The Fairest Trip Report Of All: Whispering Canyon Cafe Review

The trip report is over, but I still have one or two food reviews in me. Specifically: two; and here is the first. Commentary from Elizabeth provided in red. Click here to read all the posts in this report. Onward!

Whispering Canyon Cafe! This one’s been on my Disney bucket list for some time. Although I doubt I’ll ever be hungry enough for one of their famous bottomless skillets, I appreciate straws as projectiles.

Let’s back up. For those who are unfamiliar with resort restaurants, Whispering Canyon is a casual sit-down restaurant in the Wilderness Lodge where the servers are allowed to mess with you. Like, they can’t smack you in the face or anything, but they will do things like make everyone in the entire restaurant bring you their bottles if you ask for ketchup. And throw straws, like I said. That kind of thing. Think Prime Time, only it’s your prankster buddies instead of your domineering relatives.

ELIZABETH: As someone who once ate a meal at Dick’s Last Resort, which is also famous for messing with the diners, I found it much more fun and lighthearted, but maybe that’s because most of the shtick at Dick’s revolves around sexual innuendo, which can get…weird, really fast.  Anyway, it was a good time!

That being said, they do give you a coaster that allows you to indicate to what degree you wish to enjoy the festivities – see below. The opposite side allows you to indicate that you wish to “watch from the fence,” but really, I think if that’s your preference you should just go eat somewhere else, you no-fun time-ruiner.

International sign for ALL THE KETCHUP

One more thing before we get to the review – as I mentioned in my trip report, the check-in desk will not repeat not give you your buzzer until the whole party has assembled. You’re not really in the line until you’ve got your buzzer. Just so’s you know.

Okay, so, food! We were there for breakfast, which I am informed is not as rowdy as dinner but I like breakfast food so there you are. When I say “we” I mean the blogger summit – Kellie, Nicole, Rae, and Kim – plus Kellie’s sister and Elizabeth.

I want to say our server was Keenan? Kenan? Kieran? Definitely began with a K. Anyway, he was super nice and adorable and ribbed us gently without being obnoxious, which I imagine is quite the line Whispering Canyon servers spend their lives walking. (We tried to pick him up for you, Lisa, but he said he couldn’t handle more Disney in his life so we said PASS.)

ELIZABETH: Man, now I wish I could remember exactly what his name was…

First on the docket: drinks. Elizabeth and I went with coffee – just fine – but I’m a little sad I didn’t join a bunch of my tablemates in bottomless milkshakes. Rae was kind enough to let me sample her caramel shake before passing it over and it was pretty impressive – VERY thick.

ELIZABETH: Yeah, if I had to do it again I would get a lighter meal and spring for the milkshake as well.

We also received water, as Kenan (let’s just call him Kenan) had discovered that most of us were running the half that night. He led us in a group hazing of one of the other servers, who we screamed at to hydrate. Good Disney fun!

Speaking of passing drinks around: Kenan came up with a tray of our drinks and… I don’t quite remember how it happened, but he plunked the tray down on the table next to me and left. Assuming the was part of the shtick, I proceeded to distribute the aforementioned drinks. Only to have Kenan  return a moment later and say, “Hey, who did my job?” Please note: waiters at Whispering Canyon do not go so far as to make you serve yourself.

ELIZABETH: As I remember it, he was distracted by another server who needed help and said something along the lines of “I’ll be right back!” but I was thirsty, so it seemed easiest to just help myself to some water. 🙂

Next up: food! Elizabeth and I selected two entrees to quasi-share, the Belgian waffle and the banana bread french toast, both with bacon. The latter was primarily Elizabeth’s but I did try a few bites, and in a word: WOAH. This is some serious sugar. And I say that as a person who has finished more than half of a carrot cookie all on her own in the space of like fifteen minutes, so I know sugar. And this was… well, it was bananas. AHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Shut up.

ELIZABETH: It was delicious, but MAN was it heavy. Proceed with caution, and I say this as someone who loves her some banana bread.

I wisely went with the Belgian waffle because WAFFLES, and was delighted to discover upon its arrival that it was a MICKEY WAFFLE. A full-sized Mickey waffle for me! Glorious!

This was of course perfect and wonderful because somehow, for all their other culinary idiosyncrasies, Disney has figured out how to make a flawless waffle every. Time. I went for the ears first; when Kenan (although now I’m thinking it might have been Kieran?) came around, he informed me he liked to go for the eyes, so I dutifully cut those out next. And that, my friends, is how you spot a budding serial killer…

Your ears you keep and I’ll tell you why.

The bacon was pretty good. I mean, it was bacon. Many strips, decent size, not too limp or transparent as is sometimes the case. No complaints.

