Walt Disney World: Capt. Cook’s

May 24, 2018 (Last Updated: June 29, 2020)
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A close up of a cupcake with pink frosting

When we recently stayed at the Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, for dinner one night we walked over to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, which is right next door. No, we didn’t have reservations at the ever popular Ohana, but rather were looking for a simple and quick meal before heading back to the park later that evening. The quick service dining options at the Grand Floridian didn’t sound too appealing, so we decided to try Capt. Cook’s instead.

interior of Capt. Cook\'s at Disney\'s Polynesian Village Resort

It has a more exotic menu than some other resort quick service locations. The Seared Chicken Breast is served with pineapple sambal and red quinoa-edamame salad, definitely not your standard quick service chicken breast. The sides definitely add a more tropical touch.

A plate grilled chicken with quinoa salad and pineapple

The Pan-Asian Noodles with Vegetables are a popular option that can also be served with chicken or shrimp. Although this wasn’t my pick, the two family members who chose this item really enjoyed it, and said that looks can be deceiving. The small cup is chock full of noodles and TONS of chicken. This was more filling than expected at first sight.

A bowl of noodles with chicken and vegetables

I had eaten the famous Pulled Pork Nachos years ago at Tambu Lounge, and really loved them, so I decided to order them again here at Capt. Cook’s. Unfortunately they were not quite as good as I remembered. There could be a couple reasons for this. One, it looks like now they are served exclusively with potato chips, whereas in the past it was a combination of potato chips and fried wonton skins.

a plate of nachos with pulled pork and pineapple

Also, for some inexplicable reason my nachos appear to be lacking cheese! Please note, the orange stuff in the picture is spicy mayo, not cheese. I swear I didn’t see or taste any cheese on my nachos, which is odd because they’re nachos. The other toppings were great, same as before, but without melted cheese all over them they’re not exactly nachos. I ate them all the same. The pulled pork and pineapple salsa were a great match, just as before. Still kind of perturbed though by the lack of cheese…

A close up of nachos with pulled pork, pineapple, and red onion

For dessert we tried one of the new Millennial Pink treats that were released around Walt Disney World Resort this spring. This Millennial Pink Cupcake is a vanilla cupcake with guava cream filling, and it’s only found at Capt. Cook’s.

a plastic container with a cupcake inside

a cupcake with pink frosting in a plastic container

Not only is it adorable, but it’s actually really good! The cupcake is moist and delicious, the filling is tasty, not too tart or sweet, and the buttercream frosting is light. We scarfed this down!

a cross section of a yellow cupcake with pink filling and frosting

Generally speaking, my family was quite pleased by our simple, quick, and affordable (by Disney standards) meal at Capt. Cook’s. It was a nice change visiting one of our favorite resorts and enjoying the ambiance of the Polynesian, and with the exception of my cheeseless nachos the meal was satisfactory.

Capt. Cook’s
1600 Seven Seas Drive

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