A new character dining experience recently launched at the beautiful Artist Point Restaurant in the Disney’s Wilderness Lodge featuring the fairest of them all, Snow White, along with some of her friends. Dubbed “Storybook Dining,” this experience does make for a delightful evening.
Having been to my fair share of character dining, meeting Snow White, Grumpy, and Dopey were nothing new. However, meeting The Queen is something that is very rare and, I have to say, the fact that she stands in front of her throne room backdrop and you have to approach her was pretty intimidating.
While the character interaction was all top notch, when you’re paying $55.00 per adult and $33.00 per child (ages 3-9), the food had better be pretty good…and it was! When you are sat you are given a bound menu presented as the story of your dinner that includes the information on a trio of delicious shared appetizers, your choice of à la cart entrée, and the shared desserts as well as beverage options.
The food is brought out course by course as Snow White, Grumpy, and Dopey go table to table posing for pictures and signing autographs. The trio of shared appetizers — Winter Squash Bisque (Caramel Loli, Granola), Hunter’s Pie (Chicken, Black Truffle, Stone Fruit Preserve), and Wicked Shrimp Cocktail (Soy, Miso, Avocado, Thai Chili, Greens) — were each very tasty and did exactly what they were supposed to: left you wanting more.
The portions of both the entrées were perfect and left just enough room for the dessert.
While both entrées were tasty, the chicken won the evening overall. That said, the risotto from the snapper could have been a meal on its own. For dessert, the main three items Miner’s Treasures (Sponge Cake, Chocolate Gems, and Buttercream Icing), “Poison” Apple (White Chocolate-Apple Mousse, Sour Center), and Fairy Tale Gooseberry Pie (Meringue, Gooseberry) are all brought out together like the appetizers.
But my favorite presentation was the final dessert, the Hunter’s Gift To The Queen (Crackled Maple Popcorn, Ganache Heart), as it is brought to the table by our server with the lid closed. When opened, it reveals the hearts.
Overall this dining experience was exquisite. With some of the best character interactions and great food, this ranks highly for me — not only in terms of character meals but just overall meals on property.
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