Did you know there is now an Enchanted Forest within the Wilderness Lodge?

I’m whistling while I write.

Long ago, I wrote on this site that Snow White deserved more. Snow White has been at the parade, she has dined with other princesses at Akershus, and she also has a special spot on Main Street.

And now, Snow White, Dopey, Grumpy and the Evil Queen all have their own dining experience at the Wilderness Lodge.

Although reservations are very hard to get, I got them. I can’t wait to report on the new dining experience at Artist Point, in the Wilderness Lodge!

With this menu, all you can do is hi ho all the way to dinner.

This meal costs $55 for adults and $33 for children ages 3-9 (tax and gratuity not included). For those on the Disney Dining Plan, one table service credit will be redeemed per Guest.

Once you get into the Enchanted Forest, you’ll find that the meal is very different (or so I have heard). So different, that each guest gets their own enchanted apple.

According to Disney sources, the storybook-themed dining experience begins with shared appetizers including Hunter’s Pie with chicken, black truffle, and stone fruit preserve, Winter Squash Bisque with caramel loli and granola served in an adorable black cauldron, Wicked Shrimp Cocktail with soy, miso, avocado, thai chili, and greens, and From the Garden, an array of fruits, vegetables, cheese, and create-your-own honey butter.

Then, you’ll be able to choose from an entrée from a prix fixe menu. Feast on the Royal Prime Rib Roast, Brother’s Grimm Roasted Chicken, Magic Mirror Slow Braised Veal Shank, Seafood Stew and Bashful’s Butter Poached Snapper. Or enjoy the vegetarian option – A Stroll Through Nature – featuring butternut squash, arugula and gnocchi.

Children can choose from Royal Prime Rib Roast, Grilled Chicken, Princess Pasta and Vegetarian Steam Bun.

For dessert enjoy “Poison” Apple; Fairy Tale Gooseberry Pie; a sponge cake with chocolate gems and buttercream icing called Miner’s Treasures; and The Hunter’s Gift to the Queen, which features cracked maple popcorn with a ganache heart.

The meal is roughly $35 for kids, $55 for adults, or 1 credit on the dining plan.

Stay tuned for pictures! And feedback! And remember, you’re the one who can fill the world with sunshine!


Surfin and exploring all that Tusker House has to offer

Early in the morning we started out, entered Animal Kingdom, and entered the world of Tusker House. It was amazing. Pictured above is the marketplace, which contains the buffet. The buffet contains your traditional breakfast (including Mickey Waffles, pastries, toast, fruit, eggs, bacon, sausage, and LOX) and traditional African dishes. Link to Disney’s menu here

Ok. So this is a different type of safari adventure than the one the Beach Boys are talking about. BUT it is a culinary adventure that shouldn’t be missed. I’ll admit that I was hesitant to try this restaurant because I wasn’t sure I’d be up for the traditional African cuisine – but there are other options for the cautious.  The characters are very attentive. At one point in your experience there should be a song and dance with a parade for kids.

For one dining credit, you get a delicious buffet and amazing characters (Donald, Daisy, Mickey, Goofy). While I did see a few people walking up without reservations, I highly recommend making a reservation as early as possible.

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The best part about this restaurant is the attention to detail that may make you think, for a slight second, that you are taking a dining break while on an African safari. So definitely ride this wave if you can. 



Akershus Royal Banquet Hall Review

Every time we go to Disney, we love to stop by Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. The food from Norway is absolutely OUT of this world. When you go for lunch, you are met by a princess, usually Belle, who takes a picture with you (photo pass photographer present).

Then, you are escorted to your table and allowed to sample the buffet, which is unique compared to other Disney resort buffets, as it is replete with Norway fare such as salmon, cured meats, and cheeses! Sometime towards the end of lunch/dinner, if you have children with you, they will be escorted to the middle of the room to start the princess parade!! It’s fantastic!

This year, we were a bit nervous about getting into the Royal Hall with the addition of the new Frozen ride in Norway – we could not get a fastpass in Norway to match the lunch reservation that we got at the banquet hall!!!

So what did I do, I made an early morning BREAKFAST reservation!!! In some ways it was the best and worst decision of the entire trip!! Why was it the best? Well, we entered Epcot early because of the breakfast reservation!! and the FROZEN ride was open!! we rode it twice before being allowed in the castle for breakfast!!

Why was it the worst? Well breakfast had no princess parade, and the food was not worth the price of castle entry. We just received two or three hotplates of scrambled eggs, bacon/sausage, and hash. There weren’t even Mickey waffles at the buffet!!!

So, while I would highly recommend the early entry/breakfast route, only do it if you are willing to drop $270 on a substandard breakfast!! Otherwise the princess castle is fantastic!

Stay tuned for the Mouse family’s detailed comparison of Cinderalla’s Royal Table vs. Akershus – we have a reservation at the Royal Table in August!!


Careful!!! They snap a photo.