House of Blues, Gospel Brunch

When visiting the villa with our friend and her two boys she said that one thing she really fancied doing was to go to the Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues, Downtown Disney.  We hadn’t heard too much about it, and it sounded like something different, so we agreed to give it a go.

I don’t really know what I expected but I do know that it wasn’t what I expected. At all.

First of all, it’s a 90-minute brunch, 45 minutes to eat, 45 minutes of show. We went for the 10.30 seating,  the doors for the 10:30 brunch open at… 10:30. So unless you’re in the front of the line, you don’t get seated (it’s reserved seating) for maybe 10-15 minutes. Which means that you have a lot of people in front of you in the food line and you might not actually start  eating until 30 minutes later.  That leaves you with about 15 minutes to eat your brunch.

Now, this probably would not matter too much if the gospel group (in our case, it was Reverend Chambers and the New Inspiration, a family group) didn’t make you stand up and start clapping your hands at the very first song. But they did.  Now we are Brits and Brits are infamously conservative and not used to ‘forced’ audience participation.  So while I stood and clapped, the boys just wanted to eat their breakfast and my hubby was looking very embarrassed and uncomfortable.  My friend’s view was that she had paid to be entertained, not  to be the entertainment.  I really tried to get into the spirit of it but I can’t say that I found The New Inspiration very inspirational.

In addition, the food was, in my opinion, average. There was a mix of breakfast and lunch foods, from scrambled eggs, bacon, grits and home fries, to roast beef, shrimp jambalaya, bbq chicken and ribs.   Ultimately, the focus at the Gospel Brunch is not on dining and unless you are first through the door, the food will not be piping hot.

So… would I go again?   I wouldn’t but it was probably worth going once.  It is definitely fair to say that it’s not for everyone!

Current Prices:

Free – Child (under 3)
$17.25 – Child (3-9)
$33.50 – Adult (10+)
Seating Times are 10.30am and 1.00pm.  Advanced reservations recommended.

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