Granted I have only been there once, but I had a great time and the food was excellent! However, it sounds like you had the meal from Hell!! I will admit that the Disneyland Cast Member pales in comparison to the Disney World Cast Member. Do you think thats true? Luckily we had a great Cast Member wait on us which usually makes or breaks you experince, especially at the legendary Blue Bayou. But again, that description sounds really bad for Disney! I am not suprised with the near water issue since I am pretty sure that happens a bunch of times! My mother said that when she came there as a kid, the place used to be darker. Did you notice that and does it mess up the ambiance for you! I think the main problem is that Disneyland was ignored for all those years and now they are starting to get their act together and get the kinks out of it. That busboy thing sounds terrible! I mean if it was an accident, thats fine, but he didn't even try to fix the situation. Very un-Disney!
The description of the food makes me want to go there now! I had the steak mediallions the last time I was there and they were perfect! I will also agree the gumbo was really good (I think we had the same one!)
Also, it is starting to scare me that I really have never had such a bad experince as many have described at a Disney park ever. Do I have some kind of sixth sense to avoid it or am I just a really happy person that doesn't let things bother me? I mean for the amount of times that I went to Disney World, you would think that at least one time there would be a really bad time! I am not saying that there hasn't been any problems, but the ones I reacall were minor and the Cast Members were more the accomidation. Well I am going to Disneyland Paris so I guess my good streak will break :)
Good report on the Bayou!
Sometime, I've got to save up for a trip to Napa Rose, as well, as I have heard so many good things about that Grand Californian restaurant. I almost went this time... but I keep wanting to give the Bayou a chance to make it all right. Even though it keeps disappointing me.
We also ate at the Vineyard the last time we were there and we liked it! We also enjoyed the character breakfast at Paradise Pier.
The first time I saw your report, the pics did not come up so you made my hungry just on your words. The photos taken make it even better. That food looks really good!