Thursday, July 31, 2014

Disney Dining Review: Garden Grill at The Land

On Saturday night we went to our third Disney dining experience using our new Tables in Wonderland membership. This outing took us out to our favorite park, Epcot, to go to The Garden Grill, which is located in The Land pavilion. 

(That picture above is a vintage Epcot photo from November 1982!  How cool!  (found it here)  The Land has been spruced up over the years, but it still pretty much looks like this.  I just loved the old pic from the year Epcot opened and had to use it.  (Disney nerd here))

Garden Grill is a family-style restaurant that serves foods that are fresh from their Living With the Land greenhouses.  On the menu were things like char-grilled filet, all-natural turkey breast and sustainable tilapia with sides of buttermilk mashed potatoes and stuffing.  Mmm.  And it was all delicious! 

Oh, and the restaurant rotates, so throughout the meal you see various scenes from the Living With the Land ride, which is kind of cool. Although you're not really paying that much attention to the scenery, you're paying more attention to the characters and the food. Just sayin'. 

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Family style dining is great because they just keep bringing you more. You want more steak, they bring it. If you want more potatoes, they bring it. It's a dream. Also included in the price of the meal are drinks and dessert (also all you care to eat). Since it was family style, and Hubs and I didn't want to look like pigs, we brought Hubs' parents along as well. 

I didn't take many pics of the food because we were too busy taking pictures of Jillian with the characters, but the highlights of the meal were the warm rolls that were as big and fluffy as your face served with orange blossom honey butter. (Mmm Mmm Mmm, I live for a bread basket.) The turkey and steak and potatoes and stuffing were also great. I even tried the salad, which was okay.  It had ranch dressing on it and I'm not a fan of ranch on salad.  On fries, yes, on salad no.  (Hee)

They also brought Jillian her own plate of food (also all you care to eat) which had more "kid fare" - a chicken drumstick, Mac n cheese, sweet potato fries and broccoli. Jillian ate a little bit of everything, except the broccoli, because she is my kid and we don't do broccoli. It smells like feet. 

Throughout the meal the characters stroll around the restaurant and stop at your table to say hi. The characters making the rounds were Farmer Mickey, Pluto, Chip and Dale. Jillian loved them all. 

Character dining is so fun with kids because they get to interact one on one, which is awesome. They would come over and give Jillian high fives…

...and she would touch their noses…

...and pet them, it was too cute. 

She had a blast and was often sad to see them leave and move on to the next table. 

Don't go!  
Overall, we had a great time at Garden Grill and would definitely go back. Character dining with a one and a half year old is the best, so we will definitely be finding other restaurants in our Tables in Wonderland outings that offer it.

Up next: (this Saturday) Shutters at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort! 

How about you ... Ever been to Garden Grill? Ever been to Shutters? Where should we go next? 


  1. I am a huge fan of character dining, and a wee bit sad we won't be renewing are passes this fall.

    You should try Kona Cafe for breakfast, Whispering Canyon for lunch or dinner, and Boma (amazing views of the animals from around the hotel if you go for breakfast).

    1. I love Kona Cafe for dinner, never tried it for breakfast, but I might have to now! Whispering Canyon is a favorite (we're planning on going there next month), and I haven't been to Boma yet. We've done Jiko at Animal Kingdom Lodge, but not Boma.