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Holy Cow, That Was Bad! My Top Five Worst Disney Foods.

Looks good, but how does it taste?

I love Disney food and often find myself defending it to non-fans, but not everything is worthy of praise. Case in point, these five culprits.

1. Sweet Cream Cheese Pretzel at the Lunching Pad in the Magic Kingdom. At $4.29, this pretzel is a good use of your snack credit. Unfortunately, that’s where the praise ends. These tasteless, leaden pretzels should be taken out during the Electrical Water Pageant and umceremoniously dumped into the Seven Seas Lagoon.

2. The Caesar Salad with Chicken from Pinocchio Village Haus in the Magic Kingdom. Think you can’t mess up a Caesar salad? Think again. While it looks like the safest thing in Pinocchio Village Haus (easily the worst quick-service location on property), the acidic, overly-fishy dressing on this salad makes it a pass.

3. Orange Chicken with Steamed Rice from the Lotus Blossom Cafe in Epcot. Ahh, the World Showcase. Who doesn’t love it? You can get a lot of great food there, right. Unfortunately, that’s not the case in the China pavilion. The Lotus Blossom Cafe makes your local mall food court’s Chinese food look gourmet. Until I tried this entrée, I was under the belief that it was pretty much impossible to mess up the holy trinity of fried, salty, and sweet. I was wrong.

4. Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf at Wolfgang Puck Express in Downtown Disney. I usually sing the praises of Wolfgang Puck Express and for good reason: It’s easily the best use of your quick-service credits, with healthy, innovative food in a setting that feels more like a table-service restaurant. Sadly, the bacon wrapped meatloaf is an exception to an otherwise terrific menu. A dried-out hockey puck surrounded by bacon that tastes like,well, nothing really, this dish comes covered in a port wine sauce that’s sickeningly sweet. Granted, I was playing with fire by ordering meatloaf in a restaurant (it’s rarely good away from home), but this place comes so highly recommended, I took a chance. Lesson learned. I’ll stick with the swoon-worthy roast chicken.

5. Oak-fired Filet of Beef at the California Grill. This is my favorite restaurant on property, but the menu has gotten a little tired of late. While other restaurants have kept up with the times, the California Grill continues to rest on its laurels, based in part on its location–at the top of the Contemporary Resort with gorgeous views of the Magic Kingdom and the Seven Seas Lagoon. The Oak fired filet has been on the menu for years, always with a heavy dousing of teriyaki barbecue sauce. I’m of the belief that a good cut of beef doesn’t need much than a little bit of seasoning and this sauce is way too much of a good thing. How difficult would it be to add a different accompaniment, maybe even just a compound butter? Fortunately, this restaurant is scheduled to be refurbished later this year, with perhaps a new menu added as well. One can only hope.

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  1. Really? The meatloaf at wolfgang puck??? It must have been a bad day for the chef because I LOVED it. I thought it was even better then the meatloaf at 50’s Prime Time (which I thought was really good as well). Interesting.

  2. I’ll have to add the Artist’s Point Cedar Plank Roasted Wild King Salmon, which was NOT as it is now described on AllEars.net. It was just…sad. And expensive.

  3. I love the fillet of beef at the California Grill. I agree with your point that good meat doesn’t need that much sauce but this dish really works for me.

    When I was there last I was talking to the waitress who said that the fillet of beef and the halibut outsell everything else on the menu by about 5-1. I don’t see them getting rid of either dish soon.

    I haven’t tried most of the other food on your list, but the Chinese is shockingly bad food but I can’t help but be drawn to it every time I visit. I usually visit Japan straight afterwards to feel better about myself though.

  4. I’m with Megan. We loved the meatloaf at Wolfgang Puck’s.

  5. I find Pinnochio Village Haus to be pretty nasty to start with- home of the cardboard and ketchup frisbee pizza!

  6. Could not agree more–the food there is the worst in the MK.

  7. The meatloaf at Wolfgang Puck is awesome. I think it must have been an off day for the cook.

  8. I’ll give it aother chance, thanks.

  9. The worst thing I can remember was the barbeque at Whispering Canyon Cafe. Everyone seems to love it, but it just tasted like grilled meat with sauce poured on it. I am a barbeque snob I’ve been told. I grew up in Kentucky where meat is slow cooked over a hickory pit. No sauce needed, just the dripping from the meat which are mixed with a few ingredients to create a tangy and runny (and never sweet) dip. The barbeque at Whispering Canyon was along the lines of Tony Roma’s or Smokey Bones. Nothing special (and it made me a little nauseous.)

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