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Frog Family Foodie Review: Chip 'n' Dale Harvest Feast at EPCOT's Garden Grill Restaurant

by Mommy Frog on June 14, 2023
6 Orlando

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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 his toadally adorable overalls!). Here's everything to know about the theming, characters and (most importantly) the FOOD.

Farmer Mickey at Garden Grill

Overview of Chip 'n' Dale Harvest Feast at EPCOT's Garden Grill Restaurant

Booth at Garden Grill

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 meet & greets from the chipmunk duo, Mickey and Pluto. Open for breakfast (as of June 14, 2023) lunch and dinner, the feast includes bbq roasted chicken, grilled steak with chimichurri, mashed potatoes and shortcake … oh my! 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. The breakfast offerings include cinnamon breakfast loaf, scrambled eggs, smoked bacon, seasonal fruit, grilled flank steak with ranchero sauce, cheesy potato casserole and, of course, Mickey waffles!

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. The Chip ‘n’ Dale Harvest Feast breakfast is $42 per adult and $27 per child (ages 3-9).

Garden Grill Theming and Character Interactions

Garden Grill Restaurant — View of Living with the Land

Let’s back up for a second. Garden Grill at EPCOT 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 (it takes just over an hour to make one complete rotation), 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!

Garden Grill — Pluto and Dale

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.

As for the characters, our interactions were super fun! We got to see Mickey in his overalls (unique to this location), Pluto, Chip and Dale. We loved the character interactions and felt that each character spent a good amount of time with us before moving along to the next table. It's very convenient that they can come right to us!

Characters will be able to sign autographs and take photos before moving on. At the end of the meal, we also received a special card with all of their autographs on it.

Garden Grill Menu

Breakfast Menu:

  • Cinnamon Breakfast Loaf
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Bacon
  • Grilled Flank Steak with Ranchero Sauce
  • Cheesy Potato Casserole
  • Mickey Waffles

The Cinnamon loaf is brought out first, though it was so sweet, it felt like dessert! The main platter is served for the whole table, though you can ask for more of whichever you want. Our favorites were the cheesy potatoes and of course Mickey waffle, so we were able to get another plate of just those items.

There was a wide selection of juices, coffee, tea, soda and water. We also enjoyed the frog favorite POG Juice (that's passion fruit, orange and guava).

Lunch and Dinner Menu:

Garden Grill EPCOT - lunch & dinner skillet

  • Harvest-inspired Garden Salad
  • Barbecue-roasted Chicken
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Grilled Beef with Chimichurri
  • Seasonal Vegetables (green beans, corn medley)
  • Southern-style Spoon Bread
  • Creamy Mashed Potatoes
  • Berry Shortcake (with whipped cream)

Once seated at the table, our waiter came back with the garden salad, along with the bread, 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.

Garden Grill EPCOT - Macaroni and Cheese

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 barbecue-roasted chicken and grilled beef are veggie “meatloaf” and rice. My favorite was the barbecue-roasted chicken, which was perfectly juicy enough for me, while Leap enjoyed the chimichurri beef. The tadpoles weren’t too fond of the veggies, 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!

Garden Grill EPCOT - Berry Shortcake

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

Garden Grill EPCOT - Autograph Card

We think it’s worth a meal if you want a little more individual attention to satisfy your character fix. Garden Grill has always been 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 barbecue-roasted chicken 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!

Related: All of the Walt Disney World Character Dining Locations Ranked

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Aug 3, 2023 at 4:10 a.m.
Roxy Says...

Hi! Do you know if there are any other DEFINITE places to meet Chip and Dale? Also, would Garden Grill accommodate a picky eater and serve Mickey waffles at lunch?

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Aug 3, 2023 at 3:11 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Roxy!

You can meet Chip 'n' Dale at Storybook Circus in Magic Kingdom and Dinoland U.S.A. at Animal Kingdom. You may also spot them on the Brown Derby Lawn having a picnic at Hollywood Studios but it's not an official meet and greet opportunity. If you go to the My Disney Experience app (go to "Characters" on the dropdown menu when looking at the map for wait times), you can find the specific times for their appearances at each location. As for your picky eater question, we don't think Mickey waffles would be available outside of breakfast hours. It probably wouldn't hurt to ask nicely — you never know! But it's not likely and isn't guaranteed.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 2, 2021 at 1:15 a.m.
Jason MOore Says...

We're headed to Epcot for Thanksgiving and were too late to snag reservations anywhere. This sounds great, but I wonder if we'll be able to get in. We've done dining experiences here in the past and it was great.

Are you saying that walking in might be possible on Thanksgiving?

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Nov 2, 2021 at 8:50 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jason!

While Garden Grill often has last-minute availability, we would strongly recommend making a reservation since it's a holiday and walk-ins are not guaranteed.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 1, 2020 at 9:48 p.m.
ANGSWIN Says...

I haven't been to DW in several years for many reasons. However, I used to go frequently and the Garden Grill was my character meal. Even without the characters, I think that it is a delicious country-style meal. Plus, I love the rotating scenery. Overall, it's just a nice, relaxing experience - especially if you are escaping the infamous FL summer heat and humidity!

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Aug 25, 2020 at 4:28 p.m.
Dmom Says...

i have never eaten here though many of my clients love it. I recommend it for the price and for small children. However I have eaten in the quck serve at The Land which is also made with harvested fresh ingredients grown onsight. I highly recommend that for a fresher, tastier alternative to fast food quick serve elsewhere. They even have that berry dessert at their pastry counter. Also the Liberty Tavern in MK serves a great all-you-can-eat family style thanksgiving type meal similar to the Garden Grille without the characters at a reasonable price as well! We will be sure to try GG sometime in our future visits.

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