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Cruz Family
07-17-2007, 06:54 AM
THANK YOU, I AGREE TOTALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We thought it was horrible as well. People love it so much we started believing it was just us.:confused3
Thanks for another great review!!

Alicnwondrln
07-17-2007, 07:20 AM
I agree with you again
The food stinks and the I am sorry the servers arent as good as they used to be. I went their 4 years ago and it was awesome, fun and exciting. The last 3 times blah, we now skip it.
The setting is wonderful but its not worth the cost.

limabeanmom2003
07-17-2007, 12:49 PM
Wow - you're experience at WCC is so different from what we have experienced in the past. The last time we were there was in May, and we thought the quality of food was very good. We got the canyon skillet and found it to be tasty, as we have in the past. I hope your experience is not going to become the norm there. We had a great server, Chris AKA "Right Neighborly" who was fabulous. He was in no way rude or over the top. He got in all the usual antics (straws, giant sodas when you ask for a large, tiny cups when you ask for a small soda, brought my son a giant 4 ft fork after his fell on the floor) but they were all done tastefully. He also sang (a cappella) a beautiful anniversary song to my parents who were celebrating their 35th that night.

Thanks for the honest review. I hope disney is listening and raises the bar. I would hate to return to WCC and have the experience you had.

jscottnc
07-17-2007, 01:01 PM
We are going to check-out WL for a future trip. I made an ADR at Whispering Canyon for lunch. Now I wonder if I should just drop the ADR and pick up something at Roaring Forks Snacks. All my DW and DD want to do is look at a room and <activity withheld to avoid flame war>. Maybe if all the guests between now and December complained the food would be edible by the time we go. Maybe if someone sent the podcast to Disney Management something would change. Maybe <insert unlikely event here>.

[Favorite catch phrase: Go 'head ]

ADP
07-17-2007, 02:44 PM
I've found all the restaurants at WDW (WC included) have off days and nights. The reason we get such differing opinions on certain restaurants is because of people's expectations and restaurants just have bad nights.

Sadly, food quality has gone down at most WDW restaurants. Is it a result of the DDP??? Probably. More than likely the quality of food Disney purchases from its suppliers has probably degraded as well.

Tissa
07-17-2007, 03:33 PM
We just had the skillet at WCC in June and we thought it was pretty good, nothing like you experienced. We did go for lunch and may have just lucked out though.

tinkerbellblondie19
07-17-2007, 05:08 PM
I've always liked Whispering Canyon. Granted, I'm a Southern girl and will eat any kind of Southern food, but it's still good. I really like the chicken, and the atmosphere is so much fun.

Disneybridein2k3
07-17-2007, 05:36 PM
What is all of this hate speech about Whispering Canyon Cafe???? :goodvibes
I have ADRs for this place in September for the dining promo.... I don't know where to eat now! I need someplace that accepts the DDP but isn't in a park - this would be for our Animal Kingdom day and the park closes at 5:00. We've had WCC twice before and thought the food was just okay but the entertainment value was good so we booked. But now I'm thinking we should cancel our ADRs and try someplace else. Hmmmmmmm......

Cool-Beans
07-17-2007, 07:32 PM
Gotta agree with Kevin about the food. More often than not, it has been dry the last couple years. We even got dry-ish baked beans. :eek: But then, sometimes it isn't. :confused3 Kind of a crap-shoot on the food, but more often than not (in my experience), it is duh-rye.

I do enjoy it when the servers goof around with people, doesn't offend me - I think it is very funny. But it only works if it keeps going on and the service is still excellent.

Something he didn't point out (or I missed) is that the experience depends a LOT on your server. Some folks are having a great time and others are ignored. I've had servers who did it up big and others that didn't. One dropped the food off and NEVER came back.