In a nutshell: solid breakfast food, fun servers, would dine again. Maybe try dinner and see if it really is more raucous?

Have you been to the Whispering Canyon Cafe? What did you think?

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The Fairest Trip Report Of All: 11/07

It’s time for another trip report! Yay! I LOVE trip reports! This time around we’re covering the 2015 Wine & Dine HalfQuarter Marathon trip. I’ll be including reviews of my Food & Wine Festival purchases within the trip report itself, but restaurant reviews will be in their own separate posts. Commentary from Elizabeth provided in red. Click here to read all the posts in this report. Onward!

This day, I did something very unlike me: I let everyone sleep in. That’s so not my bag. But the day before had been somewhat stressful, we had a mid-morning breakfast ADR, and – most importantly – we planned to be up VERY LATE. So: we slept to a whopping 8:30am. Decadent!

We were out the door by 9:30am, though, as we needed to make it to the Wilderness Lodge by 10:30am. We made good time – bus to Magic Kingdom, resort launch boat to the Lodge – and arrived about 15 minutes early. After a quick bathroom stop (the Artist Pointe bathroom is surprisingly low on fancy details) I got in line at the Whispering Canyon Cafe desk, only to be informed that I would not be given so much as a pager until my entire group had assembled. Harrumph.

So we hung around the lobby until our Blogger Summit arrived, unfortunately waylaid by a dawdling bus, and finally managed to snag a pager around 10:50am. Then it was another 20 minute or so of perusing the gift shop and generally killing time until our pager went off. Was the ordeal worth it? Full review of the restaurant to come, but SPOILER ALERT: oh yes.

ELIZABETH: The fountain and bridge inside the building were pretty cool, too.

Post breakfast Elizabeth and I snagged a bus to the Animal Kingdom and picked up our first FP+ for the day, Kilimanjaro Safaris. The animals weren’t out much, no doubt feeling lazy due to the heat, but we got some great views of the white rhinos wallowing in their mud bath.

ELIZABETH: And baby giraffes!!

From there we ran over to Expedition Everest for FP+ #2. We asked the CM at the front of the line for the back seats, but she got confused and ended up putting us at the very front of the train. This was good too – great view to be had! Everyone knows I love Everest, and naturally the moment we got off the ride we jumped into the 5 minute single rider line and went again. Wee!

We nosed through the Everest gift shop a bit where Elizabeth got a hat and I got a Powerade. Then it was over to Dinosaur for our last FP+, after which we looked around THAT gift shop for awhile (look, we really needed the air conditioning).

ELIZABETH: Yeah…I like to think that I am fairly tolerant of the heat, but MAN was it unpleasantly hot.

While there, I checked the Festival of the Lion King show times and determined we would make the 4pm show just fine.

BUT NOT WITHOUT A FASTPASS. Our next act was to march over to the FP+ kiosks in the Oasis and pick up an FP+ for the show – no problem. We got into the FP+ line about 20 minutes early, only to be let into the show at the exact same time as the regular line. I ask you: WHAT IS THIS FASTPASS FOR?

Luckily we still got my favorite seating position (Lion section, far end next to Simba), and being that The Festival of the Lion King is the greatest show ever, I soon forgot my FP+ gripe. The bass singer (is his name Mufume? Am I making that up?) did the squeakiest “COUP” ever during “Be Prepared” which was hilarious and awesome. And high-fiving tumble monkeys FTW!

ELIZABETH: Anything that involves gymnastics and giant trampolines is a win in my book.

At this point I felt it was time to make my exit. We headed back to the front and I left Elizabeth at guest relations to figure out the location of the nearest mailbox. I ran for the bus and was at Pop Century again in due time, where I purchased a kid’s pasta meal. With a cookie, not apples or carrots, and I’ll let Leslie Knope explain why.

ELIZABETH: I didn’t do anything too exciting in the meantime (I felt weirdly aimless without Jenn to tell me where we were going next!), but I did get to the Conservation Station in enough time to watch the animals being put away for the night, and saw It’s Tough to Be a Bug, which I had never done before. I’m not a huge fan of the shows where your seat pokes you, but other than that it was actually pretty cool.  One poor kid (looked about 2) started screaming halfway through and her mom had to carry her out (it’s apparently a common occurence).

Then it was a waiting game – I killed a couple hours updating photos, typing up notes, and prepping for the race. Around 7:30pm I met Kellie and Nicole in the bus line and it was time for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon to begin!

OR SO WE THOUGHT. Tune in next time…

Don’t forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. To see how our training is going, check out Jenn’s dailymile here and Moon’s dailymile here. If you have any questions for us, leave a comment or email us at fairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!