Garden Grill: A character meal worth falling in love with

Posted

Allison Flynn
April 13, 2017

If you’re a fan of food and all things Mickey Mouse, then look no further than Garden Grill.  This character meal is as pleasing to the palate as it is to your love of meeting Mickey.

Garden Grill is located inside Epcot’s Land Pavilion, and it is the only rotating restaurant in the World! While you dine, the restaurant is slowly making its journey – and along the way you’ll be able to catch some of the scenes from the ride Living with the Land.

Garden Grill was the first character meal we enjoyed during our fall 2016 trip to the Walt Disney World Resort. After a day in the car to get there, I knew we’d all be hungry. As I’d promised my youngest son he’d get to meet Mickey, it was a great way to combine filling our bellies and fulfilling his request.

Chip and Dale’s Harvest Feast at Garden Grill is served family style – which means platters of food are brought to your table for you to serve onto your plates. The main platter included our meats – chargrilled beef, turkey and Italian sausage – as well as green beans, mashed potatoes and stuffing. A salad, dish of macaroni and cheese (topped with Goldfish crackers!) and rolls rounded out the meal.

My husband and oldest son chowed down on the beef, while I preferred the turkey. Turkey typically is dry and doesn’t have much flavor, but this was not the case at Garden Grill. The bacon and leek stuffing was great paired with it.

My favorite part of the meal, though, was the salad. Made from veggies grown in the greenhouses in the Land, it was colorful and crisp. I don’t normally like radishes, but the flavor paired nicely with the lettuces.

Shortcake with fresh berries and whipped cream is brought for dessert, and as we were celebrating two birthdays, we also got small cupcakes with dessert. We weren’t able to finish dessert because the food was so good we ate it instead!

As we were eating Chip, Dale, Mickey and Pluto made their way around to each table. Garden Grill feels more intimate than other character dining spots because you are in half-moon shaped booths. This design makes you feel like the character is just there for you, which my family really enjoyed. My youngest son didn’t know how to react when he met his hero Mickey for the first time – but by the third time Mickey came around he was definitely calling out to him!

Lunch and dinner offerings are the same at Garden Grill, but if breakfast is more your thing, then there is a family-style breakfast offered as well. Advance reservations are recommended for this character dining experiences – we saw several families get walk-up reservations, but don’t count on that being an option, and book early.

If you would like other recommendations for intimate character experiences or unique dining, please contact me at allisonf@wishesfamilytravel.com. You can also follow me on Facebook at Facebook.com/aflynn.wft.

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