I don't know if it is the Dining Plan or what.

calypso*a*go-go
07-17-2007, 10:48 PM
I'm another that feels underwhelmed with WCC. During our last visit we had a server that threw straws at us when we first sat down and that was about it. Also, she was from the Orient (Japan?) and had a very heavy accent. Looking back, I think she was trying to interact with us more, but we had such difficulty understanding her, I think we missed it. Our food was okay -- but nothing different than a Denny's or IHOP. Of course, in their defense, we were there for an early lunch and there were several empty tables. I'm sure the atmosphere would have been much different if the place was packed and more servers were getting in on the act. We'll give it another try someday...but not anytime real soon.

pamouselover
07-17-2007, 10:59 PM
Trying it for the first time in Sept.

Disneybridein2k3
07-18-2007, 05:34 AM
I'm another that feels underwhelmed with WCC. During our last visit we had a server that threw straws at us when we first sat down and that was about it. Also, she was from the Orient (Japan?) and had a very heavy accent. Looking back, I think she was trying to interact with us more, but we had such difficulty understanding her, I think we missed it. Our food was okay -- but nothing different than a Denny's or IHOP. Of course, in their defense, we were there for an early lunch and there were several empty tables. I'm sure the atmosphere would have been much different if the place was packed and more servers were getting in on the act. We'll give it another try someday...but not anytime real soon.

On our last visit there, our server also threw a big handful of straws on the table. DH picked up the straws and started blowing the wrappers off at our server. So our server, noticing that we had bags from downtown disney decided to "auction" off our newly purchased merchandise. We had a blast! But...the food was just so-so. When it came time to make ADRs this time we were remembering only the fun interaction and not the bad food. I just cancelled our ADR for WCC and booked the Concourse Steakhouse instead. PLEASE don't tell me that place is terrible!

Cruz Family
07-18-2007, 05:47 AM
What is all of this hate speech about Whispering Canyon Cafe???? :goodvibes
I have ADRs for this place in September for the dining promo.... I don't know where to eat now! I need someplace that accepts the DDP but isn't in a park - this would be for our Animal Kingdom day and the park closes at 5:00. We've had WCC twice before and thought the food was just okay but the entertainment value was good so we booked. But now I'm thinking we should cancel our ADRs and try someplace else. Hmmmmmmm......

Where have you been already? What does your group like and dislike to eat?
I was thinking about Boma, Spoodles or Raglan Road. Beaches and Cream is good, just not the greatest value for a table service credit.

mommyceratops
07-18-2007, 05:50 AM
Thanks for the review! Sorry it was so bad.
Whats next?! I can't wait!! (hoping for Prime Time Cafe)

Quinn222
07-18-2007, 07:31 AM
We are going to check-out WL for a future trip. I made an ADR at Whispering Canyon for lunch. Now I wonder if I should just drop the ADR and pick up something at Roaring Forks Snacks. ...

I'd do just that. The food at Roaring Forks is really good and you can eat at tables outside by the pool if it's nice or even over by the lake.

I<3EvilQueen
07-18-2007, 08:54 AM
My friends and I went to WCC for lunch in Feb as we were touring the Deluxe resorts. I didn't know they were suppose to be "rude" like at Prime Time. So that at first was fun, but it seemed to wane quicky as they did seem more "put out" than at Prime Time. Prime Time I love it, WCC not so much.

The burger was so-so. But I did enjoy the coloring page they gave us to color and relax.

But yeah, wasn't that impressed. It was ok, it isn't a MUST DO for me on the next trip.

Cruz Family
07-18-2007, 09:19 AM
My friends and I went to WCC for lunch in Feb as we were touring the Deluxe resorts. I didn't know they were suppose to be "rude" like at Prime Time. So that at first was fun, but it seemed to wane quicky as they did seem more "put out" than at Prime Time. Prime Time I love it, WCC not so much.

I fell the same about the antics. We enjoy the fun at 50's PT, but not WWC.

kabbie
07-18-2007, 09:31 AM
We had lunch there Dec 05 and we thought that the food was delicious. Our server was quiet and not involved in the antics which was okay with us. Some of the other servers were just plain loud! Not funny just annoying. We are staying at the WL in Sept and have an ADR for breakfast. Hopefully they can't screw up eggs or CAN THEY?

