As you might know, Dad and Mrs. Mom just got back from a great week’s vacation at Walt Disney World. Yes, I said Vacation. No work, just fun. Well, almost no work.
The only “work” assignment we had during our trip was, to see what it was like to do a total Quick Service Meal trip. I’ve got to tell you it was a really big sacrifice. We have always done at least one Table Service Meal on every trip since our honeymoon (we were only there for 36 hours on our honeymoon.)
Do you know what a HUGE sacrifice it was to skip ‘Ohana? Oh the things I do for you…
So, Dad, how did it go? What was the “good, the bad and the ugly” of your Quick Service Meal Trip?
Now that’s a really good question. I’m glad you asked. Let’s take a look at how the restaurants fared. (There might be a surprise or two here.)
The Good – winner, winner chicken dinner
We had some really good Quick Service Meals. In fact, a couple were just outstanding and have been added to our list of Don’t Miss meals. These are the places we will go back to every trip (at least until they fall off the list.)
- Wolfgang Puck Express – the best meal we had all week was the first meal we had when we arrived. We got to WDW in time to head over to Disney Springs for dinner and we decided to go to Wolfgang Puck Express. Great choice. Mrs. Mom’s Ravioli was outstanding and Dad’s roasted chicken was really good. It was so good we decided to go back on Friday for our last meal at WDW. First and last. Can’t beat it.
- Be Our Guest (lunch) – We’ve been trying to get into Be Our Guest for over a year. We finally got reservations for lunch (we had ADR’s for both breakfast and lunch but settled on lunch.) I’ve got to say, WOW. What a great experience. Be Our Guest is absolutely the most beautiful restaurant at Walt Disney World. Hands down. What impressed me most is the 3 dining rooms all have different tables and chairs. They are all totally different. The food was pretty good, it could have been warmer, but overall it was a 8 on a scale of 10. (The French Onion Soup was OUTSTANDING.) The Gray Stuff was kinda bland, yes you dishes I said bland, not delicious. I know, I’m a heretic. It was by far the best meal we had in any of the parks.
- Honorable mention – there were some good meals we had that deserve at least a mention. Yorkshire County Fish Shop (it never disappoints), Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe (Sonny Eclipse is awesome), Roaring Forks breakfast (on Tuesday and Thursday) and Aloha Isle (the new location – expect a major rant on this shortly.)
The Bad – or at least the mediocre
There were a few meals that kinda disappointed us. They weren’t bad (I know the title is The Bad, but stick with me), but they were less than stellar, let’s say. Mostly, these are places we go to on a regular basis and they just didn’t measure up.
- Casey’s Corner – no Dad, say it ain’t so. Casey’s Corner on the bad list? Did they go back to wheat buns again? Let me explain. Yes, Casey’s has always been one of Dad’s favorite restaurants (except when they had the stupid wheat buns, but we got that fixed.) The last couple of times we’ve been there, the line for Casey’s has been over 30 minutes. Yes, it was a moderately busy day, but how long does it take to fix a hot dog and french fries? Come on Casey’s. Get it in gear. At least if it takes that long can I get a HOT dog? Not a COOL dog. Yes, I like COOL things, but not when it comes to food.
- Toy Story Pizza Planet – here’s another one that might surprise. It’s another of Dad’s oldies that is falling out of favor. First, I’m not a fan of Caesar salad. There I said it. I would be OK with a Garden Salad, but not a Caesar Salad, but that’s not the real problem. When we were there it was like the kitchen knew they were going to close soon and didn’t care about quality. We got two pizzas and neither was cut. It looked like someone cut the crust, but didn’t want to touch the pizza. Maybe it was because the kids weren’t there to enjoy the games, but it just wasn’t the same.
- Honorable mention – Columbia Harbour House (filling was too “wet” in the lobster roll), Roaring Forks (Wednesday and Friday they lost our order.)
The Ugly – these were just awful
- Liberty Inn (in the America Pavilion in EPCOT) – this was by far the worst meal we’ve ever had at Walt Disney World. It’s not even close (except maybe the wheat bun incident at Casey’s.) It took over 35 minutes just to get the food when there we no crowds in the restaurant. When we finally got it, some of the food was cold. The steak was totally awful. AWFUL. Let me say that again, the steak was the worst steak I’ve ever eaten. The shrimp and fries were OK, but the rest was incredibly bad. When Mrs. Mom was waiting in line to get the food, every order that came out of the kitchen had something wrong. This has been a problematic restaurant for years and it still is.
- Katsura Grill – I have been waiting for years to try Katsura Grill even when it was called Yakitori House, I wanted to try it but we’ve never gotten here. Unfortunately it didn’t live up to expectations. It was just not very good. I had the Teriyaki Steak and Chicken Combo and Mrs. Mom had Sushi. Let’s just say, the chicken was bland, the steak was totally disappointing and the Teriyaki sauce was not what Dad’s used to being Teriyaki sauce. The best thing on the plate was the white rice. Ouch. Won’t be going back here.
Dad’s Bottom Line
I don’t think we’ll ever do a whole vacation with just Quick Service Meals again. A big part of going to WDW is experiencing the Magic at some of the Table Service restaurants . It’s just not the same at the Quick Service restaurants. Yes, we’ll continue to eat at Quick Service restaurants, but no more skipping ‘Ohana. Got that Mrs. Mom?