Day 8 – Hello Tomorrow | Part 4 [Dine Around Disney 2014]

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Epcot; Akershus Royal Banquet (Character Breakfast); Whispering Canyon Cafe (Dinner)

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August 21st, 2014 …Continued from Part 3…

We drove back to Old Key West to hang out by the pool for a few hours, had a snack at Turtle Shack, before going back to our room to get ready for our evening ADR at Whispering Canyon Cafe with friends.

When it comes to the Deluxe Disney Dining Plan at a quick-service restaurant you are entitled to one entrée, one dessert and one non-alcoholic beverage for one credit per person.

Liam had a pepperoni pizza and a coke, he decided he didn’t want a dessert, which are entitled to on the dining plan. Steve and I shared nachos – which is just a bag of chips with a cheese dip (that quite frankly, is foul!) and judging by our receipt it counted as a dessert as we were only charged 1 meal credit for this.

Food at Turtle Shack, Old Key West

Turtle Shack

Bill Total: $15.87 (1 Credit) {Tip: $0}

DxDDP Running Totals: Bill: $2097.22 | Credits: 61/126 | Tips: $312.99

We headed back to our room to get ready for our night out, and when early evening came and we drove to Wilderness Lodge to meet our friends for dinner. They were also in town for their annual holiday, and I was excited to be meeting up with them. Whispering Canyon Cafe is one of my friend’s favourite restaurants at Disney, and she told me she was a little nervous in case I didn’t like it!

Wilderness Lodge

Wilderness Lodge

As soon as we walked into the lobby, my jaw dropped to the floor. Seriously – this resort is GORGEOUS. I mean, blow me out of the water stunning! From this first sight, I knew it would be where we would stay the next time we visited Walt Disney World! I always thought Animal Kingdom Lodge was gorgeous, and it is, but Wilderness Lodge is just…wow. I love the style and the feel of the place, and it felt so huge standing there and looking up at all the floors. The totem poles were amazing, and the light fittings were awesome. Once again, just wow.

Wilderness Lodge

Wilderness Lodge

Wilderness Lodge

Wilderness Lodge

As we were a little early, I texted our friends to let them know we were there and sitting in the lobby, and we all met up outside Whispering Canyon Cafe which is just to the left as you walk in.

Whispering Canyon Cafe

I knew that it was service with shenanigans at this restaurant, so was prepared for the experience! It would appear that not everyone enjoys service like this, so they have coasters which lets your server know if you want to take part in the fun… or not. We are the fun party!

When it comes to the Deluxe Disney Dining Plan at a table service restaurant you are entitled to one appetizer, one entrée, one dessert and one non-alcoholic beverage per person (usually refillable) for one credit per person.

My friend informed me that the milkshakes here were AWESOME, so we all ordered one – they came served in Kilner jars and were really, really good. They were thick, creamy and delicious. Steve and Liam ordered another one after finishing their first, but I couldn’t drink more than one. They were included with our dining plan as a drink.

Appetizers…

Me: Smoked Chicken Quesadilla – with roasted vegetables, smoky jack cheese, arugula with moonshine dressing, fresh salsa and cilantro-sour cream ($9.99)

Him: Ranger John’s Chicken and Corn Tortilla Soup – with sour cream ($7.99)

The Boy: Slow-Smoked Pulled Pork Spring Rolls – with sweet chilli dipping sauce ($12.49)

Whispering Canyon Cafe - Smoked Chicken Quesadilla

Whispering Canyon Cafe - Ranger Johns Chicken and Corn Tortilla Soup

Whispering Canyon Cafe - Slow-Smoked Pulled Pork Spring Rolls

All of the apps were very tasty and well presented.

For our mains, Steve and I ordered the All-You-Care-To-Enjoy Skillet, which we shared with our friends. Liam wanted a steak. Our server brought the salad and corn bread (lush) over to our table with our apps.

Whispering Canyon Cafe - Salad

Whispering Canyon Cafe - Cornbread

Entrées…

Me & Him: All-You-Care-To-Enjoy Skillet – Starting with family-style mixed greens tossed in an apple vinaigrette dressing and fresh baked cornbread. Featuring slow-smoke pork ribs, barbecued pulled pork, roasted chicken, oak-roasted beef strip loin, and western-style sausage served with seasonal farm fresh vegetables, mashed Yukon potatoes, corn on the cob and cowboy-style baked beans ($59.98 for two)

The Boy: Steak-Your-Claim Grilled New York Strip – topped with blue cheese butter on roasted potatoes, pearl onions, grape tomatoes, green beans and port wine sauce ($32.99)

As you can see, Liam decided he just wanted fries with his steak! The meal for us adults came on the one skillet for us to share – lots of food and we couldn’t get through it all. All good American barbecue fayre.

Whispering Canyon Cafe - Steak-Your-Claim Grilled New York Strip

Whispering Canyon Cafe - All-You-Care-To-Enjoy Skillet

Whispering Canyon Cafe - All-You-Care-To-Enjoy Skillet

Our server at Whispering Canyon Cafe was a lot of fun too – a really big personality and even though the restaurant was fairly busy, she had a lot of time for us. Once she learned the kids’ names, she relished in giving them a little telling off now and then too – often met with giggles. We’d heard about asking for ketchup, so made Liam ask for a bottle – turns out you all have to shout out ketchup and are brought pretty much every single bottle in the place!

Towards the end of our meal, a fork fell from our table onto the floor – and all the kids ended up in jail…and even our server joined in. She made for a great experience at Whispering Canyon Cafe!

When dessert time came around, we just couldn’t manage any more, so took them to go – just one (crappy) photo it would seem of the apple caramel pie. The boys had a chocolate cake each.

Whispering Canyon Cafe

Desserts…

Me: Apple-Caramel Pie – fresh Granny Smith apples, sugar cookie crust, streusel topping and caramel drizzle ($7.99)

Him & The Boy: Whispering Canyon Campfire – Style Chocolate Gooey Cake ($15.98 for two)

Whispering Canyon Cafe

Bill Total: $182.42 (3 Credits) {Tip: $30.83}

DxDDP Running Totals: Bill: $2279.64 | Credits: 64/126 | Tips: $343.82

If you’re wondering how they handle a split tab at a Disney restaurant – just let them know at the start of the meal and they will run two separate bills for you without any problem.

We paid the check with our Magic Bands as we have done at every other meal, and waved goodbye to our friends. We took a quick look in the resort shop where I bought some Maleficent “ears” to wear at Villains Unleashed in a couple of days time, before we drove home to Old Key West.

Wilderness Lodge + Whispering Canyon Cafe

Wilderness Lodge + Whispering Canyon Cafe


Read about the day before:
Day 7 – I’m A Firestarter:
Blizzard Beach, ‘Ohana (Character Breakfast); Spirit of Aloha (Dinner Show)

Read about the day after:
Day 9 – Hootenanny:
Downtown Disney; Fulton’s Crab House (Signature Dining); Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue (Dinner Show)

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