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Lunch at Be Our Guest

On our honeymoon, we were invited to join the FastPass+ test for the Be Our Guest restaurant’s lunch service.  We didn’t make great use of FastPass+ on this trip, but we did use it to schedule what could otherwise be a substantial wait for a quick lunch. When we arrived at the entrance to the Beast’s castle, a FastPass+ sign was directing us to check in at the same spot where dinner guests with Advance Dining Reservations would check in for the evening table service.  The line to get in standby looked to be about a 30 minute wait or more.  We were whisked right past it. As part of the FastPass+ test, you can order your meals in advance when you make the reserve the FastPass+ time.  We think that it’s totally crazypants to try to decide what you want to eat for lunch 30 days in advance, so we skipped that feature.  Once inside, we waited only a few minutes to get to one of the ordering kiosks to place our lunch order.  We decided to try a little of everything, which turned out to be pretty expensive — almost $40 — for a quick service lunch for two. Once we ordered, we made our way to the dining room to select a table.  We were told that because we had Magic Bands, we didn’t need one of the cute RFID “roses” that most guests get while placing their order.  Sure enough, a few minutes later, a food runner located us in the West Wing.  By now you’ve either been inside Be Our Guest for yourself or have been bored to death by photos on other blogs, so I’ll spare you my grainy pictures of the dining rooms.

French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

We started by sharing the French Onion Soup, which was ridiculously cheesy.  In truth, it was kind of hard to eat because it was more casserole than soup.  Between the abundance of cheese and onions, there wasn’t much actual broth.  Danny gave up after only a couple bites, and I soon followed suit.

Croque Monsieur with Haircot Verts

Croque Monsieur with Haircot Verts

We each ordered a sandwich.  I got the Croque Monsieur with a side of green beans.  A sandwich with bechamel may not have been the lightest choice after that soup, but I destroyed that thing.  There’s pretty much no way that I’ll dislike any form of hot ham and cheese sandwich, but this one was particularly decadent.  The whole grain bread and the abundant layers of ham were the stars of the plate.  The veggies on the side were a little overcooked, but I ate them anyway because I needed something to make me feel ok about all the saturated fat I was ingesting.

Carved Turkey Sandwich and Pommes Frites

Carved Turkey Sandwich and Pommes Frites

Danny had the Carved Turkey Sandwich and French Fries.  He liked the carving-board style sliced turkey and the baguette, but thought that the dijon mayo either wasn’t strong enough or that there wasn’t enough of it on the sandwich for his tastes.  That would probably have suited me just fine, but Danny likes mustard a lot more than I do.

Lemon Meringue Cupcae

Lemon Meringue Cupcake

For dessert, we shared the lemon meringue cupcake.  The paper that wrapped around the cupcake was stiff and cylindrical, with a 90° angle where the walls met the bottom.  It seemed like it would be a bit of a task to take the paper off and eat this cupcake in hand, so we just dug in with forks.  As Disney cupcakes go, this one was pretty great.  The cake was moist, and was helped to be that way by a gooey center of lemon curd.  The meringue was a light topping that wasn’t too sweet.  We’re no fans of the cloying cupcakes that are found in various bakeries around the World, so this was a nice treat for us. Overall, Be Our Guest was a hit for us.  We were also able to have dinner there on our honeymoon, and that review will be up soon.  I think we would return for either meal, but especially for lunch.  We’ve always thought that the dining options in the Magic Kingdom are lacking, so Be Our Guest is a nice addition.

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At EPCOT, It’s All in the Details

We just got home from our longest vacation to Walt Disney World yet, and the luxury of time gave us the opportunity to take a look at some of the smaller show pieces that might be overlooked by more rushed Disney tourists.  For instance, I could get lost in some of the vignettes you can find in the World Showcase pavilions in EPCOT, like the one below in the France pavilion.

France

It’s no secret that EPCOT is our favorite park in Florida, and we spent well over half of our park time there on this 14-night visit.  Stay tuned for our recaps of the 2013 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival and more!

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Beast’s Castle

We’re back from our fabulous Walt Disney World vacation!  We’ve got lots to share with you about our wedding, honeymoon, EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival recaps, and Christmas events at Walt Disney World, but for now, we’re going to start slow.  Here are some photos we took of the Beast’s castle in the new (to us) Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom.  Reviews of both lunch and dinner at the famous Be Our Guest restaurant will be coming soon.  Stay tuned!

 

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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2012 – Florida Local and Hawaii

Today in our look back at the 2012 Food & Wine Festival, I’m visiting the other two booths featuring US States.  In the past, these booths have changed from year to year, but both Florida Local and Hawaii will be returning for the 2013 Festival, the latter for its third straight year.

Florida Local Festival Marketplace Booth - I don't know why I don't have a picture of the front of this booth, but the side is pretty cool too.

Florida Local Festival Marketplace Booth – I don’t know why I don’t have a picture of the front of this booth, but the side is pretty cool too.

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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2012 – Hops & Barley and the Fife & Drum Tavern

We’re still counting down to opening day of the 2013 International Food & Wine Festival at Epcot!  This Friday, the Festival Marketplace will officially open and the food photos and reviews will start rolling in.  Until then, we’re continuing our look back at last year’s Festival.  Today we’re stopping by the booths at the American Adventure pavilion: Hops & Barley and the Fife & Drum Tavern.

The Fife & Drum Tavern

The Fife & Drum Tavern

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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2012 – China and Singapore

This year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival starts Friday!  We continue our countdown by looking back at the 2012 event.  Today I’m taking a look at two of the booths that I am most likely to overlook: China and Singapore.

China Festival Marketplace Booth

China Festival Marketplace Booth

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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2012 – Scandinavia

When we read the official announcement about the 2013 Food & Wine Festival menus, we did a double take.  There were some surprising returns and additions to the Festival, but one Festival Marketplace booth was missing that we thought was a glaring omission.  The Scandinavia marketplace will no longer be stationed just outside of the Norway pavilion, which makes Norway the only World Showcase pavilion whose cuisine will not be represented at the Festival at all.

Scandinavia Festival Marketplace Booth

Scandinavia Festival Marketplace Booth

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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2012 – France

The France marketplace booth is another that will see some changes for Epcot’s 2013 International Food & Wine Festival.  My favorite for the last two years, the coq au vin, may be off the menu.  A new boeuf bourguignon dish has been announced as its replacement.  I’ll always have the memories (and the pictures).

France Festival Marketplace Booth

France Festival Marketplace Booth

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Landscape of Flavors

On our last visit to Walt Disney World, we carved out an afternoon to take a look around Disney’s new Art of Animation Resort.  The sister resort to Pop Century is Walt Disney World’s newest value resort featuring three wings of family suites and a fourth wing of single rooms.  While we didn’t stay there on this visit, we may do so one day just to have access to the largest pool on Disney property, and for a good reason to stop at their quick service food court, Landscape of Flavors.

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My Hollywood Studios Wishlist

With the grand unveiling of California Adventure’s Cars Land all of those many months ago, there was much excitement and fanfare.  The reviews were immediate and prevalent, both in traditional media and the blogosphere.  Now, time has passed, Cars Land has become a Disney Parks must see, and the focus has shifted from ‘can’t wait’ to ‘what’s next’.  The rumors are fairly convincing that Hollywood Studios is going to get a serious look.  With the move of the Imagineering visionary behind Cars Land from California to the Disney World properties, it seems like Orlando may be getting a shot in the arm.  As such, Hollywood Studios might just be the next Disney property to get a much needed, long overdue overhaul.

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