In this article, we provide a review of Storybook Dining at Artist Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. We visit the restaurant to preview the menu, see what characters meet, and discuss whether or not a meal here is worth the price.
Storybook Dining at Artist Point with Snow White is a character meal with a prix fixe menu. That means you get to select one menu item from all three courses on the menu.
At this character meal, you’ll have the opportunity to meet Snow White, Grumpy, and Dopey. Additionally, there is an opportunity to meet the Evil Queen.
If you are familiar with characters at Walt Disney World, you know the Evil Queen is an exceptionally rare character. She is rarely available in any of the Disney Parks.
For those familiar with Walt Disney World, you might remember this restaurant was formerly the home of Artist Point, a signature dining location. Artist Point was listed as one of our top Disney signature dining experiences before changing to character dining.
Unfortunately, you cannot expect to receive the same food quality as you might have at Artist Point. It’s not terrible or anything. But it’s nowhere near the same quality.
With that said, the addition of characters at Artist Point is fun. Plus, any reason to visit the Wilderness Lodge is a good reason.
So allow me to share our character dining experience with the star of Walt Disney’s first animated movie, Snow White.
Storybook Dining at Artist Point Review
Storybook Dining is set inside the Enchanted Forest. You’ll find the former signature restaurant off the lobby of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, one of the more rustic resorts.
You’ll likely want to spend some time touring the resort during your visit. For example, you could come over early enough to walk the grounds and see the geyser erupt.
Most will find the Wilderness Lodge a pleasant escape from the busy hustle and bustle of the theme parks. It is the perfect setting for a restaurant like Storybook Dining with Snow White.
Below we have a look inside the restaurant during the day. You can expect the atmosphere to be considerably darker in the evening.
Seating is mainly made up of standard tables with chairs. There are a few banquettes around the interior walls.
Since we initially provided this review, the menu hasn’t changed much. Here and there, new entrees are added. However, appetizers, desserts, and some entrees remain.
At the time of this update in 2023, a meal at Storybook costs $65.00 per adult and $39.00 per child, plus tax and gratuity. Of course, that price doesn’t include any specialty drinks or cocktails. You can view the current pricing for Artist Point and the menu here on Disney’s site.
For starters, the table receives a shared appetizer consisting of three dishes:
- Wild Mushroom Bisque
- Hunter’s Pie
- Wicked Shrimp Cocktail
Here is an example of how they were presented.
One of our diners has food allergies. So the chef brought a separately prepared butternut squash bisque along with freshly-prepared vegetable spring rolls.
These were both enjoyed. Additionally, we felt the spring roll would have been an excellent item for the regular menu.
We were served a winter squash bisque when Story Book Dining first debuted. At the time, I said it was possibly the best bite of the entire meal.
However, the mushroom bisque has returned to Storybook Dining at Artist Point due to popular demand. We have no complaints about it either. It’s delicious.
Our next appetizer was Hunter’s Pie or Hunter’s Terrine, a meat pot pie with a sauce. Per the menu, it is stone fruit preserves.
Personally, I didn’t care for this item. My portion was dry and didn’t have hardly any flavor.
The third appetizer was the Wicked Shrimp Cocktail. Per the menu, this comes with soy, miso, avocado, Thai chili, and greens.
It was not at all what I was expecting. The dish resembled a shrimp Caesar salad on the plate.
However, this was some tiny shrimp with greens drowned in a displeasing sauce. It wasn’t very good, and I could only bring myself to eat it.
Next, the Storybook Dining menu had seven entrees to choose from. As with any meal, the entree portion should be the main event and something to look forward to before dessert.
As of an update, the individually plated entree items available are:
- Cottage Beef Stroganoff
- A Stroll Through Nature (gnocchi)
- Magic Mirror’s Slow-Braised Pork Shank
- Sorceress Spell of Tricken Chicken
- Royal Prime Rib Roast
- Brother’s Grimm Herb Chicken
- Bashful’s Butter-poached Sustainable Fish
Having dined at Artist Point before, I knew the location had a reputation for expertly prepared seafood. In fact, I had this Alaskan King salmon dish there only months before they closed to make way for Storybook Dining. You can probably tell from the picture that it was a truly divine culinary experience.
