REVIEW: Trattoria Al Forno Bon Voyage Character Breakfast Brings Tangled & Little Mermaid Couples to the Table

On Sunday, April 2nd, 2017, Trattoria Al Frono at Disney’s Boardwalk began serving a daily character breakfast instead of standard fare that they have had since opening a few years ago. Trattoria is a horrendously bad Italian restaurant for dinner, but featured a surprisingly great breakfast service despite that reputation. Sadly, that menu is now gone, replaced for the “Bon Voyage Breakfast at Trattoria Al Forno”.

The character dining experience costs $34 for adults, $20 for children. Please note: Disney Characters join guests for breakfast only. Character appearances are subject to change. Tables in Wonderland discounts and the Disney Dining Plan are accepted as well.

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Upon check-in, guests are greeted by a pop-up shop of sorts, selling Princess merchandise. This is pretty much a first for a character meal, and does feel a bit cheap. That being said, I get it. Some family will probably impulse buy a dress for a cute picture, and it isn’t the world’s worst idea.

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The interior of Trattoria Al Forno isn’t my favorite, as it is often quite dark and reminds me of Olive Garden, which provides me with marinara sauce PTSD upon sight.

The main event here is characters. Each of the four meet at tables individually and make separate, musical entrances into the restaurant before doing their meet and greet rounds. At various times, small parades with the characters and guests happen through the aisles, marching along to either Tangled of The Little Mermaid tunes. Yes, napkins are twirled in the air.

The characters offered are Ariel, Prince Eric, Rapunzel, and Flynn Rider (or Eugene). Our interactions with them were very nice, despite the fact that we were a table of grown men with large cameras asking to take pictures of the characters by themselves. If we could acquire a decent and lengthy interaction, that certainly you normal people can as well.

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Before we get to the food, I want to talk about the atmosphere set by the background music. With adventure as the theme, the Bon Voyage event offers a music loop including songs from the Soarin’ queue, DINOSAUR, the Rocketeer, and more in the realm of inspiring scores. The music achieves the theme nicely, but feels out of place inside the soup, salad, and breadsticks aesthetic. Occasionally, the music changes to songs from the Tangled and Little Mermaid films, as you might expect, but only as and after the characters make their entrances.

Moving on to the meal, breakfast begins with your choice of a mixed berry parfait or fresh fruit salad, but also a frying pan of pastries featuring braided breakfast bread and clam shell pastries.

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The twist was covered in chocolate chips, the clam shells were cherry turnovers, the Sun icon in the center was made of pastry crust, and the muffins were vanilla (despite being rainbow colored) and blueberry in variety.

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The cherry turnover was the favorite of the table for the fresh jelly inside. It wasn’t the thick, gelatinous goo you find in most other Walt Disney World pastries. The chocolate chip twist was also very good, and the other desserts were standard fare, but all delicious.

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As stated above, you also get a choice of fruit plate or yogurt parfait. Both are fine and what you would expect them to be, a nice way to start the meal. Each is topped with a small, decorative sugar cookie.

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The main menu for adults is as follows:

“Shipwreck al Forno”
Calzone with scrambled Eggs, Soppressata, Bacon, Sausage,
Blend of Cheeses and Sunday Gravy

“Golden Frittata”
Prosciutto di Parma, Piquillo Peppers, Green Onion,
Pecorino Romano and Roasted Potatoes

“Tangled Eggs”
Tomato & Basil Scrambled Eggs,
Fresh Mozzarella, Sunday Gravy and Roasted Potatoes

“Two Eggs Poached Under Water”
House-made Fennel sausage, Parmesan, and Sunday Gravy
over Golden Polenta and Toasted Ciabatta

“Tower of Pancakes”
Seasonal Buttermilk Pancakes with Bacon or Sausage

“Royal Breakfast”
Oak-Grilled Steak, Cheesy Egg Torte, Asparagus,
Crispy Onions and Roasted Potatoes

“Swimmers di ‘light’”
Smoked Salmon Egg White Omelet with Spinach, Mushrooms,
Tomatoes, Goat Cheese and Roasted potatoes

Here’s a look at the full menu below, including specialty and alcoholic beverages:

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The Italian Ice Coffee is a holdover from the old breakfast menu which I really enjoy and recommend if you want a sweet, caffeinated start to your morning.

