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Review of Whispering Canyon Cafe at Disney's Wilderness Lodge

Sarah has eaten at many places around the Walt Disney World resort throughout the years.

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I visited Walt Disney World for the first time in late January 2017 for my Disney College Program. During this time I had visited every resort on Disney property as my goal was to see all of them during my program. However, I never ate at the Whispering Canyon Cafe even when I was employed full-time at the quick service restaurant at Wilderness Lodge. I had always heard good reviews of Whispering Canyon Cafe from my friends so I finally made a dining reservation and checked it out last weekend. In this article, I will share with you my experience eating at this restaurant.

The Menu

The breakfast and lunch menus at Whispering Canyon are pretty much the same with the exception being the dinner menu. Most people visit the restaurant with their families, so the most famous dish to order would be the all-you-can-eat skillets.

All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast Skillets

There are three types of skillets.

  1. Buttermilk cheddar biscuits with sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, country potatoes, bacon, sausage links, and Mickey-shaped waffles.
  2. Oatmeal, fresh fruit, yogurt, egg white and spinach frittata, turkey bacon, turkey sausage, country potatoes, and Mickey-shaped waffles.
  3. Cornbread with honey butter, maple chipotle pork ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork, citrus herb chicken, country potatoes, buttered corn, and charred carrots.

For the skillets, as a table, you can choose one of the three skillets and it's all you can eat—so once you finish your first skillet, you can always ask for more. It's a similar style to the Garden Grill restaurant in Epcot.

Other Breakfast and Lunch Entrees

There are also normal entrees you can order besides the skillets. There is a pepper jack cheese frittata with peppers, onions, spicy sausage, and country potatoes. This dish is also plant-based so the sausage is vegan. There is a ham and cheese omelet that comes with country potatoes and a choice of a buttermilk cheese biscuit or toast. You can order a Belgian waffle with fresh berries and you can choose between bacon or a pork sausage link.

Other entrees include oatmeal with fresh fruit and an apple muffin, a fruit plate with strawberry yogurt and granola, a turkey sandwich with multigrain bread, arugula, tomato, cranberry mayo, and fresh fruit, an impossible burger with a plant-based Brioche bun, spicy aioli sauce, vegan pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, and sweet potato fries, a pulled pork sandwich with onions, vinegar barbecue sauce, and coleslaw, a bison burger with chipotle aioli, candied hickory smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, fried pickles, and sweet potato fries, a salad with mixed greens, hickory-smoked bacon, tomatoes, turkey, dried cherries, cheddar cheese, cornbread croutons, and chipotle ranch dressing.

If you don't like any of those dishes, there is also avocado toast with mustard barbecue jackfruit on multigrain bread with avocado spread, radishes, and pickled onions or you can order burnt ends nachos which consist of pulled pork plus other common ingredients in nachos.

Dinner Menu

The dinner menu is pretty different than the breakfast and lunch menus. The appetizers consist of the nachos, a house salad with dried cranberries, seed brittle, goat cheese, and cranberry poppyseed vinaigrette, and a jackfruit dip that has plant-based pepper jack cheese and jalapenos. The all-you-can-eat skillets are different too.

The barbecue one from breakfast and lunch can be ordered and it's the same with the exception of no cornbread, it includes green beans, and instead of country potatoes, it includes smashed potatoes. There is a skillet with all pork items which includes pork belly, pork ribs, pulled pork, mustard barbecued piggy wings, sausage, smashed potatoes, buttered corn, and green beans. There are also land and sea option skillets which include salmon, citrus herb chicken, spicy vegan sausage, charred portobello, barbecued cauliflower, roasted potatoes, green beans, and oven-roasted carrots. There's even a plant-based skillet that consists of jackfruit, vegan sausage, plant-based beef tips, plant-based chicken, roasted potatoes, roasted carrots, green beans, and peppers.