Because of this, I decided to go with Bashful’s butter-poached Kingklip. Per the menu, this dish is described as farro, Fava Beans, English Peas, and gremolata.
In hindsight, I should have known that any dish associated with one of the Seven Dwarfs’ names would have been terrible. I mean, Snow White was the one who did all the cooking.
You can look at it and tell it was unpleasant. Not only did it look like Bashful had thrown it together, but he might have even bathed in it prior. It sounds like the kind of thing he might do.
Overall, the dish was soggy. No part of it wasn’t drowned in the heavy sauce.
Since my experience, the menu description has changed. I love Fava Beans, so this might be an improvement.
After consulting the chef, our food allergy diner went with the Royal Prime Rib Roast. This was a much better option than my fish entree.
However, this wasn’t a high-quality prime rib by any means. Unfortunately, it was dark where we were seated, so the image quality isn’t great. But I believe anyone can see the ratio of fat versus edible meat.
However, he did enjoy the meal, and I would have probably been able to give higher remarks food-wise if this had been my selection.
The prime rib comes with a side of horseradish mashed potatoes, smoked carrots, popovers, and au jus. Since he has food allergies, his portion came with smoked carrots and regular roasted potatoes.
Here is a description of the other entrees:
- “Cottage” Beef Stroganoff (Tender Beef, Preserved Vegetables, Spätzle, Mushrooms, and Aged Cow’s Milk Cheese)
- A Stroll through Nature (Asparagus, Leeks, Arugula, Gnocchi, Sage, Parmesan)
- Brother’s Grimm Herb Chicken (Cauliflower Purée, Roasted Vegetables, and Chicken Jus)
- Sorceress Spell of “Tricken” Chicken (Cauliflower Puree, Roasted Vegetables, Vegetable Jus) (*Plant-based)
- Magic Mirror’s Slow-braised Pork Shank (Horseradish-Mashed Potato, Wilted Greens, and Jus)
Our final course was dessert. I wish I could start here by saying dessert was the saving grace for Storybook Dining at Artist Point.
But I can’t. While visually appealing, the dessert options were lacking.
Dessert consists of three small bites and a special presentation tableside.
You’ll receive the following:
- Miner’s Treasures
- Fairy Tale Gooseberry Tart
- Poison Apple
- The Hunter’s Gift to the Queen
The Miner’s Treasure is a cookies’ n cream panna cotta and chocolate gems. It’s a darling presentation, but it’s too much.
Taste-wise, this next dessert is probably my favorite of the three dessert options, the gooseberry tart. It features a bite of gooseberry with a meringue topping.
I don’t know if I’ve had the opportunity to try gooseberry before this. It reminded me of a pecan pie filling with a bit of whip cream on top, less the actual pecans.
By far, the quaintest dessert you will find is the poison apple. It is a “white chocolate apple mousse with a sour center.”
I’m not a huge white chocolate fan, and the center was sour. So I felt that this fit the description accurately. But it didn’t give that authentic sweet and sour taste I was hoping for when I bit into it.
However, I find it hard to argue this item’s charm and photo-worthy look. Especially considering it’s one of three desserts.
Lastly, we’ll look at one final bite at the end of the meal, The Hunter’s Gift to the Queen.
As embarrassed as I am to share this photo with you, it does give an idea of the presentation. This moment is over relatively quickly, and so is your photo option, as you can see.
Toward the end of Storybook Dining at Artist Point, a box is brought to your table containing “crackled maple popcorn and a ganache heart.”
When the box lid is lifted to reveal your treat, a little smoke is released, creating a fun moment for your party to enjoy. Again, I would recommend doing a video instead of pictures to capture the moment.
The server will then remove the cracked maple popcorn and chocolate heart from the box and leave them with you for enjoyment. There isn’t much substance to the few bites, but it is a fun moment during the meal.
