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Review: Garden Grill Dinner (Chip & Dale’s Harvest Feast) at Epcot

Garden Grill (Chip & Dale’s Harvest Feast) is a character meal serving breakfast, lunch or dinner at Epcot in Future World – the Land Pavilion.  The restaurant rotates very slowly (so you really don’t even realize you are moving), but gives you a different view every time you look up, including a look at the “Living with the Land” ride.  Ingredients grown within the land pavilion are used in some of the food!  Considered farm to table, the lunch and dinner menu offers salad, pot roast, veggies and dessert.  It is all you can eat, so you can just ask for more if you run out!  View the different menus here.  Characters you will find here are of course – Chip and Dale, along with Farmer Mickey and Pluto.  

We visited Garden Grill for dinner on our December 2017 trip, and it ended up being one of our favorite meals.  The food was really good, as well as the character interaction.  

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Service was pretty quick, our waitress quickly took our drink orders and then brought salad and rolls out to the table:

Dale was the first to come by – the way I remember which is Chip and which is Dale is by remembering Chip has a small black nose – I think of “chocolate Chip”, lol.  

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Chip was right behind:

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Noah was excited, lol

After Chip & Dale came by, our main dishes were brought out:

We had a skillet wtih pork roast, turkey breast, and Italian sausage, green beans, dressing (or stuffing to some), and mashed potatoes,.  (The new menu looks to have replaced the Italian sausage with carved pork with apple chutney).  They also brought out a plate which I assume is mostly for kids – macaroni and french fries – but we adults loved these too!  Everything I had was tasty, except I didn’t love the green beans or the Italian sausage.  

Farmer Mickey was the next to come by and visit:

Noah obviously isn’t a character guy

Pluto was up next:

Something was very funny……

Finally, it was time for dessert:

Berry short-cake with vanilla bean whipped cream and some cookies with mickey sprinkles.  The dessert was good, but we would have liked it much better with some ice cream instead of whipped cream.  

Overall this was a great meal – one that I highly recommend!  Be sure to check out my other Disney restaurant reviews!  

As an Independent Travel Agent with Mouse Counselors, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, I offer concierge travel planning for Walt Disney World® Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Disneyland® Resort, Adventures by Disney®, Aulani and all other destinations at no cost to you.  Message me today if I can help book a magical vacation for you.  

Review: Tusker House (Donald’s Safari Breakfast) at Animal Kingdom

Tusker House is a Character Table Service buffet located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom featuring a mix of African and American cuisine where you can dine for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Click here to view the menus.  Characters include Safari Donald, Mickey, Daisy & Goofy.  Recently my husband and I took an Adults Only Trip to Disney World where we dined at Donald’s Safari Breakfast at Tusker House.  I have eaten here several times for breakfast, but this was Eddie’s first time.

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Entrance to Tusker House (taken on our way out)

Our reservation was scheduled for 8:00am (right at park opening) and we were some of the first to be seated.  Some pics of the buffet area as we walked in:

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Buffet area

Our server came over and took our drink order and brought us my favorite – Jungle Juice!!  Jungle Juice is a mixture of orange juice, guava juice and passion fruit juice.  Tip:  Animal Kingdom Lodge serves a Jungle Juice Slushy! 

Inside the restaurant at our table:

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We proceeded up to the buffet to get started.  Some of the buffet offerings:

 

Tator tots, bacon, sausage
Roasted potatoes, Ham & Cheese Frittata, Potato Leek Frittata, Sweet Potato Casserole
Banana Bread Pudding (one of my favorites!), Sausage Gravy & Biscuits
Mickey waffles, Sausage, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon
Some of the African inspirations: Beef Bobotie, Basmati Rice, Red Chicken Curry

 

Their pastry selection also includes Krispy Kreme Doughnuts!

Eddie’s plate:

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Soon the characters started coming by.  First we had Mickey:

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Then Donald:

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Goofy:

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Eddie pouring some coffee for Goofy

We skipped out before Daisy came by so we could get our favorite rides in and head back to Animal Kingdom Lodge and lay out by the pool. On our way out they were doing the parade, where kids can join in with the characters playing instruments around the restaurant:

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We ran into Goofy again on our way out:

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As always, Donald’s Safari Breakfast at Tusker House had plenty of breakfast options and fun characters.  We paid out of pocket and our meal was around $80 including tip for the two of us.  I doubt we would do it again unless we are on the dining plan, as breakfast is breakfast to me.  Yes, there were some unique and tasty offerings and I do love my jungle juice, but I don’t eat enough for breakfast for a $40 price tag.  If you have kids and are on the dining plan, I would definitely recommend giving Tusker House a chance! 

Be sure to check out my other Disney Restaurant Reviews!

As an Independent Travel Agent with Mouse Counselors, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, I offer concierge travel planning for Walt Disney World® Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Disneyland® Resort, Adventures by Disney®, Aulani and all other destinations at no cost to you.  Message me today if I can help book a magical vacation for you.  

