Rapunzel, Ariel, Flynn Rider, and Prince Eric would like to wish you the “Best! Day! EVER!!!”
Trattoria al Forno
They’re all part of a new character breakfast at Trattoria al Forno, located on Disney World’s Boardwalk!
Guests can now start the day with favorite Disney couples such as Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from Tangled, and Ariel and Price Eric from The Little Mermaid, because the brand new Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast has officially made its debut at Trattoria al Forno (which continues to serve classic Italian fare featuring regional specialties for dinner).
So grab your autograph books — and be sure to have your camera ready! — because some very special friends are waiting to meet you…
… at the Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast!
My friend and I had a 7:30 AM Advance Dining Reservation (the restaurant’s opening time). While the Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast runs until 11:00 AM, the early arrival presented the opportunity to take a few pictures of a pleasantly peaceful Boardwalk in the morning.
Upon entering the restaurant’s check-in area for the breakfast, you’ll find the scene set for typical day-to-day operations at Trattoria.
The only notable addition is a small cart full of Rapunzel and Little Mermaid merchandise.
A display of dresses available for purchase is also present. (I can my fellow parents now — “Thanks a LOT, Disney.” ;-D)
Moving into the main dining area, the atmosphere remains nearly the same as it is for dinner with a couple of exceptions that we’ll mention in a moment.
Brick walls, a mix of earthy and deep colors, and plentiful tables (with a few rounded booths for larger parties) set the stage.
The exhibition kitchen remains the room’s focal point.
We’re cutting the tour a little short (remember, you can see the entire restaurant here) to focus on how the Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast differs from dinner at Trattoria. First, the music playing throughout the restaurant really helps to set the mood, as fans of the The Little Mermaid and Rapunzel will recognize the scores of the films setting the tone (no pun intended).
Second, as you approach your table you’ll notice something propped in the center.
It’s the Bon Voyage Adventure Journal.
Guests are encouraged to write about the Disney World adventures they’re anticipating for the rest of their trip in this keepsake, or record memories they’ve already made during their vacation (notice all four parks represented in the picture).
And hence, the “Bon Voyage” theme! The breakfast is ultimately meant to be a great start to the “Best! Day! EVER!!” before sending you off into the Adventure that will be the rest of your day in Disney World!
Once we sat down, our server also presented us with autograph cards.
Sometimes an autograph card indicates that the characters themselves will not be signing autographs, but that’s not the case at the Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast. See?
Oh, what’s that? You just got your very first glimpse of FLYNN RIDER?! Well, it won’t be the last… Let’s say “Hello” to our friends!
While the Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast celebrates two of Disney’s most beloved couples — Rapunzel and Flynn from Tangled, and Ariel and Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid — guests have the chance to meet each character one by one, as they are announced individually and come to greet each table in kind. Allow me to introduce (in order of appearance at the meal)…
And the lovely Rapunzel!
Prince Eric is next, dashing in his royal wear!
And, finally, we’re joined by the Little Mermaid herself, Ariel.
Even though each character visits each table individually, you know how it is with lovebirds… sometimes they just can’t resist stealing a glance or smile at each other now and then.
Again, autograph books are welcome, and photos with the characters are encouraged! And keep in mind that Rapunzel, in particular, will be curious to learn about YOUR dreams, so be sure your little one is ready to share. Flynn might even give you a card so you (or your wee little Prince or Princess) can note your dreams to share with Rapunzel when she comes along next.
I thought this was a nice touch to help prepare little ones who may be a little shy or even starstruck when Rapunzel comes by. (Not that I would know anything about being starstruck by Rapunzel and Flynn Rider. Purely a guess on my part ;D .) And from what I saw she — along with all the other characters in attendance — was great at focusing on the little ones and drawing them into conversation.
That said, my adult friend and I didn’t feel out of place, even though we had nary a kiddo with us.
Once the whole gang is assembled, it’s time for something of a Disney Character Breakfast tradition: the Napkin Parade! Ariel leads this one, leading children — and, really, any guest who cares to join — in a jaunt around the restaurant, with the waving of napkins completing the scene.
Our server — who was truly attentive, kind, and enthusiastic about this new breakfast opportunity at Trattoria — even gave us a little lesson on some themed napkin folding (i.e., how to make shapes of a clamshell and fish, to fit in with life Under the Sea).
Oh, and one more thing before we move on, lest you think I forgot… OF COURSE I didn’t. I KNEW you would want to see it. So, here it is…
And now for some more hot stuff ! Here comes breakfast!
The Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast offers a menu of prix fixe selections. To start, guests receive their choice of Fresh Fruit or a Mixed Berry Parfait, along with a variety of Pastries for the table to share.
Adults may also add a morning Mimosa, Peach Bellini, Caprese Bloody Mary, or a specialty coffee for an extra charge. Standard non-alcoholic beverages such as milk and juice are included, though oddly we were accidentally charged for our orange juice. We THINK it’s an accident, anyway. We didn’t notice it until after we’d left the restaurant. But just an FYI to check your bill thoroughly!
By the way, children can order the Little Mermaid or Buzz Lightyear Punch that’s available in many locations throughout Disney World. It’s fairly prominent, so you may have already seen the Little Mermaid Clip-on Light that comes with the punch.
Though the other Clip-on option is typically Buzz Lightyear, it’s this little glowing Pascal at the Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast!
Finally, adults may select from seven entrée choices: King Triton’s Shipwreck al Forno, the Golden Frittata, Tangled Eggs, Two Eggs Poached Under Water, the Tower of Pancakes, the Royale Breakfast, and Swimmers Delight.
