Time to sing a rousing chorus of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” as we head over to one of the Magic Kingdom’s most beloved counter service spots, Casey’s Corner!
This has been one of my go-to hangouts for years, and I’m excited to finally be writing an actual review of it for you!
You’ll find Casey’s at the Northwest corner of Main Street — exactly where you’ll find Coke Corner in Disneyland — and the two spots are actually quite similar in appearance.
Channeling an early twentieth century baseball concession stand, you can almost hear the crack of the bat when you walk in! Really, what is there not to love about this place? It’s classic Americana and classic Disney.
Cast Members dress in baseball uniforms, just like the players on the Mudville team, ready to enter the game!
Nostalgic decor nods to Disney partner Coca-Cola in the form of vintage Tiffany hanging lights, glassware, and stained glass.
Indoor seating is to the right of the ordering area. Stop for a spell and take in some vintage cartoons on the big screen!
And, yes, this is why you walk through the ever-present smell of vinegar when using the Emporium as a short-cut from Town Square to Adventureland. It’s all that ketchup!
Grandstand seating really does make you feel like you’re about to take in a game.
The theme of the restaurant is based around Ernest Thayer poem “Casey at the Bat,” which was adapted into a cartoon by Disney in the 1940′s. Check out some great details about this over at Designing Disney.
More tables over to the side offer a bit more inside seating, and there are even more fun treasures here that most guests never stop long enough to investigate.
Tucked around a corner – a vintage pinball machine!
A Mudville player (Casey?) waits for the pitch in this giant portrait.
Outside, there is more patio seating at several old-fashioned red-and-white table and chair sets. Bright, matching umbrellas offer a bit of respite from the sun, but these go fast so snag one early.
This is also a great spot to watch any Castle shows, fireworks, or parades. Just remember to eat quickly; the birds around here can be aggressive!
Also outdoors you’ll often find a ragtime pianist entertaining guests!
It’s pretty much an all-around good time, except for the birds…and the inevitable crowds.
Hot dogs are the name of the game at Casey’s Corner, and they’re definitely your best bet on the menu.
As we’ve discussed, gourmet hot dogs have popped up all over property. And you’ll find them at Casey’s as well, like the Chicago-Style Dog, the Chili-Cheese Dog, and the Barbecue Slaw Dog (which is also available at Fairfax Fare.)
In addition, you can choose a plain hot dog meal and dress it up with some of Casey’s bountiful condiments. All of the m come with your choice of the meals come with your choice of fries or apple slices.
There are plenty of other delicious treats at Casey’s too, like the must-have walk-and-eat corn dog nuggets. These are guest favorites and offer a fun, bite-sized snack to share with the fam.
The Ball Park Nachos are minimal, but filling. They’re not winning any awards for flavor, but when you need some chili cheese chips in the Magic Kingdom, these might be your best bet! A bit messy, though, especially if all of the tables are taken and you have to eat on a bench like I had to!
And where else can you still score Cracker Jack? It doesn’t matter how long it’s been since you ate some, it still brings you back to your childhood!
Once you’ve picked your poison, the condiment bar is well-stocked and plentiful — it has all the options you would expect, and we love that you don’t have to tear open a gazillion little packets to get your mustard and ketchup fix!
But there are plenty of extras, which means you can make your hot dog (and fries!) uniquely your own creation.
Try some jalepenos and salsa to give your dog a southwest zip, or you can stick with the more traditional onions and relish.
And don’t forget the yummy plastic cheese! Good for fries or dogs, or both! Get as much as you want, because you can HAVE AS MUCH AS YOU WANT!
Don’t forget to snag some napkins on the way to your seat! Cheerful popcorn buckets hold a generous supply of napkins for guests.
Since I had enjoyed the decadent mac and cheese and truffle oil hot dog very recently, I went minimalist this day and got the plain hot dog meal and fries, along with a soda-pop. (The truth is, the simple route really is my favorite option when it comes to Casey’s.) And of course, I had to have cheese and ketchup to complete the meal.
Because Casey’s is almost always busy, there’s a lot of turnover of the food. This means that fries are fresh, crisp, and hot; and the plump hot dogs are always at their best.
It’s true that these are no longer all-beef (now they’re a chicken/beef mix), but they still taste great to me. I don’t eat hot dogs very much at home, so this is always a fun return to being a kid!
Casey’s Corner offers the quintessential Magic Kingdom dining vibe. With food that always tastes fresh and brings back fun memories, it’s a great place to stop for a bite and a rest.
It offers a terrific vantage point for people watching, as busy guests run to and fro across the park, and it’s also a good spot to either get some air conditioning (inside) or watch a parade or Castle show (outside).
It may just be ballpark fare, but Casey’s Corner is a must-do for anyone looking to enjoy a quick bite that says, “I’m really at Disney World!”
Do you have a favorite Casey’s Corner meal or menu item? Let us know in the comments what you crave from this classic spot.