Friday, July 8, 2011

Most Memorable Disney Dining Experience

Trying to decide on a favorite Disney dining experience was more difficult than I thought, not because of my lack of choices but because of the tremendous number of amazing experiences we have had ranging from character meals to signature dining to a Kitchen Sink at Beaches and Cream (yes, that was a dining experience in itself!).  I decided to go with one choice that encompasses an all around amazing experience from getting to the restaurant, exploring the resort, tasting the food and even the ride back "home" to our resort. 

Back in 2006, Pierre and I were traveling to Walt Disney World the first time as parents.  Joey was just 14 months old, and I was just about 6 months pregnant for Hayley.  My parents, as well as brother and sister in law, were all there to help us celebrate Joey's first trip to Disney.  One night of the vacation, my parents took Joey for the night, so that Pierre and I could try out a new, and now favorite, Signature Dining experience - Artist Point at Disney's Wilderness Lodge.  We had never eaten there before because we had always gone to California Grill and I will admit, I was a bit skeptical about changing.

Joey had a lot of fun with Grammie and Grampa,
while Pierre and I had dinner!
To get to Wilderness Lodge, we always take the boat from Magic Kingdom, which is a relaxing ride, especially at sunset if you can plan your advanced dining reservation around that.  We made our way through the breathtaking lobby of the resort and found Territory Lounge, which is right next to Artist Point.  The atmosphere was just so relaxing, I knew before even sitting down, we wouldn't regret skipping California Grill this trip.  If you haven't been on the interior of this resort, I highly recommend you check it out on your next trip!

Here is where my most favorite food item on all of Disney property comes in - Smoky Portobello Soup.  I could eat this soup all day, everyday.  The flavor is unbelievable, and it now is the one thing I order every single time we go to Artist Point.  I followed that with their signature dish - the Cedar Plank King Salmon and the Berry Cobbler.  This meal has yet to be outdone by any other restaurant on property for us (other than the view at California Grill, that really can't be beat!).  For each dish I ordered, I can say that I didn't want any of them to end!  This put Artist Point at the top of my Disney dining experiences. 

To top off our amazing experience, on our way back to Magic Kingdom by boat, we had to make a stop to wait for the Electrical Water Pageant to pass by - talk about a front row seat for the show!  We were under the stars, sitting out on Bay Lake, listening to and watching the pageant pass by us.  It was a great ending to a great meal!  Of course, we didn't plan for this extra little bit of Disney magic for the boat ride back to Magic Kingdom, and we probably couldn't plan it to work out the way it did, but I know I will try!  So from beginning to end, this is by far my favorite Disney dining experience.  If you haven't made your way over to Artist Point at Disney's Wilderness Lodge, I highly recommend it!  If you are interested, you can find the menu over at All Ears.

What is your most memorable Disney dining experience?

14 comments:

The World of Deej said...

You're right...the boat ride to Wilderness from MK is great. Although, I prefer to make it via water sprite:)

DisneyBabies said...

That makes me want to change plans! Unfortunately, I let my husband pick our date night, so we'll have to add this to a future trip. Great story!

Debs @Focused on the Magic said...

What a magical night out! I loved reading your thoughts on AP. I couldn't agree more! Right down to the Berry Cobbler!!

Heidi said...

That sounds like an amazing night! We're hoping our next trip to Disney will be to celebrate several big family events - one of which will be our 20th anniversary - so we definitely need to plan a date night. :)

Kristen Hoetzel said...

What a great way to spend date night! I couln't agree more about the Artist Point's salmon. Incredible! I'll have to try the soup next time. I love soups and mushroom always is top on my list.

Disney on Wheels said...

What a great night! I am hoping to eat at Artist Point soon, that soup sounds so good!

Days In The Park said...

Sounds like a great meal and experience Beth! Obviously being a "Lander" I've never had a chance to go, but maybe I can next year! :)

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

Thanks, everyone! I highly recommend Artist Point. I forgot to add in that we have never had an issue getting a dining reservation for our ideal time either. Pierre had the buffalo and loved that too.

If the recipe for the soup wasn't so extensive, I would attempt to make it! :-)

Kelly said...

AP is a place that I have always wanted to try. I would love to dine alone there with my hubby. :0)

BruceWDW said...

This is one of those restaurants I've always wanted to try; and the Buffalo sounds like a wonderful choice.

Aljon Go said...

Artist Point is indeed a great place for dinner. I found it perfect for a nice romantic date. I too had the salmon and it melted in your mouth! Great post!

Mouse Fan Diane said...

I loved your post, I will be putting Artist Point on our list to go to. We always go to Whispering Canyon every year, and that is so great I could go on and on. The Smoky Portobello soup sound great, I would like some right now. LOL

Beth Green said...

OK. my last comment didn't post. Anyway- GREAT post! Neve been to Artist Point. If Jonathan comes through with that no kids trip, we'll have to try it out!

Bird said...

What a wonderful Disney date night!