Editor’s Note: This article was written prior to the parks closing due to COVID-19
We were lucky to get our reservation during Fireworks at Disney’s Topolino’s Terrace. Elegant and with excellent views of three different nighttime spectaculars we believe that Topolino’s Terrace will soon be one of Disney Worlds hardest to get reservations.
Topolino’s Terrace is welcoming and elegant
Topolino’s Terrace is located atop the Riviera Resort on the 10th floor. From the minute the elevator doors are opened you are welcomed by opulent warm golds and silvers. Surrounding the reception desk are glass cases featuring the fresh pastas, wines and traditional French and Italian Ingredients. It’s a mouth-watering display. A stylish, comfortable waiting room is on the left. In the waiting room you can enjoy a cubist painting and impressionist landscapes featuring Mickey the artiste. But the real gem is the window at the back of the room. This window gives you a great view of Epcot’s Future World and the Magic Kingdom’s fireworks.
The receptionist told us that Topolino’s Terrace was running late for our 7:45 reservation and we were told that we would have to wait twenty minutes. This was OK by us and we headed to the terrace at the back of the restaurant to watch the fireworks.
From the terrace you had a nice view of the Hollywood Studios on the right and a more limited view of the Magic Kingdom’s on the left. The view was limited by the roof of the resort but lets face it-the view was still tremendous. The terrace itself has a bar and a large seating area (and a great view of the Skyliner). This will be a great place for a nice evening. We managed to see just a bit of the fireworks before we were called into the Restaurant for our reservation.
At Disney’s Topolino’s Terrace you May come for the View but Stay for the Food
As stylish as the restaurant is the real star is the food. The chefs at Topolino’s Terrace are committed to the French and Italian Riviera theme. The food is lighter and less sauced than Parisian food and features more seafood than an Americanized Italian restaurant. Even the bread service came with both Italian (light) and French (rich/fruity) olive oils.
We started with two appetizers; Escargot en Coquille (snail in shell) and Heritage Hog Terrine. Years ago we ordered Escargot in the French Pavillion. Stu wanted no part of snails when he was 8 despite being a very adventurous eater. Now he’s 32 and this was his go to appetizer. This Escargot was a garlicy, lemony delight. But, the Heritage Hog Terrine was even better. The terrine (a meat and pistachio mixture cooked and sliced) was served with a finely chopped and cooked down heritage apple. Together they were delicious.
A Meal Good Enough to Interrupt the Fireworks at Disney’s Topolino’s Terrace
After the appetizer the Epcot fireworks began. At 10 floors, Topolino’s Terrace is eye level with the nighttime spectacular. I headed to the terrace to take a few pictures. I was out there for just a minute when Stu tracked me down as our server was worried that the just delivered entrees would have to be sent back to the kitchen. Stu relayed that the server was afraid that the food would be ruined if kept warm. Then Stu said that he really seemed concerned about the food. Based on the high quality of the appetizer I had no choice but to respect his concerns. I returned to the table and but was able to continue to enjoy the fireworks throughout the meal.
Our two main dishes were Sole Meunière and Filet Mignon. For those unfamiliar with Sole Meunière it is a small, mild flat fish that is coated in flour, sautéed in oil and served with a lemon, butter sauce. For those familiar with Sole Meunière Topolino’s terrace serves an excellent version atop sea beans and capers with roasted petite potatoes. The Filet Mignon was a perfect medium rare (as I requested). The cut was excellent, and it just melted on the tongue. The charred torpedo onion was so good that I looked up how to grow it at home. I thanked the waiter for calling us back.
Disney’s Topilino’s Terrace Celebrates Artistry with Beautiful Desserts
I tried to take pictures of each dish before we dove in but the dessert I had was so beautiful, so mesmerizing that I forgot to take a picture until after the first bite. The Pistachio mousse was egg shaped bright green and glossy with thin dancing swirls of chocolate and a field of deep, rich, Morello cherries. As good as it looked, it tasted better. Stu’s Fruits of the Forest had layers of hibiscus cake layered with black currant mousse, blueberry sorbet and a variety of macerated (steeped and softened) berries. To properly steep the berries each was halved – even the blueberries. We were awed by the care and effort it takes to halve a blueberry. The Fruits of the Forest was a treat for the eyes as well as the stomach.
Like all fine dining experiences at Disney World, Disney’s Topolino’s Terrace is expensive and time consuming. However, if you want to enjoy the view but not the meal seats in the bar area do not require a reservation. While you can, come on up, have a drink and enjoy the view.
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