Garden Grill is a family style character meal in Epcot’s The Land pavilion at Walt Disney World, in a rotating restaurant offering views into the Living with the Land attraction. Just to make sure you caught all of that, we have: 1) all you can eat, 2) characters, 3) restaurant rotation, and 4) views into an attraction. Does it have ALF and dinosaurs? Because if so, with those 6 things, it would be the greatest restaurant ever! In reality, it’s not quite the greatest ever, but we’ll get to that in the review. Since Garden Grill is a family style all you can eat meal, the menu options are more limited than a standard Disney buffet. It’s still fairly pricey, making it one of our top values for character meals on the Disney Dining Plan. If you’re not on the Disney Dining Plan, Garden Grill accepts the Tables in Wonderland card for a 20% discount.
This restaurant has existed since The Land pavilion opened, but not always as Garden Grill. It used to be The Good Turn Restaurant, and before that it was The Land Grille Room. The restaurant has always rotated (hence its first name), but it was previously a higher caliber of restaurant before characters came onto the scene. Back in the day when Kraft sponsored it, they served classy stuff…like Easy Mac! That’s not to say the character version is worse (I don’t recall our meals at The Land Grille Room, so I’m not qualified to make that judgment), it’s just different. I’m also fairly certain they used to do breakfast and lunch (I’m pretty sure we did lunch here only a few years ago), but now it’s only dinner. (more…)