Review: Breakfast at Whispering Canyon Cafe
Having breakfast at Whispering Canyon Cafe is by no means the worst way to start your day at Disney World. In fact, it’s a pretty good choice given the hearty entrees and robust entertainment provided by the cast members.
This Whispering Canyon Cafe breakfast review will detail multiple experiences we’ve had to date at the restaurant. After reading this review, you’ll know whether or not to add this location to your list of places to dine during your Disney vacation.
Some of you will likely be excited to experience a meal here at the Wilderness Lodge. The idea of a fun, interactive breakfast might be right up your alley.
Others might cringe at the thought of being put in timeout jail when asking for a side of ketchup for your roasted potatoes. Or whatever shenanigans the breakfast cast at Whispering Canyon Cafe are trying to pull on any given day.
Usually, this type of restaurant would not be my cup of tea. But I find it hard to turn down a breakfast skillet, at least once, when I’m staying on property.
This article was updated on February 9, 2022.
Whispering Canyon Cafe is located off the lobby of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Most staying at the Wilderness Lodge will want to enjoy breakfast at Whispering Canyon Cafe during their trip. It’s kind of a no-brainer.
Related: Wilderness Lodge Resort Review
However, if you’re visiting from another resort or off-property, it will take a little more effort to get to the Lodge. Your best bet is to use a local transportation service like Uber or Lyft.
Naturally, you can drive over to the Lodge if your car is available. However, you will need a dining reservation to park there.
Often, I’ll reserve breakfast, park at a resort, and leave my car there for the day. This option leaves me with the flexibility to use Disney transportation when I’m on property.
Usually, when I return, I’ll stop at Geyser Point for dinner and almost always pick up a to-go treat at Roaring Fork.
Related: Geyser Point Bar and Grill Review
Back to Whispering Canyon Cafe, the restaurant serves breakfast daily from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The entire restaurant is open to the resort’s lobby.
However, it’s hardly noticeable, except when the cast members get a bit rowdy. For example, you might notice the sign below states, “The goings-on can get a little loud, and that’s just the way we like it.”
And that’s the thing about having breakfast at Whispering Canyon Cafe. Not only do the cast members provide regular service, but entertainment in the form of jokes, tricks, and possibly even a little good-natured back talk.
Most will consider the restaurant to be a barrel of laughs. However, if that’s not your thing, let your server know to keep it mild. From my experience, they will respect your wishes.
Now, if you do ask this, your kids might wonder why they aren’t getting the royal treatment like everyone else around them. But I’ll leave that up to you to explain along with everything else.
As far as seating goes, there are a few seats along the restaurant’s back wall, offering a little more privacy. But most everything is out in the open like in the image below. It’s a popular place.
If you would like to preview Whispering Canyon Cafe’s breakfast menu, you can do so here on Disney’s site.
The menu comprises a variety of all-you-care-to-enjoy skillets, frittatas, and then a few al a carte items. The signature breakfast skillets are made up of meats, roasted potatoes, and include a buttermilk cheddar biscuit.
There are three breakfast skillets available:
- Heritage: The first skillet on the menu is the Heritage Skillet that includes sausage gravy with a Mickey waffle, eggs, country potatoes, hickory smoked bacon, and a pork sausage link.
- Carnivore: Or you might opt for the Carnivore Skillet that includes house-smoked ham, oak-smoked beef brisket, hickory-smoked bacon, and pork.
- Ligther Side: Lastly, the lighter side skillet comes with Bircher Muesli, fresh fruit, yogurt, egg white spinach frittata, turkey bacon, turkey sausage, and a Mickey Waffle.
Every skillet comes with bottomless buttermilk biscuits. And your server will continue to bring any other item you want more of at your request.
For one meal, I elected to go with the salmon frittata. The frittata came with a side of breakfast potatoes and a buttermilk cheddar biscuit.
My salmon frittata was excellent. It had large chunks of house-smoked salmon blended into the soft frittata background with chives.
It was so good I considered ordering it again a few months back. However, I knew I needed to get this review out, so I went with a breakfast skillet for comparison.
On this next visit, I went with the Carnivore Skillet.
The skillet was an excellent option, and I enjoyed the biscuit with sausage gravy that came on the side.
As mentioned above, the carnivore comes with house-smoked ham, brisket, sausage links, bacon, and eggs, in addition to the biscuit with gravy.
My only complaint was that the ham wasn’t so great. That’s it on the right-hand side of the plate. It looked and tasted like an overcooked slice of pork tenderloin.
Everything else was delicious, and I was overall pleased with our meal.
But if I had to choose between the two again, I would go with the salmon frittata. Don’t let that stop you from getting this skillet, though. It was too heavy of a meal for me.
And with the skillet being all-you-care-to-enjoy, your server will literally bring meat refills to the table. So there’s definitely no question of value here.
My son, who has serious food allergies, opted to get the same meal on both of these visits. So, we’ll have two different photos for consistency.
These are the allergy-friendly Mickey waffles with a side of bacon, fruit, and an allergy-friendly spread. One of the things I’m most thankful for is that Disney can accommodate food allergies. It can be challenging to eat out when you have to deal with so many dietary concerns.
Make sure to alert your server if you have a dietary concern. In our case, we nearly always speak to the chef directly.
There are some cast members, however, that are familiar enough with the menu to relay your food-allergy order to a chef confidently. I always recommend doing what you feel comfortable with, and if that’s seeing a chef, insist upon it.
Lastly, the menu offers several smaller options if the breakfast skillets sound like too much:
- Belgian waffles: comes with fresh berries and a choice of either hickory-smoked bacon or a smoked sausage link.
- Ham and Cheese omelet that’s made with house-smoked ham and cheddar. This dish comes with a side of country potatoes and a choice of biscuits or toast.
And for those on a plant-based diet, you’re in luck. There are a few options available.
- Pepper Jack “Cheese” Frittata: peppers, onions, and spicy “sausage” served with country potatoes (Plant-based)
- “Jacked Up” Avocado Toast: mustard-barbecue-braised Jackfruit on multigrain bread with avocado apread, radishes, and pickled onion (Plant-based)
Whatever you decide, breakfast at Disney’s Whispering Canyon Cafe has a lot to offer and a unique experience you won’t find many places. There isn’t any wonder why it’s included on our list of the best breakfasts at Disney World.
For more details about the Wilderness Lodge, all of our articles for the resort are listed here. Or you might enjoy browsing these:
- Storybook Dining with Snow White at Artist Point
- Wilderness Lodge Restaurants Guide
- Copper Creek Villas Review
Additionally, here are a few excellent options some of the other Disney Hotel Restaurants like these:
- Grand Floridian Cafe Review
- Kona Cafe Review
- Breakfast at Ale and Compass Review
- Primo Piatto Review at the Riviera
Additionally, I love the character breakfast at Topolino’s Terrace, located at Disney’s Riviera Resort. If you want to know more about character meals, check out our complete guide to Disney World Character Dining.
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In the comments: I hope you found this review of breakfast at Whispering Canyon Cafe helpful. What do you think about this kind of interactive restaurant? Would you enjoy a meal here? Do any of the breakfast items look appealing?