The hidden gem of Disney character dining, Artist Point at Wilderness Lodge, is just as good as ever. Whit and I thoroughly enjoyed our entire dining experience – from the food to the service to the characters – when we dined in over his February break.
Artist Point has been transformed into the Enchanted Forest, and it was just that… enchanting! We loved dining under trees and twinkle lights, and everything just fits well in the Wilderness Lodge.
The trio of shared appetizers are delicious, well themed and beautifully presented.
- Wild Mushroom Bisque
- Hunter’s Pie: Turkey and Chicken, Black Truffle, Cranberry Preserve and Crispy Sauerkraut
- Wicked Shrimp Cocktail: Bloody Mary Vinaigrette, Seaweed Salad and Spiced House-made Seasoning
I tried The Smoking Mirror cocktail, which was not what I expected but thoroughly enjoyable. Again, the presentation was beautiful.
Our entrees were also quite yummy! We both tried both and agreed they were delicious. We both liked our own choice best, which is always nice when that happens :-)
- “Cottage” Beef Stroganoff: Tender Beef, Preserved Vegetables, Spätzle, Mushrooms and Aged Cow’s Milk Cheese
- A Stroll through Nature: Asparagus, Leeks, Arugula, Gnocchi, Sage, Parmesan (*Featured in Delicious Disney: Walt Disney World: Recipes & Stories from The Most Magical Place on Earth)
On a previous visit, we had the Prime Rib and Roasted Chicken at our table. Both of those are excellent choices as well. The Prime Rib comes with the most delectable popover that almost makes me want to order it just for that.
Dessert is also shared, and each person in your party receives one of each. Our favorite was the Poison Apple.
- Miner’s Treasures: Cookies ‘n Cream Panna Cotta and Chocolate Gems
- Fairy Tale Gooseberry Tart: Meringue and Gooseberry
- “Poison” Apple: Dark Chocolate-Apple Mousse and Sour Center
The meal concludes with the presentation of a chest billowing smoke (Dry ice) and filled with The Hunter’s Gift to the Queen. Inside is a divine chocolate for each person in your party. (This used to be heart shaped, which was so much more “on-story”.)
Periodically throughout the meal, the characters also dance through the restaurant – it is really cheerful and happy. Meanwhile, The Queen (she apparently dislikes the Evil moniker) stands in the corner and rolls her eyes.
Meeting the characters was “covid operating procedure” during our meal. They posed for distanced photos and gave out autograph cards.
“Normal” character dining is set to return as early as next week, which is BEYOND EXCITING! Here are a few photos from our last visit.
Overall, this was an excellent experience in a beautiful restaurant with delicious food. Wilderness Lodge is one of our favorite resorts and I have extensively reviewed the property in THIS POST.
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