Our family frequently visits Walt Disney World. There’s nothing we love more than being at the most magical place on earth with each other – in fact, our next trip is planned for next month! Each trip we always make sure to plan a meal where we get to dine with the characters. It’s something that is so special and the kids always talk about it long after we get home. When we heard that we would have the chance to dine with Anna and Elsa right here at home, we couldn’t let go of our excitement!
Eckert’s Country Store & Farms is a tradition for our family even before we had kids. Our whole family loves visiting there several times a year to pick fresh fruit like apples and peaches straight from the tree. Picking our own pumpkins from the field is an annual fall tradition too! I’m in love with their restaurant and the offerings at their country store, so any chance to visit Eckert’s, I jump at it!
Through February 14th, you can experience the joy and delight with your children as you dine with PRINCESS ANNA and QUEEN ELSA! This is seriously exciting business, folks! In our household, we still haven’t been able to “let it go”. Olivia and Evie rock an Anna and Elsa dress daily and the soundtrack is the ONLY one playing in my van. But at Eckert’s, you’re not just dining with them. Oh no, with this fun experience you’re singing and dancing with them while getting a special keepsake photo and autograph. You can’t even do this at Walt Disney World!
Reservations are required for this event, so we checked in and then escorted to our table. Eckert’s sure knows how to keep kids occupied. The table was decorated with a paper tablecloth that allowed the kids to color all over it (crayons provided) in addition to Frozen coloring pages. Each child received a magic wand and while we were waiting for our food, there were snacks waiting for us like Anna’s Snowballs and Olaf Noses!
The hit of the meal for the kids was the Olaf drink which tasted like it was full of winter magic. Seriously, I was ready to order one for myself but I stuck with my sparkling wine that I was offered.
Lunch was a hit with the kids AND the parents. Kid-friendly food like hot dogs, sandwiches, homemade chips and blue jello made my kids so happy while my husband and I enjoyed a salad, quiche and one of the best muffins I’ve ever tasted.
While we ate, Anna and Elsa came around to sign autographs and then to sing some of the songs from Frozen. My kids have met Disney Princesses before and the Anna and Elsa at Eckert’s are seriously legit – I loved how quirky Anna was and they both had great singing voices. As they made their way through the room, they would stop and dance with the kids and even encouraged them to follow them around and sing along.
Once the songs are over, you can go back to eating and then someone will come tell you when it’s your table’s turn to get a picture with Anna and Elsa. Olivia and Evie were a little overwhelmed and didn’t want to get a picture, but my son happily did! I love that they print the picture right away and have it waiting for you to fit into the paper frame they give you that Anna and Elsa autographed.
After all that fun, you can also head over to the Garden Center when you’re done to get a photo with Olaf and Sven. While there, make sure to take advantage of the pony rides ($5 each) and the chance to feed some animals (Feed machines are .25 cents each or buy a cup of carrots for $1). Olivia absolutely loves animals so I think this may have been her favorite part.
The cost is $10 a photo with Sven and Olaf for up to 4 people. For 5 people or more, it’s $15. The picture is printed within minutes, too!
The fun doesn’t end there! This is seriously an afternoon of fun. Head to the Country Store where you can get your face painted and also decorate a cookie. When you check in for the lunch, you’ll receive a “passport” where you will be able to get all of these activities checked off.
If you want to bring the Frozen fun home, they also have Frozen-themed baked goods and toys, too.
If you have kids that love Frozen, this is an event that is not to be missed. There’s nothing I love more than watching my kids light up with joy and they did so during this event at Eckert’s. I love that we were able to make these special memories as a family and I know it’s something they will be talking about for months to come, just like our trips to Walt Disney World!
Dine with Anna and Elsa is at Eckert’s on Saturday’s through February 14h. There are two times – 11am and 2pm. The cost is $22.50 per person and reservations are required.
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Disclosure: I was partnered with Eckert’s Country Store & Farms on this post but all thoughts and opinions are my own.