So you may have noticed it was pretty quiet around here for the last week or so. That's because my husband and I went on a little road trip! We drove down to North Carolina to visit my husband's cousin and her husband. We traveled almost 2000 miles, and went through 5 different states! We saw some beautiful scenery (we've both come to the conclusion that Indiana is way too flat), ate some interesting food, and visited some interesting places. Here's just a small taste of what we saw and did, stay tuned for more details and pictures!
I’ve been lucky enough to eat our Be Our Guest for
lunch twice since New Fantasyland officially opened last December. While eating
at the Magic Kingdom’s newest restaurant for dinner is the hottest ticket (word
is that it is booked solid through Labor Day) going for lunch when it is a
quick service restaurant is a great option.
Both times I’ve been to Be Our Guest the line has
gone from the door all the way to the end of the bridge. If the line is that
long, or even longer, don’t let this discourage you. Each time the cast members
gave us an estimated wait time of 30-45 minutes; in reality we only waited
about 15-20 minutes.The cast
members inside are very good about getting people through the ordering process
so the line moves fairly quickly.
Once inside you’ll be sent to one of two types of
kiosks (somewhat dependent on how you are paying for your meal). One is a touch
screen where you choose what you want to eat and then pay by swiping your card
(credit card, Disney gift card or your Key To The World card if you are
charging to your room or using the Disney Dining Plan). The other kiosks are
manned by cast members who will take your order and payment (required if you
are paying cash).
Once you order you’ll receive an “enchanted rose” that
you will take with you to your table. The ordering room exits into the main
dining room, designed to look like the ballroom. On one side of the ballroom is
another room known as the “Rose Room” or “Music Box” room because of the large
music box with Belle and the Beast dancing atop it to music from the film. The
other side of the ballroom leads to the mysterious West Wing, which is much
darker except for the enchanted rose sitting under a glass dome in one corner
of the room.
The music box in the Rose Room
The prince’s portrait in the West Wing. The
portrait is enchanted see keep an eye on it while eating.
With lunch you can sit anywhere you like in any of
the rooms, take note that the West Wing is the smallest room and is quite popular
so finding an empty table there could be difficult if it is busy. The magic in
the enchanted rose will allow the waiters to find you once your food is ready,
just make sure you set the rose on your table and keep your receipt handy.
There are soda fountains in each room so you can get your drinks without having
to walk to a completely different room or wait for the waiter to bring it to
you. We didn’t have to wait very long for our food either, we usually were
barely sat down with our drinks and silverware before our food arrived.
The lunch menu does vary from the dinner menu but
the food is still wonderful, it is not your typical theme park fare.
(Coq Au Vin style) -eight-hour
slow-cooked pork with mushrooms, onions, carrots and bacon served with mashed
potatoes and green beens jardiniere
Because the menu is more sophisticated than other
restaurants in the Magic Kingdom it is a bit more expensive (for my husband and
I with two entrees, two deserts and sharing one drink it ran us about $30-$35
dollars total) but in my opinion well worth the cost. The food is very filling
and we were hungry again for several hours even with all the walking we did. I
can see why Be Our Guest is so popular and hope that we can eventually try it