Disney World’s Storybook Dining at Artist Point is not for Kids
We love choosing character dining during our Disney World vacations. There are so many positives to choosing these meals over others: you get to meet characters without waiting in line, your kids get to interact with their favourite characters, the meal is typically kid friendly. On our last trip to Disney World we chose to dine at Artist Point in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. This restaurant was recently converted into a character dining experience after being a Signature Restaurant for years. We had actually just dined here last summer during our babymoon, before the change, and had one of the best meals of our trip. For more on that click here. Artist Point now hosts Snow White, Dopey, Grumpy and the Evil Queen during its dinner only offer.
It’s a prix fixed menu, serving three courses for each guest. The choices are limited and fancy for kids. Most of the menu items are influenced by Snow White’s story, the kids appetizer has shovels and pails with it, the little soups came in little cauldrons. Which was really cute but didn’t make it appealing to our kids to eat. The kids had the pasta, but it was shaped differently. They weren’t macaroni noodles or spaghetti noddles. And our kids steer clear of anything unknown, so it took a lot of convincing to get them to eat their meal. The desserts were the best part of the meal. In my opinion, they’re a part of the meal that you expect to be cute. There’s maple popcorn that comes in a treasure chest, little gooseberry pies, “poison” apples. I enjoyed the taste of my meal, but it was overshadowed by trying to get our kids to eat their meals. I think if our server had played up the different aspects of our meal better than I may have enjoyed it more, but it was left up to us to understand all the different elements.
The restaurant is very dark, making it difficult for kids and adults to eat their meals. Our kids knocked over their meals several times over the course of our time at Artist Point. With the lightning being so dark it made it feel more chaotic as the characters came and went.
This is one of the most sought after reservations at Disney World. They’re only open for dinner, and it’s brand new, so the amount of tables per day are limited. Which of course increases the popularity. Even though it’s popular does not mean it’s the best choice for your family. This was the worst dinner on our vacation. If you do really want to eat here, than I’d strongly suggest getting the earliest reservation possible. Despite having a reservation we waited over 20 minutes to be seated. Because of the location of the restaurant, you’ll already be spending a lot of time getting here and you’ll have to take time returning to your resort. I’d recommend this meal for a family with teens, who enjoy elaborate meals and meeting characters.
There’s a high cost to this meal if you’re paying out of pocket. For an adult it’s $60 and for a child it’s $39, similar to the price of a buffet restaurant. This also does not include any alcoholic beverages. However, if you are on the dining plan this meal only requires 1 table service credit. Making it a good use for your meal credits.
I can’t picture us returning here for at least a decade. When our oldest is 17, our middle child is 15 and our youngest is 11, then I think they’ll all be able to appreciate the delicious meal. And we’ll all be a able to take in the magical aspects of the evening.
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