Thanks Kevin for an awesome review.

DznyLvr2005
07-18-2007, 09:35 AM
I didnt' read all these posts, but you have to realize that this is a type of restaurant where you're not paying all this money for the food.. it's for the atmosphere, fun, and entertainment. We love this place. We went here on our honeymoon and they gave us a cake (free!) a gallon of soda (that was funny) and then they re-enacted our wedding. It was so funny.. IMO, this place is great and worth every penny.

DisneyKevin
07-18-2007, 04:44 PM
But what happens when the atmosphere, fun and entertainment arent all that great either?

Our server threw a handful of straws on the floor...said oops and walked away. It just came across as rushed...not entertaining, fun or atmospheric.....just unprofessional.

I also disagree....it's a restuarant...albeit a themed restaurant. The food should be at the very least edible.

Cruz Family
07-18-2007, 04:49 PM
But what happens when the atmosphere, fun and entertainment arent all that great either?

Our server threw a handful of straws on the floor...said oops and walked away. It just came across as rushed...not entertaining, fun or atmospheric.....just unprofessional.

I also disagree....it's a restuarant...albeit a themed restaurant. The food should be at the very least edible.

Well Said!!!:thumbsup2

tinkerbellblondie19
07-18-2007, 05:07 PM
I still disagree. I think that you may have had a bad experience, but every time I've gone there it's been fantastic. Also, I see it as kind of like Chef Mickey's. You're paying for the atmosphere, and it's really one of those places you go to entertain the little kids while having a decent enough meal.

DisneyKevin
07-18-2007, 05:17 PM
Make no mistake...it was a bad experience.

The food was inedible...not just okay....inedible.

And the atmosphere was lacking as well.

DznyLvr2005
07-18-2007, 06:20 PM
Make no mistake...it was a bad experience.

The food was inedible...not just okay....inedible.

And the atmosphere was lacking as well.

I've eaten there three times.. once when WL first opened... another time in 1999 (with 17 people, our whole family went!) and last in 2005 on our honeymoon...
the first time I don't remember... the second, I remember cause they made a big stink that we were such a big party.. they made us get up and go to the non existant salad bar.. that was funny...
And like I said before,... honeymoon...
Come to think of it, I don't even remember the food all that well... I didn't have any bad experiences....
oh, staying in the honeymoon suite was kinda annyoning sometimes hearing "COME AND GET IT" every morning at the crack of dawn from our room!! ;)
I know that Disney food has been lacking in the past years.. I'm not disagreeing with that.. but the times I went to WCC it wasn't all that bad... But we are the type of people to try new places, so this year we're doing AKL restaurants :goodvibes

Mary626
07-18-2007, 09:38 PM
I went way back in 1998 and remember not liking it because it was way too over the top for me... even though I love the antics at 50's PTC. I was thinking about trying it again though, as I think DH would LOVE to have a gallon of soda set in front of him, and I'm pretty sure he'd drink the whole thing too! But I'm glad I listened to the review because it reminded me of why I didn't like the place the first time. I think I'll try Kona cafe instead like I was intending. Thanks for the great dining reviews, Kevin!

Oh, and how sad is this... I keep meaning to write an email so I can be entered in for the drawing to win.... not the stay at the swan and dolphin... NOT the 5 day park hopper pass... but a chance to review a meal with Kevin.. I think that would be so cool!!

disneydude91
07-19-2007, 02:42 PM
I think you totaly hit the nail on the head Kevin. The meat at Whispering Canyon is just tough, overcooked, and downright nasty! But on the plus side:idea: , Their breakfast is pretty darn good if you ask me.

Buttercup Roberts
07-19-2007, 07:04 PM
Four years ago, I paid $25+ for a smallish bowl of chili that was at best good college cafeteria food service quality, with a couple of shreds of cheddar on top of it, and a kid's chicken finger meal, and maybe a smoothie.

