Sleepy Hollow Refreshments is a counter-service restaurant located in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Just outside of the hub in Liberty Square, Sleepy Hollow specializes in American food most of which are waffles or fried food. The restaurant does take part in the Disney Dining Plan (when applicable) as a counter-service or snack credit but doesn’t accept any other discounts. In this post, we’ll review Sleepy Hollow’s food, atmosphere and value.
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 lackluster quick-service restaurants.
Sleepy Hollow is a guest’s first glimpse into Liberty Square in Magic Kingdom. Main Street’s bygone era flows pretty well into the even older (thematically) Liberty Square, 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 and is a beautiful place to sit if it isn’t too hot outside. 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 fried food! 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. You can find this anytime after breakfast. 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 light dressing. The negatives here are that the sandwich can be pretty inconsistent and that it used to be much cheaper than the now $10.49. Frankly, that’s too much for what you’re getting. House made chips are served with the Waffle Sandwich and they are pretty average.
This is the Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich. The online menu says this is only served during breakfast hours but we have seen it available later than that. This isn’t as filling but still pretty delicious. The waffles, and I should have mentioned this above, are usually a perfect golden brown. They never get too soggy and are crisp but 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, and I was pleased with how fresh the fruit actually was. I don’t really like nutella but I thought all the ingredients blended well here. We find this to be a solid breakfast or snack option. At $8.29, this is a little bit better of a value than the Chicken Sandwich but not as filling.
Sleepy Hollow Refreshments has also added a Hand-dipped Corn Dog in recent years, served for both lunch and dinner. While it doesn’t measure up Little Red Wagon across the country, both the batter and the dog here are pretty good. It is freshly made and comes out hot. Unfortunately, this again comes down to being overpriced at $10.99. It’s not a bad counter-service option, especially considering the lack of other quality choices elsewhere in the park. It’s just that $11 for a decent corn dog isn’t my highest recommendation.
Overall, I think Sleepy Hollow Refreshments has some interesting options that are in the top half of Magic Kingdom counter-service dining. The problem is that the food doesn’t measure up to the price both in quality or quantity. For some, Sleepy Hollow is a cult classic but it falls below that threshold for us. Whether you should go to Sleepy Hollow largely depends on how you feel about waffles, corn dogs or funnel cakes. If you like them, then this place is probably for you. If they are just okay then you can probably find something better.
Rating – 8/10
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