As a mom of three boys it is a rare occurrence when I get to indulge my glitter loving, pink hued, bow wearing Princess side. Don’t get me wrong, they have been good sports and I have experienced most of the Princess Meal experiences at Walt Disney World once. When the Bon Voyage Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno was announced in Spring 2017 I knew I would need to give this a try and add it to my list. I figured the hook would be that the “Princes” appear alongside their princess counterparts, and adventure was the theme. So as soon as reservations opened up for booking I scored one for my youngest son and me.
The Bon Voyage Breakfast takes place at the Boardwalk Resort in the Trattoria al Forno restaurant. I scheduled our reservation around 8:00am to try to get to a park as early as possible. We were going to Hollywood Studios that day, so we planned to utilize the walkway between Boardwalk and the Studios. It would also be a great option to kick off your Epcot day. Transportation can be a little tricky to get to the Boardwalk if you are going for an early breakfast without a car. I recommend trying out one of the “Minnie” vans, taxi or Uber. Once you are there you can walk or take a boat to Epcot or Disney’s Hollywood Studios or a bus to one of the other parks.
We drove to the Boardwalk and arrived a few minutes early to the restaurant and checked in. In the lobby we found one of the carts like they have out prior to nighttime shows selling various Princess items in case you needed something last minute before the meal (including a few princess costumes). We were seated quickly and were excited to get started meeting the characters.
This meal has an adventure theme, hence Bon Voyage title, and features Rapunzel and Flynn Rider along with Ariel and Prince Eric. As we were seated we were presented menus along with an adventure card that prompted guests to write about dreams or adventures they have. These could serve as great conversation starters with the characters for timid (or stars truck) kids.
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The atmosphere of this restaurant is pretty bland for this particular theme of the meal . . . it fits with their evening menu of Italian dishes, but the rather dark interior featuring exposed bricks and dark woods doesn’t do much for me with the Bon Voyage characters. I also did not care for the cramped feeling inside. I don’t know if they’ve added more tables to accommodate additional guests for this meal with a couple of popular princesses; however, our table for 2 was not only extremely small (barely holding all of our dishes), but it was also extremely close to our neighbors. Some parts of the restaurant had booths rather than tables so the spacing seemed more comfortable there.
Bon Voyage breakfast features a menu rather than a buffet which I prefer. This means you don’t have to try to time your buffet visits to not miss characters, and it avoids some of the common complaints about buffets. You are allowed to order a beverage, an entrée and your choice of a fruit salad or parfait. Each table is also served a selection of pastries. There are some specialty beverages available for an additional price.
We chose both a fruit bowl and a berry, granola & yogurt parfait for our starters to go with the pastries. The pastries come out in a frying pan a la Tangled and are themed to the movies the Little Mermaid & Tangled—including a sun and a clam shell. I really enjoyed the pastry selection, they were served fresh and had a great flavor. My 5 year old was too excited about meeting characters and didn’t do much to help me eat them. We requested a box at the end of the meal and took them with us for snacks in the park later in the day. The fruit cup was nice, but the yogurt parfait was really delicious and a nice, light starter to our meal.
For entrees my son ordered Flounder’s Flapjacks from the kids’ menu served with a choice of bacon or sausage. I decided to go big or go home and ordered the Royale Breakfast: Oak-Grilled Steak, Cheesy Egg Torte and fonduta, Crispy Onions and Roasted Potatoes. His flapjacks were your basic pancakes—but tall & fluffy so the flavor was good, and one was cut to look like a fish. My Royale Breakfast, however, was really, really good. The steak was cooked very well and it was tender with a great flavor and texture. The egg torte was also served very well at just the right temperature, and again the flavor and texture were fantastic and went really well with the steak. The roasted potatoes rounded out the breakfast nicely. While this was a very filling breakfast for a warm summer day in Florida, I was so glad that I chose this option on the menu. The Golden Frittata, (Prosciutto di Parma, Piquillo Pepper, Scallion, and Pecorino Romano Cheese with Roasted Potatoes), was the other option I was eyeing and I hope I get back to try it.
The character interaction here was really outstanding. Again, not having the stress of getting up to go to the buffet really makes the meal enjoyable—especially in my situation where it was just myself and my 5 year old dining. The restaurant has a little introduction of each character periodically and they enter the dining room, there is a parade (like most meals), and the visits to each table. On the morning we were there they did sign autographs, but your experience may vary. Ariel, Rapunzel, Eric & Eugene (Flynn Rider) each came to our table and did a very nice job engaging my nervous but excited son. He was a little star struck. This is a great opportunity to meet Ariel & Rapunzel, but also a rare opportunity to meet Prince Eric and Flynn Rider.
For our meal we experienced exemplary service. Our server actually went above and beyond to make sure my son had what he wanted for breakfast. The meal was timed well as far as the dishes being delivered . . .they were prompt but not served on top of each other. We never felt rushed to finish, and our drinks stayed refilled without being overbearing. And, we were out in time that we made it to Hollywood Studios shortly after park opening. If you really wanted to be there at rope drop you would need a reservation time prior to 8:00.
Overall, I highly recommend this breakfast experience. The food was great for both adults and kids (which sometimes is not the case at character buffets), and the service was outstanding. For girls or boys the character interaction was priceless—I love great “face” characters who really engage their audience. For a rating I would give it 4.5 stars (taking off ½ a star for the restaurant décor).
Have you dined at Trattoria al Forno’s Bon Voyage Breakfast?