American pastime. With red and white-striped walls and chairs to match, stepping into this eatery feels like stepping into an old baseball stadium!
It has tons of memorabilia, with baseballs and baseball bats adorning the menu board above the counter. Of course, there are also plenty of decor items that boast the Coca-Cola logo. The heavy branding is because Casey’s is sponsored by the company, but somehow Disney has found a flawless way to blend its corporate partnership into the restaurant’s theme.
Casey’s has limited indoor seating, but plenty of tables are outside to accommodate you and your family. The seating area is also perfectly located and gives you the most amazing view of Cinderella’s Castle and any ongoing parades.
Casey’s Corner Menu
If you are hankering for American-themed food and plenty of delicious snacks and refreshments, this is the place to go! It’s perfect for families with fussy eaters, too. After all, who doesn’t love hot dogs?
While we’ve included an overview of the restaurant’s menu, including its drinks and snacks. And if you’re lucky enough to visit the Magic Kingdom during an event or over the festive season, you’re sure to find some special menu items added to the list as well!
Two perfect examples of their holiday offerings include the Holiday Dinner Dog and the 50th Celebration Dog. The Holiday Dog comes complete with cranberry mustard, savory stuffing funnel cake, and mouth-watering cheese curds. Talk about delicious!
Similarly, the Celebration Dog is for the more adventurous parkgoers, topped with strawberry bacon jam, powdered sugar, and crisp funnel cake pieces. So if you want to try something really unique on your holiday, you won’t be disappointed!
Casey’s is known for its hotdogs. And, while the menu is limited, there are a tons of flavors packed into each of their renowned hot dogs! In addition to their all-beef hot dog and beef foot-long hot dog, they sell plant-based hot dogs to cater to guests with a plant-based diet.
The quick-service restaurant offers reasonably priced dogs with interesting flavors to leave you wanting more. Their entrée menu includes:
- Walt’s chili-cheese all-beef hot dog topped with Walt’s favorite chili recipe and cheese
- Walt’s chili-cheese all-beef foot-long hot dog, with Walt’s favorite chili recipe and cheese
- The all-beef hot dog served with your choice of french fries or a Cuties mandarin
- The all-beef foot-long hot dog served with a choice of french fries or a Cuties mandarin
- Corn dog nuggets served with a choice of french fries or a Cuties mandarin
- The plant-based loaded slaw dog with a plant-based sausage. This dog includes a barbecue vegan aïoli, pickled slaw, and roasted corn relish served with french fries or a Cuties mandarin
- The plant-based dog with a plant-based sausage in a potato bun served with french fries or a Cuties mandarin
Casey’s offers a simple snack menu made up of normal or chili cheese french fries, a bowl of their famous chili, and a pack of mandarins. However, the one item that every Dinsey guest has to try at least once is their Pressed Penny silk pie. This incredibly sweet dessert is almost too good to be true!
The Pressed Penny silk pie comes with a silky chocolate filling and chocolate tart shell. To top it off, it’s complete with sweet whipped cream and a chocolate-pressed penny. If you’re planning on buying one with your family, you may want to let small children share this dessert. That is unless you want them bouncing off the walls with a sugar rush!
Casey’s has classic drinks like freshly brewed Joffrey’s Coffee, fountain sodas, water, and Nequick chocolate milk. But it’s better known for its Frozen Mint Julep Lemonade.
The lemonade is made with a classically blended mint julep and premium lemonade. It’s also topped with fresh mint leaves, cherry, and lemon. If you happen to be at the park on a warm Summer’s day, this drink is the perfect way to cool down.
Is there indoor seating at Casey’s Corner?
There is limited indoor seating at Casey’s Corner. Instead, you can enjoy your all-beef hot dog at one of its covered outdoor seating areas. There are plenty of views and parades to keep you and your kids entertained over lunch.
When did Casey’s Corner Magic Kingdom open?
Casey’s Corner opened in the Magic Kingdom in 1992 under the name of the Refreshment Corner. Its name was officially changed in 1995, and the restaurant has served the best foot-long hot dog in the park ever since!
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