Artist Point at Wilderness Lodge to Host Character Dining Starting This Winter

This coming winter, Artist Point restaurant at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge will host an all-new character dining experience.


Storybook Dining at Artist Point will immerse guests in an Enchanted Forest-like setting inspired by Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” During the meal, Snow White, Dopey and Grumpy will visit with diners, while music and other activities will bring the fairytale to life. To complete the experience, you’ll have the chance to meet up with Snow White’s nemesis, The Queen.

The menu for this themed experience will be prix fixe, and will include starters shared by the whole table, a choice of individual plated entrees and a dessert of “sweet spells.”

Fans of several popular Artist Point dishes should be able to find them elsewhere — that info will be released at a later date.

Also, more details about the character dining experience, including the entire menu, when reservations will open and exactly when it will begin, will be announced soon.

Will you miss the old Artist Point? Or are you looking forward to dining with Snow White and the Dwarfs?

Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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18 Replies to “Artist Point at Wilderness Lodge to Host Character Dining Starting This Winter”

  1. I can understand why some guests are disappointed that this signature restaurant is going to a character dinner but if I had to guess as to why they were doing it, I would say it’s because this restaurant was not running at the capacity of the other signature restaurants. We’ve ate there before because it was usually available last minute. I am happy to see another character dinner since the ones that are available book up early and are really hard to get a reservation. I am going to give it a try next May and will hope for the best. I will be traveling without children but still love the magic of Snow White and great food is great food. Not everyone wants to spend $40 for breakfast so a fun character meal during dinner time is positive in my opinion.

  2. Definetly disappointed by this. Artist Point was our favorite restaurant and we were looking forward to it on an upcoming trip. I seem to recall that they had a character breakfast there once upon a time and that was fine for breakfast, but taking away the dinner dining experience is a shame.

  3. This sounds awesome to me. I’m still young at heart enough to enjoy meeting the characters. And Snow White is my favorite and I feel stupidly star struck when I meet her in the Parks or see her at Akershus. Now I can meet Grumpy, Dopey, AND the Queen? Awesome, sign me up!

  4. Had originally thought (hoped) this was a seasonal or temporary change, but disappointed to learn that it’s intended to be a permanent change. Agree with others who’ve suggested that this would be great for breakfast/lunch.

    Another option would be to simply have this as an early dining option, with later seatings being the traditional menu and atmosphere.

  5. Very, very disappointed to hear of this change. This is a poor choice. If this resort wishes to be considered a deluxe resort then it simply must have a deluxe dining experience. A character dinner, while potentially fun for younger kids, is not a deluxe dining experience.

    Disney has missed on this decision. Unfortunately that seems to be a trend of late.

  6. It would make more sense if Disney made this a Character Breakfast or Lunch and kept dinner as a signature experience. Since the Queen, Dopey and Grumpy are only available at Halloween and Christmas, some may be glad that there is another option during the year, but there are so few places to have a nice peaceful dinner experience.

  7. I would be excited for this, IF, Disney offered the Snow White character meal as a breakfast/lunch option only. Why not leave dinner as a signature restaurant and breakfast as the character option. This would be a win win. A place for families before they head out to the parks and a place for adults in the evenings.

  8. Yikes! Like many others, we are a childless couple who rotate among the various signature dining restaurants on a regular basis because we live in the area. We also especially like to dine at the hotels, so we don’t have to go through the hassles of getting into the parks as often. I don’t really see how the Snow White theme will fit into Artist Point as it currently is decorated. It would be a big shame to lose all that artwork!

  9. So sad to hear. Why not make Whispering Canyon the character dining spot and leave Artist Point as the signature dining restaurant? We are DVC members without young children and enjoy the dining at the signature restaurants where it is a more relaxed, quiet atmosphere. Definitely will not be returning to Artist Point.

  10. Terrible news for fine dining enthusiasts. We’ve been going there for 20+ years and for the first time have a reason to not return. Why not limit character dining at the Point to breakfast like back in the day? And what about the gorgeous Territory Lounge? I guess it’s going to be harder to get a reservation at California Grill now. Very disappointing.

  11. Just echoing similar comments. Greatly disappointed about the changes. My husband and I are DVC members and although Wilderness Lodge is not our home resort, we stay there frequently specifically because of Artist Point. It is our favorite restaurant in WDW but we will not be returning in its “re-imagining.”

  12. I am beyond disappointed that this is what they are turning this restaurant into. We love the restaurant the way it is. There are enough character dining opportunities elsewhere. We will not be dining there.

  13. I am looking forward to the new dining experience. Wilderness Lodge was the only deluxe hotel (near Magic Kingdom) without a character experience, and it sounds like it’s going to be lovely. I’m sure they will make it amazing!

  14. I am extremely disappointed in this. We are DVC owners and Boulder Ridge is our home resort. This will be the only Deluxe resort without a true adult Signature restaurant and the only other Table Service restaurant here is Whispering Canyon which is noisy and not our choice. We love Geyser Point, but without a sit down option for a full meal this resort is much less appealing to us. I hope they come up with an option for adults who want a relaxing meal here.

  15. I’m looking forward to seeing the menu. It might be great for kids who are starting to outgrow the other character meals. Or great for families who visit Disney often and will enjoy a new experience.

  16. I am disappointed to hear this. Artist Point was one of the few places we could go for a nice dinner with minimal child distractions. I know WDW is family-oriented, but there are those of us that do enjoy some time without being surrounded by very excitable little ones.