Toy Story Roundup Rodeo BBQ Evaluate

Roundup Rodeo BBQ is the latest restaurant at Walt Disney World, positioned in Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios. This WDW eating evaluate shares meals photographs, execs & cons of this family-style meal, whether or not it’s well worth the cash & time, and methods to rating a reservation. (Up to date April 3, 2024.)

The animating thought behind this restaurant is that Andy has constructed a restaurant consisting of Woody’s Roundup toys and different playthings. To create the restaurant, he minimize and taped cardboard bins collectively to create a brand new rodeo enviornment. Inside, it’s a broad assortment of toys assembled to create a enjoyable, colourful mashup-atmosphere–just about no matter Andy had laying round.

Now that the creation is full, Andy and all of his toys are inviting visitors to take part within the enjoyable of a yard barbecue at Roundup Rodeo restaurant. That is how Walt Disney World has described Roundup Rodeo, leading to some (comprehensible) confusion amongst Walt Disney World followers.

To that time, let’s begin with what Roundup Rodeo BBQ is NOT: a personality eating expertise. Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, and friends proceed doing meet & greets round Toy Story Land and NOT at Roundup Rodeo BBQ restaurant. Because the ‘BBQ’ within the title ought to implies, Roundup Rodeo is also NOT Pizza Planet from the Toy Story motion pictures.

So what IS Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant? In sensible phrases, it’s a much-needed enlargement to Toy Story Land that helps to spherical out the slate of choices that had been initially meant for the doorway to this land–together with Al’s Toy Barn and Woody’s Western Village–however fell sufferer to price range cuts previous to building. Roundup Rodeo BBQ is positioned precisely the place that village would’ve been.

April 3, 2024 Replace: As is normally the case in the course of the ‘honeymoon’ interval when a brand new Walt Disney World restaurant opens, Roundup Rodeo BBQ didn’t provide any reductions to visitors for all of final 12 months–or the primary few months of 2024. Normally this blockout, of kinds, ends after just a few months. However not with Roundup Rodeo BBQ.

The excellent news is that that has lastly modified, and each Annual Passholders and Disney Trip Membership Members can now get 10% off their meals at Toy Story Roundup Rodeo BBQ. This low cost applies to the common value of meals and nonalcoholic drinks–however excludes booze, tax and gratuity.

Earlier than anybody asks, there are nonetheless no rumors that Tables in Wonderland (the membership program that beforehand supplied 20% reductions on all restaurant purchases) will return at any level quickly. We nonetheless suppose it’s a chance as ADR demand dies down and Walt Disney World pulls from the 2019 low cost playbook, nevertheless it may very well be a wholly new program constructed from the bottom up. It was a win-win for visitors and Disney, so we suspect one thing like it should return sooner or later, however that’s nothing extra knowledgeable hypothesis–there haven’t been any rumors.

Talking of ADR demand dying down, there’s excellent news for the Walt Disney World trip planners on the market: Toy Story Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant is getting a lot simpler to enter. For just a few months after opening, this was some of the elusive Advance Eating Reservations (ADRs) in all of Walt Disney World.

It was typically booked greater than 60 days prematurely, and infrequently had final minute availability. (See our Information to Advance Eating Reservations at Walt Disney World for suggestions & tips to attain elusive ADRs, data concerning the 60+10 rule, and extra.) Fortunately, that has modified within the final couple of months. At the very least, for now–all bets are off come Christmas.

I used to be capable of rating ADRs for Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant just a few days prematurely. In checking for reservation availability proper now, there are alternatives for many days (lunch, dinner, or each) within the subsequent two weeks. I’ve additionally seen Roundup Rodeo on the last-minute due to cancellations or Stroll-Up Waitlist. It’s nonetheless not an simple ADR, nevertheless it’s getting simpler.

The unhealthy information concerning the elevated ADR availability is that Walt Disney World is being fairly ‘aggressive’ in relation to distributing Roundup Rodeo BBQ reservations. The results of that is that there are large crowds of individuals loitering round ready for his or her ADR time, and it’s frequent to attend 15-Half-hour after checking in earlier than being seated. (This was not unhealthy luck on my half–every time I’ve handed by Toy Story Land in the previous couple of months, there’s an enormous crowd ready right here.)

This truly isn’t tremendous unusual. Since loosening cancellation insurance policies, we’ve seen that an increasing number of Walt Disney World eating places are working this manner, not wanting tables to go unfilled. It will probably make for a chaotic expertise ready to be seated, nevertheless it’s one which additionally occurs with regularity at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater and Minnie’s Seasonal Dine. However, figured it was price a ‘warning’ in case you’re anticipating to be seated instantly with ADRs, or get out and in of Roundup Rodeo BBQ rapidly. That most likely received’t occur.

