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VAisforDisneyLvrs
11-11-2008, 11:19 AM
of Whispering Canyon Cafe?? If you stay onsite at Wilderness Lodge do you feel like it is a "must do" experience? Was the food good?

I have 3 daughters (7, 6, and 2)-They like fun and jokes, but might not be willing to get up and "perform" in front of strangers (like the pony races.) Will that affect their enjoyment of this restaurant?:confused:

jenjersnap
11-11-2008, 11:30 AM
It's only a must do when we are actually staying at WL. I won't make a special trip otherwise. The food is average, at best, and, honestly, we've never had a fun server even when my oldest tries like heck to engage them. :confused3 Still ... they seem to like the atmosphere.

I would ask the hostess for a low-key server and just observe the antics if they don't want to participate. Shouldn't be a problem.

KIRSTIN'S MOMMY
11-11-2008, 11:34 AM
We love WCC! My oldest dd is 7, and has been there so much we know a few of the servers, lol. It's a lot of fun, even if you're just watching others. There are a lot of kids doing the pony races, so it's not really like performing in front of everyone, just sort of riding along with about 20 other kids in a circle. It's a very laid back, casual atmosphere. I personally have been put on the spot a few times, but it's all in good fun and we usually just roll with it. The servers are understanding with the little ones though, and won't make them get up to do anything they don't want to. We love the food too, being from south Ga. it's what we're used to, lol. Go, try it, and have fun!

roxmic
11-11-2008, 11:36 AM
We love WCC. We actually eat there sometimes when we aren't staying at WL. We also have always had a great time and have been lucky to have a great server everytime!

KatMark
11-11-2008, 12:29 PM
We went in September and found it very overrated. My husband got sick on the chicken/ribs in the skillet, service was horrible, we waited more than 30 minutes past our ADR and they stuck us in the back room (now perhaps they did this because we had no kids, but there were plenty of tables in the main dining room). We heard one "happy birthday" and heard none of the other antics (ketchup, fork, etc.). There was no horse race while we were there.

Would never make a special trip again and we won't stay at WL so highly unlikely we'll even try breakfast at this point.

Luv4Disney
11-11-2008, 12:30 PM
We did it when we didn't know what it was about. We were less than impressed. The food was okay, our waitress was quite terrible, and we personally didn't find it to be all that funny. It's probably the only TS restaurant in WDW that we won't ever return to.

Cookie Princess
11-11-2008, 12:34 PM
We have been for the antics a few times, but the food is not stellar.

badblackpug
11-11-2008, 12:34 PM
The food was average, and we, too didn't have a fun server. It was probably not something we would do again. My kids love Hoop-De-Doo review, though. There are more antics and the food is better.

Inkmahm
11-11-2008, 12:36 PM
Whether we are staying at WL or not, we tend to use this restaurant as a nice break in the day for lunch on a day we are at the MK. We take the boat over, walk around the lodge and have lunch there. My DH has been "picked on" by the waitress and we really enjoyed it. Food is okay, nothing to write home about. The atmosphere is fun though.

forgop
11-11-2008, 12:36 PM
Food was ok...I had the prime rib, but I'm really particular about prime rib anyway and most places I've ever had it don't compare to my local steakhouse that does it like no other. My wife loved the chicken wing appetizer. We thought it was more fun in terms of the atmosphere for our girls, who were 3 & 4 at the time. They got a kick out of hearing the requests for ketchup and for everyone to be quiet because someone was on the phone. We plan on going back for a lunch next year.

It won't be your best meal and is likely not to be the worst meal either.

Eeyorerocks!
11-11-2008, 01:43 PM
We LOVE WCC!

The family-style skillet is excellent. DH and kids, who are all very picky about meat, love it. The ribs, brisket, pullet pork, and mashed potatoes are excellent. They also serve a salad with the skillet with a dressing that it TDF!

We have never gotten servers that were particularly into the antics - but I think that's because we go with my mother and her husband, who they probably think will not be into it. But we really love the food there.

