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).
Before heading into the review, I recommend scheduling at least an hour for the breakfast. It took us almost an hour to meet the characters toward the end of the meal. Not everyone will wait that long, but meals include the pastry basket, fruit cup and entree along with meeting the characters and a short parade. So make sure to give it enough time to enjoy the full experience from start to finish.
The Walt Disney World BoardWalk is the setting for the breakfast.
This is one of my favorite views at Walt Disney World, anywhere around Crescent Lake actually is.
Trattoria al Forno is connected to the AbracadaBar, which opened in 2016. On the other side of the AbracadaBar is the Flying Fish restaurant.
The lobby was pretty crowded, so my first photo is looking into the dining area.
In the lobby, the Trattoria al Forno name behind the check-in desk.
We received this menu, but we also received the ala carte menu - I am assuming by accident, but it was interesting to see the non-character experience prices (I believe for outdoor dining). The Bon Voyage Adventure price for adults is $36.00 each for the pastries, fruit salad and entree with standard non-alcoholic beverages, which is a little higher than the $34.00 price I found online in various places. The kids price is about $20.00. Add tax and gratuity to all prices. It is one table service credit on the Disney Dining Plan as well, and having DVC or a WDW Annual Pass will give 10% off and it is also on Tables in Wonderland. Without the Bon Voyage Adventure character dining experience, the pancakes are $14.00 and the oak-grilled steak $21.00 ala carte - just for an idea of the value of the items individually without characters.
Before reading the rest of the review, here is our Mousesteps Weekly show #255 where we talk about the breakfast in the first segment.
The frying pan (themed to Tangled) of pastries was actually quite good, and they offered a second pan when our table finished this one (the second pan was a smaller one). The chocolate braid is addictive - it may be a chocolate croissant at other locations, and the sun cookie reminds me of a mille feuille pastry without the cream. It is extremely light and airy, not what I expected but very delicious. I didn't try the clam shell.
We saw the characters well before we met them. Flynn Rider entered the room first. Each character was announced.
At our table was a Bon Voyage Adventure Journal. It is a 3-page foldout with phrases like, "My favorite snack for a trip is..."
This is the foldout partially open.
Next, we received our fruit cup. It wasn't huge, but it was a nice addition to the meal.
This is the smaller frying pan, it was stuffed with several stars and a couple of chocolate braids (the favorite items at our table).
Prince Eric entered the room next.
And Ariel looked like she was floating into the room.
The characters meet guests separately, but occasionally interact together as well.
This is the Royal Breakfast with the oak grilled steak, which is the entree that will give the most bang-for-the-buck. I found the breakfast reasonably priced for Walt Disney World when adding up the cost of everything separately. For example, my pancakes would be $14.00 ala carte with no characters, but then add in pastries (I'll call it $5.00 for the star and chocolate braid I tried), the fruit cup (about a $5.00 value), my orange juice ($4.00 or so, plus it was refillable) and iced tea (at least $3.00). The breakfast price was just $5.00 more, which is fine for the entertainment aspect of it.
Getting back to the steak, it was actually very good and I thought a nice value for the breakfast. It includes a cheesy egg torte, asparagus, crispy onions and roasted potatoes.
The Swimmers Delight includes egg white omelet with smoked salmon, goat cheese, spinach, mushroom, and tomato with breakfast potatoes.
The Tower of Pancakes comes with a seasonal compote, in this case it is caramel apple streudel. That part was a little sweet for me, and the pancakes were decent enough but a little thicker than I expected - not fluffy like it says in the menu, just thick. But I got them for the photo and to talk about them. The bacon was good. I left maybe half my pancakes behind, but mostly because the breakfast is a lot of food.
Flynn Rider stopped by, and wasn't keen on the frying pan.
Flynn Rider is one of the big draws for the breakfast, and the character interaction was great.
Prince Eric was next, and Rapunzel met guests in the background. All of the characters arrived to our table within minutes of each other.
Rapunzel was very good at taking charge of photos (directing which camera to look at and such when we were getting photos with her).
Rapunzel with Jeff.
I don't have any solo photos of Ariel at our table, but we each had one taken.
We didn't buy it, but there is a drink for kids with a Pascal glow clip or the clip could have been purchased separately for $6.00.
Pascal changes colors.
There is merchandise for sale in the lobby that includes both Tangled and The Little Mermaid.
I do recommend the breakfast for those looking to enjoy a character meal. There were quite a few good choices for food, and the character interaction and overall atmosphere were terrific.
Just outside the restaurant, there are Friendship Boats that can take guests to Epcot or Disney's Hollywood Studios. Walking either way is generally faster, with Epcot being the closer of the two parks. If you haven't been to the BoardWalk area, then the Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast is a nice way to experience it for the first time!
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