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Review: Golden Oak Outpost in Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland

Looking for some quick eats while touring Disney World’s Frontierland? Are the lines at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe formidable? We have just the stop for you: Golden Oak Outpost.

Located near Splash Mountain, the little counter service stop offers a couple of hearty entree options as well as a few desserts.

I’ve stopped here several times on my travels, especially when this used to be the home of McDonald’s French Fries in Magic Kingdom (“There’s Gold in Them There Fries!”). But I’ve never done a review for you, so let’s get started!

Atmosphere

Golden Oak Outpost sports the same rustic, Wild West feel that you encounter throughout Frontierland.

The name — Golden Oak — is a reference to Walt Disney’s Golden Oak Ranch in California. The name is found elsewhere at Walt Disney World in the ultra upscale neighborhood of single family homes that are being built adjacent to Fort Wilderness Campground nearby.

Golden Oak Outpost at Magic Kingdom

Seating for Golden Oak Outpost is all outside. There are several tables and stools grouped next to the tiny quick service spot.

Outpost Seating

If it’s pouring rain or way too hot to sit outside, head over and snag a table at nearby Pecos Bill or Tortuga Tavern.

The kiosk is also located very close to the entry/exit gates for Magic Kingdom parades. Keep this in mind and plan accordingly if you think you might be grabbing some lunch or dinner here.

Your passage to Splash Mountain...or anywhere else in Frontierland...could be blocked by parade crowds. Detour through Pecos Bill's if necessary.

Eats

The menu at Golden Oak Outpost tends to vary according to season and crowd level. Pickings were slim the day that I visited, and consisted of two chicken options — a sandwich and nuggets. To round out the menu, there are also fries and a few dessert options as well as beverages.

Menu -- Click to Enlarge

Condiments, plastic ware, and napkins are neatly arranged off to the right. And for such a small menu, there’s a surprising number of options! A couple of sauces are great for dipping nuggets, or even for dressing your sandwich or adding flavor to fries.

Sauces for Dipping

Salt, pepper, and mustard are also handy in case you’d like to spice things up a bit.

Salt, Pepper, and Mustard

There are also mayonnaise and ketchup for dressing and dipping.

Mayonnaise and Ketchup

Condiments for your coffee and plastic ware for eating round out the offerings.

Plastic Ware and Condiments

When it was time to order, I went with the Fried Chicken Breast Sandwich. The sandwich comes dressed with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, and ranch dressing. It’s kind of like having a side salad on your sandwich!

It’s also served with your choice of fries or apple slices. I went for the fries.

The sandwich was a keeper! The bun was a little nondescript, but the chicken was nicely seasoned and breaded with a juicy texture and good flavor. I could have done without the salad, but actually the shredded lettuce and diced tomato was a nice change from slabs of veggies.

Fried Chicken Breast Sandwich and Fries

The Fries are those wonderful standard Disney fries — medium-cut and fried to a perfectly crispy golden brown, but still soft inside.

French Fries -- Close Up

My food was fresh, delicious, and best of all — fast.

Overall

You probably aren’t going to make a special trip to Golden Oak Outpost. After all, the options here are available at lots of places.

But it is nice to know that you have some tasty choices way back in this corner of the park if you don’t want to queue up at the closest counter service. And if you happen to be waiting for the rest of your party to finish a ride and hunger strikes, this is a great spot to grab some nuggets or a sandwich.

Have you ever stopped by Golden Oak Outpost? Leave a comment and tell us your favorites!

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11 Comments

  1. Alan says:

    Even though I’ve never eaten at this food stand (it’s hard to walk past Pecos Bill’s and not stop), I do like these places that specialize in one or two items. They usually do a great job with the things they serve, so if you like a particular food, they are great.

  2. JoAnn says:

    We’ve stopped for a break and enjoyed the quiet locations. It was however surrounded by those creepy white birds. We counted about 20. It seemed to be a favorite spot for people that bring their own lunches (3 out of 4 tables).

  3. Mike Venere says:

    I do miss the McDonalds fries though……you could begin to smell them as you turn the corner passing Tortuga Tavern…..

  4. Dania says:

    I miss the McD’s fries too :-( I never went to Frontierland and NOT grab some fries. I dislike change. What can I say…

  5. Kenny says:

    Amen on the McDonalds fries.

  6. Zaza says:

    We had our fries pooped on by one of those birds! CMs were happy to give us a replacement and we then went inside Tortega Tavern for our snack.

  7. Kellie says:

    We visit the World almost every August.. Usually the second – third week. Golden Oak Outpost has NEVER been open when we are there! :( Would love to give it a try- maybe we’ll luck out this year!

  8. Angela from Ohio says:

    Golden outpost is a great place to get ice tea and they use to have taco salad in a big shell. We like to grab chicken nuggets for the kids here while the other gets burgers nearby.

  9. Essie says:

    I’ve yet to eat here, but it would be a great option when other places are crazy busy and I would certainly choose something here rather than stand in a long line if it was too hot and I needed a meal quick for medical reasons. The chicken sandwich looks pretty darn good.

  10. Jay says:

    Here’s a great tip for those with kiddos who love chicken nuggets. I love the Taco Salad from Pecos Bills which is right around the corner and my hubby loves the hamburgers there and don’t get me started on the toppings bar we can’t live without. However my kids love, I mean love WDW chicken nuggets so we go here to Golden Oak Outpost and get the kids their meals and then head to Pecos Bills for our meals. You can also do it the other way around going to Pecos Bills first then Golden Oak Outpost. It makes our whole family happy cause everyone gets what they want. So you might not like this place but without it my kids would be very sad. Pecos Bills kids meal are only Hamburger, Turkey Sandwich, Peanut Butter & Jelly.

  11. Steve says:

    Like Jay, we have done the nuggets for the kids and burgers for the adults trick before and worked well. On our most recent trip in July, however, we were touring heavily and found ourselves starving for food with the 3:00 parade (starting early b/c of rain threat) already queuing along the street. So we found a spot for the 6 of us in our party, and my Dad and I sprinted over to Golden Oak Outpost for a nice late lunch of chicken nuggets & fries for all. The nuggets were satisfying, prepared well (not too greasy), and held us off through the parade until our Dole Whip snacks at 5pm. ;)

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