I would say, give it a shot. :)

lexis53
11-11-2008, 02:02 PM
Wow... We have never been but decided to include a dinner ADR there in December during our lowkey trip. We're already doing a lot of character meals. My oldest wanted to tour WL, GF, etc. to see the decorations and I thought we would have dinner at WCC.

I hope it's ok. :confused3 We aren't too picky about food though. We just want a place that doesn't care if an 18 month old suddenly bursts into singing or dancing.... I figured this was a safe bet ;)

danielle782001
11-11-2008, 02:16 PM
We love WCC. We actually eat there sometimes when we aren't staying at WL. We also have always had a great time and have been lucky to have a great server everytime!

ditto....

We actually love breakfast the most...But we have been happy every time we have been...I think we are up to 6 visits.

disney aviator
11-11-2008, 02:32 PM
IMO, it's worth trying it for the experience at least once; however, don't go just for the food. It is underwhelming at best. The antics of the dining room usually can make up for this, especially if you have younger children.

tripplanner
11-11-2008, 02:39 PM
It's a must do, even when not staying at WL. We love the breakfast skillet, so we tend to do breakfasts there instead. We have eaten lunch and dinner. We like the lunch foods better than the dinner, but there are very few "antics" at lunch. The dinner is lots of fun even though the food at dinner is just average.

annhjk
11-11-2008, 03:02 PM
We loved it too. It's one of the few we wanted to do again from our previous trip. We had a guy (not our server) that was totally into. He put my sister in jail and tied her to a chair because she called him stupid or said to shut up or something (which she didn't). I think she had on a MN Twins sweatshirt so that may have encouraged him a little.

The pony rides are easy to skip - just make sure they cheer everyone else on!

I guess were weren't picky about food either, but did like the skillet.

DisFlan
11-11-2008, 03:16 PM
We had breakfast at WCC while we were staying at WL. It was fun, but the food wasn't stellar. We actually thought it was a tad pricey for the quality of some of the stuff we got (like soggy French toast and overcooked potatoes). We wouldn't make a trip there just to eat. If you go, go for the atmosphere and the staff's high jinks, not so much for the food.

DisFlan

Disneyfanatic36
11-11-2008, 03:16 PM
We had a great time. I have done it several times. The skillet is just so-so but the Salad with the apple vinagrette is the best salad I have ever had from anywhere. I asked for the recipe and they gave it to me but mine does not turn out like theirs.

BarbieGal457
11-11-2008, 03:21 PM
I'm really loving reading all these posts. I just made lunch reservations for our "off" day for me and the DBF while the others go to Universal/IOA, and have been looking for some opinions. I'm really excited!

steffali
11-11-2008, 03:25 PM
We enjoy the skillet and try to eat dinner there every trip, it is usually our arrival day restaurant . We have always had a great time there and have no complaints.

DLBDS
11-11-2008, 03:43 PM
DH did it once and that was it for him. He says never again. I didn't like having to get up in the middle of my meal and shlep 100 bottles of Ketchup across the dining room. That sucked. It's loud too. The food was just ok. I didn't eat anything but soup 'cause I was still full from lunch earlier in the day. The soup was good though. DH got the skillet. We love the WL and I really hate that we can't eat there more than we do. AP is good but we can only afford to eat there once or twice during a stay. Roaring Fork is good too (burgers) but we don't want to eat there for every meal, ya know?

amyy
11-11-2008, 03:59 PM
We ate there in August as part of a tour. The family-style skillet was much better then we expected. I don't like the jokes but I am kind of shy etc. It is fun watching the people who seem to enjoy it. We do plan to return.

twinklebug
11-11-2008, 04:07 PM
We dislike WCC for lunch or dinner, but breakfast is pretty good. I figure the reason is we're not shrimp lovers and inevitably someone at the table has to get it, makes everyone try it and then it gets difficult to keep our food down :rotfl:

breakfast though... :thumbsup2

Kim1964
11-11-2008, 04:12 PM
We did it for the 2nd time in August and I wouldn't bother again. The food was OK but we had a nice but not particularly fun server....I had hoped that we'd get one of the fun ones....we've never gotten a fun server at 50's Primetime, either:(. I think the food at Boatwright's at POR is better and there's no disappointment in not having a fun server since that isn't part of the experience there.

