Unlimited food, characters and a rotating restaurant that overlooks a ride ... what more can you ask for? Chip 'n' Dale Harvest Feast at Garden Grill Restaurant at EPCOT offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience that leaves guests with a stomach full of home-grown (and harvested) food and memorable character interactions (including Farmer Mickey in toadally adorable overalls!). We recently hopped over for a meal, given that Garden Grill is currently one of the only character dining locations open since Walt Disney World has reopened. In our Frog Family foodie review, we’ll tell you all about the new modified experience, as well as general information about the restaurant, characters and (most importantly) FOOD.
Overview of Chip 'n' Dale Harvest Feast at EPCOT's Garden Grill Restaurant
Garden Grill Restaurant is one of our favorite character dining locations at Walt Disney World for many reasons. Located inside The Land pavilion at EPCOT, the unique rotating restaurant is known for Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Harvest Feast, which features family-style food and appearances from the chipmunk duo, Mickey and Pluto. Open for both lunch and dinner, the feast includes turkey, mashed potatoes and shortcake … oh my! It’s like a Thanksgiving dinner you can have any time during the year. And of course, Chip ‘n’ Dale are the stars of the restaurant, but you don’t want to miss Mickey in his farmer’s outfit.
We recommend making an advance dining reservation up to 60 days in advance. Usually, it’s fairly easy to snag a last-minute reservation for Garden Grill, even on the same day. It’s not guaranteed that the restaurant will accept walk-ins, but you can double check if you are just passing by and are ready to eat at that exact moment. You must have valid theme park admission and an EPCOT Park Pass reservation, as well. (Note that a dining reservation does not guarantee you entry into the park.) As an all-you-care-to-eat meal, the fixed price for Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Harvest Feast is $55 per adult and $36 per child (ages 3 to 9) for both lunch and dinner.
Garden Grill’s check-in process is easy peasy. If you have your reservation linked in the My Disney Experience app, you’ll receive a notification about 10 to 15 minutes before your arrival time. Follow the instructions to confirm your reservation and party details, including the number of guests and dietary restrictions. Make sure to submit when you’re near the restaurant. We made the mistake of hopping onto Living with the Land right before our check-in time. Technically, we timed it correctly and checked in halfway through the ride with 10 minutes to spare. But only two minutes later, we received a notification that our table was ready! So, we were stuck on the boat and arrived eight minutes later at our original check-in time. (Frogtunately, we didn’t have any issues!)
Garden Grill Theming and Character Interactions
Let’s back up for a second. Garden Grill is a rotating restaurant?? Yes, indeed! It’s no match for Mad Tea Party, but the restaurant slowly rotates in a circle as you catch sight of some Living with the Land scenes below, including a desert, a rainforest and a prairie. The movement is very subtle, but people with extreme motion sickness may want to listen up. As someone who gets motion sickness easily, I did not experience any nausea or get sick, but the movement made me feel a liiittle “off” at times during this latest visit. I noticed a slight unsteadiness would hoppen when I stared at the outer scenery for too long, but I was toadally fine when I kept my focus on the food, my family and the characters. Most would agree that they feel nothing (Leap, Tad and Lily weren’t affected at all), but I think it’s important to note since each person may react differently!
The restaurant is divided into two tiers. The lower level consists of booth seating, while the upper level has normal dining tables. If you’re sitting in the booths, it’s easier to see the Living with the Land scenes as they pass by. Since EPCOT has reopened, Garden Grill is one of the few available character dining experiences across Walt Disney World. The characters and guests are able to socially distance because of this arrangement. Chip ‘n’ Dale, Mickey and Pluto roam around on the top tier, while the guests dine on the bottom tier.
Speaking of the characters, our interactions were super fun! We saw Mickey and Pluto right off the bat before we could even stuff our faces with salad. Chip ‘n’ Dale followed shortly behind (about 10 minutes after). We told them it was so great to see them again! Like us with our quarantine gardening, Mickey nodded enthusiastically when we asked him if he had done a lot of farming these past few months. The characters did their part and stayed a bit distant from each other too. They still spent a good amount of time with us before moving along to the next table.
