The Garden Grill restaurant is somewhere we have always wanted to eat in during our previous visits to Walt Disney World. We did book to eat there during our 2012 trip. Unfortunately, we had to cancel our dinner there when Ethan became unwell. Our main reason for wanting to eat there is that it is family-style dining. The cook with ingredients farmed from The Land in EPCOT. The Garden Grill character dining experience has an added bonus. You can meet Chip n’ Dale, Farmer Mickey Mouse, and Pluto there. The restaurant also slowly revolves giving you views of The Land attraction.
The family-style menu served at The Garden Grill reminds me of our Sunday roast dinners. I guess it would be similar to an American Thanksgiving dinner. Ethan enjoyed the meal but Little E was a bit fussy possibly because she was having too much fun. The short-cake dessert was absolutely amazing. I just wish I had room to eat more!
Character Interaction at the Garden Grill Character Dining Experience
The Garden Grill is well-known for its character interaction and it didn’t disappoint. The children loved meeting Chip and Dale, Pluto and farmer Mickey Mouse. They spent lots of time with the children and we even got to see some of the characters twice.
You must remember not to get Chip and Dale confused. Dale has a brown nose and Chip has a black nose that is meant to look like a chocolate chip.
The children loved spending time with the characters it was lovely to see their reactions to them. It was such a relaxed atmosphere and the circle shape of the restaurant made it feel like a very personal experience. I captured the children’s interactions with the characters on video. You can watch this video below.
We loved eating at The Garden Grill and we would eat here again if we ever get the chance. They also serve breakfast so that could also be a good option if you want to start your day in the park early.
With regards to the revolving restaurant it is very subtle but not the best idea when you have just come off of your Disney Cruise and still getting your land legs back!