Is the Magic Key Terrace Worth It? (Our Review)

On a recent visit to California Adventure, I had my first experience at the Magic Key Terrace.

Magic Key Terrace at California Adventure offers limited-menu dining with views of Pacific Wharf. Reservations are required. While it boasts a diverse wine list, some dishes were so so.

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Our Review of Magic Key Terrace

It was a special opening to passholders.

Much like everything else in the park, a reservation was needed.

We snagged one, midday, on a Wednesday.

It is not clearly marked so we were about 10 minutes late to the reservation due to not finding the location.

When we arrived we spoke with the hostess who told us it would be another 15-20 minutes for our table to be ready.

We were able to give our phone number to receive a text to be back.

We opted to head to Ariel’s Grotto for a quick ride, but by the time we arrived we had received a text to head back to Magic Key Terrace for lunch.

Magic Key Terrace – Atmosphere

The restaurant is located on a, you guessed it, terrace.

It is an open-air space with overhead coverings to keep the sun off patrons. We were seated at a tall, bar style table.

The view from the restaurant peeps Pacific Wharf and you can see the top of Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout.

In general it is a nice airy space you can grab a bite and cool off.

Magic Key Terrace – Menu

It is a rather limited menu. The Nerd had a hard time choosing and ultimately got sliders off the children’s menu.

We also sampled the bone marrow truffle mac & cheese.

The sliders were exactly that, a mini beef hamburger on a teeny tiny bun accompanied by red grapes.

It was exactly what I expected and needed for a small lunch…after all we needed to save room for Mickey Pretzels.

The mac & cheese left a lot to be desired.

First of all, we left the bone marrow completely off.

The noodles were fine, but the truffle sauce was a bit bland.

We were impressed with the wine and cocktail list.

We probably would have tried more, but we had just visited Oga’s Cantina and the Nerds needed water and Diet Coke.

One particular wine we enjoy is the Prisoner Red Blend and were pleasantly surprised to see it on the menu.

The Diet Coke hit the spot, but there are several other food items in Disneyland California Adventure that we would choose to eat instead of Magic Key Terrace.

It was a pleasant stop on a midday in June at Disneyland. Overall, we most likely wouldn’t head back to Magic Key Terrace, but we are glad we got to try it.