Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Garden Grill: a Fresh Take on Character Dining



Epcot has numerous dining options, but there are three reasons why The Garden Grill is one of my family’s favorites. 


Garden Grill is located inside The Land Complex inside Epcot, home to the popular ride Soarin. After taking your flight on Soarin, make sure to hop on the "Living with the Land" boat ride and learn about the Epcot gardens and sustainable farming.  What makes The Garden Grill unique is that you can enjoy some of the vegetables that are grown in those very gardens, as well as sustainable fish.  These foods are served all you can eat family-style along side turkey, beef, and kid friendly choices like macaroni and cheese and warm rolls with maple butter. Yum!!!  

The second thing that makes this a unique dining experience is that fact that it’s a rotating restaurant!  While you eat, the restaurant will slowly spin and bring you through the Living with the Land scenes: rainforest, farmhouse, thunderstorm, sandstorm and prairie.

Finally, to take the cake, dinner here is Chip 'n Dale's Harvest Feast, which means character dining!!  So, while eating your locally grown veggies and watching the ever changing scenes from Living with the Land, you also get visits at your table by Chip and Dale and some of their friends.  My kids always love to see Farmer Mickey and Pluto.  Each character will stop at your table, so have your camera and autograph books ready. This is a great way to meet and greet without having to wait in lines. 

The Garden Grill does accept some dining plans and is in the $30-$60 per adult meal range. Park admission is required.   What I like about the all you can eat family style meals is that you get kid friendly choices, but that doesn’t limit the kids to just mac and cheese.  Having a 9 year old who can also have some fish and fresh salad is a nice option.  I like to help myself to the macaroni too! Reservations are recommended, as this is a popular location.

Amy
               

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