Disney Dining Review: Biergarten Restaurant

The Germany Pavilion is home to some very unique experiences, but one thing that I have found is a can’t miss experience is taking in a dinner at the Biergarten Restaurant!  Take a look as we explore what makes this unique dining venue such a hit with our family!

The Biergarten Band Performing

Biergarten Restaurant is one of those restaurants that Cindy and I have seen many times, but never made the time to try it out.

I’m at a loss as to why this was; perhaps it was because Sophie is a somewhat picky eater, and we weren’t sure if she would like anything there.  Or perhaps it was because we just always thought that there were other restaurants that we would like better.  Whatever the reason, we had never eaten at Biergarten before.

Truth be told, we weren’t even planning on going this time.  We had our reservations made early on, and Biergarten wasn’t on our list.  But after we got there, we were talking about the Garden Grill Restaurant, and how good it was.  We decided to see if we could get a reservation for it, couldn’t, but we could get one for Biergarten, so we went for it!

Biergarten is a buffet table service restaurant located in the Germany Pavilion.  They are a part of both the Disney Dining Plan for one table service credit, as well as being a participant in the Tables in Wonderland program.

Biergarten is one of those places that you think just doesn’t have a whole lot to interest you, until you sit down and take it all in.  In addition to the delicious buffet, which is full of German dishes and is a great place for good old fashioned “comfort food”, the beer was incredible, and the dinner show was fantastic.  I had many delicious offerings from the buffet, but the one item on the menu that I remember more than anything else was the beer!  My sister-in-law Nancy and I each got the German Beer Flight, which consists of 5 oz. tastings of the following beers:

  • Radeberger Pilsner
  • Altenmunster Oktoberfest
  • Schofferhofer Weizen
  • Hovels

Of the four beers, my favorite was the Hovels and the Oktoberfest.  The Weizen is a wheat beer, and it was ok, but not my absolute favorite, and the Pilsner was a little better than the wheat.

In addition to the food and the beer, the dinner show is really a lot of fun.  When we got there, they had started about five minutes before, so our waiter asked us if we wanted to stay and see it again.  He explained that by staying to see it again, he would be able to give the band Sophie’s name so that they would acknowledge her birthday!  Of course we waited, and she was really excited when they called her name to wish her a Happy Birthday!

As I said, I had never eaten at the Biergarten before, but you know what, I really enjoyed it, and I will dine there again!  It was a great meal, a relaxing show, and a cool atmosphere!  If you haven’t eaten there before, I urge you to check it out.  The Disney World page for Biergarten has two menus, one for the buffet, and one for the drinks.  Click on the links to view them.

Last, here are some photos from the show!  Thanks for reading, and have a great day!

The bandmember playing the bells

 

The whole band

 

Playing the xylophone (I think!)

 

Still Playing!

I would highly recommend that you take in Biergarten!  We had a great time, and I will definitely be making reservations there again in the future!  This post is also being featured as a part of Focused on the Magic’s Flashback Friday!  Click on the button below to see the rest of the posts!

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Stephanie’s top 10 restaurants at Walt Disney World

My niece Stephanie has come with us to Walt Disney World for our last three trips, so I decided that I would poke her brain a bit and find out what her favorite restaurants were.  After trying to work out our schedules, and locking her in our living room (where she is visiting us this weekend) I got her to write her list.  So, without further ado, here is my niece Stephanie, and her review, which she calls…

“There’s a party in my tummy…so yummy, so yummy” :)

 

Almost a month later here I am finally doing what my uncle asked me to do, write this blog! My intention is to tell you all about my Top Ten favorite places to eat in Disney and in the process tell you why (after all, that is the part that counts!)  When he first asked me to write this I figured it would be easy, ha… that was a joke.  Everything that Disney World has to offer is all fantastic so it simply comes down to a personal opinion.  So, after putting a lot of thought into my ten choices, I finally came up with this list. Enjoy!

Stephanie’s Top Ten

1. Captain’s Grille
 Two years ago I found myself sitting in this restaurant with my uncle, aunt and cousin.  Being the loving and generous family they are, I was given the opportunity to tag along on their trip.  As a way to show me what Disney really is, they wanted me to eat at the fancy schmancy places.  Given that fact, Captain’s Grille is my top choice because this is where my experience began… where my little girl dream of feeling the Disney wonder came true all because my aunt and uncle were willing to bring someone like me along with them.    
This one is a no brainer…. Tigger is there!! Duh!
Again, another no brainer, PRINCESSES!  The food offered here is also fantastic.  You may be thinking that it won’t taste as good because it’s not American, but you will be pleasantly surprised as soon as you take your first bite.  
WARNING: Make sure you are not wet prior to going inside because you WILL freeze (and you won’t be as pretty for your princess picture).
Also, if you are married/dating… beware because your prince may be admiring all the princesses instead of you, the true princess. 
4. Main Street Bakery
Despite the occasional long line trying to get in, it is worth it if you love a GOOD cinnamon bun!
Everyone will love this place… Not only is the food served family style, but the actual restaurant rotates at a slow but noticeable speed… now that’s “totally wicked!”.
I highly recommend this place to eat for breakfast.  When we went, I remember waking up fairly early to make it here for the reservation.  For those of you that don’t know me, I love my sleep (especially since I was in college at the time, sleep is a college kid’s best friend) but this place got me motivated to get up.  Not only does a morning reservation give you motivation, it also starts your day off right because the Disney magic starts early.
 
