Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Whispering Canyon Cafe Review

On our trip this past March, we went with some friends who are life-long Disney goers (if that's a word!). My good friend's parents are DVC members and she has done to Disney at least once a year since she was little. She said there is one restaurant that is her father's favorite and we had to try it out - Whispering Canyon Cafe.

I really had no idea what to expect, except that she told us to be prepared for some fun! We made our reservation for an early dinner - I think about 5:30. We were actually one of the first ones in the dining room that night. Once we got checked in, we wandered around the Wilderness Lodge lobby to check out all the sights. I was amazed at how beautiful the inside of the resort was. We checked out the bridge and the geyser as well. It wasn't long before we were buzzed that our table was ready!

Beautiful light fixture in the lobby!

We were seated close to the front of the restaurant, next to the window. We thought it was a great spot! As soon as we got our first drinks, both the guys drank them so fast - so they got refills. Now, when you drink that quickly at Whispering Canyon Cafe, they don't just refill your glass - you get a much bigger one that I'm sure most people don't ever finish :) And that was just the beginning of the fun we had!

Look at the size of those drinks!

The waiter/waitresses make you feel like family when they first arrive to take your orders. They toss the napkins and straws out on the table and cut up with you! Our waitress was so fantastic. She picked on the guys and messed with the kids - it was a blast!! My husband had a lot of fun with her and ended up leaving her a crazy tip - a bunch of quarters! He had told her to break down his change so he could leave a tip, but she didn't, so he left her what he had available.

That is a lot of quarters :)
Whispering Canyon Cafe really knows how to have a good time with the kiddies too! While we were there eating - there were 2 different activities for them to be involved in. First, they had all of the kids come up to the front and did the Hokey Pokey. My son loved it - he loves dancing and singing, so he had a ball. The second came later in our meal, they had a horse race! All the children that wanted to came up and grabbed a wooden horse and "galloped" around the restaurant. My son enjoyed it so much that he went around one more time after everybody had stopped - LOL!

You put your Right foot in, you put your Right foot out . .

Horse race!
Now, we didn't just come to have a good time, we came for a good meal! Whispering Canyon Cafe is famous for the Canyon Skillet, which is definitely a feast! It includes: Smoked Pork Ribs, Pulled Pork, Oven roasted Chicken, Beef Brisket, Mashed Potatoes, Cowboy Beans, Corn on the Cobb, Cole Slaw, Mixed Greens w/apple vinaigrette and Cornbread. Plus, all of it is All You Can Eat! Unfortunately, we did not get the Canyon Skillet - although after seeing it at a nearby table, we will next time. I ended up getting the Chicken Vegetable Penne Pasta, which was delicious! The serving was huge and more than enough for two people. I ended up saving half for lunch the next day at our resort. My husband got the Pot Roast w/mashed potatoes and veggies. He said it was ok - not the best he's had but not the worst. His plate was clean - so it must have been decent :) Nicholas got the kids Grilled chicken strips w/pasta and marinara sauce and veggies. He was also celebrating his birthday, so he got a yummy cupcake for dessert!


Overall, we had a fantastic time at Whispering Canyon Cafe and cannot wait to go back! If you are looking for a restaurant where you can not only have a delicious meal, but also a fun time - this is your place! Oh, and don't forget to ask for ketchup!!

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  1. So cool! I want to go there right now! And I love your blog, am a new follower!


  2. Amanda I am so happy that you did a review of this place. I have never been but have been wanting to go. I think you talked me into it. Great review!!

  3. Thank you! I think you will really love it Kelly - it's so much fun!

  4. Great. Now I have one more place I need to eat. Thanks for the review.

  5. Thanks so much for posting this! We made a reservation for our next trip and this is one of the restaurants I reserved for us. Can't wait!!!