My Disney Bucket List includes eating at all of the signature restaurants at Walt Disney World. On our most recent trip, we tried Artist Point. It is definitely one of our new favorite places to eat! During this trip, we were staying at the Polynesian Villas.
We took the standard Disney advice and left the resort forty-five minutes prior to our reservation. This turned out to be a good thing, as the monorail was down and we had to catch a bus to the Contemporary, where we then transferred to a water taxi from there to The Wilderness Lodge. Trust me when I say, for every plan you have to resort hop, make sure you have a back-up plan.
Getting off the boat at The Wilderness Lodge is an incredible experience. You are transported instantly to a place that feels like it’s part of a National Park. The green metal roof and brown buildings evoke a feeling of truly being in the wilderness. We took a little while to meander around the grounds, getting ourselves thoroughly lost. Having never visited this hotel, it was an impressive place to tour. The paths, bridges and waterfalls make the experience even more immersive.
We weaved our way through the halls of the hotels and arrived in the expansive lobby. If we were impressed outside, that was nothing to our reaction to the inside. Much like visiting the Animal Kingdom Lodge for the first time, the lobby here is spectacular. Filled with wood carvings, totem poles and even a stream with a little bridge running through the lobby.
If you’re standing at the front entry, to get to Artist Point you need to go to the back left had corner of the lobby. Our party of four adults and one infant were seated immediately, and taken to a large table in the center of the restaurant. The restaurant was quiet, and there were very few patrons inside (it was only 5:15pm).
The staff immediately began to help us with the high chair for our daughter and quickly removed the plates, glasses and silverware that would tempt her. I was very appreciative, clearly someone knows a lot about dining with little ones! We found all of the staff to be great, and our server was one of the best we had all week!
We were using the regular dining plan, and traded in two credits each for our meal. This meant we got an entrée, drink and dessert. Based on our waiter’s suggestion, we started with the Artisanal Cheese Plate for the table. This was a fun experience to share as a family. We cut each piece into four sections and everyone sampled the cheese and accompaniments at the same time, comparing our favorites. At the same time, a loaf of warm sourdough bread with salted butter was brought to the table with the cheese plate. We love bread, and this was quickly demolished.
One of the things we love the most about signature restaurants is the ever changing menus. You can visit the restaurant one time, and have a completely different meal the next time. I selected the Veal Tomahawk Chop. The waiter warned me ahead of time that when the meal came out, I was going to be shocked by the sheer size of the chop. He mentioned something about Fred Flintstone, but assured me that it was a good choice.
The bone in chop was extremely large. Everyone laughed as they took in the sight of my plate sitting in front of me. Under the chop was a bed of purple, red and white potatoes and was topped with microgreens and multi-colored radishes. The sauce topping the chop and potatoes was scrumptious. This is one of the best meals I have ever had in my life. The chop was cooked perfectly, and I ate the majority of it, the remainder was consumed by my husband.
As for the rest of our group, my mother went with the buffalo, which did not disappoint. This was her first time eating buffalo, and she is now a convert. My father, went with the salmon. After eating it, he declared the salmon to be comparable to that he ate in Alaska and Seattle. My husband went a little more exotic, and got a paella, that was filled with rice and various seafood. He also enjoyed his meal, but declared that it was very difficult to eat neatly.
Despite being stuffed from dinner, we all managed to find room for dessert. Everyone selected something different. The two standouts were the Chocolate Cremeux and the Warm Doughnuts. Both of these items were exceptional!
The Cremeux (much like a chocolate mousse) was topped with edible flowers and was absolutely delightful. The warm doughnuts were artfully presented in a paper bag. They were perfect. Dipped in the chocolate sauce and jam, these were another great way to end the meal.
I would like to reiterate that the entire time, the wait staff and management came to the table multiple times to check on us, but also to converse with our 7 month old. Service like this doesn’t happen at many places, and we were so pleased with our experience that we plan to go back on a future trip.
While the journey to the Wilderness Lodge may be tricky, it is completely worth it to eat at this gem of a restaurant!
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