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Trails End Restaurant
Although we have never eaten here friends of ours visited this restaurant and have recommended it.
They went to it by boat from the Magic Kingdom and I believe you can also travel by boat to it from Wilderness Lodge or Contemporary Resort. As with other Disney venues the Disney transportation probably goes here but this you would need to enquire about. A parking lot is also located in the area for those who wish to drive.
These were the hours of opening and prices when my friends went (summer 2006).
Breakfast: 7:30 - 11:00 a. m.
Adults: $11. 99
Children (3-9): $7. 99
Lunch: Noon - 2:30 p. m.
Adults: $12. 99
Children: $8. 99
Dinner: 4:30 - 9:30 p. m. (10 p. m. on Friday and Saturday)
Adults: $17. 99
Children: $9. 99
Reservations are advisable for breakfast and dinner. However, apparently if you show up for dinner between 4:30 and 5:30 p. m. , you should be able to get a table without too long a wait.
The Trail’ s End Restaurant can be found just to the right of Pioneer Hall. It looks a very unassuming restaurant/buffet and it has a casual atmosphere and down-home cooking. Built in the style of a log cabin, Trail’ s End has a large front porch that wraps around two sides of the building. Complete with rocking chairs, lots of diners sit here to relax and look at the tranquil surroundings before or after their meal.
Also a part of Trail’ s End is Crockett’ s Tavern where you can order beer, wine, or a mixed drink.
Just inside the door of the restaurant is a picture of Fess Parker as Davy Crockett. Hanging from the ceiling are rustic bric-a-brac like wagon wheels, coffee pots, lanterns, and other paraphernalia that the early settlers might have brought with them on their trip west across the country. Look out for the stuffed bear!
After being seated, your server, if you have not already bought your drinks at the bar, will offer you something to drink and then you will be pointed in the direction of the buffet.
My friends had Dinner here and thoroughly enjoyed it. The salad bar apparently isn’ t extensive but it was good. It offered iceberg lettuce, pickled beets, onions, shredded cheese, two kinds of cubed cheese, croutons, beans, four or five different dressings and my favourite “ peel-your-own shrimp”.
There was soup and cornbread and alongside this was a very good chilli.
On the " hot" buffet they found barbecued ribs and fried chicken. Since many of the guests staying at the campground eat here on several nights the buffet changes daily. There is always a fish entree and roasted meat along with one or two casseroles and/ or pasta selections plus a number of side dishes. Pizza and macaroni and cheese are available for the children.
Dessert is basic, fruit cobbler (either apple or cherry) and bread pudding with delicious vanilla sauce. However you can choose brownies, cakes, and pies, but these items are not part of the buffet and you will be charged extra if you order them.
The menu is quite similar at lunchtime although cheaper and according to their server much quieter.
Breakfast sounds good value. It comprises fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, omelettes, Mickey waffles, biscuits and gravy, bacon and sausage, assorted pastries, and as much orange juice as you can drink.
We are planning to visit Trails End on our next visit; I think we will go for breakfast before spending the rest of the day at Magic Kingdom.
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