Dining Ratings & Reviews
So I’m the light eater in the family, yet I’m the one who booked a bunch of buffets! :laugh: My dad didn’t think that was cool, and after the first day, he was saying, “No more buffets!” Well… that ruined my ADRs! However, we made a few compromises (skipped out on Grand Floridian Cafe and Rainforest Cafe) and ate at all of the buffets! :laugh:
For our ratings, I’m going to steal Bruce’s :mickey: system - scale of 5 :mickey:s!
Crystal Palace - Breakfast :mickey: :mickey: :mickey:
When I saw the breakfast time before the park was open, I snagged it! We had done breakfast at CP before park opening before, and it was a great experience to be in the park before everyone else - wonderful castle shots! Once again, we enjoyed the great pictures. The buffet was also consistently good. I wouldn’t say it’s the best breakfast buffet at WDW, but I think that it consistently puts out a good product. I got the chocolate Mickey Mouse waffles, and they were delish! Rachel, Mom, and Dad all got the regular Mickey Mouse waffles and complained that they were hard and yucky. I did not care for their sausage. I loved their fruit - the pineapple was perfect! Also, two of our favorite offerings were from the kids’ bar - breakfast pizza and Pooh’s Puffed French Toast. Yummy! Character interaction was good… I guess when you’re older, it’s not as big of a deal. We just take pictures - no autographs or videos of our character interaction. Pooh, Piglet, and Eeyore moved together and were very prompt. We ended up waiting on Tigger… but he spent more time with us than the other characters.
Kona Cafe - Dinner :mickey: :mickey: :mickey: :mickey:
We repeated this restaurant at Rachel’s request. She loved the bread. Last time, our waitress brought us three loaves! However, this time, our service was terrible! Our waiter never came by our table! He left us waiting so many times. :glare: It took us thirty minutes to finally place our order. We had to get his attention to ask for refills. We had asked for more bread, but he forgot it, so we had to remind him. Finally, he brought us more. Then, he brought us the check and Dad was ready to pay… had it sitting on the edge of the table… the guy kept walking by, looked straight at my dad - and ignored him!!! :blink: Mom, Rach, and I left for the bathroom… Dad was all alone… still, the guy wouldn’t take the book. My dad peeks around the corner and sees him chit-chatting with other waiters… walks up to him and hands him the book (he talks about how he should’ve opened it and slashed the tip right in front of him :rolleyes:). The guy isn’t apologetic at all. :huh:
The food was very good, though. I had crab cakes (it’s an appetizer… and not quite big enough for an entree). Rach and Dad had the chicken and salad. And mom had shrimp noodles. All were good. And we would be willing to repeat it because what are the odds that we’re going to get such terrible service, again?
Cape May Cafe - Breakfast :mickey: :mickey: :mickey: :mickey:
This was a first for us, and we all enjoyed it! The breakfast bar was very similar to Crystal Palace’s in selection, though (it’s breakfast… how crazy can you really get?). They did have a nice little bagel station. I never made myself a bagel because I didn’t have the patience for that, though! :laugh: The food was great and it was very relaxed. Only three characters, but they all came by twice. I’d say this is a better breakfast buffet for adults that like an American breakfast, but aren’t on a mission to see characters.
Tokyo Dining :mickey: :mickey: :mickey: :mickey:
Another first. We really enjoyed it! We were seated by the window with a lovely view of the lagoon. lIf you could snag this table around fireworks time, it would have a great view of IllumiNations! Our waitress was super sweet (she was from Fukishima :crying:), but a little difficult to understand. I had the volcano sushi and it was great. I was a little skeptical about the bright orange, beady-looking sauce, but it was very tasty! It was described as spicy, but I didn’t really find it so.
1900 Park Fare - Dinner :mickey:
This was our bust of the week. We chose this because it was convenient and we loved it for breakfast on a previous trip… but will never eat here for dinner, again! The selection was very limited. The most expensive options were the sushi and salmon. The sushi was good, but after Tokyo Dining, it didn’t really impress. I found the salmon a little dry. The kids’ mac and cheese was terrible, as was the cheese pizza. I didn’t come across anything amazing. (I’m the kind of person that takes a bite and if it’s good, I eat more… if I don’t like it, I move on.) The desserts were all petite, and while they were cute, they tasted terrible. They had a mini Key Lime Pie… in a chocolate crust. Weird combo. The carrot cake was so bad, it was unrecognizable. I had to go back and read the name because I thought it was fruit cake! :blink: The minimal food selection definitely did not match the hefty price tag. We were clearly paying for the character interaction.
The characters… Prince Charming was a weirdo. He came up to us and asked Rachel and I if we practiced our manners. :huh: After I said, “Uhh, yes,” he told us we should use them with Cinderella. I’m thinking… I’m sorry… did we do something to offend you??? :blink: Then I heard him give the same speech to two little boys around four and six. It must be his standard spiel. However, I found it a bit inappropriate for young adults like Rachel and myself. Now… the best character EVER was Lady Tremaine. Oh my goodness, she was a hoot! Always in character - soooo sarcastic! I loved her sense of humor! More on that, later…
Chef Mickey’s - Dinner :mickey: :mickey: :mickey: :mickey: :mickey:
This is the ADR we almost skipped after our disastrous Park Fare dinner… but we are all so glad we didn’t!!!
Chef Mickey’s was AMAZING!!! And our waiter was AMAZING!!! We’ve never really thought that waiters could really be good for buffets… all they did was bring drinks… but this guy proved us wrong! (More on that, later.)
The food selection was great… and everything was so good! The mac and cheese off the kids’ bar was the best I’ve had at WDW. The cheese potatos were great… the salmon and ham were wonderful. There wasn’t much I didn’t like… and I’m a selective eater! The desserts were also wonderful! I got the cutest thing ever… an oreo with mousse Mickey head on top. I figured, this thing is so cute - there is no way it can taste good. But I was wrong - it was the best dessert!!! They also had a wonderful mini key lime pie and carrot cake. There is no appropriate way I can think to properly express how much better Chef Mickey’s was than Park Fare!!! :laugh:
When my parents mentioned to our waiter that this dinner was so much better than our dinner the last night, he told us that Chef Mickey’s and Boma are the only two buffets that make fresh food throughout the day. All other buffets make food in large batches. I was surprised because I always figured that the buffets were run the same. It must be something about the kitchen or type of food served or something.
This is the place to go if you love good food and you love characters. It really is the best character dining experience we’ve had… and the only one with which we can justify the hefty price tag.
Ohana’s - Breakfast :mickey: :mickey:
I was excited about this one because so many people love it. However, we were very disappointed. For one, our waitress was terrible. She sounded just like Roz from Monsters, Inc. And she was in desperate need of training!!! She reached right across my plate, in front of my face, to get something… didn’t even say excuse me. She was also awful at pouring drinks. She sloshed the glass all over the table. I was beginning to wonder if she was perhaps hung over? And… the father at the table beside us said, "Excuse me, could I get - " and she cut him off by yelling, “I’M NOT LISTENING!!!” What the HECK???
Service was really slow. The sweet bread was very good. I was also a fan of the orange/guava juice. Once again, I didn’t like the sausage (didn’t at any meal!). The bacon was absolutely terrible - it tasted like paper! No flavor! I didn’t eat the eggs, but I probably should have because everyone else in my family liked them. The biscuit I had was really dry. And they kept bringing us a platter for three when we were clearly a family of four… while they brought the family of three next to us a platter with four biscuits! You’d think after the second time, they’d realize the error. The food selection was extremely limited, but it was also significantly less expensive than the other character dining breakfasts. So if you aren’t a big eater but want character dining, this is a good place to try!