Hoopfamily
11-11-2008, 04:14 PM
We love WCC. It's a must for us if we're staying at WL or off property. The food is good, and we get a kick out of the "SHOW".

VAisforDisneyLvrs
11-11-2008, 04:23 PM
Thanks for all of the posts! I wasn't really expecting to get so many. It is so interesting to me that it seems to be kind of a love or hate it kind of place.

I have reservations for our arrival day (dinner). We are staying at the Lodge, and I kind of felt like we should check it out. I think I'll keep our ressies-we have a lot of character meals during the rest of the week (+Ohanas which will also be new to us.)

We don't seem to be TOO picky about our food. We liked most of our meals when we went in 2007 (CRT, Playhouse Disney Hollywood and Vine, Crystal Palace, Princess meal in Norway, Boma for dinner and breakfast, and Restrauntosaurus Breakfast at AK.) Actually, Norway's dinner was our least favorite, and my husband didn't like Boma (but I did.)

We are repeating CRT, Crystal Palace, and Hollywood and Vine this time, and adding Tusker House breakfast, Ohana, WCC, Chef Mickey's breakfast, and Garden Grill. Any other opinions???

tlriv5
11-11-2008, 05:21 PM
This is one of our dd's favorite restaurants. We've done it our past two trips. The food is very good and it is a lot of fun. They don't necessarily pick on you. We had an awesome waitress this trip, but she didn't do any of the crazy antics. That was fine with the girls they had seen them before and they thought it was fun to watch the other tables. Enjoy yourselves!!

We also ate at Ohana's and we enjoyed it. It's not a do again place for us, but it was definitely worth the trip. The pork dumplings are awesome!!

steffali
11-11-2008, 05:58 PM
Thanks for all of the posts! I wasn't really expecting to get so many. It is so interesting to me that it seems to be kind of a love or hate it kind of place.

I have reservations for our arrival day (dinner). We are staying at the Lodge, and I kind of felt like we should check it out. I think I'll keep our ressies-we have a lot of character meals during the rest of the week (+Ohanas which will also be new to us.)

We don't seem to be TOO picky about our food. We liked most of our meals when we went in 2007 (CRT, Playhouse Disney Hollywood and Vine, Crystal Palace, Princess meal in Norway, Boma for dinner and breakfast, and Restrauntosaurus Breakfast at AK.) Actually, Norway's dinner was our least favorite, and my husband didn't like Boma (but I did.)

We are repeating CRT, Crystal Palace, and Hollywood and Vine this time, and adding Tusker House breakfast, Ohana, WCC, Chef Mickey's breakfast, and Garden Grill. Any other opinions???

How was Playhouse Disney Hollywood and Vine???? I have to say that Norway was our LEAST favorite restaurant as well.

MickeyMomOfThree
11-11-2008, 06:06 PM
We went to WCC on our arrival evening last trip, and everyone aggreed that had to be a new family tradition, so we will be there the end of next week on our arrival evening again. We enjoyed the food and loved the antics. We can't wait to go back!!! Hedda Lettuce was our server and the kids still talk about her 2 years later. She was great, actually I came across her on DIS a while ago and plan to request her as our server again.
The way I see it, everone likes different things, you have to experience it for yourself and see what you think.

VAisforDisneyLvrs
11-11-2008, 08:50 PM
How was Playhouse Disney Hollywood and Vine???? I have to say that Norway was our LEAST favorite restaurant as well.

