Sleepy Hollow Refreshments is a counter-service dining location in Walt Disney World’s Liberty Square. Located just off the Hub, in Liberty Square, Sleepy Hollow specializes in American food, most of which are waffles. The restaurant does take part in the Disney Dining Plan (as a counter-service credit and/or some snack options) but doesn’t accept any other discounts that I’m aware of.
For several years, Sleepy Hollow Refreshments was seen as a hidden gem. They offered up delicious waffle sandwiches at a relatively decent price and people began to notice. This little counter-service shop is a good case study on how places go from being a hidden gem to just popular. Now, you’ll hardly ever find Sleepy Hollow Refreshments without a 10 or 15 minute wait. It earned some of this popularity and also has taken advantage of Magic Kingdom’s somewhat lackluster, albeit improving, quick dining locations. Is Sleep Hollow worth the wait? That’s what we’ll cover today.
Sleepy Hollow is a guest’s first glimpse into Liberty Square in Magic Kingdom. Liberty Square flows pretty well from the bygone era of Main Street so there isn’t a huge need for a transition piece into the land but that’s what Sleepy Hollow acts as. The facade of the building is brick, which matches both Main Street and Liberty Square and the lettering on the menu is bold and old-fashioned. The little seating the restaurant has faces the side of Cinderella’s Castle. This is a beautiful place to sit as long as it’s not too hot or crowded. If you’re eating here, I’d definitely recommend grabbing a seat somewhere in this area rather than moving to another location. Even if you’re not eating here and are in need of a little rest, this is a wonderful place to sit and get your legs back under you.
With that being said, it’s not like there’s much of an environment here. This is simply a counter that you go up to order at and then a nice view as you sit and eat. There isn’t a ton of theming done and you aren’t going to go home and gush to your friends about the atmosphere at Sleepy Hollow. Well, unless you’re like me and are writing a blog post about it. This is a simple place and perhaps that’s part of the allure. It certainly fits the thought behind Liberty Square – a simpler time.
You don’t go to Sleepy Hollow for the theming, you go for the waffles. This dining location is known for their waffles, of which they have one savory and several sweet (menu). They also have funnel cakes which should not be dismissed.
I almost always go with the Sweet and Spicy Chicken Waffle, the savory option. The one pictured above is the latest one I’ve had and that chicken portion was maybe slightly bigger than usual. As you can see, the chicken doesn’t fit the length of the waffle but is wide enough to make up for it if you rip it in half or apart. Speaking for myself, I just dig in.
The chicken has a nice sauce on it that is more sweet than spicy. There is a small kick to the sandwich but nothing to be afraid of unless you can’t handle any spice at all. The slaw is a welcome addition to the sandwich and adds a little depth of flavor. This has a tiny bit of heat in it too and has a dressing on it that is light. I think it all adds up to one of the better counter-service options in Disney World. The negative is that the waffle sandwich used to be much cheaper but is now $8.99. It’s not a terrible value relative to other items around the park but it’s not a steal like it once was. This is definitely filling though or a good snack to share if no one is quite ready for a full meal.
The other item we’ve had here is the Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich. This isn’t as filling but still pretty delicious. The waffles, and I should have mentioned this above, are usually made really well. They never get too soggy and they are crisp, yet not burnt. The Fresh Fruit Sandwich has a chocolate-hazelnut (Nutella) spread on it and then, I would imagine, an assortment of fresh fruit depending on the season. This version had blueberries and bananas, as you can see. The fruit really was fresh. They weren’t lying in the title. The sandwich could have used a few more blueberries but the fruit was good overall. I don’t really like nutella (this was Melissa’s choice) but I thought all the ingredients blended well here. Melissa really likes this as a snack or dessert but it doesn’t quite crack her list of favorites. This comes in at $7.99, which I think is overpriced. Still, it’s a good snack or late breakfast.
Are these waffles good enough to make Sleepy Hollow a must-do? As with most things in life, that depends. If you like waffles and are trying to avoid run-of-the-mill theme park food, this is pretty good and worth going to. Obviously, if you don’t like waffles then don’t go here. Overall, I don’t think Sleepy Hollow is quite as exciting anymore since they raised the prices on the waffles and dropped a different savory option. But, I still find myself frequenting this spot fairly often which speaks to the quality of the sandwich. I wouldn’t put Sleepy Hollow as a must-do but it is very convenient and better than most counter-service options at Magic Kingdom (Be Our Guest Lunch is better, Pecos Bill’s is pretty even but very different).
Overall, I think Sleepy Hollow Refreshments is well worth trying. Everything we’ve tasted there has been prepared well and tastes fresh. The waffle sandwiches are a somewhat unique theme park food that is way better than the average burger or chicken nuggets throughout the park. It may not be as good as it once was, but Sleepy Hollow Refreshments is still a delicious option.
Rating – 8.5/10
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