Everyone who goes to Walt Disney World has a place that they just don’t love to eat. One of mine is Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in the Magic Kingdom. Don’t get me wrong, I love Sonny Eclipse, what I have never loved here is the food. The old vegan options here have consisted from a standard veggie burger (gardenburger!), a falafel burger that was so incredibly dry it was almost inedible, then a sloppy joe that was a weird texture and just needed some more flavors. Cosmic Ray’s has finally replaced the sloppy joe, so I decided to give it a try again.
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe is located in Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom. This restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating. In one section of the restaurant you can find a dining area that is more like a lounge and you get to be entertained by Sonny Eclipse.
The toppings bar here is currently closed, and it is now just being used for condiments. They also have closed the water bottle refill spot that was in here, which is super disappointing as it was the only bottle refill location in this park. [See our post here with the other locations]
The new plant-based option at Cosmic Rays is the Impossible Burger. It comes with lettuce and tomato, but when you mobile order you can select to add pickles and onion. Once you place your order you can select ‘prepare my order’ then wait for the update of where to get your food.
My burger was ready within 5 minutes. I went to the designated window to get my burger. I had requested pickles for my burger but when I looked at my tray I only had a little boat of lettuce and tomato and the burger was already wrapped in foil. I asked if I had pickles hiding somewhere, but the cast member realized they had not put them on my tray. They come in a separate little container.
After getting my burger and stopping by the condiments bar I found a table to sit. Luckily most of the outdoor tables were open, and since it’s shaded and not too hot that day it was perfect.
Upon unwrapping my burger I noticed that the bun was incredibly soft. I assume my burger was probably sitting for a bit waiting in the wrapper causing the bun to steam. It made it slightly difficult to put my burger together with my toppings as I feared the bun would give way and I would lose my meal.
The burger itself was just fine. It definitely was a fast food burger. The Impossible patty was pretty well done, and had no pink in it. The toppings were that kind that just add texture but no taste at all. The only topping I could taste was the pickles.
With the bun having been warmed up it was a nice soft texture for the burger. I put a ton of pickles on my burger (the cast member gave me two containers worth) and that helped with some flavor. It was very basic, but it wasn’t bad.
The fries the day I got them were good. They were still warm when I ate them and had very little salt on them. But I had plenty of them, and I left feeling very full from my meal.
I went into this meal with incredibly low expectations. I would eat this burger again, but this wouldn’t be my first choice in the Magic Kingdom for a quick service. If you’re on the hunt for a vegan burger at this park, I suggest giving it a try.
Review from May 2021.