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Whispering Canyon Cafe at Wilderness Lodge

If you are looking for a restaurant with a fun atmosphere, you can’t go wrong with Whispering Canyon Cafe. The restaurant is a family style restaurant located in the rustic Wilderness Lodge. The lobby of the lodge is gorgeous and has lot of comfortable seating as well as plenty of things to look at while you pass the time waiting for your table. Inside the restaurant the rustic theme continues in keeping with the atmosphere of the Wilderness Lodge. Reservations are a must especially during lunch and dinner hours, although we have had success getting a table immediately without reservations in the off meal hours.

Whispering Canyon Cafe is definitely not “whispering”. If you want a quiet, romantic dinner, then I suggest you go elsewhere. The atmosphere is very busy with singing, dancing and games but this is part of the fun. The experience depends a great deal on your server to get you in the mood and our server was great and really played the part. When we first arrived our waitress threw about 50 straws on the table and asked if we thought that would be enough. When we said yes, she then threw about 50 more just in case. My granddaughter was shocked and at first did not realize it was all part of the act.

There were seven of us and we ordered the All You Care to Eat Canyon Skillet. It included, chicken, ribs, beef, pork, salad, vegetables, potatoes and fresh baked cornbread. Definitely lots of food. This was a good choice for us as our picky younger eaters could then decide what they wanted. The children also ordered the All-You-Care-To-Enjoy Sheriff Shake that came with unlimited refills. They were cold and thick. The second time we visited the restaurant my daughter and I ordered Chicken Penne Pasta off the à la carte menu. We knew we could not eat the whole order of pasta so our waitress brought two bowls so we could divide the order between the two of us. Even this “half order” was plenty big. The food is a little pricey but you receive huge portions.

The breakfast skillet has scramble eggs, red potatoes, waffles, buttermilk biscuits, bacon and sausages. There is an à la carte menu for breakfast if you can’t face a big breakfast early in the morning.

This is an interactive restaurant and there is always something going on. During our meal the staff brought out a big barrel of wooden horses that the children rode around the restaurant. The parents waved white napkins in the air to coax the horses along. Be ready to dance the hokey pokey.

Speciality cakes are available and should be ordered 48 hours in advance. There is a very pleasant boat ride if you are arriving at the restaurant directly from the Magic Kingdom.

If you want to have fun while you eat, then this is the place. Bring your sense of humour and don’t forget to ask for the ketchup! !

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