Storybook Dining at Artist Point opened in December at Wilderness Lodge, and I have been dying for the chance to experience it! So when Michelle, the Disney Fashionista, and Chip from Chip and Co. invited me to join them, I jumped at the opportunity! It was absolutely amazing and everything I was hoping for! Plus, it gave me an awesome chance to Disney Bound as Snow White; who could pass that up?
Walking into the restaurant feels like walking into a fairytale forest. Branches decorate the ceiling, and the menu looks like a leather storybook. The napkins have an apple signed by the characters that will visit you during the meal. It makes a nice keepsake or bookmark for later. Each table has a carousel made to look like a tiny tree. The appetizers and desserts fit perfectly on its branches. If Disney sold these carousels, I would snap one up in a heartbeat! It added such a nice touch to the atmosphere!
The meal begins with three different appetizers. Our whole table loved the Winter Squash Bisque. It was served in a tiny cauldron, and it was pure deliciousness! The other appetizers included a hunter’s pie and a shrimp cocktail. Since I am a vegetarian, our server Liliana also brought out a separate platter with a steam bun, cherry tomato salad, and Impossible burger slider. It was all so tasty, and I was excited to have some meat-free options!
For the main course, I had the butternut squash gnocchi, while the other members of my party enjoyed the veal shank and the roasted chicken. Honestly, this was the best meal that I have had in months! If you would like to view all the menu options available, you can find them HERE.
Dessert is always my favorite part of any meal, and this meal came with FOUR desserts! That alone made it the best meal ever! Several fun cocktails are available, but our table favorite was the Enchanted Apple. And speaking of apples, the Poison Apple dessert was beautiful and unique! The sour center was a nice complement to the sweet mousse covering it. The Miner’s Treasure was a little sweet for my taste, but the “gems” had a fun crunch! My favorite was the Gooseberry Pie (though I’m a little ashamed to admit that I didn’t know gooseberries were an actual thing and not just made up for fairy tales.) This one reminded me a bit of a caramel apple pie.
The last dessert comes to the table separately. The presentation for The Hunter’s Gift to the Queen is fantastic! When opened, it releases smoke showcasing ganache hearts and caramel corn. This was an incredibly cool end to the meal!
Characters and Fashion
Of course, one of the best parts about a character meal (or meet and greet) is getting to show your own Disney style! Michelle and I both based our outfits on Snow White’s iconic colors and red bow but created very different looks to suit our own styles. Poor Dopey thought he was seeing triple! Disney bounding provides a great opportunity for extended character interactions. All of the characters commented on our looks, and the Evil Queen even told Michelle that her outfit choice was “unfortunate.” (She must not have realized that she was talking to the Fashion Queen!) While Michelle and I were both inspired by Snow White, it would also be fun to Disney bound as the Evil Queen or even as a dwarf! It’s all about finding your own personal style! Character interactions are so much fun, but sometimes they can feel a little awkward for adults. Disney bounding is a great way to break the ice and immediately start having fun with the characters!
Storybook Dining is $55 for adults and $33 for children. It is included in the dining plan and counts as one credit. I felt that this was a totally amazing experience, and I already can’t wait to go back! The atmosphere, characters, and of course, the food combine for an unforgettable evening!
Have you been to Storybook Dining at Artist Point or is it on your list of places to try? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
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