Originally called Refreshment Corner (until 1995), Casey’s Corner is located at the north end of the west side of Main Street.
This baseball themed counter-service restaurant pays homage to the poem, “Casey at the Bat” by Ernest Thayer. More specifically, it’s a tribute to Disney’s animated short “Casey at the Bat” which was one of the segments contained in the movie “Make Mine Music” released in 1948. The story tells of an egotistical baseball player, Casey, who in the 9th inning loses the game due to his over confidence and arrogance. The piece is narrated by veteran comedian Jerry Colonna, who is best remembered as Bob Hope’s zany sidekick on Hope’s popular radio shows and films of the 1940s and 1950s. Colonna also voiced the March Hare in Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland.”
Open for lunch and dinner, Casey’s Corner serves traditional ballpark fare such as hotdogs, chilidogs, corndog nuggets, nachos, brownies, and let’s not forget that all-time baseball favorite, Cracker Jack. Sorry, no beer. After all, this is the Magic Kingdom.
Most counter-service restaurants at Disney World position a cast member in the line to take your order and money. Then you advance to the counter to pick up your food. However, due to space limitations, Casey’s does not use this system. Instead, you proceed directly to the counter to order, pay, and secure your goodies. Because of this, the lines at Casey’s can move a bit slower than at other locations.
While waiting in line, be sure to look around at the beautiful detailing. Baseball memorabilia is tucked into every nook and cranny. In addition, this location is sponsored by Coke and their everlasting logo can be seen everywhere.
Casey’s offers a topping bar. Here you’ll find mustard and ketchup, chopped onions, relish, sauerkraut, jalapenos, and melted cheese. Note, this is a small area and it can get crowded.
As you would expect, the cast members at Casey’s are costumed appropriately. Vintage baseball uniforms with umpire-style aprons complete the ensemble.
Casey’s offers two choices for seating. Outside you’ll find tables and chairs befitting of a turn-of-the-century ice cream parlor. The tables are small, but adequate for the food selections offered. On a nice day, this is a wonderful spot to sit and relax and enjoy the view of Cinderella Castle in the background. In addition, old-time melodies can be heard when the Main Street pianist tinkles the ivories. Remember, don’t feed the birds. I know it’s difficult to resist, but it’s not good for them.
The indoor seating area is a lot of fun. Bleachers for the Home team (Mudville) and the Visitors face a large screen showing vintage Disney sports oriented cartoons. The overhead scoreboard accurately displays the score just before Casey came to bat. An old-time pinball machine with a baseball theme can be found tucked into a corner.
When I ate here recently I ordered the nachos for $7.29. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed when I got to my table to find that there was just enough chili to cover the top layer of chips. Although it tasted fine, it wasn’t adequate. I highly recommend stopping by the topping bar before getting seated and smothering the nachos with melted cheese and chopped onions. My friend Donald ordered a hotdog and fries. Knowing that it would be served plain, he had the good sense to add the “fixin’s” before getting settled.
Casey’s also offers a wonderful photo opportunity. These two veterans of the game get awfully lonely and would be thrilled to pose with you and your family.
Casey’s Corner is a beautifully themed restaurant. I admit the menu is small compared to other counter-service restaurants, but the atmosphere helps make up for this. Lines can be long so I recommend eating here before noon (for lunch) and before 5pm (for dinner).
“And it’s one, two, three strikes they’re out at the old ballgame.”
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