Just back...Restaurant and Dining Plan Reviews:

Discussion in 'Disney Dining Reviews' started by jennybobenny, Jun 27, 2006.

  1. jennybobenny

    jennybobenny banana fanna fo fenny

    Aug 19, 1999
    Just got back from 6 days in WDW. Rather than find the individual threads for each restaurant I thought I'd lump all my opinions into one post.


    Whispering Canyon Cafe...I read posts here on the board about Bobby leaving and how management asked the waitstaff to tone things down. Well I'm here to tell you, things haven't changed - at least not that we noticed. We had a group of 13 broken down into 2 tables - one table of 8 (6 adults and 2 young adults) and a table of 5 (age range from 5 to 10yrs). Doug was our waiter and he was fantastic. All the old jokes are still there (extra large pitchers of iced tea, ketchup cattlecalls, quiet while so-and-so is on the phone, spongebob t-shirt, hokey pokey etc. etc.). Actually, compared with our last visit to WCC a few years ago, this time we were asked to stand up and recite things more often. Our neighboring waiter (wish I got his name) was hysterical (had the 5 kids go with him to sing to one of his tables), spoke to the kids *every* single time he walked by and had them all laughing in the aisles. All of us had a great time (and the pork chops were awesome!).

    PS: We stayed at the Wilderness Lodge and on several occasions could hear the laughter and antics coming from WCC as we passed thru the lobby. Didn't bother us a bit.

    Crystal Palace Character Breakfast Buffet: Loved it. It's a classic and a never-miss for our family.

    Ohana Character Breakfast: Our first time. Loved it.

    Le Cellier: Our waiter was awesome. Food was fantastic. We had the little talk with our kids about "dining" vs. "eating" but I'm not sure it's the best restaurant choice for us (especially after what our kids got away with at Whispering Canyon!) On the other hand, my 12 year old daughter impressed the heck out of us by ordering (and eating) mussels and filet mignon.

    1900 Park Faire Character Dinner Buffet: Our first time. No complaints. Prince Charming was hot (lol) and totally kept his composure when a bunch of teenage guys started razzing him a bit.

    50's Prime Time Dinner: Another classic. Never realized how often my family puts their elbows on the table! The waitress told my daughter to ease up on the sprite or she'd need rubber sheets.


    Roaring Forks (Wilderness Lodge Food Court): Awesome. I was so impressed with the food here I wished we could have skipped a few table service meals and eaten here instead. The Grilled Chicken Salad w/Apple Vinegarette Dressing was great. Hamburgers were great, individual pizzas were great. Several times we waited until we got back to the resort for lunch/dinner rather than eat at one of the parks specifically so we could eat at Roaring Forks. This was our first time having the luxury of a food court (we usually stay at Boardwalk Villas) and it is definately a selling point.

    Cosmic Ray's: Not a big fan, but it was quick and convenient.



    We had 3 adults and 1 child. Our stay was 6 nights. Grand total for the dining plan was $750. Each night we tallied up how many TS, QS and Snacks we used and how much the meal would have cost had we not been on the dining plan. (In order to do this you'll need to write down the total amount on your receipt after signing the restaurant's receipt as the slip you keep has nothing but zeros for totals). At the end of the 7 days our receipts totalled $1030. So..it was definately worth it, although I must say we probably wouldn't have eaten at so many table service restaurants had we not been on the dining plan.
    If I were to do it all over again I wouldn't shy away from the table service meals that require *2* table service credits (Hoop dee Doo, Cinderella's Castle, Yachtsman Steakhouse, etc.) just for the sake of not having to plan for a big meal every single day (life is rough, isn't it??). Also, I made the mistake of 'saving up' the snack credits for the first few days because I didn't want to run out. Unfortunately that left us with 2 days remaining and 13 snack credits to use. It ended up working out ok as we got some carrot sticks, grapes and fruit cups, along with a few bottles of water on our checkout day. Even though we had come out ahead money-wise I didn't want to leave Disney while we still had snack credits! (LOL)
  2. disneyobessed

    disneyobessed DIS Veteran

    Apr 9, 2005
    great review. question for you, is there anywhere at BWV that has somewhat of a foodcourt???? We are going in Aug. and Im so afraid i wont like it compared to WL!
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  4. Terk-1

    Terk-1 Cinderella's Castle is My 2nd Home!! Only 1,3

    Aug 26, 1999
    Crystal Palace Character Breakfast Buffet:
    Le Cellier:
    1900 Park Faire Character Dinner Buffet:
    50's Prime Time Dinner:

    Glad to hear such great reviews of the above restaurants. Have ADR's at all of these and am really looking forward to it.
  5. lexmelinda

    lexmelinda <font color=blue>Has a Seussical googling DD<br><f

    Apr 21, 2006
    Thanks for the reviews! So glad to hear you had a great time at WCC. That's the one dinner I booked just for DS5 so I'm glad to hear the fun is still on. I'm like you though. I'll be saving up DDP credits the first fews days and then looking for someone who needs a free meal the last day. Waste not, want not! :thumbsup2
  6. BlindTyldak

    BlindTyldak WoW-geek

    Feb 21, 2006
    Thanks especially for the review of WCC! That one is new to us this trip and I was getting concerned. :)
  7. byoung

    byoung <font color=coral>You are keeping us alive<br><br>

    Jun 22, 2005
    Thanks for the reviews.
  8. I Dream of Disney

    I Dream of Disney Mouseketeer

    Mar 9, 2005
    Great Reviews!!!

    We were there about the same time! ;)
    Whispering Canyon was a blast! I think we had the same waiter! :thumbsup2
  9. msteddom

    msteddom We always wait in line in California (something)

    May 23, 2003
    I'm so glad you liked Roaring Forks! I am going to be staying at WL for the first time in Dec., and it;s nice to know that there is reliable, quick place to eat at the resort.

  10. Mom of Sleepy Bashful and BabyDoc

    Mom of Sleepy Bashful and BabyDoc DIS Veteran

    Aug 15, 2000
    Thanks for the reviews.

    could you tell me what you ordered at Cosmic Rays? We want to try the ribs and chicken.

    I love roaring forks also. I would miss not having something like that at some of the other deluxes. That might be my only complaint about them.
  11. jennybobenny

    jennybobenny banana fanna fo fenny

    Aug 19, 1999
    Sorry for not responding sooner.

    At Cosmic Ray's we ordered a chicken breast sandwich, turkey wrap and chicken fingers. I didn't like the turkey wrap because it had cheese in it. Since it was a wrap it was too messy and complicated to pick the cheese out so I traded my husband for his chicken sandwich, which was too thick and dry and bland. The chicken fingers and fries were fine, and enough for both kids (12 & 8) to split. Actually all of it was fine, it just didn't do it for me personally. The rest of my family ate like pigs. ;)

    Like I said - I'm not a big Cosmic Ray's fan. I don't like having to wait in different lines because we all don't want to order the same thing. On the other hand, it was a humid 95 degrees outside and a cool 65 degrees inside so I wasn't complaining. Next time we'll just head on into Fantasyland to Pinnochio's. :sunny:
  12. TimeforMe

    TimeforMe <marquee><font color=royalblue>Remember who you ar

    Sep 24, 2001
    I'm not the OP, but we just got back last night from a 6-night stay there so I thought I'd answer your question. This is the ONLY thing I found to be lacking at the BW--not enough counter service restaurants. There's Spoodles for pizza, a hot dog cart and the Boardwalk Bakery has sandwiches, but really that's it. Pretty limiting. Having said that, however, there are plenty of table service restaurants to choose from and the sandwiches at the BB were excellent.
  13. PrincessPatty

    PrincessPatty Love ya Black and Gold!! Go Steelers!!<br><font c

    Jul 21, 2005
    Thanks for the reviews!!

    So glad to hear about Whispering Canyon, we are taking my dad there for the first time, I was hoping he would have to stand up and sing!!
  14. newman7501

    newman7501 Mouseketeer

    Mar 8, 2006
    Thanks for the reviews. We are eating at Le Cellier and I can't wait, it was nice to hear you loved it.
  15. ntsammy5

    ntsammy5 DIS Veteran

    Jul 11, 2006
    Thanks for a great post!
  16. justice11

    justice11 granny9

    Mar 14, 2006
    i was wondering if kids can eat from the main menu or if they have to order from the kid menu with ddp plan?
  17. ufgator

    ufgator DIS Veteran

    Aug 20, 2004
    Thanks for your reviews.
  18. MissMagnolia

    MissMagnolia DIS Veteran

    Nov 17, 2003
    I was glad to see your review of WCC. We are trying it out for the first time and was hoping all the negative posts weren't the whole truth!
  19. Disney owl

    Disney owl DIS Veteran

    Apr 28, 2001
    Thanks for your reviews
  20. Ron from Michigan

    Ron from Michigan DIS Veteran

    Aug 23, 1999
    Thanks for the wonderful reviews. :)
  21. lissawynn

    lissawynn I drink Coke with everything.<br><font color="deep

    Dec 17, 2002
    We stayed at WL from 7/23-7/29 and ate at Roarin' Forks many times. We had their sandwiches for lunch many times while the kids swam. There selections were fresh and delicious. I also loved the vegetarian vegetable soup. It was great to get red grapes or fresh fruit as a side. We kept these in the fridge and my son, 18 mo., had these with his breakfast on many mornings.

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