Sunday, August 27, 2017

Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno in Disney World

Okay, so we are pretty big on Disney and food in this family.  Disney World has some amazing food. So some of us may have been more excited about the dining plan than anything else.  Okay, one of us.  Me.  It was me.  Actually, everyone in the family was excited, but it was the first time we'd tried the meal plan, and I am totally sold.  We got to try out  a bunch of different places that we wouldn't have tried, and didn't have to worry about budgeting for meals because it was already rolled in.
One such place was Trattoria al Forno, on the Boardwalk.  Beth chose a lot of places based on the character dining, including this one.  I was more interested in the food, but I did pay attention to the characters, just to see if the kids seemed to be having fun/interacting with them.  If you have breakfast at TaF, you can expect to meet Ariel, Eric, Rapunzel and Flynn.


Location

First off, let's talk about the location.  As I mentioned, Trattoria al Forno is located in Disney's Boardwalk area.  I wasn't even totally aware of this area, but wow.  While I could take or leave most of the more pricey Disney resorts, (we spend almost all of our time in the parks) this is one that seems worth the money. There is so much to do in the Boardwalk area, which is beautiful in of itself.  So while Trattoria al Forno does seem a little tucked away, it's totally worth going to just to expose you to this section of WDW.


Food

Now, of course, there's the food. The food was amazing.  We did breakfast at Crystal Palace, Be Our Guest, and here.  Now, this may be heresy to some, but I think the breakfast at Trattoria al Forno shot BOG right our of the water.  Be Our Guest was fine, but in a different setting it wouldn't be anything special. And the portions are a little small. TaF is a fine restaurant of its own accord, and there was no trouble with not having enough to eat. I had to run back to the car to get our Disney character encyclopedia for autographs, so I missed them bringing out the pastry tray.  In fact, I never even knew about the multicolored muffin until I saw our video!  Apparently, it was so good, it made Bear actually start dancing.  The other pastries were delicious; I should know, I ate over half of them.  Then came the actual food.  Bear and Bug both got the Flounder's Flapjacks, which were pancakes the thickness of kitchen sponges, with a little fish pancake. I didn't get to try the pancakes, but they got Bug's seal of approval.  Seeing as how Bug will ask for pancakes for every meal, every day, that's enough to convince me.  Beth got the King Triton's Shipwreck al Forno; a calzone.  And when I asked her just now what it was called, she started going on about how she wants to have it again.  Weeks later.  So yeah.  I opted for the Royale Breakfast, which is steak and well... steak was all I read on the menu.  But no, actually, everything was delicious and I cleared my plate thoroughly.  I definitely want to eat here again, if only for the food.

 Characters

Then, there are the characters.  As I mentioned, there are four of them, and they all stop by each table individually.  As for this, I was very impressed.  For the girls in the family, Ariel and Rapunzel rank high on the list of princesses.  Eric is the first Disney prince to show real glimmers of an actual personality, and Flynn is one of my favorite characters they've ever come up with.   We were not disappointed.  Each one got a royal entrance, they led a parade around the dining hall, and then they did the table visits.  Ariel and Eric were both very good.  Eric was pleasant and stuck to sea-faring banter.  Ariel chattered about Bug's birthday button, and discussed what they did for birthdays in her father's kingdom. Eric was maybe a little stiff, and Ariel maybe a little pedestrian, but that goes with the character.  They were well met.  But Rapunzel and Flynn had to be better than very good.  And they were.  Rapunzel was expressive and wide-eyed about everything, talking a mile a minute.  Flynn was calm, reserved, but totally welcoming and charismatic.  We brought a miniature frying pan for them to sign with metallic sharpies we bought for that express purpose. We get a lot of questions about that frying pan so expect a post about that later this week.



And Bug remembered to ask Flynn what he had in that bag he was carrying around.  If you want to know, you need to watch the video. You can also see all the delicious food and character interactions.



In summary, the Bon Voyage adventure breakfast at Trattoria al Forno is totally worth your time, and a great chance to have a magical character dining experience.


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