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Review: Wolfgang Puck Express in Downtown Disney Orlando

Time to head back to one of my favorite counter service spots in Disney World — Wolfgang Puck Express!

WPE offers consistently delicious food in an atmosphere that may make you think you’ve wandered into a table service restaurant. And with locations in both the Marketplace and West Side ends of Downtown Disney, you’re never far from one of their excellent meals.

Normally, it’s the Marketplace location that we favor as it’s bigger and has much more seating. But today we decided to give the West Side location a try. (If you’d like to see the details of my last Wolfgang Puck Express Marketplace visit, click here.)

Located just next to Wolfgang Puck Cafe and Dining Room, this location offers great eats for everyone. From grab and go, to pizza and more, there are really some incredible options here.

Wolfgang Puck Express West Side Sign

Let’s head in and check it out!

Atmosphere

Wolfgang Puck Express West Side is impossible to miss, situated across from Splitsville and the AMC Theatre. You’ll find the entrance tucked just to the left of the restaurant’s main door.

Wolfgang Puck Express West Side

I enjoy visiting WPE during the day. While the restaurant takes on a chic, modern vibe at night, the sun streaming in during daylight hours makes for a bright, cheerful spot.

Indoor Seating

Of course, there is also outdoor seating and this busy area offers primo people-watching opportunities. The ceiling fans and overhang make it quite comfortable as long as you’re not visiting during the height of summer.

Outdoor Seating

The open kitchen allows you to watch as chefs prepare the goodies — especially pizzas, for which WPE is famous.

On Stage Kitchen and Pizza Oven

Time to Make the Pizzas

Here’s the star of Wolfgang Puck’s — the pizza oven! Puck’s pizza really is excellent, and there are lots of different types to choose from.

Pizza Oven -- Up Close

Since we were more than ready for some lunch, it was time to head to the counter and see what we would find!

Eats

The emphasis on fresh preparation and quality ingredients continues at Wolfgang Puck Express. Right on the menu, you see the company’s commitment to using organic and local ingredients whenever possible.

Menu Board -- Click to Enlarge

If you frequent the Marketplace location and then pop into the West Side restaurant, you’ll notice a smaller menu at the latter. And yet, all the classics are here, so you’ll likely find something to interest you.

Prices are a little higher here than at many counter service spots, but food is consistent and freshly-prepared, and is often on par with table service options, so keep that in mind as you plan your experience. This is also a top spot to use a counter service credit on the Disney Dining Plan because of higher pricing.

Menu Items and Photos Up Close -- Click to Enlarge

Beverages are self-serve, although staff attentively wait on you once you’ve ordered your food and will happily refill your drinks.

Beverage Station

The Grab and Go options are spelled out on the menu, but you can also take a look at the choices before you make your final selections.

Grab and Go Section

With some really delicious dishes, this is a fantastic option for food on the go if you’re really in a hurry, but would still like a tasty, fresh meal. The fan favorite Chinois Salad is available grab and go — no waiting necessary!

Grab and Go Chinois Salad

There’s also a Chicken Caesar available, as well as some interesting sandwich options, prepared on beautiful artisan bread.

Grab and Go Chicken Caesar Salad

Grab and Go Turkey Club Sandwich

The Roasted Vegetable Sandwich, with its mix of veggies, cheese, and pesto, sounded pretty incredible. I’m putting a pin in that one for another visit for sure. :-)

Grab and Go Roasted Vegetable Sandwich

There are also a selection of sides and desserts. We’ll be taking a closer look at one of these in just a sec!

Grab and Go Yogurt Parfait and Fruit Salad

Grab and Go Key Lime Pie

This carrot cake is phenomenal, just in case you’re wondering. I wanted to get it so badly, but I knew I wanted to review a different dessert for you that hasn’t yet been on the blog. So I’ll just tell you it’s out of this world, and show you the pic I have from my experience with it over at Wolfgang Puck Cafe!

Grab and Go Carrot Cake

wolfgang puck carrot cake -- hubba hubba!

Once you order, you’re given a number so that your food will find you. :-) Yep — you just head to the table of your choice, plop your number down, and servers bring your food out to the table, complete with real plates and silverware. Fancy!

Order Number -- They Bring Your Food to You!

Shortly after we were seated, our food arrived. First up, we went with the classic Pepperoni Pizza.

The pizzas here are the size of a dinner plate, and are easily share-able if you are looking for a light lunch or snack. They’re certainly adequate for one hungry person, and we ended up taking half of it back to the hotel. (FYI — it tastes awesome as a cold breakfast the next morning.)

Pepperoni Pizza

The crust is thin and crisp-tender, almost like a flatbread, and really allows the delicious toppings to take center stage.

Pizza and Crust -- Up Close

You see evidence of that hot, wood-burning oven on the bottom of the crust, which is nicely golden-brown.

Bottom of Pizza Crust

We also got my old favorite, the Rotisserie Chicken, which came with a hearty helping of Garlic Mashed Potatoes.

This was my standard order when I first fell in love with WPE! And it was as great as I’d always remembered. It’s truly NOT a counter service meal, you guys. The quality is incredible.

The chicken was juicy and flavorful with crisp skin — perfect roasted chicken. The mashed potatoes were loaded with fresh, savory garlic. And there’s plenty of juice to flavor every bite.

Rotisserie Chicken and Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Soon, we were ready to turn our attention to dessert. We chose the Key Lime Pie this time, since I’d been wanting to try it!