Turning again to excellent news, as Toy Story Roundup Rodeo BBQ is a collaborating restaurant on the the 2024 Disney Eating Plan. Properly, no less than that’s excellent news in idea. In contrast to a variety of character eating places (keep in mind, that is not a personality meal), Roundup Rodeo doesn’t make our checklist of the Prime 10 Desk Service Credit score Makes use of on the 2024 Disney Eating Plan.

In contrast to Minnie’s Seasonal Dine–its kinda, sorta counterpart in Disney’s Hollywood Studios–Roundup Rodeo is a reasonably poor worth on the Disney Eating Plan. That’s as a result of Roundup Rodeo BBQ is comparatively cheap by Walt Disney World desk service restaurant requirements, so the flip aspect to it being a poor worth on the Disney Eating Plan is that it’s a powerful worth when paying out of pocket. Silver lining!

Stylistically, Roundup Rodeo BBQ is mainly if Slinky Canine Sprint and Toy Story Mania had a child, and it was a BBQ restaurant. That makes good sense…proper?!

Mainly, which means that there are rather a lot colourful cardboard cutouts and tons of visuals from Andy’s toy collections. But it surely’s not simply cardboard cutouts affixed to reveal partitions or in an open seating space; you’re additionally surrounded by dimensional objects and there’s decor in actually each course. This offers the eating room loads of depth and texture, making it really feel substantial.

You truly really feel such as you’re immersed in considered one of Andy’s playsets, and I’d argue that Roundup Rodeo BBQ accomplishes this higher than anyplace else in Toy Story Land. It’s like the sport portion of Toy Story Mania in tactile, dimensional kind.

Getting into the primary eating space at Toy Story Roundup Rodeo BBQ, we first discover the Jessie and Trixie room. The opposite aspect options Bo Peep and her sheep, which is a pleasant approach of subdividing the eating room.

These aren’t technically distinct eating rooms–it’s all one massive house–nevertheless it’s damaged up fairly properly with boundaries and the seating association.

Not solely are there these giant icons with hooked up cubicles, however there’s rather a lot occurring in the midst of the room and across the periphery.

All issues thought-about, the eating rooms in Roundup Rodeo BBQ are far nicer than what I had anticipated. Nothing is on par with the large three of themed eating at DHS (Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater, 50’s Prime Time Cafe, Hollywood Brown Derby), nevertheless it’s surprisingly good for what it’s–and by no means what I feared.

My massive concern, knowledgeable by previous experiences with very mediocre Toy Story “themed” eating places, was that this might really feel like a windowless warehouse with decorations affixed to the partitions. If you wish to scale back this to its lowest kind, that is kind of what it’s. However you can additionally diminish different DHS eating in related methods, if you happen to had been so inclined.

What separates Roundup Rodeo BBQ from different Toy Story choices is the best way its house is full of a mix of flats and dimensional objects. All the things is brimming with element, and no floor is wasted. It’s not the top of themed design, nevertheless it completely nails the Toy Story aesthetic. For what it’s, that is about pretty much as good because it will get.

There’s additionally a quasi-show facet to Roundup Rodeo BBQ, with quite a lot of prompts performed as overhead bulletins. The principle considered one of these is bound to be the warning that everybody must freeze as a result of “Andy’s Coming!”

I believed perhaps the novelty of this might put on off, and Forged Members would cease collaborating within the ‘play’ parts just a few months after opening, nevertheless it’s all nonetheless intact. Children are clearly having a variety of enjoyable with these prompts, and so they’re not too frequent to change into tedious or annoying. When you have an extended meal, you would possibly hear a few repeats throughout dessert and whereas ready for the examine, nevertheless it’s in any other case positive and enjoyable.

Though it’s NOT character eating (yet one more reminder for anybody nonetheless confused on this level), Roundup Rodeo BBQ entertains children whereas providing hilarity and hijinks. I’d liken it to a “mild” model of Whispering Canyon Cafe. Personally, I choose the strategy of Whispering Canyon Cafe, which I feel does interactivity higher, and advantages from the servers being extra chargeable for creating magic and reminiscences. Identical goes with 50’s Prime Time Cafe, for that matter.

With that mentioned, there are many individuals who suppose Whispering Canyon Cafe is “an excessive amount of” each with its over-the-top antics and decibel degree. Whereas I vehemently disagree with that sentiment, I can perceive the place persons are coming from with it.

Roundup Rodeo BBQ is totally not for these folks. This restaurant is loud. It’s chaotic. It’s a bit claustrophobic. Though it’s not the windowless warehouse that I feared, that is nonetheless an area with little or no to soak up and dampen sound, and that house is full of children.

