Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Apr 10, 2008
    Rhonda from MN Asked

    Has anyone ate at the Biergarten in Epcot? I understand that you share a table with other guests (we're a family of of 4). Just wondering how that works and is the food & this restaurant ok for kids? Thanks.

    We've eaten at the Biergarten a dozen times with our kids. The themeing is a Bavarian village during Oktoberfest. The layout is a semi-circle: the center is a stage, then a dance floor, then rows of tables, and then the food. The tables are long, with the short end facing the stage ... picture them as rays coming out of the sun stage. Many, but not all, tables seat 10-12 people. You often have to share your table with another party. You do not share food or checks; you're not "with" them, just near them. To Americans, this seems strange, but they're trying to replicate the feeling of the real Oktoberfest, where you would share a table with your neighbors. During some meals, I've had little or no interaction with the other party at our table. During others, we've had very nice chats with the other family. It's really up to you how much you want to be involved.

    Several times during the evening, a German band will take the stage. They play dance tunes and demonstrate traditional instruments. This is all very fun and upbeat. Guests are invited to use the dance floor. Once in a while you will get a couple that can really ballroom dance, but mostly it's little kids dancing with each other freely or little girls dancing on their daddys' feet. So cute! The food is served buffet style with lots of wursts and potatoes. My kids like it because I tell them it's like fancy hot dogs.

    The Biergarten is the site of my all-time favorite WDW memory. When my oldest was six, the bandleader invited her on stage to lead the musicians. He ended up speaking with her for about 5-6 minutes. She really worked the crowd, told jokes, teased the bandleader, etc. It revealed a side of her personality that I had never seen before. It was a little peek into who she would be in the future, a perfect moment that crystalized where she was going to go in her life. We don't take our video camera to WDW, but it kills me that we didn't have it then.

    So, I love the Biergarten. I hope you will too.
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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