WDWMAGIC Reader Reviews
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"Unique dining but food average"
11 hours ago by WDWMAGIC visitor "Shell-M"
We had my ds 3rd birthday party here because he loves Mickey. We dined here in June 2015. I had hopes for a wonderful dinner with fresh vegetables, but not what we got :( Most of the food, tasted pre-made (frozen and reheated). This seems to be increasingly common at Disney now, which is quite disappointing.
Here's is what we were served:
Macaroni/cheese (not bad, lots of sauce, topped with 3 gold fish crackers)
Sweet potato fries (lots of cinnamon- too much for me and I love cinnamon)
Cupcake cone (tasted fresh baked and was probably one of the best things served)
Turkey (good, but dry)
Stuffing (good/pre-made, but dry)
Fish (didn't try it, hubby didn't like it and he usually loves fish, he said it had an 'off' taste)
Mashed poatoes (definitely NOT fresh made)
Roast beef (needed an extra set of teeth for this)
Rolls (not fresh made, standard supermarket style) served with butter that was drizzled with orange blossom honey
Salad (not bad, but nothing special- basically lettuce mix, topped with TWO grape tomatoes 1/2 hard boiled egg and very lightly dressed with ranch dressing)
Berry cobbler (best part of the meal- not overly sweet, it was mixed berry cobbler topped with an oatmeal streusel and whipped cream)
The service was good and the waiter was friendly. My son loved all the characters of course, but no one stayed more than 15-20 seconds except Chip, especially disappointing since we were celebrating his birthday. The restaurant wasn't busy. We dined at 5 pm on a Friday in June and there were empty tables. Also, since my son turned 3 that day, they made me buy his dinner (which was $25) and he ate NOTHING. The only thing he ate was 3 bites of the birthday cake I had ordered from the cake department to be delivered with the meal.
Overall, I've had better food at Disney, but also worse. I would go here again (with someone who insisted), but it won't be my first choice.
3 days ago by WDWMAGIC visitor "DisneyDreamer"
We had an 8am, first seating ADR here in December. It was myself, husband and our almost 4 year old daughter. This ended up being our favorite table service meal of our entire trip! The first seating was a wonderful choice as the restaurant was not completely full, we got a great table, right on the aisle where the characters do the dance parties, and the food was hot and fresh. The breakfast choices, while standard, are delicious and plentiful. Our server was amazingly attentive, always refilling our coffees, making friendly conversation with our daughter, and offering us all juices to go before we left. The character interaction was some of the best we experienced all week. Each character took their time at our table, offering our daughter lots of hugs and picture opportunities. Our table was right at the front of the section so every time they walked past us to get to another table, they would tap her on the shoulder, wave or give her an extra squeeze. The dance parties were a wonderful feature, adding even more character interaction time. As we were leaving, my daughter desperately wanted to say goodbye to Doc McStuffins so our server actually went and found her for us. Overall, 5+ stars and we would return here without any hesitation.
"Good to try once"
3 days ago by WDWMAGIC visitor "DisneyDreamer"
We ate here for breakfast, 8:15 am ADR, in December. It was myself, husband and almost 4 year old. I would describe our experience as rushed and chaotic. Our 4 year old however was in princess heaven. It is very loud inside, each princess was announced however, it was all mumble jumble to us. They also announce some sort wishing star/wave your magic wand thing however, we couldn't hear that either. The princesses come through rapid fire, posing for a quick picture and then rushing off to the next table. Most times we were still wiping the syrup off my daughters face as they were quickly rushing through. Speaking of syrup, while the adult breakfast choices are fine, not so much for kids. There were only 2 choices on the kids menu, a vegetable fritatta, and a platter consisting of scrambled eggs, sausage and french toast sticks. My daughter does not like eggs, and did not want sausage that day, so we paid $35 for some french toast sticks. As adults, it was an underwhelming experience, glad we experienced it once, but never again. Our 4 year old loved it though, so that's what matters.
"You'll have to over manage your wait staff"
1 month ago by WDWMAGIC visitor "Mark"
Simple - I placed the order for an appetizer and it never came. When dinner was served 40 minutes later, I asked the waiter to make sure to remove the appetizer from the bill. Instead, he brought it out in the middle of diner and said the chef was providing the item free. Then the manager came over and asked what was wrong. When I explained the appetizer never arrived he explained the waiter did not hear the order - THAT WAS A LIE! - Either the manager Louis was covering up or the waiter was lying. I explained to Louis that I clearly pointed to the item and the waiter acknowledged the order.
