Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
If you are looking for a place to eat in the Magic Kingdom then Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe is an excellent choice. Located in Tomorrowland across from the Tomorrowland Speedway, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe is the largest counter service restaurant in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. It also offers one of the largest choice of selections in the Magic Kingdom unless you want to do a much more expensive table service buffet. There is a catch to that variety, however, which will be covered later.
Keeping with the retro future feel that predominates Tomorrowland, Ray’s looks like something out of a 1950’s sci-fi movie. In this case the premise seems to be that guests are in a spaceport. Looking for food as well as entertainment to pass the time on one of those dreaded lay-overs between planetary destinations guests find themselves at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe.
The entertainment comes in the form of an intergalactic lounge singer named Sonny Eclipse. Sonny is an animatronic alien who performs on a regular basis throughout the day. If you eat a meal here you can be guaranteed at least one performance. He act ranges from music to jokes and while it may not tickle the fancy of the average adult it does entertain smaller children.
The seating at Cosmic Ray’s, again this is the largest quick service eatery in the Magic Kingdom, can be divided up into three distinct areas. There is outdoor seating. The tables are shaded by the large overhang from the restaurant itself and also have ceiling fans so while not air-conditioned you at least can be out of the sun with a little breeze. There is also an area that is mostly out of reach of Sunny’s entertainment. It is on a higher level than the show and separated by glass. You can still here it but it is not so overpowering. Finally there is the seating in the main, and largest, area where you are fully exposed to Sunny and his antics. This can be a very loud area when the alien is performing and crowds are high.
While Comic Ray’s boasts the largest menu of the counter service restaurants that variety comes at a price. There are three different ordering counters each of which is serviced by multiple registers. These counters, designated Bays to keep with the feel of a space port, each have their own menu and while there are a few items offered at more than one bay when it comes to the main course they are pretty exclusive. There is no ordering from one bay’s menu at another bays register. Side dishes are pretty much common across all three bays. When it comes to Ray’s and ordering it might be easier of it think of a food court. There are really three restaurants sharing a common seating area.
The food itself is pretty good. I don’t remember ever being disappointed by my entrée or side (always french fries) but the desert was really a lot like a Hostess or Little Debbie snack cake, nothing impressive about it. Of course I was full already so that might have contributed to my lack of enthusiasm.
The main items on the menu are hot dogs, cheeseburgers, wraps (including a vegetarian one), BBQ chicken, grilled chicken sandwich and chicken nuggets. A full menu is available below.
One of the best things about Cosmic Ray’s is the “fixin’s bar.” After you pick up your food head over to the condiments bar to add ketchup, mustard and the normal sandwich toppings to your meal. Of course that is not exciting. What is exciting is the sautéed mushrooms and onions. They make a real difference on your, especially on a burger.
While Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe is not my first choice for counter service at the Magic Kingdom (Pecos Bill’s is) I don’t complain when that is where everyone else wants to go.
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe Menu (Updated April 2013)
Chicken noodle soup $3.49
Cucumber Salad – $2.99
Angus Bacon Cheeseburger, served with apple slices, french fries or cucumber salad-$9.99
Hot Dog, served with your choice of French fries or apple slices (add bacon $0.79)-$7.59
BBQ Pork Sandwich, served with your choice of french fries or apple slices. – $9.59
Chicken Nuggets,served with French fries or apple slices.-$8.69
Chili Cheese Dog, served with your choice of French fries or apple slices (add bacon $0.79)-$9.59
Grilled Chicken Sandwich. served with your choice of apple slices, French fries or cucumber salad – $9.59
Half Rotisserie Chicken, served with mashed potatoes and a seasonal vegetable. – $9.99
Turkey Sandwich, served with your choice of apple slices, french fries or cucumber salad – $9.59
Vegetable sandwich, served with your choice of apple slices, french fries or cucumber salad – $9.59
Vegetarian Burger, served with French fries or apple slices. – $8.39
Glatt Kosher meals available upon request. Price varies.
Side of French fries. – $2.49
No sugar added Brownie – $2.39
Carrot Cake – $3.59
Gelato:Chocolate or no sugar added mango – $3.29
Strawberry Yogurt – $1.99
Triple Chocolate Cake – $3.59
Dasani bottled water – $2.50
Iced Coffee: French Vanilla, mocha or latte – $3.89
Milk: Whole or low-fat milk $1.49 and Nesquik chocolate milk $2.19
Minute Maid Orange Juice-$2.39
Nestle Hot Cocoa or Hot Tea- $2.09
Selection of Soft Drinks: Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Fanta Orange, Nestea Ice Tea, or Light Lemonade $2.59& $2.89
Menu is subject to change!
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