At Disney World there are so many restaurants to choose from. It can be hard to narrow down which ones you should hit and which ones you should skip. We’ve been to Disney World countless times and we check out different restaurants each time to figure out which ones we like best. Over the years we’ve certainly visited some that have not lived up to the magical and marvellous experience we have come to expect at Disney World. Here are the 5 restaurants at Disney World that we do not intend on returning to again.
5. Tusker House. Animal Kingdom. Africa.
Tusker House is a very popular restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It’s the theme park’s only character restaurant. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving African influenced food as well as a few American favourites to satisfy the pickier eaters in your family. We’ve eaten here a couple times, with and without kids. Tusker House is a buffet restaurant. We won’t return to this restaurant because it’s our least favourite character restaurant. There are so many other character restaurants to visit so you don’t HAVE to eat here. Each time we’ve eaten here we have felt we have inconvenienced the servers and the host for arriving. We’ve not received a high chair when we needed one. We didn’t see all of the characters. The food was sub par. The times we have visited Tusker House we’ve walked out feeling ripped off and unsatisfied. This is what places Tusker House on our list of restaurants we’ll never visit again. For a full review of the restaurant click here.
4. Trail’s End. Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground.
Trail’s End restaurant is found at Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. Trail’s End is a buffet restaurant open for breakfast, brunch and dinner. Trail’s End has an Americana feel to it, with BBQ fare influencing the food found around the restaurant. Guests are served their drinks at their table, choosing from a great selection of moonshine beverages. What puts this restaurant on our list is the location. Fort Wilderness is out of the way. You can gain access by getting transportation from one of the parks or grabbing the boat from the Magic Kingdom. But the extra effort to get to this restaurant does not pay off. There’s nothing available here that you wouldn’t find at Whispering Canyon Cafe or the Diamond Horseshoe. We visited here the day we searched out Chip’n’Dale’s Campfire Sing-a-long. Which was totally worth the extra effort, but that’s a one and done scenario. Putting Trail’s End at the number four spot on our list. For a full review of the restaurant click here.
3. The Turf Club Bar and Grill. Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa.
Each Deluxe Resort has at least one table service restaurant. Making it easy for guests to grab a nice meal during their stay. Turf Bar and Grill is a sit down restaurant found at Disney’s Saratoga Springs resort. Any resort restaurant I’ve eaten has always impressed me with the service as well as the cuisine. I actually find many of these restaurants are under sold and over deliver. The Turf Club is not that case. There’s no real design to the restaurant. It’s above the resort’s golf clubhouse and has that clubhouse feel about it. The view leaves much to be desired and the menu is uninspired. With so many other restaurants at Disney World to discover this is one we will never go back to.
2. ESPN Club. Disney’s Boardwalk Inn & Villas
ESPN Club is a restaurant located at Disney’s Boardwalk. It’s a sports bar that has a lot of fantastic sport paraphernalia and massive screens showing the latest sports event. That is the main focus of the restaurant. The food is your average burger and fries, pizzas and sandwiches. Disney’s Boardwalk is on Crescent Lake, which is home to 5 other resorts. As well as walking distance to both Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Each of these resorts have several restaurants that are more impressive in theming and food.
1. ABC Commissary. Hollywood Studios. Commissary Lane.
The #1 restaurant that we will never go back to is ABC Commissary. This quick-service restaurant is found at Hollywood Studios. We dined here during a family trip a couple of years ago and we still have a sour taste in our mouth after the experience. This quick-service restaurant has a large dining room and your average quick-service fare. The service here is terrible. We were never greeted when we went up to place our order. Our food took over 20 minutes to come to the table. They missed several items on our order. They were unapologetic. With so many other great quick-service restaurants available at Hollywood Studios, including Backlot Express and PizzeRizzo, we’ll never enter at this restaurant again. For a full review of ABC Commissary click here.
I’m already dreaming of the restaurants we’ll be visiting on our next vacation, even though we have no idea when that will be. Some of them will be repeat performances but many will be first time tries for us. In the months ahead we’ll keep on dreaming.
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