This is a review of the Whispering Canyon Cafe, one of Disneyworld’s restaurants available for reservations. I selected this location for one of our lunch reservations as I had read about all of the fun goings-on there. Snickering and giggling occurred as I imagined my family being surprised by all of the sometimes shocking antics at this restaurant. Expecting it to be more of a dinner AND a show, I made a reservation for lunch.
We took a boat from the Magic Kingdom park and headed for the Whispering Canyon Cafe. The location is spectacular near the water, in a log cabin of sorts. This is no regular log cabin though, it is humongous! We were dazzled as we walked into this resort where the restaurant is located. It was so huge that we took time to walk around and look at all of the woodsy decor. A small spring of water came into the hotel and the sound of bubbling brooks filled the area. Totem poles clung to the resort hotel where the restaurant is located, inside and out. There are at least three levels of resort rooms at this location.
Before the antics began while we were dining, I decided we had better run to the restroom. Unknowingly I asked if a cast member knew where the restrooms were located and was told “yes”. So the antics began even before we entered into the Whispering Canyon Cafe! I didn’t expect them to “get” me like that as I knew what to expect. I just didn’t expect it that soon!
Lunch is a slower time to make reservations here and we saw only a couple of tables with diners. There were only a handful of servers, maybe five in all. We were seated on one side of the room while the antics seemed to be taking place on the other side of the room. Lots of laughing and hollering from over there but hardly any where we were. At times, you can ask for ketchup and every table brings you ketchup as the server yells that you need ketchup! (I was looking forward to my child asking for ketchup.) This didn’t happen as our table already had ketchup on it. Our waittress was friendly enough but after a time, we started joking about her…maybe she kept going in the back and staying because she really was at the bar as she had stated? She did bring me “water from the pond out back” which tickled my child! At the end when we asked for a little more tea, she brought out a tiny jar of tea. The best thing that they did was all gather together at our table to sing Happy Birthday, loudly and off-key. The servers throw the straws and napkins at you while sitting at your table to take your order. I asked them if they no longer did the stick pony racing as it wasn’t happening yet, they said every hour on the hour they run the races and it was almost time. This included children getting stick ponies and racing around the dining room with loud hee-haw music.
I had planned on ordering the all-you-can-eat meal but then learned that the “chicken” was chicken legs which I didn’t care for. Expecting roasted chicken breast, I decided to order the pulled barbecue sandwich instead. It was lean meat but no sauce on the sandwich. The sauce was on the side. The child’s platter is the same as the all-you-can-eat but does not include seconds of the meal. There is no sharing allowed for the all-you-can-eat platters. Order a milk shake and it is all-you-can-drink which sounds good until you get one. They are so thick that it takes forever to drink one! I was only able to drink two of their milk shakes. I tried strawberry and chocolate flavors. The strawberry was really good but the chocolate tasted like Hershey’s chocolate syrup to me, a little too rich. Even after I was full of milk shakes, the server kept bringing them out. I think she got confused over what we had requested. My child dined on ribs which she loved and made quite the mess. Food is served in mini-troughs and the drinks are served in glass jar jugs. We felt like cowboys eating here.
The atmosphere of the Whispering Canyon Cafe was friendly and homey. The servers acted like family which was nice. It did take a long time to get anything we requested as the server would disappear for long stretches of time in the back. Since it wasn’t crowded, I expected a little better customer service. I had heard that dinners here can get very loud but our experience wasn’t that loud. Of course the servers talked loud but with few diners, it was not overbearingly loud. I was disappointed that chicken breast wasn’t served in the all-you-can-eat selections and the service was slow. We loved the atmosphere at the Whispering Canyon Cafe more than anything else!
Leaving we noticed a beach and sat down to let my child play in the sand for a while. Then we took a boat back to the Magical Kingdom. We had a laugh and a big meal at the Whispering Canyon Cafe, now we were ready for more Disneyworld rides!