What I witnessed for 40 minutes was this waiter bringing out very little food. It was as if he had nothing to do. He was clearly out of his league and probably should get out of food service.
The diner was very good. It was just the waiter and the managers condescending, patronizing, un-apologetic tone, that really set me off. I asked the waiter to skip it. I would have left a tip if they just all moved on. However, the manager, Louis, had to stop by and be a snob - OMG!
Disney does not take complaints or suggestions? I searched online for somewhere to let Disney know the service was less than expected at one of their 4 star dining facilities but apparently guest are not allowed to do that.
The meals were very good, overpriced, but I thought that was to pay for over the top service - "Be our guest" - apparently not here.
We ate at several in parks establishments this trip. I make big allowances and tradeoffs on the limited menus in return for the table service. However, the table service best be exceptional and it usually is. Disney does not serve bad meals, it is just the people that need to be checked from time to time.
1) Don't bring out the appetizer after the meal is served. Just admit failure, offer a small token, and move on.
2) Don't cover up for failing wait staff. Offer a sincere apology, and at least look like you are running a dining facility.
"This isn't a timeless upgrade, this is rubbish"
1 month ago by WDWMAGIC visitor "LP-Italia17"
Oh wow. Wow, wow wow. I was wary of the threat this ride posed prior to going to Epcot, having read all the negative press 2.0's been getting, but I did not see it being this bad in real life. How on Earth was a project like this green-lighted? Okay, let's look at a few 'criteria' this refurbishment needed to pass:
1 - Educational. After all, Epcot's primary function is to serve as an informative park, with attractions that provide you with information on concepts of society today. 2.0 feels like it's TRYING to convey some kind of technological advancement, but it's hardly explained and most guests are just left wondering what the hell they just endured. Maybe if they flash their fancy Tron lights at you some more you'll learn something. VERDICT: 3/10, Fail
2 - Engaging. Part of what made the old version so brilliant was its relatable story that never got boring. I mean, who doesn't want to be in the heart of a car-testing facility and effectively put in the position of a crash dummy?! Every section felt like it really was part of what cars are put through. 2.0's storyline sees a car's test being 'simulated' in some kind of digital facility called 'On-Star', with our role as riders unclear: are we Sims in a SimCar? Older audiences can't possibly relate to the high-tech over-the-top digital referencing that consequently loses most of the audience. Maybe Disney wanted to keep little ones happy on this thrill ride...The less said about the completely uninspired showroom queue (almost like the queue area was put in what used to be the back section you walked out through) the better. VERDICT: 4/10, Fail
3 - Timeless. This one's a bit dubious, but surely any 'update' on a ride in Future World will need to last a while. That's partly why the old version's demise is so hard to understand: what was wrong with it? Why did Disney feel the need for the upgrade; were people really that bored of it? 2.0 already seems dated for Christ's sake, with Tron already a timeworn enterprise. MK's Tomorrowland, for example, Imagineers knew the whole area was looking dated, but they reimagined it as 'a view of the future from the 40s and 50s'. Old TT didn't show a sign of ageing yet, as car-testing is very much prominent today. SimCars and neon lights? Sigh. VERDICT: 4/10, Fail
4 - Disneyesque. Future World already has little in way of Disney-like ambiance; so making a ride so beyond anything like the magic of MK and traditional rides does little to help that. Okay that probably isn't a priority, but the old version did at least have some occasional Disneyesque humour like in the briefing room and testing scenes in the queue. However, one can argue that Walt himself was a visionary of the future, and so maybe he himself would have approved this upgrade, seeing it as progress. VERDICT: 5/10, Pass. Just.
5 - Believable. It isn't. Sorry but it just isn't. The design studio is neat and fun for kids but the reality is that none of us will ever see those kind of vehicles on the road in our lifetimes. Moreover the whole concept is so underwhelming, so unexplained, that you just come out of it thinking "was that supposed to be what car-testing is like?" I sure as heck hope car testing hasn't been reduced to computerised simulations, or I'm never getting in a car anytime soon. Not a Chevy anyway. VERDICT: 1/10, Fail.
So, sorry 2.0, but you just don't cut it. Maybe some of us are just being harsh on you because you used to be such an awesome and unique ride, maybe your design was so rushed due to popular demand for your return, or maybe it's because you're actually the worst piece of rubbish I've seen Disney produce in a long time. What a shame, big loss for Epcot.