After several hectic days, today was a more restful day. We started the day at Blizzard Beach before heading to the Character Warehouse for some “bargain” Disney Outlet shopping. The highlight of the day was dinner at Story Book Dining at Artist Point.
Artist Point is located at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and was previously a Signature Dining Location. Story Book Dining at Artist Point opened in Fall 2018. This new character experience features Snow White, Dopey, Grumpy & The Evil Queen. We previously visited Artist Point in Summer 2018 and had one of the best meals we had ever experienced at Walt Disney World. Previously the meal at Artist Point consisted of high-quality food, elegant surrounding, and top class service. We were interested to see how the venue may have changed since it became a character meal.
The venue has changed quite a bit and certainly isn’t as peaceful as we recollected. The restaurant has had a relatively cheap looking Enchanted Forest overlay. The restaurant was full and there appeared to be a lot more tables crammed into Artist Point.
Our server was pleasant enough, but the quality had indeed disappeared. As you typically find at Walt Disney World Character Meals, this was very much “conveyor belt service.” An example of this was our entrees were served before our table had been cleared of our starters. Artist Point is undoubtedly no longer fine dining.
The meal is three courses and costs just one credit on the Disney Dining Plan. Cost wise the meal does work out good value on the Disney Dining Plan. You are served shared starters and desserts, plus choose your entree. The menu has recently changed at Story Book Dining, and dishes appear to now contain significantly cheaper ingredients compared to when the character meal was first opened.
All the food was pleasant, but it wasn’t great. Character Meal food is never great, and Artist Point did not break this rule. Mrs. Modernlifeisgood’s gluten-free appetizer and desserts were considerably worse. She was served her special appetizer and desserts, but they appeared to be an allergy plate that covered all allergies. One of her desserts we all thought was disgusting.
However, you don’t attend a character meal for the food, and Story Book Dining at Artist Point is no different. Snow White, Dopey & Grumpy visit your table, and the interactions are first class. Throw in the odd dance and tune, and it is excellent entertainment, especially for little ones.
The Evil Queen meets at the center of the restaurant with an official photographer. The Evil Queen’s interactions are appropriately Evil. However, Little Miss Modernlifeisgood did announce, “I like her!” after the Queen had scorned her mother.
Story Book Dining at Artist Point was good fun, but we are unlikely to repeat the experience. It does provide the opportunity to meet some rare characters, and as a one-off, it is worth doing if you don’t mind very average food. However, in our opinion, there are better Character Meals at Walt Disney World.