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House of Blues - Gospel Brunch - Wheelchair User Tips

This again was something I wanted to do but had been given misinformation about (see mall at millennia). I love the gospel singing and so far have not been to a gospel church in the Orlando area. I had been given to understand that everything was all very rushed and the people who had been had not enjoyed it.

Well one Sunday lunchtime we decided to let our curiosity get the better of us, paid our $33. 50 and we were very pleasantly surprised.

It was a red hot day but lovely and cool inside and there was a great crowd who had come along to celebrate mum’s birthday so they were really ready to party. The décor inside is amazing, very funky, very New Orleans style. On a busy day they open the upstairs also.

There are two sittings 10-30am and 1pm. We always go for the later one-as we are useless at getting out early. Once inside and you are shown to your table by the very friendly staff you can go and help yourself from the well stocked buffet.

My first port of call is the omelette bar where you can choose your fillings from a selection of ham, cheese, peppers, mushrooms and so on and the chef will make it just as solid or runny as you like it.

The cuisine is billed as Cajun-creole but if you don’t like your food too spicy and I don’t there is still a wide selection to pick from. Some of the items on the menu include salads, southern fried chicken, shrimp jambalaya, prime rib, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy and then there’s the delicious dessert bar with banana bread pudding, brownies, fruit cobbler and more. Soft drinks are included in the price.

Then after about 45 minutes of concentrated eating the curtains open and the singing begins. They have different people each week and we have seen ‘ Praise’ twice and they really know how to get the house rocking.

At no time did we feel rushed to finish our food . There was still plenty of time to eat during the show if you wished.

Once the staff have finished their chores they then come along and join in and a good time is had by all.

Wheelchair users may find it a bit tricky. It had good access into the building and the toilets are fine. It has a lift taking you upstairs on busy days when they open both seating areas. I decided to stay downstairs as the tables upstairs were more like benches so a bit hard to sit at when you are in a chair.

The House of Blues is on different levels and most have ramps to them. The food is laid out on different levels so you may find you have to put your plate on your knee while you negotiate the ramps or you may have to ask someone to carry your plate for you. Other than that I wouldn’t let it spoil your fun.

I tend to ask for a table near the omelette station-then I can have a dance when the show is on.

The House of Blues is located in Downtown Disney just near the white Cirque du Soleil building and opposite Disney Quest.

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