Meanwhile, kiddos have their own options to choose from: Pancakes, a Mickey Waffle, or the Little Royal Breakfast (traditional eggs, bacon, and toast).
A note: it’s pretty nice having a Character Breakfast served to the table, as you don’t run the risk of missing a character’s visit as you might at a buffet.
Okay, now that you’ve seen the choices, let’s dive in. The starter choices share a couple of things in common. In both cases, the ingredients are fairly basic. The Fruit Salad, for instance, is simply a very small bowl of pineapple, melon, and mixed berries.
But, it has a bit of added charm with the small cookie crown covered in edible glitter.
Likewise, the Berry, Yogurt, and Granola Parfait (though I do have to give a nod to the chocolatey, house-made mini granola bar), is also a fairly standard breakfast appetizer.
Still, you’ll see a glittering Sebastian cookie peeking out of the top.
Additionally, the table receives a selection of Pastries to share.
The assortment is presented in a frying pan, which I’m sure Flynn is relieved to see in use as a serving device (as opposed to Rapunzel’s weapon of choice).
I’m sure you’ve already noticed that these are not your run of the mill muffins and danish pastries. The items are wonderfully themed to the character experience, starting with the Sun Cookie, which perfectly resembles Rapunzel’s paintings.
This crunchy cookie brings together buttery pastry layers, powdered sugar, and a hint of almond flavor that tastes as good as it looks.
Another signature item among the assortment is the rich, chocolate-filled Braided Bread – another nod to Rapunzel and her golden locks.
The Clamshell Pastry, in honor of The Little Mermaid, features a raspberry filling.
And though the muffin sporting The Little Mermaid’s jewel tones definitely has a unique appearance, it’s actually a simple and moist vanilla muffin.
I have to admit, I was a little surprised when we entered the restaurant and didn’t see any extra decorations and such for this particular meal. As it turns out, the food itself is so well themed that it plays its own major role in creating the atmosphere, with one little surprise after another.
I know, we usually don’t spend this much time on starters. But can you blame me? Okay, onto the main courses!
My friend and I went with one sweet, and one savory entree. The Tower of Pancakes, served with a side of Bacon, is our sweet option.
This stack of buttermilk pancakes is layered with a seasonal fruit compote (strawberry, on our visit), and admittedly the photo above is not the best angle, but I wanted to give you a sense of the plating. This close-up on the Tower gives a better idea.
And, yes, that is another Rapunzel-style sun in powdered sugar that you spy on top .
No maple syrup of any kind is required for this big pile of fluffy pancakes, as the compote provides plenty of sweetness, but helps to avoid too much of a sugar rush as compared to traditional syrup. I would have honestly liked more bacon on the side — not only because “more bacon” is always a no-brainer , but I really do think a bit more savory would’ve helped to balance all the sweetness between the pancakes on top of all the pastries. And while we’re on the topic of savory…
King Triton’s Shipwreck al Forno is a HUGE calzone stuffed with soppressata (an Italian salami), bacon, sausage, and cheeses served atop an Italian Sunday Gravy. When it is presented at your table, King Triton’s Trident Scepter is holding this enormous pile of food together.
Alas, your server removes it upon arrival. Cool touch while it lasts, though!
Anyway, while the inclusion of bacon is probably what lands this item on a breakfast list, the emphasis is definitely on the cheese, sausage, golden-brown crust, and flavorful tomato sauce.
Which makes it pretty much like eating pizza for breakfast. Which makes it pretty much awesome.
I don’t care what time of day it is, this just works. I also like the fact that the Shipwreck gives morning guests the chance to enjoy some of the Trattoria’s Italian fare. My friend and I agreed this is easily an all-day, everyday, thankyouverymuch kind of dish, and neither of us could get enough of it. (Well, technically speaking we could because it’s crazy filling, so we did take home some leftovers. So that’s tonight’s dinner. Or tomorrow’s breakfast. Either way… Hooray!).
Not a bad start to the “Best! Day! EVER!!!”
A few notes before we say “Bon Voyage” to you: the fixed price for the Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast is $34 for adults and $20 for children ages 3-9, or 1 Table Service Credit on the Disney Dining Plan. When coordinating a visit to the breakfast with your park touring plans, it’s handy to know that Trattoria al Forno is within easy walking distance to Epcot from its location on the Boardwalk (boat transportation to the park is also provided).
For those of you staying at or around the BoardWalk, we were told that Trattoria’s outdoor tables will be reserved for those who’d like to dine there for breakfast but aren’t interested in character interaction. The menu will be the same, though.
Which brings me to my biggest CON when it comes to this new addition to Trattoria al Forno: with the Bon Voyage Character Breakfast, we’ve lost one of my favorite breakfast items on property — the waffles with mascarpone cheese. A holdover from Kouzzina, this gorgeous dish was amazing. So I bid it farewell with sorrow in my heart. But I’m glad that there are some indulgent dishes replacing it.
I think the Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast is a terrific addition to Trattoria al Forno, the Boardwalk, and Disney Character Meals in general. All the elements are there: good interaction with fun, unique characters (you can’t catch Flynn Rider or Prince Eric just anywhere) in a nice setting with a menu that has clearly had a lot of thought put into it. We learned from our server that the hope is to provide a terrific start to a day full of Disney adventure, and I’d have to say, I think the Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast succeeds in meeting that goal.
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