Columbia Harbour House Magic Kingdom

*This dining experience took place in July 2013.

 

Hear ye, hear ye! If you visit the Magic Kingdom, you’ve probably seen Columbia Harbour House located in Liberty Square. Situated across from the Haunted Mansion, Columbia Harbour House offers quick service that proves to be more than just burgers and fries. With lots of New England inspired dishes, you’ll see chowder and lobster rolls as well as fried fish on the menu. You might assume that guests with special diets won’t be able to get much here; however, they carry one of my favorite quick service options on property: allergy friendly chicken tenders and french fries in a dedicated fryer!

I decided to go to Columbia Harbour House on a whim while visiting the MK one day. The chicken tenders sounded like a good idea, and I will say I’ve always had a particular fondness for the ones prepared at this location. Even though they are the same chicken tenders served across property for special diets, there’s something about the way they fry them at CHH.

It was lunch time when I arrived here, so it was slightly busy but not as bad considering how busy the park was. I was greeted by a manager who brought over the famous allergy binders. She showed me the chicken tenders as one allergy option. The only other allergy option they had was Amy’s mac & cheese–yeah that wouldn’t quite work for me! I asked her if other options like the Lobster Roll had GF/DF alternatives. She let me look at the ingredients, but said they didn’t have any buns. Well that’s a bummer! It looked like the lobster salad was safe for GF/DF based on the ingredients I saw. The manager said they could serve it on a bed of lettuce, but I went with the allergy chicken tenders. On another note, it looked like the salmon served without the couscous might also be a safe option.

Seating in CHH

The seating at this quick service is located on two floors. The cool thing is there are lots of nooks and crannies and places to find quiet spots. I recommend heading to the second floor if you’re looking for a quieter meal.

Allergy Chicken tender yumminess!

As you can see from the photo, the portion is quite large. They charged me for the tenders and fries separately. I believe the tenders were a little over $5 and the fries were around $2.75. All in all, I found them to be just as delicious as ever. The tenders were extra crispy and piping hot, as were the fries. From start to finish, they take 8 minutes to prepare according to the manager. The only downside is that they don’t have any individual packets of ketchup or other condiments. Besides being a cross contamination risk, they also don’t list what company or ingredients are in the sauces, so I ate everything plain. This wasn’t a huge loss, as they both were quite delicious!

Overall, I still think Columbia Harbour House prepares the best version of the allergy chicken tenders. There’s just something about them! As far as other options, they are more limited than say Cosmic Rays or Be Our Guest. If you’re looking for allergy chicken tenders this is the place to visit, but look elsewhere if you want other options. I give this a solid 7 out of 10.

Have you been to Columbia Harbour House with a special diet? What did you get?

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