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Shenanigans Are Still Alive and Well at This Beloved Disney Restaurant

Warning, Disney diners! Sometimes when dining at a Walt Disney World Resort restaurant, your child might get taped to a chair for not eating his vegetables. And in all honesty… you’ll laugh along at the fun!

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Time to gather up the family, friends, and a stranger or two and head over to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort where Central Florida collides with National Park lodges. The Disney Resort is literally a masterpiece with stunning woodwork as Guests are invited to escape to the rustic majesty of America’s Great Northwest.

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Nestled off to the side of the Wilderness Lodge lobby is one of the best of the best Walt Disney World restaurants called Whispering Canyon Cafe. The invitation to dine here for breakfast, lunch, or dinner seems innocent enough, but hold on to your seats because you never know what will unfold next!

Whispering Canyon Cafe not only offers a fantastic menu with skillet-style food for a hearty meal, but the servers are some of the very best Cast Members we’ve ever encountered.

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Want a straw? Don’t be surprised if your server throws you one from across the room. Need ketchup? Get ready because EVERY bottle in the restaurant is about to end up on your table.

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The humor and antics are part of the coveted dining experience but weren’t always around. Even though the restaurant started out with its humourous dining atmosphere, in 2018, Disney put a slow hold on the fun by asking servers to quiet down and behave by dropping the “shenanigans.”

Shortly after the restaurant went quiet, it was quickly obvious that Disney Guests started to drop Whispering Canyon Cafe off their must-do list. It became just an ordinary Disney restaurant. Great food – but lacked much else.

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Whispering Canyon Cafe Nachos (Credit: DisneyTips)

The restaurant tried to please both sides of the Disney fandom by putting coasters on the table. One side was green. The other side was red. If the green side was up, the server could horse around and have a good time with the Guests. If the red side was up, the server was just your normal server. But, overall, the exciting feel of the restaurant went away.

Once Whispering Canyon Cafe opened after the COVID-19 pandemic, it came in hard and fast with the return of its antics in full force! The rowdy Cast Members were once again interacting with Guests in fun, unique ways.

Disney now notes on its website a fair warning: “We Like to Horse Around: Gallop on over to this Old Western eatery for games and good eatin’ served with attitude. Tether your trusty steed and mosey into this log-cabin lodge with rough-hewn charm and colorfully named Cast Members who have a reputation for sassing customers.”

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Moonshine Flight at Whispering Canyon Cafe (Credit: DisneyTips)

With good food, amazing drinks, and a high-spirited crew of Cast Members, Whispering Canyon Cafe has come in with a strong return – making it an easy must-do restaurant on our Walt Disney World dining list. Be sure to snag your dining reservations 60-days in advance for this exceptional Disney World restaurant. Happy dining, Disney fans!

About Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 16 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.