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Anyone who reads this blog knows I have been critical in the past of the dining options at Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Magic Kingdom may always be my favorite Disney park. But it doesn’t have the best dining options.
Luckily, there are a few restaurants that stand out to my family. One of those restaurants is Pinnochio Village Haus.
So today I’m going to review this restaurant. And then I’ll tell you how you can save money on Disney World tickets along with other Disney World tips.
So one reason I really like this restaurant is its location. Pinocchio Village Haus is conveniently located in Fantasyland near some of my favorite rides at Disney World. It is right next to It’s A Small World and across from Peter Pan’s Flight. It is also close to other attractions like Haunted Mansion and Mickey’s PhilharMagic Concert.
The last time I visited Pinnochio Village Haus, my family had gotten Genie Plus passes for the day. We had scheduled a visit to Peter Pan’s Flight and It’s A Small World. We were able to eat at Pinocchio Village Haus in between. What we did is we ordered our food on the My Disney Experience app before we rode Peter Pan’s Flight. Then the ride was over, we pressed the button on the app to let Pinnochio Village Haus know we were there. And then shortly after that, we were able to pick up our meal!
Restaurant Set Up & Decor
So as you might could have gathered by me mentioning how I ordered my food through the My Disney Experience app, Pinnochio Village Haus is a quick-service restaurant.
This means it is not a sit-down restaurant. You can either order your food through the app or wait in line to order your food.
One thing I really like about Pinocchio Village Haus is that it has plenty of seating. There is seating outdoors, too.
I also really like the decor in the restaurant. So one thing about the name of the restaurant and the architecture of the restaurant is its German influence. “Haus” is a German word and the restaurant’s architecture has a German influence. But Pinocchio is an Italian story and the menu items are mostly Italian. So I guess you can just say Pinocchio Village Haus has a European influence?
Either way, I am quite fond of the aesthetics of the restaurant. And I like the decorations from the movie displayed all over the restaurant along with lines from popular songs in the movie. I also like the flowers and pictures of food.
Tables Near It’s A Small World
But my favorite part of the restaurant is a few specific tables. And those are the ones that are right by the window where you can see into It’s A Small World ride!
I’ve gotten to sit at one of these tables a couple of times and have loved the experience. It’s really neat to see the ride go by and wave at the guests on the boats.
If you want to sit there, be warned that it is a popular table. Part of how to get one of those tables is just pure luck, if you just happen to be looking for a table just as someone leaves.
But another way to increase your chance to get one of these tables is to visit the restaurant at an offpeak time, like really early or late for lunch. Another way would be to go to dinner around the time of fireworks because then most people at the park are outside watching the fireworks. That is absolutely no guarantee for getting a table. But it does increase your chances.
So as I mentioned before, Pinocchio Village Haus has some great Italian food options. This includes Caesar Salads (with or without chicken). It also includes some great Flatbreads.
The Margarita Flatbread is very good.
It is topped with Tomato Sauce, Fresh Tomatoes, Shredded Mozzarella, Mozzarella Pearls, and a drizzle of Balsamic Glaze. I usually order this and have had mostly good experiences, although I will say one time it was a bit hard. I ended up leaving most of the hard bread and eating the toppings.
Another popular flatbread ordered by my family is the Pepperoni Flatbread.
It is also very good.
But my favorite current menu item is actually one of the cool new menu offerings that were added as part of Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. And that is the Croque Monsieur Flatbread. It is a flatbread topped with Béchamel, Tomato, Ham, and Gruyère.
I was really excited when I discovered this new menu item. I love Croque Monsieur sandwiches. And I love flatbreads. So I was really curious how these tastes would blend together.
And the answer was it was great! It really did taste like the sandwich but at the same time, it tasted like pizza, too. It was such a wonderful combination.
So if you visit Disney World while this entrée is still on the menu, I highly recommend it!
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