Nestled in Liberty Square, with a great view of Cinderella Castle, is one of our favourite quick-service locations in Magic Kingdom – Sleepy Hollow.
Sleepy Hollow is a counter quick-service location with a menu made up of a handful of items that are technically more snack or dessert options, but make wonderful breakfast and lunch choices. I’ll take any opportunity to work baked goods or sweets into a meal when on vacation.
If Sleepy Hollow is where you’re heading for breakfast, be warned that this counter doesn’t open when the park does, but typically half an hour after park opening. A line will often form early so we tend to head there about ten minutes before it opens and either Ryan or I will wait in line while the other finds a seat.
There is outdoor seating in a quiet, tucked-away corner behind Sleepy Hollow, but it is limited and only some of it is in the shade. That being said, we’ve usually had no trouble finding a seat first thing in the morning. If you can’t find a seat, the Cinderella Castle hub is close by and breakfast or a snack on the hub grass can be quite enjoyable.
Sleepy Hollow Refreshments is, of course, in reference to “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, written by American author Washington Irving. The story was adapted and animated as a part of Disney’s “The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad” in 1949. In that film, the Legend of Sleepy Hollow was narrated by Bing Crosby as he tells the tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman.
The Sleepy Hollow building in the Magic Kingdom is modeled after the home that Washington Irving built near the Hudson River, in Tarrytown New York. Combining colonial New York architecture with elements from buildings that Irving remembered in Spain and Scotland, the eclectic design certainly stands out from the surrounding Liberty Square. And yet, Sleepy Hollow acts as a bridge between the fantasy of the Cinderella Castle hub and Liberty Square as a whole, so it needs to blend into both areas.
The seating area around Sleepy Hollow is quaint, but you can sometimes spot crates with references to Sleepy Hollow characters like Ichabod Crane and Abraham van Brunt. Small images of the Headless Horseman can be seen on the menu and on signs around the building as well.
Sleepy Hollow is one of our go-to spots for breakfast on a Magic Kingdom day. It’s quick and delicious. Plus, we like starting our day off with a view of the castle…how can you go wrong with that?
Although we love Mickey waffles (and this is the perfect place to get them), we just can’t say no to the Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich. It’s a warm, soft waffle with a chocolate hazelnut spread (think Nutella). Generously piled on top of the waffle is a combination of bananas, strawberries and blueberries.
This is a waffle sandwich so it’s meant to be folded and eaten with your hands. That being said, it’s a good idea to grab a fork and some napkins since some berries will inevitably fall out and the warm waffle makes the Nutella-like spread extra melty (which is divine!).
As mentioned above you can find Mickey waffles on the menu here, and these are the real deal waffles, the one that’s so big it fills a plate, not the little ones that you find at other buffets on Disney property. You can get the waffle dusted with icing sugar or with strawberries and whipped cream.
For Funnel Cake lovers, you’ll find the same two topping options as the Mickey waffles.
If you’re more of a savoury food lover, there’s the popular Sweet and Spicy Chicken Waffle and a Foot-Long Corn Dog available to ease your appetite.
They serve Joffrey’s Coffee here, tea, juice, pop and some iced coffee as well.
You can always find the most up-to-date menu here.
We feel that Sleepy Hollow offers good value. On the lower end of the price scale you have a Mickey Waffle at $5.79 USD and the prices go up to $10.99 USD. Our favourite item here (the Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich) comes in at $8.29 USD, so we usually spend about $25 USD here for the two of us once we add in drinks.
In terms of satisfying meals and quick-service counter experiences at Walt Disney World, this is one of our favourites and we both feel like we get good bang for our buck.
For guests using the Disney Dining Plan, while you can’t use a quick-service credit here, the Mickey Waffle or Funnel Cakes would be a great use of a snack credit.
If you are attending Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party you can find party exclusive treats at Sleepy Hollow. We’ve had some hits and misses here over the years. One of our favourite holiday treats was the chocolate Mickey waffle sundae, with pumpkin gelato. We’ve also had the Headless Horseman Cheesecake which Ryan liked more than I did.
Whenever we attend a holiday party at Magic Kingdom, we always make sure to see what Sleepy Hollow is offering in case something strikes our fancy there.
If you ask me, Sleepy Hollow makes its case for being one of the best quick-service locations for breakfast in the parks. That being said, because we love the Fruit Waffle sandwich, we wouldn’t say no to it at breakfast, lunch or an any time of day snack. For something a little heartier, you can’t go wrong with either the chicken waffle sandwich or the foot-long corndog.
There aren’t many places at Walt Disney World that I would recommend visiting twice on any given trip, but Ryan and I have made multiple stops at Sleepy Hollow on a number of different trips. It’s deliciously decadent with a Disney touch, what’s not to love?
Also, this review really could have just been called “a tribute to the fresh fruit waffle”.
Disney QUIPS – Sleepy Hollow
Quick – Sleepy Hollow is the perfect place to grab breakfast or lunch at the Magic Kingdom offering a combination of waffle dishes and funnel cakes.
Unique – Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwiches or Sweet-and-Spicy Chicken Waffle Sandwiches are the headliners here, but a foot-long corndog is also a tempting choice.
Impressions – The theming is rather pedestrian in comparison to the rest of Liberty Square and it’s lacking in overt Headless Horseman touches, but it’s nice and quiet, apart from the early morning rush in the park.
Palate – If you like sweet and savoury flavours piled onto fried dough, this is the place for you. It’s comfort food, it’s delicious and it keeps you coming back for more.
Skip or Stay – Stay all the way. Go and visit this on your next Walt Disney World vacation and then every subsequent vacation after that.