Ohmigosh!! The Friar’s Nook in Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland is actually open!!
OK, I know it’s open often during the busy tourist seasons, but it’s rarely open when I’m there; so it was exciting for me to actually be able to head over and get a snack! And, in fact, it’s a snack that’s more like a meal — Teriyaki Chicken Nuggets.
This spot, tucked into the main bank of buildings within Fantasyland (Old Fantasyland), is easy to overlook. And with all the delicious dining options — both counter service and table service — in the park, you might not even know it’s there.
But that’s why WE’RE here! To tell you about all of this great stuff! Let’s head on over…
You’ll find The Friar’s Nook nestled between The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and the former location of Snow White’s Scary Adventures. (This area is currently being re-imagined to house Princess Fairytale Hall, a princess meet and greet experience.)
This quick service snack stop actually has a primo location! Although it’s part of the original Fantasyland, it’s situated right across from the gateway that ushers you into New Fantasyland.
The ordering area is old school Disney. Lines separated by lanes lead up to cashier bays, where you can make your selections and order.
Time to see what’s still around on the menu, and what’s changed up a bit.
I classify Friar’s Nook as a snack stop. It’s not really a full meal in the sense of a plate of food. Still, you can certainly find substantial enough eats here to fill up hungry park-goers if you don’t want to mess with a sit down option. (Note that seating is all outdoors…when you can find seating at all; so be prepared.)
In the past, they came with an outrageous assortment of toppings, like plastic cheese, bacon, and ranch dressing. They reminded lots of people of the (sob) extinct Figaro Fries at Pinocchio Village Haus.
But these days, they only seem to be available plain, or as a side dish.
But that’s okay, because we were here for the chicken nuggets!
Now, you know I much I lurve Disney chicken nuggets. So crunchy, juicy, and flavorful. But add a sauce, and my heart swoons just a little. So it was a no brainer: I was going for the Teriyaki Chicken Nuggets.
They say that they’re served with freshly made potato chips. But mine were served on freshly made potato chips. I was completely fine with this, but be forewarned if you’re not a big fan of your food touching. (I know you non-food-touching people are out there. It’s OK. You can own it.)
These really hit the spot. I know, I know — they’re frozen-fried and doused in a likely preservative ridden sauce, but…they hit the spot. The sweet sauce is such a great accompaniment to the crunchy chicken breading.
Don’t they look good? Come on, now.
Next time you fancy a bite to eat and you are without an advance dining reservation, I heartily recommend you give The Friar’s Nook a try.
In addition to chicken nuggets and hot dogs, they also offer hummus with chips and veggies, apples and caramel, and a good mix of snacks and desserts. Fountain drinks and a selection of bottled soft drinks are also available, as are coffee, milk, soy milk, and juices. And don’t forget about that lemonade slush!
For such a small space, they have a surprisingly interesting menu. And because they’re open so rarely, it’s like a little gem of excitement when you do find the windows open for business.
What’s your favorite menu item at Friar’s Nook? Leave a comment and share!