Update: Wilderness Waffles are no longer being served at Roaring Fork. They are now on the menu at Whispering Canyon Cafe.
Join me in welcoming back Marc Stumbo with a review of the sweet breakfast waffle dishes at Roaring Fork at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. I’ve been wanting to share these for a long time!
“Roaring Fork,” which I believe translates roughly to “Fishy sign, hidden Mickey Waffles” is located deep inside the majestic Wilderness Lodge on Bay Lake.
My Google translate window might be a bit off, but the point remains that Roaring Fork is a hidden gem in an amazing resort that doesn’t force you to pay for a buffet to get at those tasty, tasty Mickey Waffles.
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Above you can see the stunning lobby of the Wilderness Lodge, home of the Whispering Canyon Café serving all-you-can-eat Mickey Waffles for breakfast. One day, you’ll graduate to that level of waffle consuming prowess, but today is a training run at an eatery around the corner.
Resist the temptation that is the Whispering Canyon Café and look for this long hallway to Roaring Fork. It will serve as today’s gateway to flavor country.
I know what you’re thinking when looking at that photo…how did he get a shot with nobody in it? Disney Magic, my friends. At the end of this long hallway is our prize: the Roaring Fork quick service dining location where we’ll be eating breakfast.
One of the nicest entrances to a quick service dining location you’ll see at Walt Disney World awaits you as you speed past, shoving your way to the front of the waffle queue (now mind your manners and apologize to that nice family from Kansas).
The dining room of Roaring Fork seems a little pedestrian given the gorgeous hallway heading to the venue, the entrance, and what lies just outside the entrance; but it is quaint and comfortable.
And seriously, this vista is just outside Roaring Fork. The scenery and atmosphere to accompany those Mickey Waffles is amazing, so feel free to take yours outside and dine at one of the many outdoor tables.
The main difference between Roaring Fork and other locations serving the famed Mickey Waffle is that they offer a series of toppings that you really can’t find anywhere else.
The options include the Wilderness Waffle (maple butter and candied pecans), Bananas Foster Waffles (warm bananas in a buttered rum sauce), Strawberry and Orange waffles (fresh strawberries and orange whipped cream), and of course the Chocolate Lovers Waffles (chocolate chips, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce).
My wife chose the Chocolate Lovers Waffle because it is honestly hard to resist Mickey Waffles to begin with, let alone when they are covered in chocolate chips and further doused in chocolate sauce.
Let’s just say those waffles started cowering the moment they saw us coming into Roaring Fork.
I, as a fan of the savory over the sweet in most circumstances, chose the Wilderness Waffle.
As you can imagine, Amy loved her chocolate smothered waffles, noting that the cast member may have been heavy-handed with the chocolate chips (not really a problem apparently) but nailed the amount of chocolate sauce to provide adequate moisture to the waffles without overpowering the flavor.
My Wilderness Waffles were some of the best Mickey Waffles I’ve had on property (if only these were all-you-can-eat). The candied pecans add a sweet, crunchy note to the already amazing waffle.
Oh…I hadn’t mentioned the bacon yet? Like it even mattered after you read that this review was covering Mickey Waffles. It is a delicious bonus however.
The short answer is: go. The long answer is: this has to be one of the best (and most affordable) methods to get your Mickey Waffle fix on Walt Disney World property considering most make you pay the buffet and/or character dining up-charge.
The waffle, as any reader of this blog should already know, is delicious enough on its own or with a little syrup; but adding one of the four specialty toppings really set these apart from their competitors. Next time, I just have to try that Bananas Foster Waffle because the concept sounds amazing.
This counter-service spot, due to the out-of-the-way nature of its location, is rarely super crowded, which is a huge plus when so many guests make breakfast a priority before storming the parks.
The next time you find yourself near the Magic Kingdom for breakfast, do yourself a favor and take a boat from one of the docks on the Seven Seas Lagoon to the Wilderness Lodge, make your way to the Roaring Fork and order up some waffles. You’ll thank me.
Please share both in the comments below and to our twitter account @PlazaAndMainSt which of the four waffles you would order. I’ll encourage my wife to eat the winning waffle next time we visit the Roaring Fork. Feel free to follow us on our merry adventures through the Disney Parks. See you all at the Food & Wine Festival.
Editor’s Note: Thanks to Roger Weeks for the use of his gorgeous photos!