A Restaurant Caught Between Two Lands
The Columbia Harbour House
can be found tucked away in the Magic Kingdom
and Liberty Square
It's unique location boardering two lands within the Magic Kingdom
has led to a very unique Disney World Imagineering
architectural solution as to making it fit into both lands.
If you approach Columbia Harbour House from the Liberty Square side you definitely see an American Colonial style building representative of the period and you can easily imagine seeing this building along the eastern seaboard during his time period.
The Fantasyland side of Columbia Harbor House paints a totally different image. Even the signage has been changed to make it agree with the architecture that you see in the rest of Fantasyland.
Most people may not even notice the transition, but this is one restaurant that got caught in the middle and decide to show both its Fantasyland side and its Liberty Square Side.
Columbia Harbour House Menu
The inside of the Columbia Harbour House more closely follows its Liberty Square side and takes a nautical theme.
The menu includes the following entrees:
Lighthouse Sandwich - Hummus, Tomato, & Brocolli Slaw
Anchors Aweigh Sandwich - White Tuna with Lettuce and Tomato
Chicken Breast Nuggets & Fish - served with French Fries
Fried Shrimp - With Cole Slaw and French Fries
Fried Fish Basket - Served with French Fries
Chicken Breast Nuggets - served with french fries
BLT Salad - Mixed greens with crispy chicken, bacon, egg, and tomato
Garden Harvest Salad - Mixed Greens, Chicken, Garden Vegetables, Cheese, Sunflower seeds
They also offer Vegetarian Chili and New Envgland Clam Chowder.
The picture above shows the Fried Shrimp Platter which was very tasty, along with the Apple Crisp dessert. This is a very filling Disney Dining Plan Quick Service Option.
Unexpected Disney World Magic
During a recent visit to the Columbia Harbour House with my family, we were approached by a Cast Member as we made our way to the ordering station, and asked if we would like to eat in the Captain's area on the 2nd floor. We agreed, not knowing the special treatment we were about to receive.
As soon as we ordered, the Cast Member said that she would handle picking up our food for us and asked us to follow her upstairs. She took us to a roped off area and had us sit down at a table. Soon she brought the food to us and made sure that we had everything we needed.
Later she brought each of my children a sugar cookie and frosting to decorate it with (pictured above.) They both had fun decorating and then eating their cookies.
At the end of the meal our Cast Member said that she would take care of emptying the table for us. We enthusiastically thanked her for making our meal so special.
This is the unexpected Magic that Disney World and its Cast Members continues to bring to its guests without fanfare. These little unexpected treats have lasting effects and certainly create a special experience for those on the receiving end. Here we were just looking to have a meal at a favorite location and it turned into a memorable event.
Great Magic Kingdom Quick Service Location
Columbia Harbor House doesn't get the attention or the crowds that Cosmic Ray's Pecos Bill's, or Pinocchio's gets. The food is good and the seafood based menu provides a change of pace from the other Quick Service Restaurants.
Years ago my family discovered the Columbia Harbour House. We enjoyed the food and the fact that it was not as crowded as some of the other Magic Kingdom Places. To this day it remains a place that we enjoy coming to for lunch at the Magic Kingdom.
Although you may not be the recipient of the special Magic that my family received on our most recent village, you still can enjoy eating at the Columbia Harbour House, enjoying the menu, theming, and air conditioned break on a hot day at the Magic Kingdom.