The quick service dining location Landscape of Flavors (at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort) has gained quite a following among Disney food fans for its adventurous, delicious and affordable cuisine. Read on to learn why I think you should make a trip over to Art of Animation just to eat there!
When my daughter and I stayed at Art of Animation Resort (read the full review here), we spent one entire day exploring the resort and dining at Landscape of Flavors. We had a awesome day swimming, playing, checking out the resort’s details and theming… and of course, eating!
Landscape of Flavors (LoF) is found inside Animation Hall, the central building at the resort that also houses the check-in desks and gift shop. You can enter the restaurant through the Ink & Paint Shop (i.e. gift shop) or from the outside entrances near the pool.
LoF is a counter service restaurant, meaning you order and pick up your food at one of five different stations, pay for it, then carry it to the seating area. The selections at each station are shown on overhead TV menus, or you can get a physical menu that gives you an overview of what is offered at each station.
I would encourage every guest to thoroughly explore each station before making a decision. LoF has a huge open kitchen, so you can watch the chefs creating everything offered on the extensive menu. Take your time and also don’t be afraid to piece together your meal from several different stations!
Some highlights of the menu are the create-your own salad, burger AND pasta bars, all of which had tons of fresh veggies, protein and toppings from which to choose. Another feature is the World of Flavors station, which features Tandoori chicken & shrimp, Lentil-crusted Fish, roasted acorn squash and much more. These dishes are unique to LoF and no Tandoori-style offerings are found at any other Disney restaurant.
Of course I can’t forget to mention the amazing house-made gelato bar! It offers typical gelato flavors as well as seasonal offerings that change regularly. You can get a taste of any flavor and we tried Nutella and Pistachio before finally settling on some delicious Pumpkin gelato.
You’ll find many more treats at the Pastries and Desserts area and the usual Grab-n-Go offerings found at all Disney resorts.
LoF also features a make-your-own smoothie bar. We had a Tropical Smoothie one morning and it was good, though a little pricey at $4.99. I think I’d pass on it in the future and go for some fresh fruit instead.
Something that sets LoF apart from most counter service establishments is the use of real silverware and melamine plates. No paper plates or plastic found here, which is a wonderful (and environmentally friendly) improvement to counter service dining. It just makes for a nicer dining experience.
The seating area at LoF is wonderfully open and light-filled, thanks to one wall being entirely made of windows. The lovely decor and artwork are inspired by the Disney movies Cars, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King and Finding Nemo, which the four sections of the resort are designed around. The seating area is huge, so I doubt you would ever have trouble finding a place to sit and enjoy your meal.
Here is a recap of our breakfast, lunch and dinner from LoF. My daughter was not even two at the time of our visit, so she mostly ate off of my plate. She polished off almost all of the aforementioned pumpkin gelato before I could could get a picture… I barely got a bite!
For breakfast we shared these yummy Buckwheat waffles for $7.79, which featured characters from the movies Cars and Lion King. They came with sausage link sand fresh fruit and we cleaned the plate. Everything was fresh, delicious and high-quality.
For lunch I chose the Vegetarian Tandoori Platter for $8.49. The dish came with Naan bread, basmati or multi-grain rice, and four sides of my choosing from the Tandoori station. I went for some red potatoes, roasted cauliflower with tomatoes, acorn squash, and Paneer cheese with spinach. I’m not sure if you can tell from the picture, but this was a TON of food! I liked everything but the red potatoes, which were dry and pretty bland. However I cut them up and gave them to the little one with some ketchup for dipping and they were a hit! The acorn squash was perfectly roasted and the Paneer cheese was amazing. The dish was a bargain at only $8.49 for all of that healthy and delcious food.
And for dinner I went for the Surf & Surf burger – a crab cake topped with fried popcorn shrimp and a drizzle of Remoulade on a brioche bun. It was served with french fries and coleslaw and was every bit as good as it sounds. I ate the whole thing with no shame whatsoever, it was that good. Again, I thought it was a bargain at $11.49.
I was a bit worried that the sandwich was going to be a soggy seafood mess, but the chefs managed to keep everything crisp and fresh. The crab cake had tons of meat and the bun was the perfect complement to the flavors in the sandwich. My daughter actually ate more than half of the coleslaw (even after chowing down on the gelato) and I loved it too. Not too sweet and not too much mayo – my usual complaints with coleslaw.
After dinner we enjoyed a walk around Hourglass Lake, which separates Art of Animation from Pop Century, which is only a 10 minute walk from Animation Hall. During this walk I may have enjoyed a Mai Tai from the pool bar. The perfect drink to top off a Surf & Surf burger, right?
Right now I’m planning our next visit to Walt Disney World, during which we’ll spend part of our stay at Pop Century resort. One night we plan on dining at Landscape of Flavors again and I am already looking forward to trying some different items from the vast menu. Overall I think Landscape of Flavors offers high-quality, creative food at a fantastic value in a pleasant setting.
Here are some links you might like if you are interested in either a stay at the Art of Animation Resort or dining at Landscape of Flavors. Enjoy!