History and Description
Biergarten opened on October 1, 1982 with the rest of EPCOT Center . The restaurant was designed by Imagineers to give guests the feeling that they were in a 16th century town in Rothenburg. The interior of the restaurant is themed to look as if guests are dining outside, as a perpetual Oktoberfest celebration roars on. Richard Bear's book Walt Disney's Epcot Center' describes Biergarten as:
Three stories high, with tables placed around a tiered semi-circle, the indoor garden miraculously conveys the feeling of an outdoor courtyard. In one corner is a tree, in another a full-sized, functioning waterwheel.
On the opposite side of the garden is a meticulous re-creation of the best of sixteenth-century Rothenburg, complete with its residences. In the center of the town square is a stage where live entertainers, including that inevitable and beloved oompah band, dance and sing and make German music.
Served with the best German beers are such traditional tidbits as bratwurst, sauerkraut, potato dumplings, hot pretzels, sauerbraten, smoked pork in aspic, sausage…everything that is Teutonic and tasty.