Question: If you go to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World and skip Casey’s Corner, were you ever really there?
Well, I can’t speak for everybody. But in my case, the answer is: Nope! Especially now that plastic cheese is back.
Well, by now you know that Plastic Cheese disappeared for a while. We found some from time to time, but it was never enough. And we still couldn’t dunk our Corn Dog Nuggets in it whilst gazing lovingly at Cinderella Castle from the quaint patio of Casey’s Corner.
Thank goodness those dark days are over! Welcome back to Casey’s Corner, home of amazing hot dogs and even more amazing plastic cheese!
Casey’s is quintessential Main Street, U.S.A., fulfilling Walt’s vision of a Main Street reminiscent of one of his childhood home in Marceline, Missouri. It’s got tremendous architectural detail, from intricate molding to fabulous window casings.
Inside the small ordering area are lots of decor pieces harkening back to a simpler time. Oh, and there’s lots of classy striped wallpaper, too (which I kind of love).
Casey’s celebrates Casey at the Bat, so there are baseball details throughout, highlighting America’s pastime.
The ordering area, unsurprisingly, continues the theme, right down to the beautiful wood moldings overhead.
You’ll also find a well-appointed toppings and condiments area, complete with sauerkraut, ketchup, and onions.
Indoor seating is available these days, for those desperate for air conditioning. (I say “these days” as a reference to the ol’ small bleachers that once occupied this space).
But when the weather conditions cooperate, it’s even better outside. It can get crowded out there, and the ducks and other birds do make the rounds.
But the view? You’d be hard pressed to beat it.
On my most recent visit, I wanted to (continue to) test my theory that more cheese is always better. So before I ordered up a cup of “Cheese Sauce” — that’s the official name of plastic cheese — I ordered a Mac and Cheese Hot Dog.
Yep, the Mac and Cheese Hot Dog is back in all its glory! Like all Casey’s hot dog creations, this one starts with an All-Beef Hot Dog on a Potato Roll. (FYI: Foot-long hot dog options are served on a regular roll — sans potato.)
That salty centerpiece is topped with a massive amount of gooey Mac and Cheese, plus a sprinkling of Bacon! This is a knife and fork kind of hot dog, folks. Or, at the very least, several napkins.
It really is an awesome combination of savory flavors and textures: salty hot dog, creamy mac and cheese, and BACON. Delicious in every way.
Now, tremendous mac and cheese dog indulgence aside, it was time for the real star: Plastic Cheese. And, guys, it’s only $1.00 for a decent amount of cheese! I ordered mine with Corn Dog Nuggets (just the entree, minus the side of fries). I tried this combo (with queso blanco!) at Pecos Bill’s recently, and it’s so good!
The Nuggets are wonderfully golden brown, crisp on the outside and full of corn meal batter and mini dogs on the inside.
And right beside it, a fabulous yellow pool of cheesy goodness!
Now that I’ve provided guidance on the Cheese Consumption, you should know that Casey’s serves up Odwalla Lemonade Slushies — with a Mickey Straw! These frozen lemonade drinks (and there are many, many frozen slush-style drinks in every park) are crazy refreshing. To drink it while relaxing in the Hub eating Corn Dog Nuggets and Plastic Cheese?
Please. Can I just do this everyday with my buddy, Mickey?
Nosh or Not?
Casey’s Corner is a must for you if:
- You’re looking for a classic American quick service meal in the Magic Kingdom.
- You don’t mind staring down a line for the best hot dogs ever.
- You love dining in the middle of all the Magic!
Casey’s Corner is a skip for you if:
- You’re more into burgers (Cosmic Ray’s), Mexican food (Pecos Bill’s), seafood or healthier options (Columbia Harbour House).
- Waiting in line isn’t your thing (they’re just about ever-present here, folks).
- You’re making a beeline for all the attractions, so you’re not spending that much time on Main Street, U.S.A.
Casey’s Corner is simply iconic — and I have to stop in every time I visit the World. Plus, you can’t really get a more convenient location, right in the center of everything the Magic Kingdom has to offer. The fact that they serve up totally delicious (and Plastic) food means that even though it may not be a must-do every time for you, it’s a must-do at least once in the Magic Kingdom.
Are you a Casey’s die-hard fan? Tell us about your love of all things Casey’s in the comments!