Review: Trails End Dinner Buffet

Trails end is a home-style buffet found at the Fort Wilderness Campground. It offers an array of different dinner and dessert options such as ribs, fried chicken, vegetables, pastas, pizza, roasted meats, bread and rolls, shrimp, a sundae bar, cake, and cobbler. This has the same food options as Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue without the show.  So let’s dive into my thoughts on this dining experience.

Price: Adults $35 children (3-9) $19

I give this pricing 8/10. It is one of the less expensive buffets on property and you do get a lot of bang for your buck here. There are a ton of options for everyone and especially if you can eat a decent amount you definitely get your moneys worth. I suggest eating light throughout the day and saving up for dinner if you are going to eat here.

Food

I give the food here a 7/10. It is known for its fried chicken and ribs, which are absolutely excellent. I was also a huge fan of the brisket that they were serving at the time. I am not sure if this is offered consistently or if they switch out the roasted meat options but it was my favorite part of the meal. The bread and rolls offerings with specialty butters like herb butter and honey butter were great. The cornbread was very good, as were the rolls, they had breadsticks that I found dry and somewhat flavorless so I would skip those personally. The side options were good, they had a variety of salads, peel and eat shrimp, corn, mashed potatoes, and some other vegetables. They had pastas and pizza that were okay. The pizza was rub of the mill Disney pizza but good for the kids. I did try it just for taste but wouldn’t recommend it. The pasta was fine but seemed out of place. It was tomato basil pasta that really did not go with the theming of the restaurant or the other food options.

The dessert was nothing special; they had a choice of different mini pastries like a little chocolate mousse and cookies. They also had soft ice cream that you served yourself with toppings and hot fruit crumble and some sort of cake in a skillet. I tried the ice cream and some of the pastry options. It was good but again, nothing special.

It is also worth noting that they have a full bar with cocktails, wine, and beer options. This is not included in the price of your buffet. We each got one alcoholic beverage which added somewhere in the range of $20 to the bill. I got my favorite Disney cocktail a Pina Coolava, and my husband got a beer. We both enjoyed them.

Atmosphere

I loved the atmosphere here. I give it a 9/10 – it really feels like you are outside of Disney at a campsite having a backyard barbeque. If that isn’t your thing, you may not like it, but we found it to be very fun.

Photo by Disney

Service

9/10 – I have no complaints on service here. Everyone was friendly and gave us the exact amount of attention you would expect. We were seated quickly, within 5 minutes, after arriving and our server was available immediately upon being sat. He was very quick to clear our plates and made sure we had water and drinks as needed. The only reason I am not giving a 10/10 is because there was nothing that stood out as outstanding which is what I would save my 10’s for.

Overall I give Trails End a 7.5 out of 10. We would definitely eat there again but it will not be an every trip meal. If you want a fun and fairly inexpensive (for Disney) meal then I definitely recommend giving this a try! Have you ever eaten at Trails End? What are your thoughts?

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Hello! My name is Cori. I am a huge Disney and Harry Potter Fanatic. I travel to Disney multiple times a year, whether it's Disney world, which I go to the most, Disneyland, a Disney Cruise, or one of the many other wonderful Disney Experiences. I also love to travel to new places and visit Universal every once in awhile to see Harry Potter. I spend a large amount of time researching all things Disney, so I thought it was only fitting that I start a blog to share my thoughts and findings, and I could not be more excited.

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