PHOTOS: Story Book Character Dining Has Experience Has Returned to Disney World

More restaurants are reopening in Disney World!

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Recently, we stopped by Boatwright’s Dining Hall in Disney’s Port Orleans — Riverside Resort to see what it was like now that it has welcomed guests back. And, today we’re bringing you with us to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge because character dining is BACK at the hotel — let’s take a look!


Today is the FIRST day that Story Book Dining at Artist Point is available once again to guests, and we were excited to see how the experience has changed.

Story Book Dining is now open!

Our visit started by checking in through the My Disney Experience app when we first arrived and it wasn’t too long before a Cast Member took us into the restaurant to our table, through the enchanted forest, of course.

Story Book Dining Room

Here’s another look at the seating. It literally feels like an actual storybook!

Story Book Dining

We received a QR code for the menu.

QR Code

And check out the table setting! It’s an enchanted tree ready for some delicious food.

Table Setting

The restaurant is designed to look like the Enchanted Forest because you get to meet FOUR characters who live there — Snow White, Dopey, Grumpy, and The Queen.

Hi, Snow White!

And, while the character dining experience has returned, it is a bit different than you might remember.

Throughout the meal, the characters made their way around the dining room, waving to families from afar. And, while we experienced Disney allowing people to stand up for photos with characters at Tusker House in Disney’s Animal Kingdom recently, here Cast Members were asking guests to stay seated.

Oh Grumpy

There was a small photo op in the middle of the restaurant as well, though, again, you couldn’t approach the characters when they were there.

Evil Queen

You also won’t be able to have the characters sign your autograph book, but you won’t leave empty-handed! Each guest is given a card with the characters on the front…

Autograph Card

…and their signatures on the back before leaving.

Autograph Card

We were able to see Snow White, Grumpy, Dopey, and the Evil Queen multiple times throughout our meal. Plus, when each of the characters are announced, the colors in the restaurant change (when the Evil Queen arrives, the lights turn red!).

The Evil Queen

Here’s a look at the Evil Queen greeting her guests:

It was fun to see Dopey and Grumpy again!

Hi, Dopey!

It looks like they had fun seeing us, too!

Well, we can only assume Grumpy was happy to see us!

These are pretty rare characters in Disney World, so dining at Story Book Dining is a great way to spot them!

Ohhh, you must be Grumpy!

And, speaking of our meal, let’s get to the menu!


Story Book Dining is available at Artist Point for dinner from 4PM to 9PM daily. And, at the price of $60 per adult, plus tax and gratuity or $39 per child, plus tax and gratuity, you can enjoy a variety of shared appetizers…


…a choice of plated entrees


…and shared desserts. You can check out all of the major changes to the menu here!


And, if you’re dining with kiddos, they’ll have different menu options including Grilled Chicken, Grilled Fish of the Day, and Prime Rib Roast.


Besides all the food, there’s also a variety of drinks including a non-alcoholic Wishing Apple Punch that comes with the option to add a souvenir glow cube for an additional cost and a selection of boozy cocktails inspired by Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. 

Just keep in mind that these will be an additional cost, as the meal only includes sodas, coffees, juices, and water in the price.


For drinks, we ordered the In the Clouds nonalcoholic beverage with Powerade Mountain Berry Blast, Blueberry, and Cotton Candy!

In the Clouds

We also tried the Smoking Mirror, which is a mixture of Johnnie Walker Black, Wildberry, Lime and Rosemary Smoke.

Smoking Mirror

This drink has a fun presentation element! The server brings the smoked glass out and then pours your drink!

Smoking Mirror

And, here’s what it all looks like when the meal comes out!

Smoking Mirror

For appetizers, the Wild Mushroom Bisque, Hunter’s Pie, and Wicked Shrimp Cocktail all come out together to be shared by the table, so you can pick and choose what you’d like to try.


And, just look at the presentation of Artist Point’s iconic Wild Mushroom Bisque! We’re thrilled to see that it has returned to Story Book Dining.

Wild Mushroom Bisque

Check out a video of the appetizers here!

When it comes to the entree, each guest can order their own from the menu. We chose “Cottage” Beef Stroganoff which is made with Tender Beef, Preserved Vegetables, Spätzle, Mushrooms, and Aged Cow’s Milk Cheese.

“Cottage” Beef Stroganoff

Plus, we also got to try Bashful’s Butter-poached Sustainable Fish, which includes farro, fava beans, English peas, and gremolata…

Bashful’s Butter-poached Sustainable Fish

…and the Royal Prime Rib Roast which comes served with horseradish-mashed potato, carrots, and jus. 

Royal Prime Rib Roast

Then it was time for dessert! Like appetizers, the four different desserts come to the table together to be shared and many classics have returned. First up is the “Poison” Apple, which is a dark chocolate-apple mousse with a sour center…

“Poison” Apple

…and there’s also the Fairy Tale Gooseberry Tart, which is a tart filled with gooseberry and then topped with meringue.

Fairy Tale Gooseberry Tart

And, the award for best presentation goes to The Hunter’s Gift to the Queen! Just like you might remember from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, these four treats are presented to the table in a smoke-filled wooden box.

The Hunter’s Gift to the Queen

Plus, they’re pretty tasty too!

The Hunter’s Gift to the Queen

Here’s a video of The Hunter’s Gift to the Queen!

The other dessert option is the Miner’s Treasures which is now made with cookies ‘n cream panna cotta and chocolate gems rather than the former sponge cake, chocolate gems, and berry panna cotta.

Miner’s Treasures with a “Poison” Apple and the Fairytale Gooseberry Tarte

Here’s another look at this tasty trio of desserts:

Well, that’s it for our first look inside the reopened character dining experience at Artists Point! Of course, we’ll continue to keep you up to date on all the latest reopening news from Disney World, so be sure to stay tuned to AllEars for more!

Check out What STILL Hasn’t Reopened in Walt Disney World HERE!

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