We've just come back from Disney, our second trip, after our first visit nearly a year before.
Last time we couldn't afford any food other than our included breakfast, (we brought lots of tesco value pot noodles and such!) but were looking forward this trip to having a small amount more spending money so wanted to at least try one restaurant.Billy Bob's Night 1
We had decided to go to Disney this year during the St David's Day Welsh festival. This was motivated by the fact that our family is all at least part Welsh, and also because this seemed the only way we could afford to see fireworks in Disney (they didn't disappoint).
When researching what we were going to get extra/new because of the celebrations, we saw that for 2 nights Welsh bands were playing at Billy Bob's in Disney Village so we decided to eat there and check out the bands. A little searching and we found the example menus on this very website, and were pleased to see that it had actually one of the cheapest "set meal" menus at around EUR 12 for an adult to have a meal, drink and desert, at EUR 6 for kids to have the same. (significantly cheaper per head than Annettes for example). It turns out that we could actually afford for our whole family to have a set meal each two nights in a row so we could check out both the bands!
The first night we went at 8:30pm, ready for the band which started at 9:00. We didn't book a table, just walked straight in, it was busy but not cramped, a decent capacity building on three levels. My wife and I both had the "half chicken" option, which came with chips and barbeque sauce (we asked to have the sauce separately incase we didn't like it - my wife is not to keen on hot things.) The chicken was absolutely beautiful - moist, well cooked, and there was a heck of a lot of it! The chips were nice, and there was a decent amount, and personally I really liked the barbeque sauce, though my wife tried it, and preferred the chicken plain. Our children had kids meals, essentially chicken nuggets and chips. We all got a (small, but tasty) chocolate brownie for desert, and a drink.
We watched the first band (the Monophonics - a Stereophonics tribute, who did a really good job and played an hour's set) and ate our food, all agreeing that we liked the surroundings. It didn't feel cramped or rushed, and the theming of the bar/restaurant was really cool. The band put on a good show, and at the end of the night we really felt like we'd had excellent value for money.Billy Bob's Night 2
The second night we were quite a lot later, because there were fireworks at 10pm, so we wanted to see these first. We then RAN to Billybobs as we didn't want to miss the band! The band that night was "Kane'd" who were absolutely excellent, and played all the way up to midnight, with a small interlude. They interacted really well with the crowd and played a mix of their own songs, and familiar classics. We absolutely loved them. They even played my request, and sent me a lovely message when I became a fan on facebook saying they remembered me!
This night I decided to try a different option and went for the Chilli Con Carne with Cheese sauce (again, asking for the sauce separately). The Chilli was absolutely delicious. The cheese sauce looked and tasted like melted McDonald's "plastic" cheese, which I actually really enjoyed but I imagine others might not have liked, so maybe asking for the sauce on the side is a wise move. My wife went for the chicken again, and though she enjoyed it again, she said it seemed a little drier and perhaps this was because we had gone later in the evening and it had been kept warm. Still, she had no complaints and still ate and enjoyed it all. We decided to pay a little extra (only a couple of euros per head) so the kids could have special cups with mocktails in so they would have a souvenir to remember the place, my daughter had a (washable/keepable) plastic cup with a light up Tinkerbell straw, and my son had a cool Disney style cocktail shaker.Billy Bob's Overall notes
GOOD: The theming of the place is excellent, and theres plenty of space.
GOOD: Excellent live entertainment if you can catch a show. I'd recommend checking what's on and planning your visit.
GOOD: The "set meal" options for Billy Bobs are really good value, some of the best value in the parks/village.
GOOD: Both the chicken and the chilli options are very tasty, and good sized portions, but eat earlier in the night if you can.
NOTE: The buffet is significantly more expensive than the set meal if you don't have a voucher.
NOTE: You eat upstairs - I didn't see a lift, so bare this inmind if you have buggies/wheelchairs
NOTE: Buffet appears to be on the third floor - not sure how well you'd see/hear the bands from up there.
NOTE: Food is on (nice quality) cardboard plates and cutlery is plastic. Might bother you, didn't bother us at all!Welsh Market Food Carts
I cannot stress how amazing the food was from the Welsh market. Obviously its only on for three days a year, but if you're there you MUST check it out. We had fresh Welshcakes (gorgeous) some amazing Indian food, samosas etc (great value deals on buying several, easily an entire meal for EUR 10!) and a cheese stall selling different types of cheeses which were absolutely divine. Seriously these are the best, highest quality and most unusual cheeses I've ever tried. We bought a tonne for ourselves, and loads for family & friends.
Everything at the Welsh market (well the food at least) was very reasonable, and amazing quality. The sellers were friendly and glad to tell you all about where the different foods come from and how and why they are made. Excellent stuff.Santa Fe Breakfast
I posted this last year, but the breakfasts at Santa Fe are simple, but lovely. Four types of cereal, four types of fruit juice, fruit salad, cold meats, two cheeses (though these tasted bland after the amazing Welsh market ones!), croissants, pain au chocolat, bread rolls, toast (butter, nutella, jams, marmalade). Decent selection of coffees/teas/hot chocolate.
It's all basic stuff but its clean, fresh, and there's plenty of it. Turn up early to avoid the ques and stuff yourself full of as much as possible. Yes it'd be nice to have cooked breakfast items as well, but really there's a lot of choice here and considering that once you take the price of park tickets away, essentially your hotel room and breakfast are free, you couldn't ask for better value. Overall
It was nice to be able to at least try some food at Disney this time. hopefully by our next trip we can afford to try a wider variety of restaurants (and my daughter would love eating with the princesses) but even with our desire to try new places (a six layer burger at Annettes is calling me!) we'd certainly eat at Billy Bob's again, especially if there is a show on!