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Old 09-14-2014, 04:13 PM   #1
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Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe - Review

This has got to be one of our most visited counter service places in all of Magic Kingdom. Here is a review of our experiences and why we keep on returning.
http://www.memoriesofdisney.com/post...ht-cafe-review
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Love love LOVE Cosmic Rays!!!
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Love love LOVE Cosmic Rays!!!
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Our Ratings of Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café: (*Rev 10/9/2014*)
. . . food price value: C
. . . food quality: D
. . . food quantity per serving: B
. . . food prep speed: B
. . . food selection: C
. . . seating quantity: C
. . . seating comfort: C
. . . eatery atmosphere: C
. . . eatery convenience: B
. . . staff friendliness: C
. . . staff attentiveness: C
. . . character interaction: n/a

Our Recommendations:
. . . appys:... n/a
. . . entree:.. Cheese Steak, Turkey Wrap
. . . dessert:. Carrot Cake

NOTE1: Cosmic Ray is the second largest fast food eatery in the world, the real world.
It seats over 1,100 people. It has three separate ordering/serving stations for different
foods. It used to be the best fast food in WDW, but has slipped quite a bit in quality and
speed, and the "fixin's bar" for sandwich condiments has been greatly simplified as a cost
reduction. The new multi-grain buns fall apart in your hands, and the burger formula has
been changed. Not a good eatery; for Magic Kingdom, Pecos Bill's and Harbor House greatly
surpass Cosmic Ray's for quality, tastiness and price value. One favored aspect for kids
and adults is the performance by the audio animatronic "Sonny Eclipse" and his invisible
backup singers "The Space Angels" - a nice touch during meals.

NOTE2: Our Food Rankings at Cosmic Ray's, in Order from Good-to-Ouch:
. . . Cheese Steak Sandwich
. . . Turkey Bacon Wrap
. . . Rotisserie Chicken
. . . Grilled Chicken Sandwich
. . . Vegetable Burger/Wrap
. . . Chicken Breast Nuggets
. . . BBQ Rib Meal
. . . BBQ Pork Sandwich
. . . Cheeseburger, Single or Double (Due to new buns and meat recipe changes.)
. . . Hot Dog, All Varieties (Due to new buns and meat recipe changes.)

NOTE3: For each major food classification, one goes to a different ordering window/bay.
. . . Bay1 = Chicken
. . . Bay2 = Burgers
. . . Bay3 = Sandwiches, Soups, and Salads


NOTE4: Sonny Eclipse Factoids
Sonny’s amazing Astro Organ keyboard has a mind of its own and will occasionally play
itself without anyone’s hands on the keys. Sonny purchased Astro second-hand; the pawn
shop records indicate it was previously owned by a blue Ortolan jizz-wailer named Max
Rebo, who claimed he sold it for a song (because once the Red Ball Jett organ came out,
the Astro Organ just wasn’t in demand). Sonny Eclipse’s backup singers are the invisible
Space Angels, but no one is sure if they are a trio, a quartet, maybe even more (or less?)
The Space Angels first began singing with Sonny during a gig on the planet Mars, but the
girls’ planet of origin remains a mystery. Sonny’s stage crew includes a technician named
Mike Feedback, who occasionally pulls double duty as Sonny’s announcer. Sonny is believed
to be the ‘cousin’ of Officer Zzzzyxxx from the Star Tours Spaceport in Tokyo. While Sonny
hails from Yew Nork City on the planet Zork, Officer Zzzzyxxx’s employment records suggest
he originated in a region called Joo Nerzey on the same planet. Inhabitants of this world
call themselves Zorkies and their skin pigmentation can range from standard human fleshtones
to more colorful hues like ‘blue or pink or polka dot and purple-green’. During his act,
Sonny makes passing mention of various members of his family, including his six-eyed, twelve-
nostriled estranged wife (Luna), his parents (father Sola and mother Parsha), and his mother-
in-law (Tota Leigh Clipse), but he never mentions his cousin Officer Zzzzyxxx, the only other
member of the Zorkie race who currently resides on Earth. Some theorize that the two had a
falling-out over Sonny’s childhood dream to pursue a musical career.

Sonny’s play list includes eight songs: the auto-introductory "My Name is Sonny Eclipse";
an untitled ballad about the loveliness of Earth; the self-explanatory "Gravity Blues";
the 50’s style doo-wop number "Hello Space Angels"; the spoonerism extravaganza "Yew Nork,
Yew Nork"; the jazzy "Starlight Soup and Salad", which is basically Cosmic Ray’s menu set
to music; the obligatory love song "O Bright Little Star", dedicated to Sonny’s estranged
wife Luna; and an awesome little upbeat tour of our own solar system entitled "Planetary
Boogie". Sonny banters in true lounge-crooner style in between songs, and the whole act
repeats approximately every 25 minutes.

