Liberty Tree Tavern

Table service restaurants in Magic Kingdom can be wildly inconsistent in terms of quality–many people describe the “not quite as good as Olive Garden” standard of Tony’s Town Square, but many people delight in the food at Be Our Guest (while choking down the price tag). Although Crystal Palace is an all-you-can-eat buffet, you do pay a premium for the character part of the meal. Factoring in a desire for good food, good quality, and a reasonable price point (especially for all you can eat), it is easy to see why Liberty Tree Tavern is a family favorite. (And that’s without mentioning ooey gooey toffee cake!)

There is no doubt that this restaurant saves the best for last. The Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake may be one of the finest desserts in Magic Kingdom. (Take that, Grey Stuff!) First, the presentation is adorable–it comes in a small frying pan serving dish. The dish itself is not heated, however, making it safe to put on the table near kids and adults who will be reaching for it right away and making the ice cream melt slower. At the bottom of the “cake” is basically something akin to a thick slice of toffee-chip cookie. Then you smother that in an unholy amount of vanilla ice cream, chocolate, caramel, and a hearty dose of Heath bar-like topping. It’s sticky, it’s rich, and it is the epitome of comfort food dessert. This dessert doesn’t disappoint. I’ve known people to get a reservation late in the evening just to order it. Yes, it’s that good.

Overall, Liberty Tree Tavern provides a solid meal at a reasonable price for all-you-can eat. There’s more hits than misses on the platter of foods, and there is something for just about everyone. Discounts (DVC, AP, Tables in Wonderland) are available, and reservations are recommended.

Clam Chowder from Liberty Tree Tavern (also Columbia Harbour House)

It’s a New England style clam chowder, which means it’s made with milk and ends up creamy instead of brothy in the end. This delicious goodie has been a staple on the Liberty Tree Tavern menu for years, and it’s a guest favorite.
Course Soup
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup celery diced small
  • 1/2 cup onions diced small
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper diced small
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 24 ounces clam juice
  • 1 12- ounce can chopped clams with juice
  • 1 quart milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 cups potatoes cooked, cut in 1/2-inch cubes

Instructions
 

  • In a 4-quart saucepan, melt butter or margarine. Add celery, onions, and green peppers. Saute about 5 minutes until tender. Add flour and cook an additional 5 minutes to form a roux. Stir in clam juice, chopped clams, and milk and bring to a boil. Reduce heat immediately and simmer for 15 minutes. Continue stirring while chowder thickens. Season with thyme, salt, and pepper and add cubed, cooked potatoes.
  • When potatoes are hot, serve immediately.

Notes

Recipe taken from Mickey’s Gourmet Cookbook: The Most Popular Recipes from Walt Disney World and Disneyland, copyright 1994
Keyword Columbia Harbour House, Disney World, Frontier Land, Liberty Tree Tavern, Magic Kingdon