The ever-so-popular Toy Story Land, located in the heart of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, has opened the doors to a new restaurant, Roundup Rodeo BBQ. Check out our honest thoughts on the new Disney dining experience.
Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, is home to a variety of over 400 dining venues. From walk-up food kiosks to fine dining and everything in between… it’s impossible to go hungry while visiting Disney Parks and Resorts. Being Disney foodies, we couldn’t help but eagerly check out the newest Disney World restaurant as soon as it opened its doors in March 2023.
Nestled in Toy Story Land
Roundup Rodeo BBQ is a long-awaited table-service restaurant located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios amidst Toy Story Land attractions, including Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers, and Toy Story Mania. While the land already has one quick-service restaurant option, Woody’s Lunch Box, a table-service restaurant is a welcomed addition. Nestled between the Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster and the iconic Sheriff Woody Toy Story Land entrance, Park Guests will spot the colorful sign for Roundup Rodeo BBQ.
Welcome, Rodeo Fans!
The Disney Park restaurant stays true to the Toy Story Land theme of Andy’s backyard, allowing Guests to feel as if they have shrunk down to the size of a toy, to spend time with characters from the beloved Toy Story (1995), Toy Story 2 (1999), Toy Story 3 (2010) and Toy Story 4 (2019) film franchise. While the restaurant is not a character dining location (or the Pizza Planet several hoped for), Guests can still spot colorful cutouts and design nods that include characters, such as Sheriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear, the evil Emporer Zurg, Bullseye, Bo Peep and her sheep, Jessie, the Green Aliens, Stinky Pete, and more.
With “Howdy Partner” and ” Welcome Rodeo Fans” stated throughout the restaurant design and entrance, diners are welcomed to “rustle up some tasty BBQ” in the western-themed restaurant designed through the eye of Andy’s toys. Children (and adults young at heart) are even welcome to ride a hobby horse (pony on a stick) to their table upon arrival!
What is on the menu for Roundup Rodeo BBQ?
Roundup Rodeo offers a family-style BBQ. This means instead of ordering individually off the menu, Guests will be brought a platter of select items to share at the table. First, the meal begins with the Prospector’s Homemade Cheddar Biscuits, which are served with Sweet Pepper Jelly. These biscuits are incredible, and we personally loved the jelly that went with them. Guests are also provided with three salads, including Rootin’ Tootin’ Tomato Salad, Rex’s Romaine and Kale Salad, and Wheezy’s Watermelon Salad. Our table enjoyed the watermelon salad!
With the delicious biscuits and salads pushed to the side, the main course – the BBQ platter – arrived. This massive platter includes Evil Dr. Smoked Ribs, Buttercup’s Beef Brisket, There’s a Sausage in my Boot – Fire-Grilled Pork Sausage, and BBQ Chicken – With Style. Not in the mood for meat? There are plant-based options with Trixie’s Plant-Based Trio, which includes Combat Carloflower, Scrumptious Bratwurst, and Rip Roarin’ Rib Chop. Additionally, Guests can choose the Cedar Plank Saloon Salmon as an alternative.
There is some selection in the menu when it comes to the sides. Guests can select four sides for the table from a list that includes Mean Old Potato Salad, The Married Spuds, The Claw! Veggie Slaw, Force Field Fried Pickles, Campfire-roaster Vegetables, Slinky Dog Mac & Cheese, Buckin’ Baked Beans, and Cowpoke Corn on the Cob. Our table selected macaroni and cheese, fried pickles, baked beans, and potato salad.
Our Food Thoughts
As mentioned above, the biscuits and jelly were incredible. Additionally, the kids loved Wheezy’s Watermelon Salad. As far as the BBQ platter, well, it wasn’t bad… but there was nothing great about it either. It was a LOT of food, and there was no way our party of 6 could come close to tackling the two platters put in front of us. The favorite on the platter was probably the BBQ chicken. The least favorite was the smoked ribs which didn’t do much for the taste buds.
The most successful dishes were, surprisingly, the Mean Old Potato Salad and the Slinky Dog Mac & Cheese. The kids thought it was great the macaroni and cheese had Goldfish in it! Surprisingly, we adults liked it too. Both sides were exceptional, and we could have happily eaten those two options as a meal in itself.
Cocktails and Desserts
While Coca-Cola products are included, as well as iced tea and kids’ milk, the kids were sure to test out the “Lil Rider Refreshments” at an additional cost of $6.50 per drink. These included Molly’s Frozen Iced Tea, Frozen Cowpoke Cocoa, and Partysaurus Tex. Us adults tested the “Grown-Up Drinks,” with selections such as Grown-Up’s PB&J, Snake Eye Margarita, The Rodeo Mule, Rom on the Range, Whinnyin’ Whiskey Lemonade, and Rattler Rum Punch. Beer, wine, and hard cider are also available.
The “Chuckwager Desserts” were small but packed a tasty punch! Guests are able to choose one mini pie-in-a-jar per Guest. The options include Bo’s Lemon and Blueberry Cheesecake, Billy’s Chocolate Silk Pie, Goat’s Apple Pie, and Gruff’s Peach Strawberry Pie. The kids could select a Cupcake a la Forky. All of the desserts were small, which was a relief after such a large meal. They ended the meal on a sweet note.
While we’ll say the western-style food wasn’t the very best thing we’ve ever had, the special touches to the theme park restaurant took the dining experience up a notch. We thought it was impressive how, at least once while dining, Guests and Cast Members freeze in place because Andy comes near the restaurant. We also thought the plates were fun! They look like typically white picnic-style paper plates but are real. And when signing the bill, Guests are provided with a massive pen to get the job done.
How Much Does Roundup Rodeo Cost?
The price for lunch or dinner at Roundup Rodeo BBQ ranges from $35 to $59.99 per adult and roughly $25 per child (ages 3-9). The cost varies depending on restaurant demand. Guests payment of one price per person includes the standard Coke beverages, the biscuits and salads, the BBQ platter, four sides, and a pie-in-a-jar dessert. Extras to the bill include any mocktail or cocktail selections.
Roundup Rodeo BBQ Reservations
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to six table-service restaurants, including The Hollywood Brown Derby, Hollywood & Vine, 50’s Prime Time Cafe, Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater, Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano, and now Roundup Rodeo BBQ, Reservations are recommended 60 days in advance for all of these locations and Disney World restaurants throughout the property. With the popularity of Roundup Rodeo BBQ, because it is a new Park addition, Guests will find it difficult to land a reservation at this popular restaurant if not made well in advance. Check out reservation options here.
Our family still picks Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant as their favorite Disney Hollywood Studios restaurant. Roundup Rodeo BBQ is worth trying, especially for families, but it doesn’t make it on our must-do every visit list.
We all agreed that with the price point, Guests might find it more enjoyable to spend a little extra and enjoy the BBQ dinner and show at Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness and Campground instead of Roundup Rodeo BBQ. With that said, we’ll be back to visit our Toy Story pals in the future!