As my day winded down in the Magic Kingdom I was excited to head over via ferry to the Wilderness Lodge for my dinner date with Snow White. For those who don't know the Storybook Dining at Artist Point is the newest character dinner offered at Walt Disney World. Upon my arrival I was greeted by a hostess outside the seemingly inconspicuous Artist Point restaurant in the lobby of Wilderness Lodge. Entering the restaurant I found myself surrounded by wonderfully themed details such as, full blown tree columns, glowing lanterns, and the dwarfs' pictures underway.
Storybook Dining is a pre-fix menu that will set you back $55 per adult and $33 per child (ages 3-9). If you are utilizing the Disney Dining Plan this is a one credit experience which in my opinion is pretty low for the value, this could change in the future.
You are only offered the choice of your main entree whilst your three appetizers and desserts are placed on the decorative tree centerpiece at your table. Your three appetizers include Winter Squash Bisque, Hunters Pie, and Wicked Shrimp Cocktail. Truthfully the appetizers would be small for any party other than my party of one, but the variety and quality of them is admirable.
My main meal of choice was the Royal Prime Rib Roast, which was recommended to me by my waitress. I ordered it medium rare and it came out perfectly cooked. The cut was a bit fatty in spots however the portion was large. The sides included Horseradish Mashed Potato and Hay-smoked Carrots. Honestly the horseradish was not my thing but for those who enjoy it on a normal basis would probably find them to be pretty good.
I decided to pair my steak with the Enchanted Apple cocktail. This is the Storybook Dining's take on an Appletini. The drink came with a full apple slice, rimmed in sugar, and as sweet as drinks get. At $12.50 the drink was small but tasty.
The desserts were shared just like the appetizers and were equally small but very well themed. They start to come out with the arrival of the Hunters Gift To The Queen, which is carmel corn and a heart shaped gnash in a swamp of fog contained within a beautifully engraved box.
The other three desserts were then placed on the centerpiece. The Miners Treasure was extremely rich while the Fairytale Gooseberry Pie was pretty mellow. My favorite of the small four dishes would be the "Poison" Apple. This was an apple shaped mouse cake with an edible chocolate root and a glittery outer shell.
After you enjoy your dessert you are free to join the Queen for a picture if you dare. There is a Photopass photographer to scan your band and take your picture if you have Memory Maker, otherwise you are allowed to hand them your cell phone or camera to snap a photo.
Overall my impressions of the Storybook Dining are positive. I think that it is a well themed and well valued dining experience not too far away from Magic Kingdom. The character interactions are plentiful, and the food, while small, was very cute and quality based. For one credit on Disney's Dining Plan, this experience is a must-taste.
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