Wolfgang Puck Express is a counter-service restaurant at Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs. The restaurant resides in the Marketplace section of the Springs and serves American cuisine along with some pasta dishes. Wolfgang Puck Express does take part in the Disney Dining Plan as a counter-service credit. This review will include photos of the restaurant, as well as our thoughts on the restaurant’s atmosphere, cuisine and value.
Disney Springs has gone through a lengthy renovation over the last few years that has vastly improved the dining and shopping scene. Table-service staples like The Boathouse, Homecomin’ and Morimoto Asia were added, turning Disney Springs from an area that didn’t really enhance your vacation to one of the best spots to dine in Disney World. Shopping also offers a variety of options for different tastes and budgets.
One of the last things to improve in Disney Springs was the counter-service restaurant scene. Slowly but surely, Pizza Ponte, D-Luxe Burger, and other quality eateries have been added. Most of them are good but none of them top the excellent and recently redone Wolfgang Puck Express.
Like most of the recent counter-service options, Wolfgang Puck Express invokes a modern and bare bones design. There isn’t a theme or story to speak of, as the restaurant is simply trying to be a good place to eat. That’s not to say it’s not a nice place to dine. The main dining room is a little tight in space but has good natural lighting mixed with a warm color palette.
The other two seating options are more exciting but have limited seating. One of those areas functions as an enclosed patio, with big windows to people watch through. This area is a little quieter and bright, making it a relaxing place to sit.
The last seating option is right next to the open kitchen in Wolfgang Puck Express. Watching the chefs work makes this the most exciting option but also the hardest to get a seat at. There are only two large tables in this room and chances are that the seats will be filled when you get there. Still, it’s a nice room and well worth sitting at if it happens to be open.
No matter where you sit, guests will be given a table tracker after ordering at the counter and then the food will be brought out to you. We’re very pro counter-service restaurants using real dishes here on Wandering in Disney and are happy to say that Wolfgang Puck Express does just that. The whole atmosphere isn’t anything interesting but it is a nice experience, a step above most other counter-service spots at Disney Springs.
Where WPE (acronyms are fun!) really stands out is the food. Here’s a look at the menu. We went for lunch and that menu has a nice assortment of soups, salads, pizza, pasta, and other entrees. The prices ranged from $9-$20 per item, making this a strong play for both paying out of pocket and Dining Plan value. There’s a decent wine selection, if you’re so inclined, making this place an even stronger play if you’re on the Dining Plan.
For my entree, I went with the Oven-roasted Salmon which includes Cauliflower Puree, Marinated Tomatoes and Broccolini. I’ll try not to overstate this but this was the best counter-service dish I’ve had in recent memory. On top of that, it was easily the freshest and a good way to eat healthy while at WDW, not always the easiest thing to do. The Salmon was prepared well, tender and flavorful. Being served on top of the Cauliflower Puree was a nice addition, adding a creaminess to the flavor profile. The Tomatoes brightened the dish up, both in presentation and flavor. Finally, the Broccolini was a nice side vegetable and there was a decent amount served with the dish. That’s not always the case with Disney World and vegetables. The Oven Roasted Salmon was better than half the table-service restaurant entrees I’ve tried. Get it.
Melissa went with the Roasted Mushroom Pizza which came with Goat Cheese, Arugula, Parmesan and Garlic Cream Sauce. While not quite as good as my entree, this was still an excellent dish. The Garlic Cream Sauce was delicious and the pizza wasn’t drenched in it. There was a healthy helping of Arugula on top and the Mushrooms tasted fresh. The pizza is pretty large for being a personal size. Coming in at $13.50, this is a pretty good option for sharing a light meal or if you just want to eat a bunch of pizza! Having tasted this one, I’d imagine that all of the pizzas are very fresh and delicious.
Overall, Wolfgang Puck Express is one of the best counter-service restaurants at Walt Disney World. If you’re on the Disney Dining Plan then this is an excellent option. Even if paying out of pocket, Wolfgang Puck Express offers enough quality and variety in price that it’s worth going to. If you’re at Disney Springs then this should be the lead candidate for a counter-service restaurant to go to. Even if you’re not at Disney Springs and are on a longer trip, I’d recommend making a side trip for a meal here. Wolfgang Puck Express doesn’t have an amazing ambiance but the food more than makes up for it, putting it on par with even some table-service restaurants.
Overall Rating – 9.5/10
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