There are four breakfast options for kids as well. While we didn’t have a kids meal, they are either something standard like a Mickey Waffle or egg white omelet, and we will cover the steak and pancakes as adult entrees later in this review.

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Despite still offering a Buzz Lightyear Punch, the glowing clip-on toy that comes with the drink here is Pascal, new to Disney Parks. To my knowledge, it is not available anywhere else. Our waitress was nice enough to just give me one with my meal when I inquired about obtaining one, even though I am almost thirty years old…

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Kids (and kids at heart) can also have fun filling out an Adventure Journal that they will find at their table.

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The Chinese Theater actually made it in to the artwork, which made me happy.

Alright, lets move on to the entrees…

“Shipwreck al Forno”

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Calzone with scrambled Eggs, Soppressata, Bacon, Sausage, Blend of Cheeses and Sunday Gravy

The dish initially comes out with “King Triton’s Trident” in it, which the server then immediately removes. Apparently a large fork is considered more dangerous than a steak knife which is provided to most ordering food.

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The portion is massive and the flavor is there, but I can’t imagine why this is a breakfast item. Nothing about this screams “what I want to eat at 9am”. I’m not sure Italians eat calzones for breakfast and this Italian American certainly never has. Either way it is good, but you need to be in the mood for a calzone and come very hungry if you are looking to conquer “the beast incarnate”.

“Tower of Pancakes”

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Seasonal Buttermilk Pancakes with Bacon or Sausage

The pancakes are a tall order and they are quite thick. Apparently, the fruit used in the topping will change seasonally, but it was strawberry today. The compote was quite tasty with the pancakes, but otherwise they were the big, dry flapjacks you have come to expect at most Disney World eateries.

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“Royal Breakfast”

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Oak-Grilled Steak, Cheesy Egg Torte, Asparagus, Crispy Onions and Roasted Potatoes

Another large meal, the Royal Breakfast is Trattoria’s take on steak and eggs. The steak was fine, the potatoes and onions tasty, but the real winner was the cheesy egg torte which was delicious.

OVERALL

Trattoria Al Forno, cuisine-wise, falls somewhere in the middle when compared to other breakfast offerings on property. It’s not the best, and its not the worst, but it gets the job done. The pastries were fantastic, the fruit and yogurt parfait are fine, and the entrees are edible. Chances are, you will be coming here for the characters and not the food anyway, so it’s probably nice to know that you can at least digest their food, unlike Chef Mickey’s in most cases. The Bon Voyage Breakfast is a fine option (if you can actually find a reservation for it). While I miss the former breakfast menu, I understand the need for more Princess character dining and this is one of the better ones at least.

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33 comments

  1. RebeccaMcK

    Looks delicious – I will definitely try to get there some day. Hey, you didn’t have Eugene do the smolder pose!

  2. RebeccaMcK

    Also, there’s no one too old to get a light-up character clip. I’ve got Tinker Bell, Buzz Lightyear, Ariel and a pirate skull – and I’m 46, lol.

  3. Buddy Lembeck

    Good stuff. I totally thought they would walk around as couples. I’d have absolutely nothing to say to Prince Eric haha Wish you’d start snapping pics of allergy menus too though

  4. RollTideFamily

    We went Sunday. TERRIBLY run restaurant. 40 minutes to get in past our reservation, and didn’t get out for 2 hours, food incorrect, poor service. Makes Dennys look luxurious. I’m guessing this was a poor restaurant before for them financially, they added some characters and cheap trinkets, and it’s still…a poor restaurant.

        • David S

          Breakfast used to be very good. This change completely ruins that. This really looks very poorly done. The entrees look like a carb/sugar overload. Please Disney, stop with the Character meals! There is already one over at Cape May – a short stroll around the lake. Disney is neglecting the Adults with grown children. I give this about 6 months before the massive fail of this character breakfast.

