Putting Service to the Test at Be Our Guest – Can we have some more?

What is more handsome than food?   Eat right through the menu, loosen your belt, and work up a new appetite at the Beast’s castle

We finally obtained a reservation at one of Disney’s top restaurant’s! I was so excited to experience the mysteries of the Beast’s Castle. 

While all the visuals and sound effects were absolutely AMAZING we were out of luck with our server..who basically forgot that we were there, ended up bringing us our requested bread after we had all completely finished our meal, and then ended up charging us for a nonexistent person.. so we need to go back and really experience it. It was clear that our neighbors at other tables were having a blast!!

After checking in with the hostess (at the end of the drawbridge), you are invited to cross the bridge, look around, and even encouraged to use the restroom and explore the entrance hall. 

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We were then escorted by a host who handed us a candle to help light our way to our tables. The interior is amazing. No matter where you sit, be sure to walk around and explore!  The Beast may very well be walking back and forth to his study, be wary! And don’t worry, you will be allowed to try and meet the Beast at the end of your meal. 

Once you pull up your chair, watch the show! Whether it be the snow falling outside the window, or the rose as its petals fall, or the Beast as he flies into a rage. The decor is absolutely amazing. 

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The food was delicious as well. We ate on the deluxe dining plan – so for one point were able to pick three courses. 

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Because we were celebrating a birthday, I had arranged for a specialty cupcake trio that was ordered ahead of time. It included the Grey Stuff which was definitely delicious and NOT TO BE MISSED!!

We absolutely loved Be Our Guest and can’t wait to try the lunch (which involves ordering from a computer and having your food magically find you). Our dining experience was delicious but would have been more memorable with a different server – so we are definitely going back!!! The Food was glorious and definitely worth the wait, we can only ask for More another time!

Overall rating? Food = 10; Decor = 10; Service = 3. 


Ohana Breakfast with Lilo and Stitch – Not to be missed!! 

We absolutely loved this breakfast! We had 730am reservations, so did not have to wait in the inevitable long line that builds up throughout the day due to the popularity of this restaurant. 

At around 730, Stitch greets all visitors with a professional photo pass photographer in tow, so have your autograph books ready!

Then, all of the servers give you an official Ohana greeting to start the day, which includes a short song.

You will then be led to your table. This is a family style breakfast – no need to get up and down to take from a buffet. Server will bring and replenish fruit, special Hawaiian bread, sausages, bacon, eggs, and Mickey and Stitch waffles.  Allergy friendly meals will be prepared upon request, including fried eggs. 

You will then meet: Pluto, Mickey, and Lilo! And there will be a parade where all children are invited to the floor with special musical shakers! This ranks among the best character breakfasts we’ve been to. 

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Before coffee there was tea. I’m not sure if that’s exactly true but it sounds about right.  Check out this interesting website, coffeeshop of horrors, that tackles the battle between the two. You don’t have to be mad as a hatter to like tea. 

I love tea because there are so so many different types of tea out there (they say that herbal tea isn’t real “tea” because it is actually an infusion of different plant types, but for my purposes I am including it all). Picking a tea at the end of the day is exciting. Tea can boost endurance. Green Tea has been known to burn fat. Most tea serves as a natural antioxidant and a great defense against cancer and heart disease. 

As Mrs. Potts says, tea will warm you up in no time.

I love having tea parties and making food to go with it.  There are so many different fun snacks that can be made in a “miniature” way. Pretend tea parties also teach children table manners. Tea can be served all day, every day. 

It can be served outside, inside, or even on the ceiling.

Did you know? Little Michael Banks was paid ten cents for ever time they filmed this famous tea party scene, as he was afraid of heights. 

Looking for Mary Poppins at Disney? If you want to ask her about her favorite type of tea, look for her strolling around the bridge just off Main Street in the Magic Kingdom or at the 1900 Park Fare Character breakfast(click here to visit Disney’s description).  Maybe you can convince her to take you on a journey of your own. Ask her why they ended the Mary Poppins Practically Perfect Tea Party.  It sounded fantastic. 

Wherever you are, a cup of tea is always good for the soul. Not only is it a great hostess offering, it can also be used as a relaxation technique after a long day. By drinking tea slowly, you nourish your body and quiet your mind. 

 We have this tea set at home, it’s tin so won’t break but can hold liquid:



If you’re staying at the Beach and Yacht Club you probably have a kitchen area in your room – I know we did. That’s a huge benefit because with kids you never know when they will actually eat. And snacks/meals in the room definitely make life a lot easier.

When we arrived at the Beach Club, I know how crazy it sounds but I didn’t have any desire to go to a restaurant. The first year, we used the Garden Grocer for easy food deliveries – click here for their website.  Second year, I took a ride to Celebration City and went grocery shopping with my MIL.

So with the fridge and cabinets stocked with snacks and a few easy meals for the week, why go to the Cape May Cafe in the hotel lobby for breakfast? Although it took a bit of urging from the rest of my family, I can assure you that once I saw the array of delicious food displayed at the buffet, and realized that we would meet Mickey, Donald, Goofy, and Minnie before the characters headed out for a day at the beach, the 34.00 price for adults (kids 3 and under eat free) was right on the money.

This was unlike any other breakfast food buffet I have personally seen at Disney, and hands down better than Chef Mickey. The traditional items were present, along with healthy frittatas and omelettes. A small area for the kids with plastic plates, mickey waffles, and scrambled eggs completes the buffet. At one dining credit for those on the dining plan, this is a breakfast surely not to be missed before you head to the pool or park! Don’t leave before the dance party starts!!

*** ONE WARNING** – for those paying with your magic bands, gratuity is not included. That placed us in the awkward situation, without wallets, of not being able to tip right away. Luckily, staying at the hotel, I came back later with a few dollars for our server.  Also, it is really hard to get a reservation some times, but we were able to walk in right when it opened around 8am.



Akershus Royal Banquet Hall Review

Every time we go to Disney, we love to stop by Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. The food from Norway is absolutely OUT of this world. When you go for lunch, you are met by a princess, usually Belle, who takes a picture with you (photo pass photographer present).

Then, you are escorted to your table and allowed to sample the buffet, which is unique compared to other Disney resort buffets, as it is replete with Norway fare such as salmon, cured meats, and cheeses! Sometime towards the end of lunch/dinner, if you have children with you, they will be escorted to the middle of the room to start the princess parade!! It’s fantastic!

This year, we were a bit nervous about getting into the Royal Hall with the addition of the new Frozen ride in Norway – we could not get a fastpass in Norway to match the lunch reservation that we got at the banquet hall!!!

So what did I do, I made an early morning BREAKFAST reservation!!! In some ways it was the best and worst decision of the entire trip!! Why was it the best? Well, we entered Epcot early because of the breakfast reservation!! and the FROZEN ride was open!! we rode it twice before being allowed in the castle for breakfast!!

Why was it the worst? Well breakfast had no princess parade, and the food was not worth the price of castle entry. We just received two or three hotplates of scrambled eggs, bacon/sausage, and hash. There weren’t even Mickey waffles at the buffet!!!

So, while I would highly recommend the early entry/breakfast route, only do it if you are willing to drop $270 on a substandard breakfast!! Otherwise the princess castle is fantastic!

Stay tuned for the Mouse family’s detailed comparison of Cinderalla’s Royal Table vs. Akershus – we have a reservation at the Royal Table in August!!


Careful!!! They snap a photo.