Last November, we reported on an unpopular comment from The Walt Disney Company CFO Christine McCarthy during a quarterly earnings call. After announcing that Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort would cut food portion sizes to save money, McCarthy said the change would be “good for some people’s waistlines.”
Shay Spence (@theshayspence), an avid Disney Parks fan and self-proclaimed “Professional Eater,” shared his thoughts on the food quality at Walt Disney World Resort this week with a video about the five worst things he tried at the Florida Disney Park in 2022:
the worst foods I ate at Disney this year (I usually don’t post about things when I don’t like them but I thought this might be helpful 😅) #disneyfood #disneyworld #disneyadult #space220 #foodtiktok #themeparks #foodreview
It isn’t all negative, though. Spence offered a delicious alternative with each lousy review!
Spence started with the salmon entree at Space 220, a third-party-operated fine dining restaurant at EPCOT. He said it was “bland” and, although they’ve changed the recipe, he recommended the steak. Better yet, Spence suggested making a reservation at the Space 220 lounge and ordering fried cauliflower bites with bleu cheese dust to save money on the prix fixe menu.
Next, Spence shared his poor experience at Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
“I really like eating here. I’ve got a soft spot for it. I love the Muppets. I love the theme,” Spence said. “The Margareta Flatbread, though, I’m sorry, is a definite no for me. The crust is kind of cardboardy. Sauce to topping ratio is just off.”
Spence chose churros from every Magic Kingdom cart as his third-worst Walt Disney World food offering. “They just don’t get them right at Disney World, especially compared to Disneyland.”
However, there was one exception. Nomad Lounge at Disney’s Animal Kingdom offers a gluten-free churro that Spence called “fantastic.” He also recommended the fried cinnamon roll bites from EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival.
Also at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Spence said to steer clear of the Pulled Pork Jelly Doughnut Sandwich at Eight Spoon Café, a walk-up food kiosk. Instead, he suggested walking to the quick-service Flame Tree Barbecue for pulled pork mac and cheese.
Spence’s “most tragic pick” was at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, which is currently closed for refurbishment. He said to avoid the Crabless Crab Cakes.
“I could not decipher any of the ingredients in this,” Spence said. “It was just kind of bland mush with an unnecessary mango chutney on top.”
Spence recommended the plant-based bratwurst for a better plant-based meal at the Water Park. “But honestly, I kind of stick to sweets at Typhoon Lagoon.”
Do you agree with Spence’s picks? What are your worst Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort foods of 2022?
Please note that the story outlined in this article is based on a personal Disney Parks Guest experience. No two Guest experiences are alike, and this article does not necessarily align with Inside the Magic’s personal views on Disney Park operations.