That’s not a criticism–the restaurant is what it’s. However if you happen to’re searching for a pleasant and relaxed meal, this most likely isn’t it. If you need a darkish place the place you’ll be able to go to chill down and never fear about your children being a bit, uh, stressed, this suits the invoice completely.

If you happen to enjoyment of disarray and discord, this truly may be good for you–there’s a great likelihood you received’t be capable to hear the dialog at your individual desk, so it may very well be a pleasant likelihood to disconnect in plain sight. (I dined right here alone, which was awkward and by no means really helpful, however the quantity didn’t actually hassle me. There was sufficient noise that all of it sorta pale into the background. To every their very own on that, although.)

With all of that out of the best way, let’s flip to the meals, beginning with a take a look at the menu for Toy Story Roundup Rodeo BBQ…

As famous above, Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant is an all-you-care-to-enjoy, family-style restaurant. It’s priced at $45 for adults and $25 for teenagers, and (say the road, Bart!) it does NOT have roaming costumed characters from Toy Story.

One factor to notice right here is that you’re not truly restricted to the variety of sides you’ll be able to order (as beforehand indicated by Walt Disney World). That’s solely true for spherical one–after that, you’re free to make extra or various choices.

All meals at Toy Story Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant begin with the next salads:

  • Rootin’ Tootin Tomato Salad – Cucumbers, Pickled Pink Onion, White Balsamic French dressing (Plant-based)
  • Rex’s Romaine and Kale Salad – Apples, Dried Cranberries, Pumpkin Seeds, Inexperienced Goddess Dressing
  • Wheezy’s Watermelon Salad – Contemporary-torn Mint (Plant-based)

At an all-you-can-eat restaurant, it’s a waste of worthwhile abdomen house to chow down on filler. That’s simply AYCE101–full frequent sense stuff. However, I ordered and examined these for the sake of essential analysis.

All had been nice surprises. Just about what you’d count on, however elevated a bit. The watermelon, specifically, was actually refreshing on an extremely sizzling and humid day. I ended up consuming that complete salad on my own.

With that mentioned, the spotlight of the opening act at Roundup Rodeo BBQ is the The Prospector’s Selfmade Cheddar Biscuits with Candy Pepper Jelly. That is arguably the excessive level of the whole meal and it positively holds its personal with the perfect bread providers at Walt Disney World.

These cheddar biscuits are savory, candy, and ever-so-spicy combo that’s extremely prime quality and addictively scrumptious. Once more, I do know it’s AYCE101 that bread is filler and an egregious misuse of abdomen house…however I ate these all. (I additionally saved the leftover candy pepper jelly and used that on the meat. Extremely really helpful!)

For my first (and solely) spherical of sides, I chosen the next 4 menu choices:

  • Power Discipline Fried Pickles
  • Slinky Doooooooooog’s Mac & Cheese
  • Cowpoke Corn on the Cob (Grilled Road Corn)
  • The Married Spuds (Loaded Potato Barrels)

Of those, Slinky Doooooooooog’s Mac & Cheese was the one one which was downright unhealthy. I get what they had been making an attempt to do with the noodles, however this mac & cheese was simply too dry, had a chalky texture that was completed no favors by the aforementioned dryness, and all of it tasted low cost and low-quality. (And I’m usually no less than okay with Walt Disney World mac & cheese from buffets!)

Subsequent up are the fried pickles and loaded potato barrels. The latter are good for what they’re–tacky and creamy with the potatoes nicely-seasoned and withstanding the burden of the toppings. That is most likely the ‘good’ aspect for a mid-tier picnic-style family-service restaurant.

With that mentioned, I appreciated the fried pickles much more. By the way, I had simply completed Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater just a few days prior, and ordered the fried pickles there. There’s an apparent high quality distinction between the 2, however I discovered the Roundup Rodeo BBQ model to be ‘adequate.’ The breading was scrumptious and the pickles beneath nonetheless had a crunch, they had been simply decrease high quality.

For my ultimate aspect, I ordered the grilled avenue corn.

No complaints right here. The corn on the cob was good, as had been the toppings. As soon as once more, you’d discover a definite distinction between this and the road corn freshly grilled over at an EPCOT competition sales space. For an all-you-can-eat restaurant, it’s good, although.

Now, let’s flip to the feast of meats that’s the principal course, consisting of the next:

  • Evil Dr. Smoked Ribs: Fall-off-the-bone pork ribs, slow-cooked for hours in our onsite smokehouse
  • Buttercup’s Beef Brisket: Hand-sliced beef brisket, smoked then slow-cooked to juicy perfection
  • There’s a Sausage in My Boot: Spiced pork sausage fire-grilled over dwell oak to offer it an added kick
  • BBQ Hen – with Type! Hen brined for 48 hours, rubbed with our secret yard BBQ spice and smoked to tender juiciness

Earlier than eating at Roundup Rodeo BBQ, our prediction was that the meats could be on par with or akin to a barely “elevated” model of Regal Eagle Smokehouse or perhaps on par with the Signature Skillets at Whispering Canyon Cafe.