  5. JuanC

    “Denny’s more luxurious”–now that’s funny. But true. We’re passholders (provided free by my employer, who gets them a huge discount from Disney). No secret to locals that Disney has cut back miserably in staff, and moreso, their concern whatsoever to guest experience.

    This location has had 3 failed restaurants in it. Adding characters is age old Disney attempt to squeeze money out of tourists. Most won’t care they wait, or food or service quality. Take a pic with a character and give them a 10 cent trinket, and they go away fat, dumb, and happy.

    We agree though..doesn’t make for fun time if looking for any value or quality here.

  6. Sean

    Disappointing that they had to make this in to character dining. It was a nice enough place for breakfast before.
    Why do they have characters who aren’t Italian in an Italian restaurant? I don’t think I’ll be going back and we really enjoyed popping in for a quick meal (locals) and walking the resorts.

    • Figaro is a cat

      Because nobody cares about Pinnocio? Now if they had a meet and greet with Figaro, who is a cat, I would definitely go to that.

  7. Brent

    As long as it gets a smile on my daughter’s face, it’s worth it to my wife and I. WDW is our re-deployment family vacation and we can’t wait to dine there during our stay.

    • pattys

      Hy Brent, knock yourself out. Nobody is depriving you. If that’s what does it for you and your kid, Disney thanks you for your lack of exploring other options out there. A sucker born EVERY second.

        • rolltide

          WRONG Brent, the REAL Disney fans want a better product. Disney themselves DESPISES their own brand, it’s just a way for managers there who used to work in other areas to milk guests. NO brand loyalty coming from Disney at WDW. So, your comments make it sound either that you’re very ignorant to say you’d pay anything (for little value), or you work there. Many Disney folks post here. This is what they spend their money on instead of simple things. Like making the food and service up to at least Waffle House standards.

          • Cat

            IMHO the REAL Disney fans do want a better product but would allow someone to give their child a character experience without condemning their choice.

    • LK

      I’m thinking Brett/Brent did some unspeakable things to his little daughter in a dark closet, and overcompensating now. Or, just doesn’t know how crappy it is at WDW anymore and is in for a rude awakening. LOL

      • Brent

        You’re one twisted dude. They say people who say stuff like that actually experienced things like that, so hopefully you get the counseling you need.

        • rolltide

          From your comments Brent, either he’s right, or you work for Disney. Nobody out there that gullible to think Disney’s product of late is anything better than very cheap and poor.

  8. xvoltn

    The Manager (Eric who is in one of the pictures) told us a month ago that they were still going to keep the back room open for people that wanted to just come and eat breakfast the “old way”. I guess you did not see that? Looks like once again, Disney is pandering to the lowest common denominator…the $$$$. So many good restaurants have changed over the last few years for the same reason. We used to eat out quite a bit and now we are pretty selective with our $ as only a few places are worth it.

      • xvoltn

        Sorry for your rudeness. Must be all the deployments. Most of us Disney folks are respectful and honest. If you want the best steak on property, hit the Coral Reef Kids Steak (Jr. Reef Steak). They serve the cut offs from the Banquet Hall and it is outstanding for $13.00. Hope this provides you some “value” and “useful information”.

    • pattys

      Yea, Disney has enough suckers out there and quality value isn’t one of them for many in their base. Look at this Brent posting. That guy would probably spend $5000/night and $400/night for Holiday Inn and trash dump food….IF it came with a meet and greet and lighted tinker bell.

  9. uncalled for

    Why the hell is everyone being so rude here (and on other articles too)?? I would expect stuff like this on reddit or something, not a disney blog.

    • rolltide

      A lot of the rudeness is from Disney college interns. When they read stuff on here about people not getting a good value, or Disney’s cut backs, they respond aggressively. It’s a shame the efforts aren’t being put into the property, then the growing consensus wouldn’t be so poor.

    • RebeccaMcK

      This isn’t an official Disney blog….but I do think Tom the siterunner should start banning people who always come on here to insult others and be mean in general. They could be more grown up and just keep their rudeness to themselves. So many comments on other articles, too….it’s just sickening. But most internet commentors say whatever they want because they’re anonymous here and get away with lots of crap.

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