Characters at Artist Point Storybook Dining
Thankfully, I saved the best for last. However, all is not lost on the experience, and we did have a good time. That good time can be attributed to quality service and good character interaction.
During the meal, you will be visited by three different characters. There will be a designated character attendee in the restaurant.
At some point, they will check with you and make sure you have had the opportunity to meet all of the characters. The characters at Storybook Dining were:
- Snow White
- The Evil Queen
Snow White is the first character we met at Storybook Dining at Artist Point. She was a lot of fun and very friendly. Make sure to have autograph books and anything used for pictures out and ready.
Additionally, Snow White meets for lunch and dinner at the Akershus princess character breakfast at Epcot. You can find her in the Germany Pavilion at Epcot in the afternoons. Or you might run into her at Town Square in Magic Kingdom.
Snow White was soon followed up by Dopey, another rare character in the parks. The thing about the Seven Dwarfs is they are all very difficult to meet.
To my knowledge, they are in the Festival of Fantasy parade daily at the Magic Kingdom. Other than that, you must be a ticketed guest of the Halloween party or Christmas party at the Magic Kingdom to meet them.
Next, we have Grumpy, or you might call him dancing Grumpy. During the meal, the characters participate in a dance. You’ll know when it’s time because the lights in the Enchanted Forest begin to flicker, and the characters gather in the center of the room.
And let’s not forget the villain! The Evil Queen is kind of the star of dinner at Storybook Dining.
During the evening, the room darkens, and the lights on the trees begin to flash, signaling the entrance of the Evil Queen. Naturally, there’s a music enhancement during this time as well.
It’s a totally different feel from when Snow White, Dopey, and Grumpy enter the space. All attention turns to her as she makes her grand entrance and heads to her special meet and greet area for a photo opportunity.
Here is a look at ours:
If you are at a good stopping point in your meal, try to get in line when she first arrives. An extensive line will form for her throughout the evening. She is a lot of fun to meet and very true to her character.
Usually, a PhotoPass photographer is with the Evil Queen to capture the moment. However, all pictures with Snow White, Grumpy, and Dopey will be tableside and must be taken with your camera or mobile phone.
So don’t forget to bring them with you or you might miss capturing a few memorable moments!
Overall, the characters are a lot of fun, especially for kids or fans of Snow White. And that is the saving grace when it comes to Storybook Dining at Artist Point.
In fact, the thing I loved most about this meal was being able to meet these original Walt Disney characters. Snow White was Walt’s first big production and was a huge success. I hope they will always have a special home at Walt Disney World.
Final Thoughts on Storybook Dining at Artist Point
Regarding how our Storybook Dining experience went, we ended up having a happy ending. Granted, the food was mediocre at best. I hate to admit it, but I would have gladly paid more for higher-quality food.
With that said, I recommend the meal for the experience and the chance to meet characters in a lovely setting.
It’s also fun to take a break from the parks and visit the Wilderness Lodge. A lot of exploring can be done here if that is appealing to your party.
Hopefully, the menu selections will improve over time. I feel confident they will, and I’ll consider returning.
For more information about Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, we have a complete guide:
Or you might enjoy these individual articles:
- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Review
- Geyser Point Bar and Grill Review
- Transportation at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Restaurants at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Additionally, we have a guide on the site with Everything You Need to Know About Disney World Character Dining.
Here are a few of our recent reviews:
- Best Character Breakfasts at Disney World
- Topolino’s Terrace Character Breakfast Review
- Tusker House Character Breakfast Review
- Cape May Cafe Character Breakfast Review
- The Crystal Palace Breakfast Review
- Be Our Guest Review
And you might remember, we weren’t crazy about the food at the ‘Ohana character breakfast. So if you are thinking about doing a character meal, check out that review. We had a good time, but there are better food options.
In the Comments
If you have tried Storybook Dining out, let me know your opinion in the comments. What did you think about the meal? Did you enjoy the character interaction? I think most probably agree Storybook Dining at Artist Point is worth a visit at least once.