There aren't as many entrees for dinner as there are for breakfast and lunch. You can choose between a New York steak with honey-roasted carrots and crispy red potatoes, quinoa cakes with pickled corn, peppers, and avocado spread, or smoked salmon with grains, roquette, fennel, and lemon creme fraiche. For dessert, there is chocolate cake, apple pie a la mode, and rice milk panna cotta.

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Atmosphere

Whispering Canyon Cafe is a pretty small restaurant compared to some other restaurants that I've eaten at on Disney property. The tables were pretty cramped together so there wasn't much space to move around in the restaurant. I had heard reviews of the restaurant before and people have said Whispering Canyon Cafe is a really fun and a loud place because of the high energy of the cast members working there. I'm a quiet and shy person plus I was eating solo at the restaurant so I didn't participate in many of the wild antics going on in the restaurant.

For example, I don't use ketchup on my fries because I don't like ketchup. However, if you need ketchup at this restaurant, the servers won't bring it to you—and you'll have to yell the word ketchup. After this, the servers will start to yell loudly for the table that has ketchup to bring ketchup to the guests that need it and if the people at the table don't get up and bring the other table ketchup, the servers will start making jokes to continue enticing them to bring the other guests ketchup.

Another fun experience that I saw on my visit to Whispering Canyon is on your birthday, you may tell the server it is your birthday and the server will bring out a Disney-themed cupcake for you. However, when the server brings the cupcake to the table, he or she will yell loudly to get everyone's attention for the rest of the restaurant to see and sing happy birthday. There is a catch though, the server will jokingly make fun of the guest whose birthday it is by saying that the guest is a liar and it's not really their birthday.

This is all in good fun though and when people eat at Whispering Canyon, they expect the servers to joke with you and make fun of you so everyone knows to take the jokes lightly. Therefore, if you are looking for a fun experience, you should try the Whispering Canyon Cafe. However, I am more quiet and reserved, so while I enjoyed watching this happen to other guests, I don't want to be in the spotlight.

Price

As with any restaurant on Disney property, the Whispering Canyon Cafe is pretty expensive. I visited during lunch which has the same menu as dinner and almost everything costs between $11 to $24 with most entrees costing around $15-18. The only exception to this is side items which cost between $4 to $6 and kids' meals which cost between $8 to $10. This is the average price for almost any restaurant on Disney property but there is still tax and tip to pay so if you order a beverage the cost of your meal will add up really fast. All nonalcoholic beverages around Disney property cost at least $3 if not $4 and alcoholic beverages at Whispering Canyon Cafe cost between $12 to $17 depending on which drink you order. Therefore, expect to pay around $40 for your meal at Whispering Canyon.

The skillets for breakfast and lunch cost $24 per person so if you have four people in your party, you will be paying about $100 total for the skillet. For dinner, the skillets cost $36 per person, so it's very expensive.

As vacations with Disney are already so expensive, justifying paying $40 for each person just for one meal is hard. If you've never been to Whispering Canyon and want to try it, I think you should but you should think about the price before making a dining reservation.

Ham and cheese omelet with country potatoes and toast

Ham and cheese omelet with country potatoes and toast

Quality of the Food

A lot of things on the menu looked good, especially the bbq meat platter but since I was dining solo, I was afraid that I would be unable to finish that huge platter. Therefore, I ordered the ham and cheese omelet with country potatoes and white toast. My food just tasted average since I ordered something also very average.

There was a lot of ham and cheddar cheese in my omelet but it seemed like someone had fried it too long because it was a little crispy and oily. The country potatoes were good though and I really enjoyed them. The white toast seemed as though someone had just thrown the toast quickly on the hot grill and took it off immediately as my toast was warm but not toasted at all. Therefore, I didn't enjoy the white toast at all. The next time I visit this restaurant, I hope to bring at least one other person with me so that I can order the bbq platter. I had seen other people ordering the platters and they looked really delicious.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Sarah Wong

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