Whispering Canyon Cafe at Fort Wilderness Lodge: Restaurant Review
Hands down Whispering Canyon Cafe is the restaurant that offers the best value for your money anywhere in Walt Disney World. Located at Fort Wilderness Lodge, this restaurant is a perfect example of why we love resort hopping. A unique experience you won’t find elsewhere in WDW(or probably anywhere else), we loved Whispering Canyon Café and would definitely recommend the trip to try it for yourself.
While finding the Fort Wilderness Lodge was a little confusing for us ( since it is not at Fort Wilderness, which is the campground), just know that if you take the wrong bus(like we did) to the campground, if you stay on it long enough, you will get to the Lodge. If you would like an easier transportation experience, just hop on the Fort Wilderness Lodge bus or take the ferry from Magic Kingdom.
The menu at Whispering Canyon Cafe is typical western campire cookin’. While the all-you-care-to-enjoy platter offers up ribs, chicken, pulled pork and is very meat-heavy, they also have vegetarian options like quinoa cakes; note: if you eat fish, salmon is also available by request and is also all-you-care-to-enjoy. The platter was delicious and while we were unable to finish an entire platter between the three of us, we saw many other people asking for seconds. This place gives you plenty of food for an entire day, let alone, just one meal. The platter comes with salad and cornbread for sides as well.
Serving size on all the meals here are very big and adequate for two people to share unless you have big eaters.
We had heard about the importance of asking for ketchup ( because you can never have enough) and the famous bottomless milkshake. Tip: get the milkshake. Just do it. Fun fact? The milkshake can be used as your drink if you’re on the dining plan, which makes this an even better value.
We had not heard about the service, which was divine and hilarious! When Disney says all their staff are “cast members” we tend to wonder how many of the staff have taken acting or improv classes. After seeing this crew, we are believers that these must be professional trained actors. In our opinion the cast members of Whispering Canyon Café could rival Second City or SNL.
This is not a restaurant that will allow you time to discuss vacation plans or have a serious chat with your spouse/ children. If you plan to do so, just be prepared for the wait staff to sit down and join in on the convo with you.
The experience at Whispering Canyon Cafe is immersive. And by immersive we mean it’s loud and the servers are sassy. If you need a straw you may get 20. If you’ve got a pouty teenager, be prepared for some embarrassment coming their way. If there’s even a hint of seriousness about you, just be ready to get made fun of. It’s fun for everyone. Looking for a nice romantic evening? This is not the place. Celebrating something? Let your server know and they’ll tell the entire restaurant.
They do have a pony race ( on stick ponies) that happens during dinner for the little ones so make sure your chair is pushed in!
We loved the desserts! Very cozy and again…large enough to share.
Before or after dinner at Whispering Canyon Cafe, check out the Lodge. Complete with fireplace, Native American décor and Wilderness Mickey and Friends merchandise in the gift shop. The grounds are really quite beautiful and there’s plenty to explore.
While you’re visiting Whispering Canyon Cafe, be sure to check out Old Faithful! Old Faithful goes off every 30 minutes, so hang out on the bridge and wait for it. It’s cool to see and it shoots super high! There’s also an outdoor bar nearby in case you wander out there and decide its time for an after dinner drink near the pool.
There were many things we loved about Whispering Canyon Café and decided it’s definitely an experience you should have at least once, if not more. Much like the 50’s Prime Time Café at Hollywood Studios this restaurant comes with a flavor all it’s own and is definitely worth the trip.