I thought it was just me that noticed Whispering Canyon is oooooverpriced.

And... my four year old LOVED IT LOVED IT LOVED IT. :rotfl:

~Amanda

txvjc
07-19-2007, 07:28 PM
I'm kinda glad that I cancelled my ADR for here after hearing this review

Jhalkias
07-21-2007, 06:52 PM
I have to totally agree with Kevin. We love WCC, but if the food there has become what Kevin reviewed, then they need to fix it. While I enjoy the atmosphere, nothing can kill that like a bad meal when we are all hungry from a day at the parks.

We have never had a bad meal there, but it has been awhile, and things can change.

Hope someone heard your comments Kevin!

SamIAm21
07-27-2007, 09:52 AM
Kevin,

I really like your restaurant reviews and I find you to be as fair as possible. You try to see the good and the bad and that makes your reviews very credible. That instills a lot of trust into what you are saying. There are some critics where you just roll your eyes because you know they are biased, or just hate everything. With you, I know I'm getting a really fair judgement of a restaurant.

I wanted to say, you should do this for a living, but...well... you do!

MaryJ
07-31-2007, 07:17 AM
I think you totaly hit the nail on the head Kevin. The meat at Whispering Canyon is just tough, overcooked, and downright nasty! But on the plus side:idea: , Their breakfast is pretty darn good if you ask me.

I have to agree here. I'm not a big fan of WCC for lunch or dinner, but we love it for breakfast! Once when we were there, our server commented that our two teenage girls were "marryin' age." DH told her that they were choosy...one wanted a doctor and the other a lawyer. About 15 minutes later she showed up with two brothers. One was going to be a doctor, and the other a lawyer. She took all four of them to the center of the restaurant where the guys got down on one knee and sang "You are my Sunshine" to the girls!

disneynutz
08-01-2007, 01:17 AM
I agree with Kevin. The DW and I went to WCC last year for dinner. They put us in the smaller room next to the hand car. We never saw any "show". The server was slow and inattentive. The food was not worth the money. It took about 20 min to get the food. I ordered the skillet. The serving was so small I asked the CM to please bring us more. 20 min later she brings me 2 more ribs and a piece of sausage. It was like pulling teeth to get a full meal. We finally gave up and left. :mad:

Now that I think of it, maybe that was the show. :rotfl2:

randy55
08-05-2007, 01:28 AM
I can not disagree with Kevin more about WC. I think the experience depends a lot on who you are there with. Our family went there during the 4th of July week, and our kids said it was one of the best places we ever ate at Disney. The food was okay, but the show and all the other activities made it fun, and that is why we go on vacation at Disney, for the family fun. I'll remember the family fun for years longer than I'll remember any food I have ever eaten at Disney, except maybe that cheeseburger at Pacos Bills.

Anyway, my review would simply be that the food was okay, but the family fun with us and our children was simply awesome! If I went to Disney for great food and nice beds, I think I would have stopped going 10 years ago.

Randy

tinkerbellblondie19
08-05-2007, 11:38 AM
I have to agree here. I'm not a big fan of WCC for lunch or dinner, but we love it for breakfast! Once when we were there, our server commented that our two teenage girls were "marryin' age." DH told her that they were choosy...one wanted a doctor and the other a lawyer. About 15 minutes later she showed up with two brothers. One was going to be a doctor, and the other a lawyer. She took all four of them to the center of the restaurant where the guys got down on one knee and sang "You are my Sunshine" to the girls!
Being a teen, I'm a little scared now. I'm going on my next trip. *hides*

Maybe I can get out of it by telling them I have a boyfriend.

MaryJ
08-05-2007, 05:53 PM
Being a teen, I'm a little scared now. I'm going on my next trip. *hides*

Maybe I can get out of it by telling them I have a boyfriend.

Just make sure your dad doesn't say anything! That's how the whole thing started for our DD's!