I must admit, I really liked this place because of their entertainment.  While you are eating in a well decorated place, there are four men playing cowbells, something that you can’t see everyday at McDonald’s.
Now tell me, what American doesn’t like a place that serves good BBQ?  Not only do they offer BBQ but you and your family have the chance to dance with some of Disney’s characters!
9. Columbia Harbour House
In case this list is intimidating because I have mainly listed table service restaurants (places that might cost a little more ;)), I figured I’d throw in a counter service one.  If you are on the go and want a quick bite to eat, Columbia Harbour House would be my top pick.  I have eaten here more than once and each time have had great service and great food.
  
10. Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
Ice Cream! Ice Cream! Ice Cream! While watching the night parade and fireworks, Plaza Ice Cream Parlor makes for a tasty, cool-down, treat!

Disney Dining Review: Cinderella’s Royal Table

Cinderella’s Royal Table is a 2 Table-Service Dining Credit option on the Disney Dining Plan. Located at the heart of it all, Cinderella Castle, CRT is one of those restaurants you really should experience at least once in your lifetime!

Cinderella’s Royal Table has traditionally been the restaurant for us that we can do without.  I don’t mean this in a bad way, because CRT is a good restaurant.  However, a lot of what you are paying for when you eat at CRT is the location.  However, we are planning on eating here during our trip in June with our friends.  Here are the pros and cons for eating at Cinderella’s Royal Table.

Pros:

  • Location, Location, Location.  The prime real estate that Cinderella’s Royal Table occupies is it’s primary selling point.  Who doesn’t want to eat inside Cinderella Castle at least once?
  • Photo Package.  When you make your reservation for CRT, you receive a photo package with your reservation.  You’ll receive one package for reservations up to four people, two packages for reservations of five to eight people, and three packages for reservations of nine to twelve.
  • CRT is a character dining restaurant for all three meals — breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  If you book a breakfast time before the park opens, you will be allowed to walk to the Castle, and take pictures of it without any guests in your shots!  Breakfast is a standard Disney American breakfast.
  • Experience.  For those of you with little Princesses, it is every Princesses dream to eat at Cinderella Castle.  The experience of saying, “I ate a Cinderella’s Royal Table” is something that not everyone can say, and it really is a memory that you will remember for years to come!
  • Since I wrote this, my family and friends had a magical experience happen at Cinderella’s Royal Table.  Come read about the time that Disney Magic Exploded at Cinderella’s Royal Table!

The pros are great, and there are a lot more than I’ve listed here, but there are some things that detract from the experience.  Here is my short list of cons for eating at Cinderella’s Royal Table.

Cons:

  • Price.  The cost for Cinderella’s Royal Table is not cheap.  Expect to pay between $36.99 – $59.99 per person when you eat at CRT, or expect to use two table service dining credits per person on the Disney Dining Plan.
  • Noise.  The dining room in Cinderella’s Royal Table is a bit noisy.  If you are planning this dining location as a romantic getaway with your personal Princess, the noise may detract from that thought.
  • Food.  The food is good, but in my opinion, it isn’t great.  It’s certainly not bad, and you may love it, but to me, it’s just good, not great.

I hope that all of this helps you decide whether you want to eat at Cinderella’s Royal Table.  If you have any specific questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments!  Also, if you agree or disagree with me on anything I’ve discussed here, please let me know.  What is your favorite table service restaurant at the Walt Disney World Resort?

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Disney Dining Review: Garden Grill Restaurant

When it comes to character dining at Walt Disney World, or even just dining in general, one place that should be at the top of everyone’s list in my opinion is The Garden Grill Restaurant.

Located at the Land Pavilion at Epcot’s Future World, the Garden Grill Restaurant is a great restaurant!  The restaurant itself is circular, and slowly revolves as you eat to show you all of the different “seasons” of the attraction “Living with the Land”, which is located below the restaurant.

The food at The Garden Grill Restaurant is wonderful comfort food.  There are beef, turkey, and fish dishes, and with each selection there are specific side dishes that accompany the meat.  Served family style, you can eat what you want and then get more of some of what you liked!  It is a wonderful meal, and many of the fruits and vegetables are grown below in the greenhouses that are located at the pavilion!  Here are links to the sample menus for the Garden Grill (all day) and the Kid’s menu as well!

But The Garden Grill Restaurant is not just for eating, this is a character restaurant also!  Enjoy visits with Mickey Mouse, Pluto, Chip, and Dale while you eat!  They come around to all of the tables and are available for pictures and autographs!  We have had some great pictures with them over the years!

This is one of my family’s favorite restaurants to eat at, and one that I think we will introduce our friends to when we travel to Disney World in June!  If you haven’t eaten there before, you are missing out, I highly recommend that you try it one time!  You’ll be hooked!

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Disney Dining Review: Cape May Cafe

During our vacation in June, 2010, we decided to try out the Cape May Cafe for the first time!  I wanted a breakfast during our trip, so we booked a late breakfast time at the restaurant.  The Cape May Cafe is located over at the Beach Club Resort, over in the Boardwalk area of Disney.

We had so much fun at that meal!  Cape May Cafe is a character meal for breakfast only, and we met Minnie Mouse, Goofy, and Donald Duck during our breakfast!  Cape May Cafe is a buffet for breakfast, with Mickey Waffles, great fruit, awesome danishes, and much more.  The beauty of any character meal, though, is the interaction that you and your children have with the characters, and Sophie (and my niece Stephanie, for that matter) had a wonderful time with the Minnie, Goofy, and Donald!  Just look at these pictures to judge for yourself!

 

 

 

Although we have eaten at the Cape May Cafe only this one time, this is definitely a restaurant that we would eat at again!  The Cape May Cafe is a one table service dining credit on the Disney Dining Plan, and when paying out of pocket will run between $15 – $35.99 per person.  If you have any specific questions or comments about the Cape May Cafe, go ahead and leave them in the comments!  Thanks!

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