Pinocchio Village Haus is a counter-service restaurant in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Located in Fantasyland, the restaurant serves a variety of pizza flatbreads. Pinocchio Village Haus does take part in the Disney Dining Plan (when applicable) as a counter-service credit. In this post, we’ll review the restaurant’s theme, cuisine and value.
Magic Kingdom is home to some disappointing counter-service restaurants. We’ve tried most of them at this point and none of them rank too highly, especially while Be Our Guest no longer offers counter-service lunch. The options are fairly generic, fitting into the usual theme park food category. All of this sinks Magic Kingdom to the worst dining park in Disney World.
With reviews of Columbia Harbor House, Pecos Bill and even the lowly Cosmic Ray’s out of the way, it was time to turn our attention to Pinocchio Village Haus. One of the interesting aspects of these places is that they all have decent atmospheres. Cosmic Ray’s has the incomparable Sonny Eclipse singing tunes for guests. Columbia Harbor House and Pecos Bill both have elaborate décor to fit into the land that they reside in. Long story short, the atmosphere is not the problem with these restaurants.
The same goes with Pinocchio Village Haus, which has a number of seating areas and plenty of fun artwork to showcase the titular character of the restaurant. Everyone’s favorite lying puppet is painted throughout the restaurant and there are flowers (likely fake ones) to give the place some color. There’s quiet upstairs seating if Village Haus is busy enough.
The feature point of the restaurant though is the host of tables that overlook it’s a small world. Sitting at these tables and waving at the boat riders as they pass by is a blast and a unique way to eat a meal. If you’re going to eat at this restaurant then the main draw will be these tables overlooking the attraction.
Moving on to the menu, you can see that the majority of it is made up of flatbreads that cost $11.99. There’s the usual ones, like Pepperoni and Margherita but also some unique options like the Korean Short Rib Flatbread. There’s also a Caesar Salad and Chicken Strips on the menu, if you’re so inclined.
I tried out the All-Meat Flatbread which was topped with Sausage, Pepperoni, Ham, Bacon, Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella. On first bite, the pizza was pretty good and baked well. The crust was fairly flaky and the meats added some flavor to it. I think every pizza tastes decent on first bite. Unfortunately, the further I got into this flatbread, the quality of the Mozzarella and Tomato Sauce started to come through. That quality wasn’t very high. Some of the meat masks this but this still wasn’t that great of pizza. On the bright side, this was a large portion and will definitely fill you up for $11.99. It’s not a terrible price relative to other theme park foods and is probably large enough to share if you aren’t starving.
We also tried the Margherita Flatbread, topped with Tomato Sauce, Shredded Mozzarella, Fresh Tomatoes, Mozzarella Pearls, and a drizzle of Balsamic Glaze. You haven’t lived until you’ve tried some Mozzarella Pearls! Kidding! I keep zooming into the photo to see if I can spot these delicacies but am out of luck. It does sound nice and I’m in favor of Disney adding the word pearl after every ingredient. Anyway, the Mozzarella was on top of the Tomato Pearls and that paired well together. The Balsamic on top of the Flatbread added some nice flavor, although it wasn’t anything special. Unfortunately, the same problem persists with the Margherita Flatbread where the lack of quality catches up to pizza the more you eat of it.
Garlic Knots are also on the menu at $4.99. I didn’t think these were very good and it’s 50/50 on if they’ll have sat under the warmer for too long. These were a little hard but the flavor was decent. I’d probably opt for the breadsticks or side salad over getting these again.
Overall, the food at Pinocchio Village Haus is average. There isn’t anything necessarily wrong with it, the quality just isn’t as high as many other counter-service restaurants in Walt Disney World. As far as where it falls within the Magic Kingdom counter-service options, I think it’s easily above Cosmic Ray’s but I’d probably go to Pecos Bill or Columbia Harbor House before this again.
Where Pinocchio Village Haus does stand out is the atmosphere. I loved looking at Small World and some of the artwork throughout the restaurant is adorable. You could certainly do worse if looking for a little dessert or a quick bite, while sitting in some air-conditioning. Otherwise, I don’t think Pinocchio Village Haus ranks that favorably.
Overall Raiting – 6.5/10
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