Maybe it’s because of my great-great grandfather owned a beer garden stateside, but Biergarten is climbing up my list of favorite places to have dinner around the World Showcase. While I usually avoid buffets at Disney World, this one is great. There is a wide variety of foods to choose from and the atmosphere can’t be beat. Where else on WDW property do guests be serenaded by an Oompah band while swinging around their stein of beer?
Upon walking into the restaurant, guests can’t help but marvel at the décor. The area is set up to resemble an actual outdoor Biergarten in a Bavarian village at the height of Oktoberfest. Long tables are set up as they would be during the famous Autumn celebration. If you have a small party chances are you will be sitting with another group. To me this is part of the fun of eating at Biergarten! On one of my trips here my friend and I wound up hanging out with the family we dined with for the rest of the evening. Don’t be shy you never know who you’ll meet.
In addition to the festive surroundings, the entertainment is a ton of fun. The oompah band starts swinging approximately every 45 minutes so you should be able to catch at least one of their sets. They play traditional Bavarian music and encourage audience participation. There is even a dance floor set up in front of the stage. Guests of all ages seem to get a kick out of doing a little polka. At Christmas time these talented musicians do a special holiday presentation which I’m partial to.
Before we get to the food we must discuss the beer. When my friend Tom and I last visited he was determined to get himself the liter of beer. It’s a good thing there’s so much food to sop it all up! Our server (who exclaimed “Helmstetter is a German name, you know!”) convinced us to try a selection not readily available elsewhere. We were glad we did! We both got the Franziskaner Weisse and both really liked it. There are several beers and wines to sample on the menu. If you can’t make up your mind you can get a flight of either beer or wine to sample them all! Keep in mind only soft drinks are included in the price of the buffet.
You may be wary of trying German food since it is very sausage heavy. If Wursts aren’t your thing there are plenty of other options on the menu. I’m a bad German girl and I stay away from the sausages, but I still love this place. I could eat spaetzle, schnitzel, and red cabbage all day. If you are a fan of the pretzel bread found at Le Cellier, Biergarten offers its own version. And if all else fails there’s the kids section with the usual mac and cheese, etc. The dessert offerings are also quite tasty; I especially like the berry compote.
For those on a tighter budget, the restaurant also offers lunch with a few less offerings and a bit of a discount.
Here's Tom enjoying his liter of beer!
Next week I’ll discuss the resort I stay at most…
First of all, I’m so sorry I haven’t finished my trip report sooner. I got home a week ago and have been sick, trying to get back into the swing of things at the office (and life in general), and have had illness in the family. It’s been one of those weeks. On Monday, I’ll be back to my regularly scheduled programming. So without further ado here’s an overview of the rest of my trip.
On Wednesday we checked out of Wilderness Lodge, moved back to Pop Century, and headed to the Animal Kingdom. Have you ever noticed how hot this park feels? As the day progressed we became more and more miserably hot! We hit most of the headliner attractions and had lunch at Flame Tree Barbeque. Julie had to go back to North Carolina that afternoon so Tom and I decided to take a break and go to the pool at Pop when she left. I now understand why the Unofficial Guide recommends doing this! It was exactly what we needed. That evening we headed to Downtown Disney to have dinner, ice cream at Ghirardelli’s (yum!), and do a bit of shopping.
Thursday we finally got to sleep in! Tom got up just in time to still grab breakfast at Everything Pop. It was such a nice break! When we finally got going we parked at DHS and took to boat over to Epcot’s International Gateway. We spent the afternoon finishing up our drinking around the world and exploring some of the countries we often overlook. We grabbed drinks in Morocco, Italy, and Japan to conclude our expedition. We had dinner at Biergarten in Germany which is climbing up my list of favorite places to eat in WDW. Later we headed back to DHS to try to hit up a few attractions before calling it a night. We didn’t realize it was Fantasmic! was running that night, making it pretty crowded. We decided to skip out early since we weren’t in the mood for the mob.
On our last full day of vacation we grabbed a breakfast ADR at Whispering Canyon Café. After eating far too much we hopped on the boat to visit Magic Kingdom. After wandering around Frontierland and Adventureland for a while we headed back to Pop for a pool break. After our break we went to Epcot to hang out in Future World. We tried some of the activities in Innoventions since I had never spent much time in there. Later, our friend Don came to join us after he was finished with work for the day. We capped off a good day in the parks with some drinks at Petals at Pop.
Saturday was departure day. I was planning on meeting up with Don at Magic Kingdom for a while before making my way to the airport, but I woke up sick. The idea of walking around MK in 95 degree weather not feeling well was not appealing. I called Jetblue and was able to snag a seat on an earlier flight. So my last day was sort of a bust, but luckily it didn’t spoil the trip.
Thanks for following along on twitter and my few blogs about my trip! It was another great trip with great friends. Stay tuned to future blogs to hear more detailed reports on some of my activities.
Next week I’ll give my review of Disney’s newest restaurant Sanaa…