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The Lunching Pad Review

The Lunching Pad Review

Magic Kingdom specializes in turning a simple meal into something extraordinary. From the Cinderella’s Royal Table to the Dole Whip Floats at Aloha Isle, dining at Magic Kingdom is centered on never giving you the same thing twice. In Tomorrowland, the dining experience is just as unique, but you won’t want to ride the Space Mountain or be whipped around on the Astro Orbiter after eating at some locations.

One quick service stop where you’ll want to rest your stomach and your feet is The Lunching Pad. Acting as a central hub for snacks and beverages in Tomorrowland, The Lunching Pad offers some interesting dishes you may not find elsewhere in the park. Just beneath the People Mover, at the base of the Astro Orbiter, it’s the perfect place to find shade, a picnic table, and a gateway to the many rides in the area.

Upon entering Tomorrowland, we headed straight for the Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor, where Mike Wazowski made us laugh so hard our stomachs were grumbling after. Thinking quick, we grabbed some FastPasses for Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, and finally, we made it to The Lunching Pad, ready to lift off into a world of flavor we knew little about.

Though it may seem a bit less “futuristic” than the rest of Tomorrowland, The Lunching Pad features three special types of hot dogs loaded with goodies. The first is the Philly Cheese Steak Hot Dog, which is, in fact, a hot dog AND Philly cheese steak all in one. Next, there is the Taco Hot Dog. They are all fairly self-explanatory up until this point. But last is the Coney Island Dog, which is topped with meaty chili, tangy onions, and a thick line of mustard. It all comes on an oversized hoagie bun, and it’s nearly impossible to bite into. Nearly. A fork and knife will keep you sorted, but there is no satisfaction like a big mouthful of chili and hot dog.

The Lunching Pad is also a one stop shop for Frozen Sodas, one of the more Tomorrowland-esque features here. Great for the Florida heat, you can choose from Solar Coca Cola, Cherry Eclipse, or Blast-Off Blue Raspberry. Get them in a cup or a souvenir sports bottle for an extra few dollars.

Though The Lunching Pad may not be serving up the “meal of tomorrow”, it is certainly a fantastic spot to grab a bite to eat while you decide what’s next on the agenda. The hot dogs will “wow” you with their unique flavors and the dessert drinks are sure to keep you cool. If you’re in the area, stop by and check it out for yourself! Don’t forget to get your FastPasses for Space Mountain!

 

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Food: Though limited, the menu at The Lunching Pad is highly unique, offering three special styles of overloaded hot dogs. From the traditional Coney Island Dog, to the Philly Cheese Steak Hot Dog, to the Taco Hot Dog, toppings are overflowing with every order. While the authenticity of the Coney Island Dog was lacking, it’s quick and convenient location makes it a good option for hungry Disney-Goers on their way through Tomorrowland. There are also frozen drinks available to cool down after the rush of Space Mountain!

Atmosphere: It’s Tomorrowland! Who could ask for more?! The outdoor seating provides a place to sit and rest while you wait for the kids to get off Buzz Lightyear or Space Mountain, and quick service counter itself acts as a central hub for snacks and drinks. There is no more convenient location in all of Tomorrowland.

Service: Very quick and friendly! Within seconds, our food was prepared and the cast member behind the counter complimented us on our attire as well. They were prepared and professional at every turn, even directing us to where we could find napkins and condiments.

Tips: Not a bad meal to use your Disney Dining Plan on. For a healthier option, ask for apples instead of chips. Also, The Lunching Pad is a great waiting area for FastPass holders who need to kill some time.

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