One of the newest character dining experiences at Walt Disney World is also one of the best breakfasts in the resort restaurants. After readers have implored us for months to give this a try, we finally set sail to the BoardWalk for Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno.
In this Walt Disney World dining review, we’ll offer food recommendations, how this stacks up with other character meals, thoughts on our interactions with the royalty from Little Mermaid and Tangled, and more. As one of the few princess meals outside of the Walt Disney World theme parks (and one with some relatively rare characters), Bon Voyage is a unique and highly-coveted Advance Dining Reservation…
We won’t rehash all of that here, as this review is solely about the Bon Voyage Adventure Character Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno. Let’s get started by covering theme, restaurant ambiance, etc…
As you might recall, this is an Italian restaurant…and none of these fairytales are set in Italy. Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno is just the normal version of the restaurant. No decorations or any sort of overlays, just different music. That’s something of a mixed bag.
Trattoria al Forno feels more upscale than your average character breakfast, but not to the point that it’s uncomfortable or stuffy. This restaurant benefits from the table spacing and layout of the dining rooms, plus the open/show kitchen, which gives it some kinetic energy even at breakfast.
However, the texture, rich woods, and fixtures don’t exactly scream “light-hearted and fun” character breakfast either. It just ends up feeling nice, but also an odd fit.
Trattoria al Forno isn’t something like Cinderella’s Royal Table where the setting is a huge part of the meal’s theme. It’s not even like Cape May Cafe, where the atmosphere helps create a more laid-back mood befitting of the character interactions.
At Bon Voyage Breakfast, there’s definitely a disconnect between setting and characters, but not so much that it’s detrimental to the overall experience. With that said, let’s turn to the food…
Breakfast starts with a variety of Pastries for the table to share.
It no longer includes a choice of Fresh Fruit or a Mixed Berry Parfait, as was the case when Bon Voyage Breakfast debuted. This cut is a disappointment (we honestly would’ve preferred fruit or a parfait over the pastries), but our entrees ended up being very filling.
Unlike a breakfast buffet, this is a prix fixe menu, meaning that adults select one of 9 different entree choices.
In reviewing the menu, it quickly became obvious to us that the two most interesting options would be King Triton’s Shipwreck al Forno and the Royale Breakfast. We also asked three different Cast Members about their favorites, and those two were the unanimous picks.
However, the most popular item at breakfast is, apparently, the Tower of Pancakes with apple compote. I’m guessing this is due to presentation.
Our server (who was great) did not recommend this, remarking that it was like a denser version of an ordinary pancake. She did bring two out for us to try, and we’d agree with that assessment. I’m guessing there was less buttermilk and more cornmeal to give these a coarser texture and a bit of crunch. They were fine, but not something to order unless you’re only concerned with Instagramability.
Next up is King Triton’s Shipwreck al Forno: “Calzone with Scrambled Eggs, Bell Peppers, Salumi, Bacon, Sausage, Blend of Cheeses, and Sunday Gravy.”
This absolutely defied my expectations. Rather than being a cheap and greasy mess, it was a flavorful and high quality. The crust had a nice crunch without being overdone, and the meats inside were varied, high quality, and perfectly spiced. The ‘Sunday Gravy’ was a savory tomato sauce that did its part to lighten the dish and up the complexity just a tad.
King Triton’s Shipwreck al Forno is ultimately a comfort food, but you could call it a “smart” one. It toes the line between decadent guilty pleasure and a nuanced Italian dish, which I really appreciated.
It’s also absolutely huge. If you order this, perish the thought that you won’t get enough food because this isn’t a buffet.
This is definitely the outlier on the menu, and would be ~$10 more expensive than everything else if these items were priced a la carte. We worried that this would be a cheap cut, but that was not the case. This was tender and had a nice, mildly smoky flavor. The torte and generous helping of breakfast potatoes likewise made this an incredibly filling dish.
Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast has proven incredibly popular since debuting because it features two of Disney’s most beloved couples: Rapunzel & Flynn Rider from Tangled as well as Ariel & Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid.
Each character is announced as they enter the room with a bit of fanfare and interact with one another before meeting guests individually. This bit of pomp and circumstance worked well and helped give the meal a nice energy and made it fun even when the princesses and princes weren’t at our table.
Whenever we review meals at Walt Disney World featuring face characters, I always offer the caveat that we’re awkward around these princes and princesses. Not in a creepy sort of way (at least, I sure hope not!), but more in a we don’t know what to say to their fairytale-style prompts.
I’m happy to report that this wasn’t totally the case here, and we did a “great” (for us) job interacting with the characters. Ariel is always an easier princess to meet because she has a sense of childlike wonder about everyday objects, and it’s pretty simple to play off of that.
Flynn Rider is just a chill dude; unlike the royals, he’s more down to earth. Flynn actually reminds me a bit of Gaston–once you get past the vanity, both are somewhat relatable characters.
You could probably hang out by the quarry and throw things down there with either of them.
Rapunzel asked if we had seen Pascal, and not only did we remember that he’s the lizard, but Sarah also had a clever response about spotting him all over the place outside.
That might not sound great, but anything more than an “uhhh” or one word response qualifies as great in our book.
Beyond that, the characters were really exceptional. There were a couple of points when Rapunzel and Flynn Rider interacted with one another in our area of the restaurant, and two separate occasions when each of them individually did gags at the window near our table.
When it comes to face characters, this type of passive experience is way more our speed, and we enjoy that so much more than being put on the spot for an often-awkward interaction.
I was tempted to put a question mark in the title of this post, as I don’t think Bon Voyage Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno can truly be considered the definitive #1 pick. It really depends upon what you’re after in terms of characters, ambiance, and cuisine.
If you want food quantity over quality, Bon Voyage Breakfast is not your best option. If you’re looking for a fun and light atmosphere, there are better choices. If you want Fab Five (or Sensational Six?) characters in themed outfits, it’s not really in the conversation at all.
However, if you want a filling breakfast that’s also high quality, great interactions with rare royalty, and a slightly upscale setting, Bon Voyage Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno reigns supreme. This breakfast has a ton going for it, and personal preferences aside, a strong argument can be made that it’s the best overall option at Walt Disney World right now.
Overall, if Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno checks the right boxes for you, it’s hard to beat. Some of the characters are impossible to find elsewhere, there are a couple of dishes that are of exceptional quality, and the experience, as a whole, feels ‘elevated’ as compared to normal character dining. While we normally prefer fur characters to face characters, we had a blast at Bon Voyage, and it far exceeded our expectations.
Suffice to say, Bon Voyage is the best character breakfast at Walt Disney World…for now. We note this because each new character meal seems to be going for this same higher-end quality, and the Storybook Breakfast Dining Experience at Topolino’s Terrace opens later this year. Of course it’s too early to say with certainty, but given everything we know about it plus recent precedent, that’s our odds-on pick for ‘favorite character meal at Walt Disney World.’ We’ll see if that eventually pushes Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast to #2.
If you’ve dined at Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast, what did you think? How does it rank among character breakfasts for you? Do you prefer face or fur character meals? Do you agree or disagree with our review? Any questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback—even when you disagree with us—is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!