Review: Yak & Yeti at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Yak & Yeti is a Table Service restaurant located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom featuring Pan Asian Cuisine.  There is also a Quick Service location available as well with a limited menu.  This restaurant is also a part of the Landry’s Select Club.  Card Members will receive priority seating and earn reward points.  Secret tip:  Yak & Yeti can be a hard reservation to get, but you do not have to have a reservation if you have the Landry’s card and still get priority seating!  Recently my husband and I took an Adults Only Trip to Disney World where we dined at Yak & Yeti for the first time. 

Our reservation was scheduled for 5:30pm and we were seated right away.  You can view the dinner menu here.  We started out with some drinks.  Eddie ordered the Rickshaw Rickie and I ordered the Kiwi Kimono.  We both liked what we got.

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For an appetizer we ordered the Pork Egg Rolls.  They were delicious and tasted very fresh! 

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For my entrée, I ordered the Lo Mein Chicken. 

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Eddie ordered the Crispy Honey Chicken:

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Just like the appetizer, both of our meals were great and you could tell they were freshly prepared.  We both agreed that we enjoyed the Lo Mein Chicken the most out of the two.  

For dessert, we HAD to get the Fried Wontons.  I’ve heard so many good things about these so I definitely had to try!  They are Skewers of fresh pineapple and cream cheese wontons, vanilla ice cream, honey-vanilla drizzle – is your mouth watering yet?

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Famous Fried Wontons!

Oh my goodness, I was not disappointed – these were delicious!! 

We both agreed that Yak & Yeti had just moved up to the top of our list for places to dine at Disney World.  There are so many other things on the menu that we want to try, we will definitely be back!

Be sure to check out my other Disney Restaurant Reviews!

As an Independent Travel Agent with Mouse Counselors, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, I offer concierge travel planning for Walt Disney World® Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Disneyland® Resort, Adventures by Disney®, Aulani and all other destinations at no cost to you.  Message me today if I can help book a magical vacation for you.  

Review: Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

 

Sanaa is a Table Service restaurant located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Kidani Village.  This restaurant goes along with the theme of Animal Kingdom Lodge and takes you to South Africa where you can dine while watching animals walk by outside.  Recently my husband and I took an Adults Only Trip to Disney World where we dined at Sanaa for the first time. 

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We had a reservation for 7:00pm but we arrived a little early, so we decided to head over to the bar area to have a drink while we waited on a table.  I ordered the mango margarita which I had heard really good things about – and it did not disappoint!  This ranks as one of the best alcoholic drinks I have ever had!

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Bar area
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Mango margarita – yum!

We were only at the bar about 10 minutes before we received a text letting us know that our table was ready.  

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Restaurant with big windows where you can see animals walk by

The menu is African food with Indian flavors, you can view the menu here.  

We started out first with the Indian Bread service with all 9 accompaniments.  This gave us three types of Naan bread (traditional, garlic-ginger and spiced) and 9 different sauces.  Our favorite sauces were Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Mango Chutney and Tamarind Chutney.  All three of the Naan breads were outstanding and we had to stop ourselves from filling up on this!

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Indian Bread Service

For our entrees, we both got the Potjie Inspired Dish, with choice of meat and sides.   For my meal, I ordered the Butter Chicken, Chickpea Wat and Basmati Rice

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Butter chicken was amazing!

Eddie ordered the Spicy Durban Shrimp, Basmati Rice and the Lentil Dhal.

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Eddie said this was the best shrimp he’s ever had!  I’m not a huge shrimp fan, but I did taste it and oh my, it was delicious (however, it was also very spicy like it’s namesake).  The Butter Chicken I ate was so tender and flavorful, my fork would glide right through it.

When in Disney…eat!  That’s what we did.  We decided we’d get dessert as well, so we tried the Caramel N’dizi, which was Banana Financier with Caramelized Milk Chocolate Crémeux, Hazelnut Crunch, Banana-White Chocolate Chantilly, and Ginger Raspberries.  Although it sounded delicious, we didn’t love it.  

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We were so full after the bread service and delicious meal, we should have just stopped, so maybe we should try it again when we are not so full?  

All in all, this has been our absolute favorite Disney restaurant.  It is the perfect setting for a date night, and the food was amazing….not only was it the best chicken and shrimp we’ve ever had at Disney, it was some of the best we’ve tried anywhere!  Even if you aren’t staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge, this restaurant is worth the trip.  It is definitely a hidden gem – reservations aren’t too hard to get here!   If you have picky eaters, there is a kids menu that offers items such as pizza, burgers & mac and cheese.  

Check out my other Disney restaurant reviews here!  

As an Independent Travel Agent with Mouse Counselors, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, I offer concierge travel planning for Walt Disney World® Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Disneyland® Resort, Adventures by Disney®, Aulani and all other destinations at no cost to you.  Message me today if I can help book a magical vacation for you.