The Magic Kingdom’s newest table service restaurant is touted as a can’t-miss experience, and Danny and I have been waiting for nearly a year to check it out. While reviews on the food tend to vary, everybody is wowed by the massive restaurant’s detailed atmosphere and decor. I’ll spare you my grainy, low-light photos of the ballroom, where we ate our meal, but will share some blurry shots of the food.
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This year we got to experience Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party for the first time. It’s one of the Magic Kingdom’s most popular ticketed events, and it’s full of great photo opportunities. I’m not sure this will become a regular “must do” for us, but I’m glad we got to experience it. I think that Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is more our style, but the Christmas festivities are very cute. I thought I’d share a couple of our favorite character photos and pictures of Cinderella’s Castle Dream Lights below. Merry Christmas, everybody!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!