We ended up seeing Mickey by himself and Chip ‘n’ Dale once more before we left. Our server said it depends on how long the characters interact at each table, but you’ll see a pair about every 15 to 30 minutes. The math checked out because we stayed at Garden Grill for about an hour. It is harder to see them coming because they’re above and behind you (the tables face outwards, so we were looking over our shoulders a lot). However, a character attendant walks along the lower level and lets you know they're coming so you don’t miss them! At the end of the meal, we received a special card with all of their autographs on it.
Garden Grill Menu
Two words: COMFORT FOOD. While I always love trying new foods and flavors, sometimes I just want to stick with the basics (gimme all of the mac and cheese, please!). When the craving for turkey and mashed potatoes hits, we hop over to Garden Grill at EPCOT for a classic family-style meal. Since the park’s reopening, the restaurant has been utilizing a digital menu that can be accessed with a QR code (snap a photo on your smartphone of the QR code, and a notification to access the menu will pop up for you to tap). Currently, Garden Grill is only serving lunch and dinner with the same all-day menu.
Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Harvest Feast features a bunch of your home-style favorites, including:
- Harvest-inspired Garden Salad
- All-Natural Sliced Turkey Breast (with turkey gravy)
- Herb and Leek Stuffing
- Macaroni and Cheese
- Grilled Beef with Chimichurri
- Seasonal Vegetables (green beans, corn medley)
- Creamy Mashed Potatoes
- Berry Shortcake (with whipped cream)
Once seated at the table, our waiter came back with the garden salad, along with bread rolls, butter and jam, to kick off the meal. Fun fact: Most of the ingredients in the garden salad actually come from the Land’s greenhouses that you see during Living with the Land. No wonder why it tastes so fresh! Not only is it a super cool teachable moment for the tadpoles, but it’s a delicious one too.
After we munched on the leafy greens and rolls, the waiter brought out the main course selections in a big skillet. Unless you specifically request to exclude something, you’ll be served everything on the Garden Grill menu. Plant-based alternatives to the turkey breast and grilled beef are veggie “meatloaf” and rice. My favorite was the turkey breast, which was perfectly juicy enough for me, while Leap enjoyed the chimichurri beef. The tadpoles weren’t too fond of the stuffing, but Lily loved the goldfish on top of the mac and cheese. Since the family-style meal is all-you-care-to eat, you can request more helpings of any particular item at any time!
If you have enough room in your tummies (trust me ... you’ll want to save space!), the meal ends with a generous plate of Berry Shortcake for dessert. It’s easy to split among your frog squad, in addition to being toadally tasty (Tad's favorite part, for sure!).
For drinks, standard beverages, such as soda, coffee and tea, are included with the meal and are served in cute mason jars. Frozen lemonade and a specialty character drink — along with a citrusy cocktail drink or wine and beer selections for adult frogs — may be purchased at an additional price.
Our Final Thoughts about Chip 'n' Dale's Harvest Feast
Right now, Garden Grill at EPCOT is one of the only character dining locations available, so we think it’s worth a meal if you want a little more individual attention to satisfy your character fix right now. Even before the COVID-19 changes, Garden Grill was a top Frog Family pick for character dining locations. Expect to spend at least an hour at the restaurant. (It can be a much-needed break indoors!) But if you’re more of an on-the-go type of guest who doesn’t care for the character aspect, you may not want to devote that much time and money for a feast. Because of the way that the tables and booths are set up, it may be harder to accommodate larger parties. As for the food, we’re a big fan of the fresh veggies harvested by The Land’s greenhouses and the comfort of the turkey and macaroni and cheese!
Have you ever dined (or considered dining) at Garden Grill at EPCOT? What do you like more — the food, the characters or the restaurant itself? Let us know in the comments below!