Dining Review: Bon Voyage Adventure Character Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno (Including Flynn Rider & Rapunzel)
We joined friends for the Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno, a prince & princess character breakfast that began last year at the Walt Disney World BoardWalk. Flynn Rider joins Rapunzel along with Ariel and Prince Eric as the scheduled characters. Disney does say that "character appearances are subject to change" as a disclaimer, but those are the characters that guests should expect. The pastries and some food items are themed to Tangled and The Little Mermaid.
Trattoria al Forno replaced Kouzzina by Cat Cora a few years back, and before that the location was Spoodles (I visited Spoodles a number of times, and once Kouzzina). This is the first time we've dined at Trattoria al Forno. For those unfamiliar with the Walt Disney World BoardWalk, it is a very easy walk from Epcot out the International Gateway between France and the United Kingdom (check out my Epcot to Disney's Hollywood Studios photo walk for photos on the walk).
Maria & Enzo's Ristorante opened yesterday with a brief ceremony at Disney Springs. We have photos and video from that event along with a few photos of each restaurant below that are part of this Patina Restaurant Group complex: Maria & Enzo's, Enzo's Hideaway and Tunnel Bar; The Edison and counter service location Pizza Ponte. It was also National Spaghetti Day, which brought a photo op with a huge pot of spaghetti and meatballs.
We were invited to preview the new Outta Control Holiday Dinner Show at WonderWorks Orlando. This was our first time seeing the Outta Control Dinner Show here and we haven't been through WonderWorks (and didn't have time to on this day). This is the first time that WonderWorks has offered a holiday version of the show, which usually features Tony Brent, a comedy magician who has performed here for 17 years - he is VERY popular and energetic. He performs five nights per week most of the year, with other performers taking his place on off days. The schedule is here for December currently, with the holiday show being performed through the end of the year.
WonderWorks is the upside-down building on International Drive at Pointe Orlando.
There are decorations outside and inside for Christmas.
Christmas trees are upside down in the building.
Upon entering the lobby, there is a sign for The Outta Control Dinner Show.
We saw a preview of the new holiday show, it starts December 22nd, 2017 (today as I post this).
This is the view from the back of the room, the size of maybe a conference room at a resort, maybe a little bigger. It is an intimate experience for a show.
The food here is basic but decent. A salad of iceberg lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and a small amount of cucumbers and shredded carrots was on the table upon arrival. There was ranch dressing in a bottle.
The stage was set for Tony Brent to debut his new show. The doors opened around 8:00 p.m., and the show starts at 8:30 p.m. and lasts for an hour. Food arrives before the show but after it starts as well. Drinks were refilled until the end.
There are new pizzas debuted for the holiday show. I actually filled up a lot on the salad because I can be picky on pizza, but the pizza was freshly baked and actually good. It isn't Via Napoli (Epcot) quality, but still really tasty. Pizzas could also be made half and half like the one below - with choices of chicken alfredo, vegetable, meat lovers and cheese and/or pepperoni. Some of these are special for the holiday show. There was also unlimited beer and wine - nothing fancy, this is a basic meal, but I had white zinfandel and Jeff ordered the Amber Bock. Pepsi was on the table but there were a few other Pepsi products that could be ordered as well.
This was the cheese pizza.
Tony Brent began his show. It is highly interactive, guests can be chosen for participation. I actually asked him after the show how guests might keep from being picked (since I am not big on personally participating), and he said that he often chooses guests who are smiling and having a good time. Honestly, there was a lot of people around me who were happy to be part of the show, he had more people volunteering than he was able to choose.
He has a variety of comedy/magic acts during the hour - often themed to the holidays.
Dessert was a small square of red velvet cake with icing and an Andes candy on top. It was very good, just the perfect amount of dessert after the salad and pizza.
I mentioned that the show is high-energy, it is a non-stop hour that had everyone laughing - the kids birthday party group behind us was really into the interactive aspect of it. You can read more about Tony Brent here.
This was a fun show with decent food. Pricing and times:
In addition, there is a parking garage with no validation - so it will cost to park, and the gratuity requested is in the $3-$4 range per person. We paid for our own parking and gratuity, the show was included for us to write about. I am guessing quite a few of those attending the show many nights are staying in the WonderWorks area of I-Drive, so it may be walking distance from your hotel.
Read more about the Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show here, including the holiday version.
Our Preview Tour of The Edison, Maria & Enzo's Ristorante and Enzo's Hideaway Tunnel Bar at Disney Springs
We were invited to tour the newest concepts coming to Disney Springs this winter. For a couple of years, The Edison has been taking shape on the edge of Village Lake in what was the former Adventurers Club location. More recently announced, also by the Patina Restaurant Group, are three Italian concepts as part of the same complex: Maria & Enzo's Ristorante, Pizza Ponte and Enzo's Hideaway Tunnel Bar. While each is a very separate location in offerings and atmosphere, they are all grouped together by story and connected physically. We were unable to take photos ourselves yesterday (the buildings aren't yet 100% "show ready" to put it into Disney speak), but they are close to opening - The Edison will have its grand opening on December 31st, 2017 with a specially ticketed New Year's Eve event and the other restaurants look very close to ready. We only did not tour Pizza Ponte, which will be a fast casual concept.
We were provided with photos, and I will talk a little about each location. These four concepts more than double the Patina Restaurant Group Florida portfolio, which already has my favorite local Italian restaurant in Epcot's Via Napoli, along with Epcot's Tutto Italia and Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs.
Art Smith's Homecomin' restaurant opened in 2016 (originally called Art Smith's Homecoming, the name changed early in 2017 to Homecomin'). I have ordered the chicken sandwich here before but not much else - this time we worked with the restaurant for a review. I was really surprised at some of the items on the menu, everything was good but a number of items were real standouts. The hardest thing when going to Art Smith's Homecomin' is trying to create a balance with appetizer, entrees and dessert. For example, Addie Mae's Chicken & Dumpling Soup is creamy, thick and almost enough for me as a meal. So to add on an entree and dessert with that is a lot. While we live here and can take home leftovers, that isn't going to be the case for many guests. Visting with a family or group allows for more sharing. Here is our review, and we will be talking about the restaurant on our next Mousesteps Weekly YouTube Show (I will add that to this article after it posts).
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