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    Default Panic... best counter service in MK?

    Hi all,

    We are not really counter service people... usually bring our lunch in the park and eat a TS dinner. However, in re-working my itinerary (yet again) I am finding us in MK one evening with no dinner! We are complete planners... down to what ride in what order so now I am nervous about this (leave in 5 days!)

    We will have eaten brunch at 1900 park fare late that morning but need something for dinner and I don't think I really want to take it in.

    However, we are on a tight budget... so I am thinking perhaps counter service would be best. Our party has some kids (not picky) and a vegetarian. Any thoughts? What is your favorite MK counter service place? Thanks!
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    Columbia Harbor House is a good counter service option in the Magic Kingdom.
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    Cosmic Ray's is also good. They have chicken and rib meals that are large enough to be sharable as well as vegetarian options.

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    We love Peco Bill's with the "Fixin's Bar" that has sauteed onions, mushrooms, sliced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, pickles, condiments and I am sure more. It makes for a nice additions to the meal. We love the BBQ pulled pork sandwiches there ourselves...and it is about the only place where we get french fries...but they are great!
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    Cosmic Ray's has the best variety with the 3 different stations. They also have a full fixings bar just like Peco's Bills. And you can also enjoy the musical stylings of Sonny Eclipse while dining
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    Although our personal favourite is Casey's, I would recommend Cosmic Rays. There is lots of choice for everyone, many meals are large enough to share, and there is a good fixin's bar to choose from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JPL View Post
    Cosmic Ray's has the best variety with the 3 different stations. They also have a full fixings bar just like Peco's Bills. And you can also enjoy the musical stylings of Sonny Eclipse while dining
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    Cosmic Rays!!!!! Fun and yummy. Good choices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by faline View Post
    Columbia Harbor House is a good counter service option in the Magic Kingdom.
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    I'm going to get on the Cosmic Ray's train here: besides your typical burgers (including a veggie burger), there's the fixings bar, entrees that are big enough to share (thinking of the chicken or chicken and ribs dinners), and also a vegetable wrap and a Greek salad in case the vegetarian in your group doesn't want a veggie burger. This might be your best choice in terms of choice and cost.

    Columbia Harbour House is also a great choice with chicken nuggets, fish or shrimp baskets, a great tuna sandwich, salads (one vegetarian and one with bacon), and the Lighthouse sandwich which would be perfect for the vegetarian in your group (hummus, tomato and broccoli slaw on whole grain bread ).
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    Columbia Harbour House gets my vote. Very good food. We like to sit upstairs by the windows and watch the crowds go by since it's usually pretty quiet up there.

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    Columbia Harbor House is a favorite of ours. It seems like they don't have the usual fare and everyone ends up happy.

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    Normally I would suggest Columbia Harbor House or Peco's Bills (my favorites) but for your crew (with a vegetarian) I would suggest Cosmic Ray's. Keep in mind that your group will need to split up and go to the diffrent ordering windows (unless everyone can agree). This can be a little confusing at first.
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    If you are uber planners, I would figure out whether I was closer to Cosmic Ray's or Columbia Harbor House at your desired dinner time and go there.
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    Normally I'd suggest Peco's Bills too. My kids enjoy it and we all like the fixin's bar to jazz up our burgers and/or fries. I think you might want to think about Cosmic Ray's though....the kids can watch Sonny Eclipse as mentioned. One thing to think about though is that there are three separate lines that you may need to go through to get everyone fed -- that is the reason we don't like going there unless we're super hungry (the kids that is). Another option is Casey's (not sure about vegetarian though) -- you can get food there and sit outside (possibly catch the piano "show") and people watch or sit in the bleachers and watch the tele (which the kids enjoy)

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    Cosmic Ray's will offer you the best variety and its pretty decent too

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    I'm a big fan of Cosmic Rays so I would suggest it. The food has always been good and we love the fix-in's bar. I always enjoy Sonny Eclipse too! My second pick would be Columbia Harbor House for a different kind of experience. It is calmer and can be a nice change of pace. We enjoy Pecos Bills but it does not have the choices of Cosmic Rays or the entertainment. Usually we just go with whichever one we are closest to when we get hungry...but I am guilty of steering us toward Tomorrowland when I know that time is getting close!
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    And there are a few seats at Cosmic Rays where you can sit and look at the castle, which is kind of magical.
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    Peco's Bill - Very good food and a fun atmosphere, but can be very crowded.

    Columbia Harbour House - Good food (sandwiches and things), in our experience it has been much quieter than other CS place in the parks. Especially upstairs!

    Cosmic Rays - Variety of food and lots of it, but again it can also get a bit crowded.
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    Cosmic Ray's or Pecos Bill's. I like to see Sonny Eclipse so I'd lean towards Cosmic Ray's.
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