Location: Magic Kingdom, Fantasyland
Type: Quick Service
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
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For my first dining review I thought I would pick a place that has been operating since Walt Disney World opened. Pinocchio’s Village Haus. No, they didn’t misspell House. It is Haus as in the German version of House. Even though Pinocchio was set in Italy the architecture is a bit more German. The theme as you can imagine is straight out of the Pinocchio movie with many of the characters getting their own room.
As you order take a look around the area. This restaurant has many stained glass windows and a ceiling of lights made to look like you are still outside. Are you in a small village? Disney does a great job setting the scene but many of us are usually too busy with picking our food or wrestling our kids to take a moment and just look around.
The main dish here is pizza and Italian sandwiches. The pizza is available as a combination meal which includes a Caesar salad. Kid’s meals are also available (Pizza, PB&J, Mac and Cheese, or Grilled Cheese) and don’t forget the cookie. At first you might think the pizza is average and a little bland but, oddly you'll become addicted to it. Dessert is Chocolate cake (my recommendation), Strawberry Cheesecake, or Strawberry Yogurt.
Get to the restaurant right when it opens or when it's not busy and you might be lucky enough to get a seat near windows that overlook the load/unload area of It’s a Small World. Kids love these windows as you can wave to the boats as they enter the ride. There is also additional seating upstairs where you will find a few tables inside and outside overlooking Fantasyland. With Fantasyland under construction this is a great vantage point to look over the wall and see some of the new additions.
Tips: Eat an early (11am) lunch or an early/late dinner (before 4 or after 8). This restaurant does get extremely busy. If you are lucky enough to grab a table by the windows, be sure to smile and wave to brighten everyone's day.
DBD Rating 4 out of 5.
Rating Comment: This is classic Disney when it comes to theme and architecture. Food is good for counter service locations, just be careful of the pizza addiction.