In reality, it’s someplace between the 2–however nearer to elevated Regal Eagle.

I hesitate to even evaluate the person meats, as they already appear inconsistent. (In evaluating notes with buddies who beforehand dined at Roundup Rodeo BBQ, that was one takeaway–all of us had very totally different experiences with the meats.)

In a nutshell, I discovered the rooster and sausage to be surprisingly good. The rooster was juicy, smoky, and had an awesome texture due to the rub. The sausage had distinctive smoky taste, presumably as a consequence of being fire-grilled over dwell oak. Typically talking, smoked sausage is my least favourite of those meats–nevertheless it was objectively the most suitable choice on this unfold.

The smoked ribs had been roughly what you’d count on of pork ribs at Walt Disney World. Some had been tasty, some had been a tad too fatty. The upside to doing this AYCE is the choice for rib refills. As a sucker for WDW ribs, I appreciated that characteristic–and these ribs usually. However I’m not beneath the phantasm that these had been prime quality or the top of smoked ribs in the true world. They’re fairly mediocre by affordable metrics.

The meat brisket was the largest disappointment, nevertheless it was additionally about par with different brisket at Walt Disney World. It was too dry and missing in taste–positively needing the assistance of a sauce. If you happen to instructed me that that is the very same brisket as at Regal Eagle Smokehouse, I’d consider you. It struck me as being very related.

For dessert, every visitor has the selection of the next:

  • Cupcake à la Forky: Forky is as much as one thing candy! A basic chocolate cake with a gooey chocolate ganache middle topped with velvety graham cracker buttercream and a sugar cookie
  • Lemon and Blueberry Cheesecake: An iconic creamy dessert that balances the tanginess of the cheesecake with the pure sweetness of blueberries and lemon
  • Billy’s Chocolate Silk Pie: Layers of graham cracker crust and silky chocolate mousse topped with chantilly cream
  • Goat’s Apple Pie: A picnic basic! Tart apples and heat pie spices steadiness completely with the creamy candy filling beneath a crumble crust
  • Gruff’s Peach-Strawberry Pie: With its silky candy peaches and tartness of strawberries, this dessert is a fruit-centric delight! (plant-based)

I ordered the chocolate silk pie, which was very one-note. There wasn’t essentially something mistaken with it, but when this had been a buffet, it’d be the one-and-done dessert that I handed over on subsequent journeys up in favor of extra bold and diversified options. Positively not one thing I’d purchase once more if this had been an a la carte restaurant.

In the end, there are execs & cons to Toy Story Roundup Rodeo BBQ and it received’t be for everybody…identical to nearly some other restaurant at Walt Disney World. The environment is loud and chaotic, nevertheless it presents a way of play and character that make it enjoyable and cozy. I don’t personally just like the theme or environment at this Toy Story restaurant greater than Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater, 50’s Prime Time Cafe, and even Whispering Canyon Cafe, however I additionally understand I’m not the target market. For households with children who love that movie franchise–which is a large demo–this may very well be the superior possibility.

On the meals entrance, there’s each unhealthy and good at Roundup Rodeo BBQ. As anticipated, this slots in barely above Regal Eagle and beneath Whispering Canyon when it comes to high quality. That’s just about true throughout the board, and even with the nice objects, you’ll doubtless discover that Roundup Rodeo BBQ is extra about amount than high quality. Though there have been some dishes that dissatisfied, there have been nonetheless extra hits than there have been misses. This contains all the salads, bread service, just a few of the perimeters, and half the meats. Though I didn’t strive Trixie’s Plant-based Trio for the primary course, if even half of that’s serviceable, Roundup Rodeo BBQ is an effective possibility for vegetarians. In order that’s an sudden twist!

All in all, Roundup Rodeo BBQ fills an essential position in including an satisfying restaurant to Toy Story Land. It is going to be well worth the cash for households wanting a spot to eat limitless crowd-pleasing delicacies whereas immersed in characters from the films, and having enjoyable within the course of. As in comparison with different barbecue choices at Walt Disney World, the worth premium isn’t that important for an in-park restaurant with a extra expansive menu and mental property from a beloved Pixar movie (however not the walk-around characters!). Roundup Rodeo BBQ is healthier than I anticipated, and finally ends up being a simple-but-satisfying and worthy addition to the eating panorama at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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