Thought I should write this one for future browsing.. and I think I've just about calmed down enough to recall it (it happened a good three weeks ago )
We've done fantasmic for years. It's not our fave show but we feel like we should do it at least once each year so this December I tried to get a reservation. Everything had gone except for Mama melrose on one day of our trip so that's what I booked.
For those who haven't been there, Mama melrose is a faux italian at the back of the studios. It's as busy as all the other restaurants and isn't the largest place. It's considered mid-tier price wise.
So we arrive and waited 30mins past our reservation time to get seated. Everyone was getting antsy and people kept going up to the podium demanding to be seated but we said nothing like good polite guests. Finally we were led to the table.
The table was one of the usual tiny Disney tables for 2. I'm not a huge fan of these, there often isn't enough space for all the settings and often they rush away things to make room for the next course etc. but ok fine.
The server didn't come over for another 20 mins but she was mega busy so yah know, OK.
Finally came over and delivered a speech about how the fantasmic package had one starter and main from the menu and the dessert was fixed. Hmmmm dessert fixed? never used to be!
Looked at the menu and jeez :/ I could just tell that it had all been scaled down so that they were pumping out cheaper courses than they used to, presumably to make more from the dining plan/fantasmic people. It USED to be that you could have a really nice meat selection followed by a very nice steak and potatoes but nooooooo more.
There was genuinely nothing I fancied on this new menu which was different from when I booked. Anyway the server came over and asked for our starters, I asked if I could just have a fruit juice or something as I didn't fancy any of the appertisers. You should have seen the LOOK! If it's not on the menu you cant have it and theres no point me asking if you can because they'll say no. Wow ok :/ so I said well forget it then because theres no point bringing me something I'll only waste. She said oh I'll bring you the salad. I said no look I dont eat salad, lets not waste it. Mega LOOK again and starts tutting.
Main course, everything came with some kind of pasta. OK it wants to pretend to be an italian, but it's disneyworld yah know ;-) no options or choices. No fries, no chips, no potatoes of any kind, nothing but pasta.
I know you're thinking I'm going to be a prat here but I'd already heard the next table try to get something else for their kids and not get anywhere so I was resigned to it. So I said ok just the steak on its own. "well it'll come with vegetables and pasta" well no, please dont I dont like the taste next to the steak just the steak on its own. Well ms server went off the rails to the point where I could tell she was REALLY trying to hold back not to tell me what she thought of me. I had no wish to see her get in trouble, nor any wish to debate it with her/the manager etc so I just said look, I know you dont come up with the menu. Just the steak, on its own, nothing with it on the plate.
Stormed off and I could see her telling all the other servers about this unreasonable guy.
So over she comes with two salads. I said to her, I didn't want one? she said, loudly, well I HAVE TO BRING IT. slammed it down, stormed off.
The main course turned up. Steak with all sorts of pasta all over it. Called her back, told her AGAIN I didnt want the pasta and after more attitude, she went and had the pasta scraped off. SIGH. completely awful.
The steak itself was semi-cold, rubbery, fatty and tasteless..
Tried to find a manager just to explain my side of things but there was no one around and though the people at the podium said they'd send someone, they never did.
Eventually she came took the plates, no need to ask if we'd enjoyed it, clearly we hadn't so she didn't ask. Then she brought the dessert which was a fixed sampler (saving money again!). It was "ok" but not as good as choosing our own!
Remember I'm still being nice! unbelievably I haven't been sarcastic to her, but she's obviously fed up of me and my picky ways so I asked her for the fantasmic tickets "you dont get those until you've paid". I said oh no problem its just before we've had them during the meal and I didnt want to forget , "IM NOT GOING TO FORGET" she shouts and storms off again.
Anyway, we left. It was nearly $100 with drinks for the two of us on the package. The service was awful, the food was terrible and just the attitude of the whole place was how fast can we get people through this and out.
They have their menu. It's a pretend italian, I get it. It's my problem I'm so picky but heck, it's also disney world, can they honestly not throw some fries on the plate? some potato chips? SOMETHING for the unadventurous who don't want their tasteless pasta?
...but what really hurts is the attitude for the price paid. Perhaps the server thought I was going to complain about her so dutifully filled the role of worst server ever? Perhaps it was just she knew I wasnt going to tip well? I'd say she just didn't like having an unhappy guest but to be honest, the attitude didn't suggest that.
Honestly, worst. Place. EVER! Wild horses and a 100% discount wouldn't drag me back to that place.
So, when considering pre-booking mama melrose either using the dining plan or fantasmic, I'd strongly recommend either paying a bit more for the usually excellent brown derby or paying less for the buffet at hollywood and vine.