Liberty Tree Tavern Review

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On our most recent trip one of our goals was to try all new restaurants.  While at the magic kingdom the new (to us) table service location that we decided to try was the “Liberty Tree Tavern.”  We made lunch reservations there and man did we luck out, because just as we were sitting down to lunch it started POURING, and by the time we were done eating the rain had stopped!

The atmosphere of the restaurant was perfectly themed, like any other disney restaurant I’ve been in.  It’s located in the Liberty Square area of the Magic Kingdom and has a colonial feel.  When you walk in you feel like you’re in an old timey tavern (minus the beer flowing because other than Be Our Guest Restaurant at dinner time, the MK is completely dry).

The prices at lunch range from $12.99 for the veggie burger to $19.99 for the freedom pasta.  Most items hover in the $15.99 range.  Because of the lower entree prices, Liberty Tree Tavern is not necessarily the best use of a table service dining credit if you’re on the Disney Dining Plan.  If all the members of your party get the pasta, or the pot roast, you’ll do a little bit better as far as value with the plan, Craig and I did not though.

Click here to view the lunch menu

At dinner, which we didn’t experience, the menu changes from an ala carte style to a family style meal.  The table will be served the following as part of their family style meal-

Patriot’s Platter
Roasted Turkey Breast, Carved Beef and Sliced Pork with Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, Herb Bread Stuffing, and Macaroni & Cheese
I also believe this meal is all you can eat.
While the price for this experience is not listed on the website, I would guess it’s in the $30.00 per person range.  Most buffets at Disney are $37.99 per person.  I am not sure about the family style meals.
Even though I don’t think that lunch was the best use of a table service meal here, I do think that the restaurant is worth checking out!
I had the Colony Salad

featuring Ocean Spray® Craisins® BRAND with Washington Apples, Sweet Pecans, Applewood-smoked Cheddar, Craisins® Dried Cranberries and Grilled Chicken tossed with Field Greens in a Honey-Shallot Vinaigrette
Colony Salad

Colony Salad

and it was simply outstanding.

Craig had the Angus Chuck Cheeseburger                                                                                                                      

topped with your choice of Bacon and Cheddar or Mushrooms and Provolone served with fresh Fruit or Tavern Fries

Angus Burger with bacon

Angus Burger with bacon

He said it was one of the best burgers on Disney property.

Now my absolute favorite part of my meal at Liberty Tree Tavern was the dessert.  I ordered the Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake, and I can honestly say, I have never enjoyed a dessert at Disney as much as I enjoyed this one.  It was absolutely fabulous.  With that being said, I have been on the hunt for a copy cat recipe, and I found one, so I’m sharing it with you today!

Thank you disney food blog for sharing this recipe, because this is one you’ll want to pin.

Click here for recipe –> Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake recipe

Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake

Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake

My overall review- The theming is wonderful, the food is wonderful and will not break the bank if you’re not on the disney dining plan.  If you’re on the disney dining plan and not worried about if the meal is the best use of a dining credit check it out at lunch time, if you’re trying to get the most bang for your buck, go at dinner time.  Overall it’s totally worth the time.  Your tastebuds will thank you

Tuesday’s Tip- Stay Hydrated

It is common knowledge that it is nearly ALWAYS hot in Florida, especially during the summer months.  Even during the winter months it stays relatively warm.  Staying hydrated is a critical not only for your health, but for the enjoyment of your vacation.  Dehydration can cause fatigue, headaches, and irritability- who would want any of those when you’re at the happiest place on earth!

Here are my top 5 ways to stay hydrated at Disney (#1 is the most cost effective)

#5- Bring a water bottle with you into the park.  Outside food and beverages are permitted in the park, so you can bringing your own water isn’t an issue.

#4- If you’re on the Disney Dining Plan, you can use your snack credits on bottled beverages.  Normally bottled water at the park is $2.50 (Dasani Brand), so in a pinch this can be an effective use of a snack credit.

#3- Water Fountains-  There are water fountains located at the entrances of nearly every bathroom.  Be sure to get a drink from the fountain every time you stop by the bathroom, and if you have a water bottle be sure to fill it up!

#2- Drink water with meals-  If you stop for a meal at a quick service or table service meal and you order a soda, order a water too.  You can enjoy your soda with your meal and then take the water with you when you leave! (If you’re on the Disney Dining Plan, your meal comes with a beverage.  I know I get sick of soda with every meal, but every restaurant carries bottled water, and you can order bottled water with your meal!)

#1- Free water cups!-  Did you know that even if you’re not ordering food, you can go to any quick service restaurant and order a free water cup.  This is one that I always take advantage of!  I am not a germaphobe, but the thought of putting my mouth near a water fountain creeps me out a little bit!  I tend to go for this option because there is nothing like an ice cold cup of water.  Did I mention that it’s free?

Free water cup available at quick service locations

Free water cup available at quick service locations

Disney, always a new experience.