Key Lime Pie -- Up Close

Topped with a lovely little crown of golden meringue, the pie was a bit too sweet for me. But you folks know how much I love my key lime pie to be mouth-puckeringly sour!

The texture was good — very firm — and there was a good ratio of graham cracker crust to filling.

Key Lime Pie -- Inside

But that’s not all we have to share with you food-wise!

In addition to my experience, DFB reader Susan T. also sent us some wonderful photos of her recent visit to Wolfgang Puck Express at Downtown Disney Marketplace. She provided her review of a few of the items that we didn’t sample this time, and we’re always excited to give you more details when we can! Thanks to Susan T. for the use of her photos and her review!

Here’s what Susan had to say:

The Four-Cheese Pesto Pizza was great with tangy creamy goat cheese and fresh tomato and basil. The crust is crispy on the edges and yet very tender in the middle, without being soggy. The ingredients taste top-notch and lived up to the Wolfgang Puck reputation.

Four Cheese Pesto Pizza

The pizza is big and makes a mid afternoon meal that is satisfying enough to be lunch or dinner. I recommend getting two or more pizzas and sharing with table to taste the different flavors.

Four Cheese Pesto Pizza

The Meatball Pizza and the Barbecue Chicken Pizza with fresh cilantro were both great as well.

Meatball Pepper Pizza

Barbecue Chicken Pizza

The Crème Brûlée is small, but a very good dessert. It has a strong vanilla flavor and hits the sweet tooth spot. I will definitely be re-visiting on my next trip to Disney!

Crème Brûlée

Crème Brûlée -- Up Close

Thanks, again, Susan!! I’ve heard all about the creme brulee and love seeing pics!

Overall

Wolfgang Puck Express, both at Downtown Disney West Side and Marketplace, continues to wow us with incredibly tasty food and a wonderful, bright atmosphere. While these are technically counter service spots, the eats easily rival some of the meals that we’ve enjoyed at table service locales across Disney World. And when you compare the prices here to table service options, you’ll find that eating here is actually a bit of a bargain as well.

If you are looking for delicious pizzas or other dishes with a fresh California flair, consider stopping at Wolfgang Puck Express. Year after year, we are happy to return to this favorite counter service spot that features quality ingredients and friendly staff.

What’s your favorite dish at Wolfgang Puck Express? Leave a comment below and tell us all about it!

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12 Comments

  1. Robert says:

    I had an extra counter service credit on my Disney Dining Plan near the end of my WDW stay last month. I went to WPE and grabbed a Chinois salad and key lime pie from the cooler. While they’re made frequently through out the day, the grab-and-go salads are sensibly packed for overnight storage with the sauce, peanuts, and fried noodles sealed tightly in their own containers. I kept the salad and pie in the fridge of my DVC room and enjoyed them for lunch at MCO on my departure date. Everything was nice, crisp, and tasty two days after I bought the salad.

    I recommend WPE salads to go as an excellent and yummy way to extend your Disney experience while you’re on the road.

  2. Sandy - winnieatepooh says:

    I myself enjoyed the 4 cheese pesto pizza and a frozen yogurt with crumbled chocolate chip cookies…YUM! As the reviewer above said, the pizza had a nice tang from the goat cheese and was absolutely delicious. My fiance had the bacon wrapped meatloaf with mashed potatoes, and the creme brulee…he loved it as well! We’ll be frequenting this spot more often on our next trip, for sure! Thanks for the review, AJ…I’m hungry now! :)

  3. Katie says:

    I’ve been wanting to try that place but always ended up at earl of sandwich instead. That is awesome that they serve creme brûlée because it is my favorite! Do you know if it is served with freshly toasted sugar or is it pre prepared?

  4. Jenny says:

    Thank you for the review, the food sounds so good. I just couldn’t get past the fact that they charge $8.95 for a slice of carrot cake and a wedge of Key lime pie.
    It did look good though.

  5. Courtney G says:

    This is the best counter service meal at WDW! The quality of food is top notch. I used to get a chicken BBQ sandwich but that was discontinued. Now I order pizza when I go. It is always a family favorite!

  6. DisneyMom3 says:

    Love Love Love this place. Alwasys a MUST when we are at Disney. !!

  7. Pardonmyfrench says:

    We ate there a few years ago and had a subpar meal. We ordered the pizzas and they didn’t seem fresh and were not evenly made. Also the outdoor seating was dirty. We haven’t been back since but based on your review and pics we will try again. Also based on our experience we’ve avoided all Wolfgang puck eating locations.

  8. Bill says:

    The best thing they make, hands down, is their breakfast pizza. We make a morning trip to Downtown Disney on every vacation to get one. It’s my favorite breakfast on property.

  9. Janna says:

    Our love affair with WPE began at West Side in 2010. Oh, my! We fell in love with the Four Cheese Pesto pizza and the mac & cheese. Every trip since then has included at least one stop at WPE (usually at Marketplace now).

    My favorites are the meatloaf and the butter lettuce salad.

  10. Juanita says:

    I wasn’t fond of my first meal there, but after reading numerous good reviews on the dis, I tried it again. I’ve enjoyed all of my meals there, with the exception of the bacon-wrapped meatloaf. Their breakfast is really delicious though, particularly the bacon pizza and the breakfast pocket.

  11. Lori says:

    All of those pizzas look soooooooooooooooo good.

  12. Corey says:

    $9/dessert – ouch!!

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