I can’t begin to tell you the excitement I felt back when it was originally announced that Trattoria al Forno was going to start hosting the Bon Voyage Adventure character breakfast. Bon Voyage Adventure isn’t your run-of-the-mill character breakfast where you get to meet some of the Fab Five. (Not that they don’t rock as well, but some variety is nice!) At this particular meal you’ll get to meet none other than Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Ariel, and Prince Eric. That was the big draw for me! (Don’t forget, the only other places you can usually meet Flynn and Eric are at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas parties.)
I’m a ridiculously huge fan of Rapunzel, so I knew as soon as this character meal was announced that I’d be doing my best to book it! In fact, since they started offering the Bon Voyage Adventure breakfast I’ve made two trips to Disney World. I’ve eaten there both times.
As soon as you walk into Trattoria al Forno (located at Disney’s BoardWalk ) in the morning, you’ll see that they’re set up for the Bon Voyage Adventure breakfast. Namely, the cart of Rapunzel and Ariel swag gives it away. After you head to the counter and check in for your meal, you can take a seat and wait for your party to be called. Both times I’ve dined at this breakfast it’s only taken about five minutes from arrival to seating.
Once you’re seated, you’ll probably notice the Bon Voyage Adventure Journal on your table, along with an autograph card. (The characters will sign as well, but the autograph card is a nice touch.) The journal encourages you to “fill this journal with your adventures.” I’ve never partaken (it seems geared toward kids), but it is a nice memento.
As you look around the dining area, you’ll see that it’s fairly wide open and you’ll most likely see the characters greeting tables. The nice thing about Trattoria al Forno is that I feel like the tables aren’t right on top of each other. I’ve dined at many a Disney restaurant where I feel like I’m sitting in the lap of the person at the next table, and that is not at all the impression here.
You should also take notice of the exhibition kitchen. It was quite nice to be able to see the hustle and bustle of the kitchen, and it was also mesmerizing at times. There was a down side to this, though. At one point there was a pretty big blowup when one of the chefs started screaming at the servers. (I think there was food that was ready that hadn’t gotten picked up yet.) It was very odd to see this happen in public at a Disney restaurant. And awkward. (We stopped watching the kitchen at that point.)
Next, my guess is that you’ll have your eyes on that menu! The Bon Voyage Adventure breakfast comes with a variety of pastries for the table, and your server will likely bring those out before he or she takes your order. The pastries aren’t anything stand out, but I am a sucker for that Tangled sun pastry! Then each person will pick one starter (fruit salad or a berry, yogurt, and granola parfait) and one entrée. A non-alcoholic drink is also included, but if you want to try out any of their morning cocktails you will have to pay extra for those. The cost for this meal is $34 for adults and $20 for children. Click here for the full menu.
For my meal I selected the fruit cup and Royale Breakfast, which included an oak-grilled steak, cheesy egg torte, asparagus, crispy onions, and roasted potatoes. Even though I was there mainly for the characters, I was extraordinarily pleased with my meal. (Well, the entrée. A fruit salad is just a fruit salad.) The steak was cooked to my specifications and was quite good, and those potatoes were crispy and delicious! The egg torte was also better than I expected. For my beverage I splurged and ordered the Peach Bellini. It was fruity and refreshing.
My husband’s meal consisted of the fruit salad and King Triton’s Shipwreck al Forno, which is a calzone with soppressata, bacon, sausage, cheese, and gravy. He raved about his meal. (I blinked and it was gone.) The one slightly odd thing about this dish is that it comes with King Triton’s trident in it, but the server has to take the trident out of the meal before walking away. I’m guessing that there was a problem with all of the tridents getting stolen or some epic trident battles, but it made for a weird interaction. Like, “Here is your food! But we don’t trust you with the cutlery.” In any case, it was made even weirder because I was then yelling, “Don’t take it yet!” and shoving the camera at my husband to take a photo of his meal. This was the second time while dining here that was the epitome of awkward.
As for the kids’ menu, there are four items to choose from, with two of the items being deemed Mickey Check Meals. These meals are healthier than the standard offerings. You can view the full kids’ menu here, but the four offerings are basically steak, scrambled eggs, and fruit; an egg white omelet and potatoes; pancakes with bacon or sausage and fruit; and a waffle with bacon or sausage and fruit. All of these meals come with a beverage choice of milk, water, or apple juice. For an upcharge you can also get the Little Mermaid or Buzz Lightyear punch, which comes in a souvenir cup with either a glowing Ariel or glowing Pascal on it. (I’m not saying I got the glowing Pascal. I’m also not NOT saying I got the glowing Pascal. But you can buy the glow lights separately if you don’t want the punch.)
I hope you’re ready to be visited by royalty while you’re dining! Each of the characters comes around to the tables on their own. On both of my visits I’ve mostly had great interactions with the characters, although Ariel didn’t engage too much. The best way I can describe it is by saying that it is kind of like having a Toy Story Woody doll. You pull the string and he says a canned phrase. And then you do it again and you get another canned phrase. Perhaps she has an easier time interacting with kids. Or perhaps she’s just new to all this. I mean, she’s not exactly used to interacting with humans!
Overall, I think the Bon Voyage Adventure breakfast is a worthwhile meal. The food is good, you get to meet characters that are a little more difficult to find, and after your meal you can stroll right into Epcot!
Have you dined here before? What did you think? Please share your thoughts in the comments!