Even though two of Sonny’s songs, "Gravity Blues" and "Planetary Boogie", might almost seem
to be educational, especially compared to Schoolhouse Rock classics like "Victim of Gravity"
and "Interplanet Janet", there are in fact only passing similarites. Sonny’s offerings are
intended solely to entertain, and as a result, occasionally the songwriters have sacrificed
reliable facts in favor of better rhymes or more clever lyrics.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TheRustyScupper View Post
Our Ratings of Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café: (*Rev 10/9/2014*)
. . . food price value: C
. . . food quality: D
. . . food quantity per serving: B
. . . food prep speed: B
. . . food selection: C
. . . seating quantity: C
. . . seating comfort: C
. . . eatery atmosphere: C
. . . eatery convenience: B
. . . staff friendliness: C
. . . staff attentiveness: C
. . . character interaction: n/a

Our Recommendations:
. . . appys:... n/a
. . . entree:.. Cheese Steak, Turkey Wrap
. . . dessert:. Carrot Cake

NOTE1: Cosmic Ray is the second largest fast food eatery in the world, the real world.
It seats over 1,100 people. It has three separate ordering/serving stations for different
foods. It used to be the best fast food in WDW, but has slipped quite a bit in quality and
speed, and the "fixin's bar" for sandwich condiments has been greatly simplified as a cost
reduction. The new multi-grain buns fall apart in your hands, and the burger formula has
been changed. Not a good eatery; for Magic Kingdom, Pecos Bill's and Harbor House greatly
surpass Cosmic Ray's for quality, tastiness and price value. One favored aspect for kids
and adults is the performance by the audio animatronic "Sonny Eclipse" and his invisible
backup singers "The Space Angels" - a nice touch during meals.

NOTE2: Our Food Rankings at Cosmic Ray's, in Order from Good-to-Ouch:
. . . Cheese Steak Sandwich
. . . Turkey Bacon Wrap
. . . Rotisserie Chicken
. . . Grilled Chicken Sandwich
. . . Vegetable Burger/Wrap
. . . Chicken Breast Nuggets
. . . BBQ Rib Meal
. . . BBQ Pork Sandwich
. . . Cheeseburger, Single or Double (Due to new buns and meat recipe changes.)
. . . Hot Dog, All Varieties (Due to new buns and meat recipe changes.)

NOTE3: For each major food classification, one goes to a different ordering window/bay.
. . . Bay1 = Chicken
. . . Bay2 = Burgers
. . . Bay3 = Sandwiches, Soups, and Salads


NOTE4: Sonny Eclipse Factoids
Sonny’s amazing Astro Organ keyboard has a mind of its own and will occasionally play
itself without anyone’s hands on the keys. Sonny purchased Astro second-hand; the pawn
shop records indicate it was previously owned by a blue Ortolan jizz-wailer named Max
Rebo, who claimed he sold it for a song (because once the Red Ball Jett organ came out,
the Astro Organ just wasn’t in demand). Sonny Eclipse’s backup singers are the invisible
Space Angels, but no one is sure if they are a trio, a quartet, maybe even more (or less?)
The Space Angels first began singing with Sonny during a gig on the planet Mars, but the
girls’ planet of origin remains a mystery. Sonny’s stage crew includes a technician named
Mike Feedback, who occasionally pulls double duty as Sonny’s announcer. Sonny is believed
to be the ‘cousin’ of Officer Zzzzyxxx from the Star Tours Spaceport in Tokyo. While Sonny
hails from Yew Nork City on the planet Zork, Officer Zzzzyxxx’s employment records suggest
he originated in a region called Joo Nerzey on the same planet. Inhabitants of this world
call themselves Zorkies and their skin pigmentation can range from standard human fleshtones
to more colorful hues like ‘blue or pink or polka dot and purple-green’. During his act,
Sonny makes passing mention of various members of his family, including his six-eyed, twelve-
nostriled estranged wife (Luna), his parents (father Sola and mother Parsha), and his mother-
in-law (Tota Leigh Clipse), but he never mentions his cousin Officer Zzzzyxxx, the only other
member of the Zorkie race who currently resides on Earth. Some theorize that the two had a
falling-out over Sonny’s childhood dream to pursue a musical career.

Sonny’s play list includes eight songs: the auto-introductory "My Name is Sonny Eclipse";
an untitled ballad about the loveliness of Earth; the self-explanatory "Gravity Blues";
the 50’s style doo-wop number "Hello Space Angels"; the spoonerism extravaganza "Yew Nork,
Yew Nork"; the jazzy "Starlight Soup and Salad", which is basically Cosmic Ray’s menu set
to music; the obligatory love song "O Bright Little Star", dedicated to Sonny’s estranged
wife Luna; and an awesome little upbeat tour of our own solar system entitled "Planetary
Boogie". Sonny banters in true lounge-crooner style in between songs, and the whole act
repeats approximately every 25 minutes.

Even though two of Sonny’s songs, "Gravity Blues" and "Planetary Boogie", might almost seem
to be educational, especially compared to Schoolhouse Rock classics like "Victim of Gravity"
and "Interplanet Janet", there are in fact only passing similarites. Sonny’s offerings are
intended solely to entertain, and as a result, occasionally the songwriters have sacrificed
reliable facts in favor of better rhymes or more clever lyrics.
WOW! Thanks for all the fact and history. Really enjoyed reading it.
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Old 12-10-2014, 12:49 PM   #6
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We ate at Cosmic Rays and it was hands down the worst meal we had at Disney. Chicken was dried out and the vegetables were cold. The chicken on the chicken sandwich was barely even recognizable as chicken. I'm glad that others have had more positive experiences. Maybe we just hit it on a bad day.
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Cosmic Ray's a favorite of our family for chicken breast nuggets, burgers, hot dogs, and French fries. Topping bar is a huge plus for us. We have also tried the barbecue sandwich it was good.

We tried the chicken meal and the chicken was a bit dry so we have stuck with our favorites. Love the view of the castle and sonny eclipse!!



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Have it listed on our plans for Day #1!
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Cosmic Ray's has the largest selection of foods, if you have a family with varied taste.

But I agree that Pecos Bill's and Harbor House seem to be better in food quality. And Harbor House can be much quieter.
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Yep, it's always on our list of CS spots.
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We prefer BOG now if we can get in, otherwise we hit Cosmic Rays!
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