My husband and I will be taking our 6th trip (my 7th trip) to Walt Disney World, since we got married in 2007.  We’ve taken trips to Chicago, New York City, Washington DC, Kelley’s Island, and Siesta Key Beach, but there is something special that always keeps us coming back to Disney.  While new experiences are definitely possible in cities like Chicago, New York, and DC, it’s the magic of new experiences at Disney that keep us coming back.

Some may question, well you’ve been there so many times- haven’t you seen everything there is to see yet?  The answer is a definite no.  Walt Disney World is massive.  I’m pretty sure I could live at Disney for a 6 months, and still not have seen and done everything there is to do there.  Because there are so many new and unique experiences at Disney my husband and I have decided that we want each trip to be special and different in some way.  On our upcoming trip (we leave in 12 days WOO HOO!!!), we’ve planned it so that we will experience many new things, however there are three in particular that I am most excited about!.

1) The Resort

My husband and I are generally fairly frugal people.  Every time that we have stayed on Disney property, we have stayed at the All Star Resorts.  Once at the All Star Movie, and several times at the All Star Music resort.  These resorts are wonderful!  They are beautifully and whimsically themed, have a pool, clean rooms, and are on disney property for a under $100 per day (depending on what time of year you go).  They are a winning hotel situation.  We were originally going to go for a longer stay in June and had budgeted to stay once again at the All Star Resorts.  We ended up having to cancel the June trip because of job changes and make up snow days (Trust me, calling Disney to cancel was the worst day of my life… no joke, I was in tears after I got off the phone).  BUT, we had already saved up the money for this 9 day trip, and it was all on gift cards.  We knew that we would be able to go back to Disney, we just weren’t sure when it would happen.  Through some strategic planning we were able to rebook or vacation for August.  This time it was going to be a much shorter trip, only 5 or 6 days.  Since we had already budgeted for the longer trip, we decided this would be the perfect opportunity to upgrade to a Moderate Resort.  On this trip we will be staying at the Port Orleans French Quarter Resort.  There are so many different resorts at Disney, and I am excited to be trying a new one for the first time.  Yes, this difference is minor, BUT it is a new experience that I am excited for.

2) Restaurants

When you book a Disney vacation on Disney Property, you can make your Advanced Dining Reservations (ADR) up to 180 days in advance.  This may seem crazy to make your reservations that far in advance, BUT the most popular restaurants fill up 180 days out.  If you want to ensure the restaurants you want be sure to plan in advance!

Craig and I are using the Disney Dining Plan on this trip.  Which means that our meals are pre-paid.  We added this onto our plan and with it, we each receive 1 quick service credit, 1 table service credit, and 1 snack for each night we are booked.  We’ve done the dining plan before, and definitely have our favorite restaurants, however we decided on this trip we want to try all new restaurants.  So when making our reservations, as much as I wanted to make a reservation at San Angel Inn, and Le Chefs de France, I opted to book elsewhere for the sake of a new experience.  The restaurants that we selected for our table service credits are a mix of restaurants both in the parks and at the resorts, and all restaurants that we’ve never tried.

Tuesday Dinner- Boatwrights Dining Hall (Port Orleans Riverside Resort)

Wednesday Dinner- Boma- Flavors of Africa (Animal Kingdom Lodge)

Thursday Lunch- Liberty Tree Tavern (Magic Kingdom)

Friday Dinner- Biergarten Restaurant (Germany Pavilion- Epcot)

Saturday Dinner- Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater (Hollywood Studios)

Sunday Dinner- La Hacienda de San Angel (Mexico Pavilion- Epcot) (and yes this is different than “San Angel Inn” that I referenced earlier!  There are now two table service restaurants at the Mexico Pavilion.  San Angel is our favorite, but then again we’ve never tried La Hacienda!)

Sunday “Wind Down”- Tutto Gusto (Italy Pavilion- Epcot)  This is a new and unique special event that is offered at Epcot on select evenings.  It starts right after Illuminations as the guests are exiting the park.  We will enjoy small plates and wine pairings, as well as get a unique look at the park with very few guests! (This is an additional paid experience, not included in the Dining Plan)

The above listed will use all 6 of our table service dining credits, however, we were able to snag a coveted fast pass for lunch on Monday at the Be Our Guest Restaurant (New Fantasyland- Magic Kingdom).  This restaurant is inside the Beasts Castle at the Magic Kingdom.  By day it is a quick service lunch spot and by night it is a table service restaurant.  With its newness and unique theming if you want to eat here this is one where you’ll need the ADR nearly 180 days out.  If not try it for lunch!

3) Downtown Disney

In my mind a visit or two to Downtown Disney is just as much a part of a Disney trip as the parks are.  If you’ve ever been to DD you’ve seen a large balloon floating in the sky.  That balloon is called Character’s in flight.  We’ve often seen it and thought “Wow, that would be awesome.”  This year we are doing it.

Disney trips don’t have to all be the same.  If planned you can definitely have a different experience every single time you go!