Join me in welcoming guest author Katie McFarland Roth with a review of Cosmic Ray’s – a futuristic eatery in the Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland. Enjoy!
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café is a great counter-service option available in the Magic Kingdom. The portions are heaping and the food is pretty good (for quick-service).
In general, Cosmic Ray’s is a pretty chaotic place to eat. There are always people zooming in and out; and trying to get to the toppings bar with your tray of food is sometimes more dangerous than when Simba was running with the wildebeests.
Word of advice: if you’re traveling in a party with more than 1 person, send 1 person off to find a table for everyone!
It can be nuts trying to find a place to sit during busy mealtime hours. Almost as nuts-y as trying to find the entrance doors to this restaurant!
Something new to me was the graffiti wall in the restaurant that patrons liked writing their hometowns on! I wonder if they start fresh every day? Maybe every hour with the traffic this place gets!
There are three different areas, or “bays,” which people can order from; Chicken (#1), Burgers (#2), and Sandwiches (#3).
There aren’t very many main dish options at each station (4-5), but considering there are 3 different bays to order from there are at least 10 different main dishes available (since some repeat between bays).
Both my dining guest and I decided to dine from the Chicken Bay. We both ordered the ½ Roasted Chicken because it has always been delicious in the past.
The ½ Roasted Chicken is served with a vegetable and a starch (to switch it up, one of us got mashed potatoes and the other ordered French fries).
The heaping amount of chicken was very tender and easy to cut. It had a good flavor, but in our opinions could have had a bit more seasoning and a little less butter.
It really is amazing how much chicken they give you for this counter-service meal though! The green beans were tender, not squeaky, and really buttery. Again, we would have preferred less butter. In the past, the beans have been perfect…must have been a newbie on board. The mashed potatoes were creamy, flavorful with the right amount of butter and spices, and comfort-food warm.
The French fries were crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside, with the right amount of salt …but I like mine a little salty, so they may be too salty for some.
I wish I could say that the desserts were as wonderful as the entrée. My dining partner opted for the chocolate cake. It’s moist, super chocolate-y cake, thick fudgy rich icing, and rainbow Mickey sprinkles. It’s really, really tasty; however, it is extremely rich and probably doesn’t sit well in the stomach on a hot and sticky day.
My dessert…I’m getting chills just thinking about it….was the mango gelato. The dessert sounded delicious and refreshing when I ordered it and I had such high hopes for it! When I took the lid off, it was already somewhat liquefied.
We had mixed opinions on the consistency: I said gelatinous high fructose corn syrup & my dining partner said runny baby food. The taste was super sweet and had an aspartame aftertaste. The mango flavor tasted highly artificial; it was thick and goopy and just not good.
Next time…I’m going with chocolate cake! Bring on da’ Mickey sprinkles!
All in all, we think that this counter-service locale is one of the best deals in the World because of this particular entrée. The chicken is delicious and always hugely portioned – probably even enough to split between two people. I will always go to Cosmic Ray’s on every trip to Disney World for the Rotisserie Chicken!
What’s your favorite (or not-so-favorite) eats at Cosmic Ray’s? Chime in below!