Location: Disney’s Boardwalk (Epcot Resort Area)
- Flynn Rider
- Prince Eric
Dining Plans Accepted: Disney Dining Plan and Disney Deluxe Dining Plan
Dining Plan Credits Required: 1
Cost: approximately $34.99 per adult and $20 per child
Note: I was diagnosed this past summer with Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). While I do not have food allergies, I have several food intolerances as a result of my condition. My meal at Trattoria al Forno was gluten free and dairy free.
Trattoria al Forno is located at Disney’s Boardwalk in the Epcot resort area. We split our stay between Animal Kingdom Lodge and Beach Club Resort, so that we could easily make our 7:45 am reservation. It was a short 10 minute walk from the Beach Club Resort to Trattoria al Forno. Since our reservation was so early in the morning, we enjoyed a very quiet and peaceful stroll down the almost empty Boardwalk.
You’ll find, upon entering Trattoria al Forno, that Disney has strategically placed Tangled and Little Mermaid merchandise in the waiting area next to the check in podium. Luckily for me, my son is not much of a shopper and showed no interest in these items. We waited for about 10 minutes before we were seated. Since the restaurant was fairly empty, our server immediately greeted us and handed Lil’ Man a character autograph card (which was sadly forgotten upon our departure).
You can view the current menu here.
As is the standard practice, our server inquired as to who had the dietary restrictions and offered me the allergy-friendly menu. I was asked if I would like to speak with the chef and declined as cross contamination is not a concern for me.
Not long after we were seated, a voice came over the speakers to announce our royal hosts. Each character was introduced to the sound of trumpets and began meeting with tables at the back of the dining room.
The breakfast consisted of pastries, brought out in one of Rapunzel’s cast iron skillets, a choice of fruit salad or yogurt parfait, and an entrée. The boys enjoyed the selection of pastries, but Lil’ Man seemed to prefer the fruit salad. I was provided with a mini skillet of GF/DF muffins as well as the same fruit salad that the boys were enjoying. The salad consisted of honeydew, cantaloupe, blueberries and grapes. While the fruit was delicious and a pleasant deviation from the standard high caloric fare offered throughout the parks, I opted not to eat the allergy-friendly muffins out of concern that the sugar might aggravate my symptoms.
For his entree, Lil’ Man enjoyed Flounder’s Flapjacks with bacon, grapes, and a glass of orange juice. He had no problem devouring all of the bacon and grapes while eating most of the light, fluffy pancakes. My husband ordered the Royale Breakfast which consisted of an oak-grilled steak, an egg torte, and red potatoes sautéed with onions. He too enjoyed his choice and stated that he would order it again. He also said that it looked a “bit fancier” than he expected.
For my GF/DF breakfast, I had the standard allergy-friendly Mickey waffles with black coffee from the press pot. While they were a bit drier than their glutenous counterpart, they tasted great. Admittedly, had I been starving, this meal would have been a bit sparse with only 3 waffles and no side dishes. After working through my first cup of coffee, my server offered me some soy milk which I accepted. This is the same soy milk offered for kids meals (vanilla sweetened soy milk from Silk). I used what I needed and offered the rest of the soy milk to Lil’ Man who has a milk protein allergy (he can now enjoy dairy with the exception of straight cow’s milk).
Both my husband and I enjoyed the richer, less acidic flavor of the press pot coffee at Disney. We even bought a press pot when we got home!
Since our reservation was scheduled at the opening, the dining room was not at capacity and Lil’ Man received some extra attention in comparison to our previous character meal experiences. While Lil’ Man enjoys seeing princesses, it was nice for him to meet Flynn Rider and Prince Eric. The ability to meet these two characters is really what sets this meal apart from others. While we are huge Tangled fans, it was Prince Eric who was the most attentive to Lil’ Man. He even had Lil’ Man join him during the character meal parade. Lil’ Man was able to get both his autograph book and pillowcase signed by the characters.
Hugs from his favorite princess!
What Lil’ Man Says: While he enjoyed the meal, he says he didn’t like having to wait for the food to come out. (Translation: he prefers the character buffets.) Prince Eric came and got him for the parade around the restaurant which he says he enjoyed, but he was hungry at the time. He says he would have liked to have stayed at his seat to eat. He was happy that he finally got to meet Flynn Rider!
What Lil’ Man’s Parents Say: We enjoyed the meal and prefer it to the standard character buffet. We felt that the food was of higher quality than what you find at most of Disney’s character buffets. Our server was friendly and very attentive. While Lil’ Man enjoyed meeting all of the characters, Prince Eric was especially attentive. As the mom of a little boy, it was nice to attend a character meal that didn’t only feature princesses. If you are on the dining plan, then we definitely recommend the Bon Voyage Breakfast. We also recommend it if you are not on a dining plan, but know that it would have cost our family of three a little over $100 (including tip) had we not used the dining plan.
If you have food allergies or dietary restrictions, know that there are quite a few options here for you to choose from. Also, most of Disney’s chefs will modify regular dishes for you when possible, so don’t be afraid to ask if you don’t see anything appealing on the allergy-friendly menu.
- If you have a vehicle and are a guest at a Disney resort, you may park for free at the Boardwalk (parking availability may be limited).
- If you are going to have an early morning ADR at Trattoria al Forno, consider staying in an Epcot area resort. If staying at the Beach Club or Yacht Club, you may walk or take the boats to the Boardwalk.
- If staying in a resort not located in the Epcot area of Disney World, you may want to consider using the Minnie Van service (available at participating resorts) or a taxi. Otherwise, you may want to make a late breakfast ADR, so that you can give yourself plenty of time to get their using Disney’s busses.