Storybook Dining at Artist Point | Wilderness Lodge

One of the newest additions to the WDW dining scene, Storybook Dining at Artist Point is a character dinner located at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort. Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it’s off to dinner we go- yep, this character meal features Snow White, Dopey, Grumpy and the Evil Queen herself!

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Kids relaxing in front of the giant fireplace at Disney's Wilderness Lodge

We absolutely LOVE the Wilderness Lodge! Jake and I enjoyed relaxing in the lobby when we stayed at Copper Creek Villas a couple of years ago so we were excited to introduce the kiddos to the beauty of the resort. They were immediately drawn to the giant fireplace (even though it was nearly 100º outside) and made themselves at home in the giant rocking chairs. We didn’t stay too long since we were headed to dinner but the kids are already asking to go back to stay.

Leatherbound menu and signed apple napkin at Storybook Dining

The details at Storybook Dining are amazing! The leatherbound menus fit in perfectly with the theme of the restaurant and the signed apple on the napkin is the cutest thing.

Inside of the Storybook Dining menu

The Storybook Dining menu seems to change a bit seasonally, especially on the appetizer front, but this is the current one as of Summer 2019. Like all of the other character meals at WDW, this is a fixed price menu: adults are $60 and children (3-9) are $39 before tax and tip or it’s one table service dining credit on the Disney Dining Plan.

Table (for 8) at Storybook Dining with smiling family.

We were seated at a large round table that I’m guessing would comfortably seat about 8. One of the most interesting features here is the tree stump lazy susan in the center of the table that is used for the shared appetizers and desserts.

Appetizer selection at Storybook Dining: Hunter's terrine, Wicked Shrimp Cocktail, Mushroom Bisque

The appetizers are served family-style and there’s plenty for everyone! The Mushroom Bisque is served in the cutest little cauldron- no one in our house is a huge fan of mushrooms (and some actually despise them!) so it wasn’t anyone’s favorite. The Hunter’s Terrine (chicken sausage with pickles and stonefruit preserves) and Wicked Shrimp Cocktail (with soy, miso, avocado, Thai chili, and greens) were much more popular with our crew.

Little girl with the kids' appetizer at Storybook Dining

Ellie LOVED the kids’ appetizer! It had a cute potted bread, veggie sticks, and create-your-own honey butter.

Snow White dancing and meeting with kids at Storybook Dining

Snow White entered the room dancing and paraded around for a bit before meeting at tables. Like all character dining at Disney, the characters make their way around the restaurant individually and pose for a quick picture. I’d heard wonderful things about the character interactions here (and that’s part of why we booked this one) but I found them to be sorely lacking. The characters were all rushed and were at our table for MAYBE a minute each. As a family with five kids, and ones that are not the least bit shy and LOVE chatting with characters, I found that to be pretty sad.

Kids' prime rib at Storybook Dining Review

On to the main course! Ben and Lexie both had the Royal Prime Rib Roast and they both said that it was fine- nothing spectacular or their favorite meal ever, but they enjoyed it and ate it all.

Grumpy at Storybook Dining

Like Snow White, Grumpy and Dopey walk around the restaurant and pose for a quick picture. There’s no PhotoPass photographer with them so make sure to have your camera ready!

Kids grilled chicken at Storybook Dining

Ellie ordered the grilled chicken and said it was tasty. While she also loved the broccolini, she was not a fan of the roasted potatoes so our server brought out a side of fries for her.

Dopey with 5 smiling kids Storybook Dining Review

All the kids hanging out with Dopey!

Sorceress Spell of Land and Sea and Magic Mirror Slow-braised Pork Shank at Storybook Dining

Christopher and I both ordered the Sorceress Spell of Land and Sea (Charred Barbecue Pork, Clams, Daikon Noodles, and Spring Onion Chimichurri) and it was delicious. The presentation was great and the flavors worked well together- though I found the pork to be on the fatty side, but I’m assuming that was just my particular piece and not a representation of the dish. Jacob had the Magic Mirror Slow-braised Pork Shank (with Mashed Celery Root, Wilted Greens, and Jus) and it was the clear winner at our table. Nick ordered the Royal Prime Rib Roast (with Horseradish Mashed Potato, Carrots, Popover, and Jus) and enjoyed it as well.

Family style desserts at Storybook Dining at Artist Point

And then it was time for dessert! These were served family-style like the appetizers, and there was enough for one per person. The Fairy Tale Gooseberry Pie (Meringue, Gooseberry) was VERY tart and the ‘Poison’ Apple (Dark Chocolate-Apple Mousse, Sour Center) was definitely sour. The Miner’s Treasures (Sponge Cake, Chocolate Gems, Berry Panna Cotta) was the favorite at our table.

Smoking box of popcorn and desserts at Storybook Dining

The showstopping Hunter’s Gift to the Queen (Cracked Maple Popcorn and Ganache Heart) is brought to the table in a smoky box. We all felt that the presentation of the desserts far surpassed the actual quality of the desserts.

Sweet and sassy girl with poison apple at Storybook Dining

She loved the little poison apples- and ate most of them- but clearly had enough of taking pictures!