We enjoyed Hollywood and Vine. I know a lot of people don't like it, but we thought it was pretty good. All buffets are a little difficult when you have little ones. I usually go get food for the kids and then my husband goes while I cut things up and get everyone settled. However, even with the difficulties, buffets also work well for us because one of my daughters is kind of picky and the other two like to eat everything. It is good to have lots of choices!

Last time we went my daughters were 5, 4, and 7 months, so the older two were into the Playhouse Disney characters a bit more than they are now. But, since my youngest is now 2 1/2 she loves Playhouse Disney. In fact, her name is Johanna, but we often call her JoJo-Can't wait for her to meet JoJo and Goliath. My older 2 are very good with their little sister, so they'll enjoy the characters, too, just because she will be so excited.

If you have little ones that like Playhouse Disney, I say it is a good meal. Besides the characters, the music will be VERY familiar.:laughing:

VAisforDisneyLvrs
11-11-2008, 08:55 PM
The way I see it, everone likes different things, you have to experience it for yourself and see what you think.

I agree, but I also love to hear what everyone else thinks! I hope you enjoy your meal next week.

WC will be our arrival night meal, too. I think the only thing I am worried about right now is my picky DD-I hope I can find something for her to eat!popcorn:: <----She loves popcorn, maybe I should bring a bag. :rotfl:

MickeyMomOfThree
11-11-2008, 09:56 PM
I agree, but I also love to hear what everyone else thinks! I hope you enjoy your meal next week.

WC will be our arrival night meal, too. I think the only thing I am worried about right now is my picky DD-I hope I can find something for her to eat!popcorn:: <----She loves popcorn, maybe I should bring a bag. :rotfl:

Me, too. I love to read reviews. I just always worry when I see people who hate a place we love and think I hope they don't turn people off from trying when everyone's tastes are different. So often I hear bad reviews for places we like, so just a reminder for everyone to read, read, read, but in the end try what sounds good to you. Hope I didn't offend...

mrsannb
11-12-2008, 01:01 AM
We love it and we are a fairly shy/reserved family.

VAisforDisneyLvrs
11-12-2008, 07:09 AM
Hope I didn't offend...



NOT AT ALL! I was just agreeing. As you can see I am relatively new to DIS (well at least to posting-I lurked for awhile first.) I was just trying to make conversation, keep the thread going, and get in a few more posts as I am still Earning My Ears.

Thanks for sharing your opinion. I think we'll like WCC. I don't really know why I am not so excited about going there. The rest of my family is!

(Maybe it's because I'd really like to go to Kona, but we are already going to Ohana and I didn't want to push my luck with two meals at the Poly since we are staying at Wilderness Lodge.)

MickeyMomOfThree
11-12-2008, 07:14 AM
We are trying Kona for the first time, we will be there a week from Sunday. I am excited about it, I hope it is good. We like to do a mix of family favorites and new places. This trip we have
WCC
Kona (new)
50s PT
Cali Grill (Just DH and I---new)
Chef Mickey's Thanksgiving Dinner
CRT
LeCellier (new)
Akerhaus (new)
Chef Mickey's Breakfast

So we are very excited!!!

Have a great time!!!

eyeheartgoofy
11-12-2008, 07:51 AM
After 5 stays at WL, we finally tried WCC last April. It was okay. I mean, we got a ton of food and it was tasty, but it was a very heavy meal. My girls (4 & 6) had the dirt pudding for dessert and said it was "yucky."

Our ADR was one of the first times available for dinner, but they tried to stick us way back in the library section (right next to the DVC booth!). I mean, they had us walk through the entire empty main dining room to the library. We requested another table closer to the action (since this is one of the main reasons to book at WCC) and after some heavy sighs and miscommunications, we were eventually moved to the main dining area. After that, it was just okay. Our server seemed less than thrilled with her job.

I might go back during another stay at WL, but it is not a must do for us.

Eastern
11-12-2008, 08:01 AM
We ate here once and although it was fine, we did not love the seasoning on the food. My kids thought it was fun. I don't think we would go back as there are so many other places we want to try.