*This dining experience took place in October 2013.
|Ordering area of Cosmic Rays|
Cosmic Rays is an out-of-this-world futuristic inspired quick service location in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom. It offers standard quick service fare from burgers, fries, and sandwiches, to soups and salads. It also offers a few other heartier meal options such as rotisserie chicken. The location offers several “Bays” from which to choose these options and there are many choices for gluten free & dairy free diners.
On this particular visit, I checked in with a manager who seemed much more attentive than the previous time I visited. On the last visit, I actually chose not to eat at the restaurant because the manager refused to let me look at the ingredient binder!! I was really nervous about this visit given the previous manager’s lack of knowledge or accommodation (which is actually rare for Cosmic Rays). I was greeted by the manager who seemed to somewhat knowledgeable. He went over the ingredients binder with me and also said that the French fries were safe (they used to not be, so maybe I missed this? I don’t dine at Cosmic Rays often). I ordered a chicken sandwich (grilled) with an Udi’s bun. I also asked if I could get condiments made for me, and he suggested the fixins’ bar, and I told him that this is a very high risk for cross contamination. I asked for lettuce and grilled onions.
|Bay 3, where I ordered my chicken sandwich|
It did take a fair amount of time for the food to show up, which was OK but still I wish they had pagers up there. It’s really tight in the aisles waiting for food here, and we got in a lot of people’s way. In any event, we finally got our food and grabbed a seat. This place ALWAYS seems busy!!
|Grilled chicken sandwich with fries and fixins’|
One of the things that I always think after I eat at Cosmic Rays is that I’m underwhelmed. It just seems “blah.” We had initially planned on going to Be Our Guest, but the line to get in was huge, so we skipped it. We should have gone back to Pecos Bills or Columbia Harbour House in my opinion. The sandwich itself was plain and mediocre. I’m always glad to have a bun, so that’s at least nice. The onions were sort of half crunchy and half sauteed, so the texture wasn’t great. And the fries were just OK. Later I had a stomach ache, so I’m wondering if the fries were truly safe or if I just ate something that irritated my stomach (this was one of those hard to tell situations).
Overall, I would say that this is an OK choice mostly because they have a lot of options but taste-wise it’s not my personal favorite. I will say that it’s so-so and that I think there are some better choices in the Magic Kingdom. I also have had a few weird manager interactions lately, so I’m not sure what’s going on there.
I’d give this a 6 out of 10–for mediocre food & service.