Carnation Cafe serves up famous traditional American fare including Walt’s very own favorites. Since this restaurant is so popular, you pretty much need a reservation to come eat here any time. Make sure you are fairly certain about your reservation time because there is a $10 fee if you don’t show up. When we arrived for lunch, the restaurant did not seem too busy, but there were quite a few people in the waiting area. The hostess will only let you check in if you are within 5 minutes of your scheduled reservation and will provide you with a buzzer. Soon, we were called by the hostess and brought to our table. After the server took our drink orders, we were ready to order.
Today, we ordered Walt’s chili, fried pickles with dipping sauce, baked potato soup, and Walt’s homemade meatloaf. After a short wait, our appetizers started arriving. Walt’s chili came in a decent-sized bowl topped with tomatoes, sour cream, and cheese. The chili itself was fairly meaty and flavorful. Each bite was delicious and satisfying. The fried pickle was OK, but wasn’t special at all. The baked potato soup was creamy and tasty, but did not have a lot of flavor. There were chunks of potato with bacon bits and cheese. Walt’s meatloaf had a great texture, but the glaze had a very strong condensed ketchup flavor that was quite overpowering. The mashed potatoes were plain, and the roll was not very soft. Although all the food tasted fresh, there were inconsistencies in the tastiness of the food.
Overall, Carnation Cafe serves up tasty food including Walt’s favorites that are worth trying. Service was fair, but we could of had more water refills. Prices are a bit on the high side for the amount of food you get, but that is expected from in-park eating. The annual pass discount is accepted here and definitely helps make the meal a bit more affordable. If you have never tried Carnation Cafe, you should give it a try as it is one of the most inexpensive table-service Disney restaurants available.