Liberty Inn is located in Epcot’s World Showcase at Walt Disney World. It’s a quick service restaurant with a menu highlighting the finest in American cuisine…uh…yeah. Liberty Inn participates in the Disney Dining Plan as a counter service credit. It does not accept the Tables in Wonderland card for a 20% discount. Liberty Inn is not a good value on the Disney Dining Plan, either.
In terms of both ambiance and cuisine, Liberty Inn has been widely regarded as one of the worst counter service options at Walt Disney World, but it has been improving in recent years. In terms of ambiance, there isn’t really any, save for some flags on the walls and various pots and pans and other things that probably represent colonial America. During the Christmas season, there’s also a large gingerbread house in here that’s actually pretty cool. The indoor seating area here is huge and if it’s busy, it can get really loud in here since the seating is all in one room, cafeteria style. We prefer eating outside where there’s also plenty of seating whenever it’s busy.
We’ve dined at Liberty Inn more times than I care to admit. Once would be more times than I care to admit (the actual number, unfortunately, is higher than once). In our defense, we only go here when we’re with others who aren’t interested in unique dining options, or if we want to see the American Adventure, but have a bit of time to kill. It’s not that Liberty Inn has the worst food in Walt Disney World, it’s that the restaurant is an embarrassment to America. While other host countries offer unique and interesting cuisine (albeit not always authentic versions of it), the United States serves up burgers, hot dogs, and chicken nuggets. Seriously?! That’s the best we can do? Why not just make it a place to get Twinkies and call it a day?
This would be a great place to show off the diversity of American cuisine. Even though it’s a counter service restaurant, they could serve easy takes on regional favorites, like Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, New England clam chowder (or lobster rolls), Creole jambalaya (or gumbo), Memphis ribs, Texas BBQ, Denver omlettes, etc. The possibilities are endless, and a few of the items above are served at other counter service locations, so there is nothing logistically preventing at least some of these from happening. The current menu makes Americans look like fast food junkies, which we sort of are, but the rest of the World Showcase is about putting nations’ best faces forward, so why not do the same with American cuisine?
Fortunately, the menu here has improved in the last year or so–still not to the point that it’s a decent representation of America, but it is better. In fact, based upon looking at menus on various fan sites that have been updated at different points throughout 2013, it appears that they’ve tested several new items this year. Nothing that substantially deviates from the current formula, but definitely an improvement upon the menu when we first visited Liberty Inn in 2007 that was literally just burgers, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, and maybe a basic salad. (more…)