Our Take on Whispering Canyon Cafe- “WE NEED KETCHUP!”
Guest Author: Christine Williams
You will hear fellow diners yell this numerous times at The Whispering Canyon Cafe at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. If you or someone in your party says they need ketchup, be prepared to be bombarded with a year’s supply being carried to your table by one or more kids. You will also have the chance to return the favor whenever another table needs ketchup during your camp-style dining experience.
Whispering Canyon may not have Mickey or Minnie, but there is no shortage of “characters” at this restaurant. From the moment your pager buzzes, the rootin’ tootin’ fun begins. Once seated, your waiter or waitress might throw napkins and straws on the table. During our last visit, our waiter, who called himself “The Last Cowboy from Puerto Rico,” did just that. His antics made us both smile and laugh, but actually offended a family who sat down at a table next to us. After their napkins were thrown down and they looked over the menu, they stood up and left. I don’t think they knew the waiter was kidding around. All the wait staff will stay in character throughout your meal. Just remember, it’s all part of the experience. I don’t think we’ve had a better waiter anywhere on property than the one we had during our last visit.
If you say you’re really thirsty, rest assured you will be provided with something that will be sure to wet your whistle. Back in 2007, my husband was greeted with a pickle jar full of Cherry Coke! If you finish it, the waiter will announce to everyone in the restaurant that you “have a drinking problem.”
Now, on to the food, since that’s why you are there in the first place. After leaving Whispering Canyon Cafe, you will NOT say “I’m still hungry.” My husband Jeff and I always eat dinner here as one of the table service credits on the Disney Dining Plan. The last two times we’ve been to WDW, the plan was offered for free. It really is one of the best things you could get with your vacation package. The basic Dining Plan includes one table service meal, one quick-service meal and one snack. A complimentary, souvenir mug is also provided for your convenience when you check in at your on property resort and can be refilled free of charge at any WDW hotel, but not at any of the parks. Even if the Dining plan is not free, it is well worth the money because it actually saves you in the long run. The dinner options at the Whispering Canyon Cafe are similar to what you would find at a camp-site. We always get the “All You Care to Enjoy” Family Platter.
It includes three entrees of your choice at one time, but you can have all six entrees throughout your meal.
Menu source from Allears.net
Choice of Three:
Kansas City style Smoked Pork Ribs
Hand-carved Oak-roasted Beef Strip Loin
Citrus-crusted Market Fish
Sides for Sharing
Seasonal Farm Fresh Vegetables
Herb-crusted Yukon Gold Potatoes
Cowboy-style Baked Beans
Corn on the Cob
Dessert Sampler Platter (included in price)
Whispering Canyon Chocolate Cake
We sampled all six just to say we tried everything. All the sides come out at one time. Tip: Try not to eat the delicious cornbread served at the beginning. It could ruin your appetite for the actual meal. Plus, you get a salad with apple vinaigrette dressing before the main courses are even brought out. Once you are done with that course, there’s still dessert. You can get all three choices once again. As far as drinks go, it’s the usual Coke products but one of the few places that has unlimited milkshake refills. You can have the same flavor over and over or select a different one each time.
Throughout your entire dining experience, you won’t be disappointed. Plus, the kids will love playing with the Lincoln Logs in front of the restaurant and giggle their way through the pony races that happen during your meal. If you love the campfires at summer camp and the rowdy fun you had, you will love The Whispering Canyon Cafe.
A few tips about Whispering Canyon Cafe to remember
1. If you’re not hungry, this place is probably not for you, at least the “All You Care to Enjoy” family platter. It’s a good idea to spread your lunch and dinner reservations far enough apart so you can enjoy your meal. This pretty much goes for any “All You Can Eat” meal.
2. If you don’t take your own vehicle, you can travel by bus from any of the parks or Downtown Disney to the Wilderness Lodge, or catch the ferry from the Magic Kingdom. If ferry service stops, you can take a bus back to Magic Kingdom. Once there, you can catch the motor coach to your resort. The Ticket and Transportation Center does not have direct bus service to any of the resorts.
3. If you get offended easily by people who have a dry sense of humor, you might not like this place. However, this is part of the act and the wait staff might embarrass you. Just remember it’s all in fun.
4. Make sure you tip your waiter/waitress. The Disney Dining plan does not include gratuity.
5. If you arrive early, be sure to check in. During out last visit, we got there 45 minutes before our reservation time and were seated in about 10 minutes.
6. Prior to your meal, you can check out the beautiful rustic interior of the hotel and gift shop. Kids can also play with the Lincoln Logs in the restaurant waiting area.