5 smiling kids with the Evil Queen at Storybook Dining

The Evil Queen is the only character that you go up and wait in line to see. We were told to go get in line to see her after we finished dessert though I think in the future if there’s a short line, I’d hop up and do it between courses of the meal. Like the rest of our character interactions, we felt like this one was lacking. The group in front of us had a HUGE party and they spent a good 10 minutes taking pictures in multiple configurations and chatting with the Queen. When it was our turn, the whole process was rushed and she barely talked to us- we were done in maybe 90 seconds. And again, the kids ENJOY talking to characters and make an effort to interact so the rushed nature was not something they’re used to experiencing with character dining and left all of us feeling kind of meh about the whole thing.

Overall, this one was probably a one and done for our family. We don’t get the Disney Dining Plan and I felt like it was REALLY expensive out of pocket- roughly $400 including tax/tip. Plus, our experience with the character interaction was underwhelming, though I’ve heard other people rave about how great it is. The food was good, just not quite worth the money for our family, though it’s a GREAT value on the Disney Dining Plan.

Things to Remember for Dinner at Story Book Dining at Artist Point

    • Dinner at Storybook Dining is one table service credit if you’re on the Disney Dining Plan. Otherwise, it’s currently $60 (excluding tax and tip) for adults and $39 for the 3-9 crowd. There are often slight seasonal price fluctuations so keep that in mind. I think it’s a fantastic use of one table service credit but if you’re paying out of pocket, it can get VERY expensive, VERY quickly.
    • This is the only place to meet the Evil Queen inside or outside the parks at Walt Disney World.
    • Reservations can fill up quickly so make sure to book 180 days out (or 180+10 if you’re staying on-site). If you can’t get a reservation, keep trying, because people cancel and move around their plans all the time. We snagged this one somewhat last minute.
    • This restaurant is a favorite for people on their Magic Kingdom days since it’s just a quick boat ride away. If you time it right, you can take the boat to Wilderness Lodge for dinner and be back in the park before the fireworks! We booked an early dinner and then took the boat to Magic Kingdom for Villains After Hours which worked out well and made for a fun “Villains” night.

Have you been to Storybook Dining?? What’s your favorite character meal at WDW??

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  1. February 12, 2020 / 12:35 am

    Thanks for the honest review Jennifer. I’m sorry that the character interactions were so rushed for you guys and not up to expectations. I think this post will be really helpful when evaluating whether or not to go ahead and book this experience.

    • Jennifer
      February 12, 2020 / 9:27 am

      Thanks, Freya! Based on how many great reviews I’ve read, I’m thinking it might just have been an off night. But I know I personally find it helpful to read positive as well as less than positive reviews when I’m deciding where to go/what to do.

  2. February 12, 2020 / 8:02 am

    We’ve never been here and although it looks like a cool experience (plus our boys are now 17 & 20) the food prices look way too expensive for the portion sizes I saw. I do love the creativeness they went into making the desserts and they look good! We also loved the Wildnerness Lodge. I could stay there all day!

    • Jennifer
      February 12, 2020 / 9:26 am

      It was most definitely expensive- but since it’s only 1 table service credit, it is an awesome value if you’re on the Disney Dining Plan. What’s your fave Disney restaurant?

  3. February 12, 2020 / 12:00 pm

    Wow! I can’t believe how expensive it is to eat at this restaurant. I am glad that you guys enjoyed yourself and the children loved it. The characters look amazing in their costumes. I also loved the details of the menu and such to create an incredible atmosphere.

    • Jennifer
      February 12, 2020 / 1:28 pm

      It was definitely fun seeing the characters in their costumes- I just wished the interactions were a little longer!

  4. February 12, 2020 / 12:44 pm

    I loved reading through this post and enjoyed your pictures as well. I would love to take my kid to Storybook Dining because that menu looks so creative. He will enjoy simply reading through it. And that signed apple is innovative too. Though I am sad the character interactions are so short. Kids usually look forward to those.

    • Jennifer
      February 12, 2020 / 1:28 pm

      The menu is most definitely creative! I love when they create innovative dishes and it’s not the same thing at every restaurant.

  5. February 12, 2020 / 11:41 pm

    This looks amazing and the food, mouth-watering! My girls love Disney and I know they’ll be beginning to go here the next time we visit. Thanks for sharing!

    • Jennifer
      February 13, 2020 / 11:04 am

      Thanks for reading! What’s their fave Disney restaurant?

  6. February 12, 2020 / 11:54 pm

    How fun! I would love to see Snow White — and I’m a grandma! Looks like your family had a great time at the magical Storybook restaurant!

    • Jennifer
      February 13, 2020 / 11:04 am

      Thank you! Disney is magical for all ages!!

  7. February 13, 2020 / 11:10 am

    This restaurant looks amazing, I love how much detail they put into everything from the menu to the presentations. I don’t have kids but I would still love to eat here. 🙂 I’m with your daughter and I would be eating all those poison apples too!

  8. February 14, 2020 / 5:05 pm

    Before I read your post, I was thinking that looked like a fun experience. Now that I’ve read it, I won’t waste the money. Disney is already so over priced, it’s terrible that they add something else so expensive, but don’t do a good job with the follow through. The food did look pretty though. Disappointing that it didn’t match the price.

  9. Yukti Agrawal
    February 15, 2020 / 9:14 am

    To have a character dinner with our favorite character must be fun for whole family. I never knew about Storybook Dining at Artist Point, which is a character dinner located at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort before reading your post. But it really looks fun dinner. The signed apple on the napkin is really the cutest thing here.

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