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The True Service Test: Quick Service at Be Our Guest

There are no lunch ladies – here! There are no real “servers”” at all. In fact all you need to deal with is the serving ware. Other than a virtual order on screen in the front, you will never be handed a menu or speak a verbal order to a server.


If you are lucky enough to get a reservation at Be Our Guest, take my advice and place your order IN ADVANCE via the mydisneyexperience app. If you place your order in advance, you will be directed to a MUCH SHORTER line.
Here is the menu (click here) study it!! Below is the tuna nicoise salad

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Once you walk into the Beast’s Castle, you will not be seated by anyone… that’s right!! Choose, a room, choose a table – we recommend sitting by the beverage station (orange juice/apple juice/soda/coffee/hot cocoa).

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Without servers, how does your food get to you? Don’t worry, it does, you don’t even need to tell them where you are sitting. Go ahead, try to fool the magic.


The breakfast is definitely not as delicious as the lunch or dinner – but it’s still magical. And it basically guarantees you a ride on the Peter Pan Ride or even Mine Train if you make your reservation before the park opens.

 

 

WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS AT THE MAGIC KINGDOM WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT?

What actually happens at the magic kingdom when the lights go out? No, not on one of the magic hours evenings, or during one of the special parade nights. On a regular night. After the evening parade and fireworks. Midnight on a regular day.  Some might say that all the statues come alive. They start to move.  This is the moment when they get to try the rides. They finally get to enjoy the “Magic”. 

Each of the 44 presidents in the Hall of Presidents get to mingle, they take a presidential march down main street, and then trot when they see the two lanters lit up in Liberty Square to indicate that the British are coming by sea – (yes, even the new one) click here. 

One statue in particular, the Cinderella Statue, close to the carousel, is often spotted climbing the 189 foot structure in order to get into her VIP suite. Why try and get into her own kingdom that way? Who knows. What I have heard is that the lavish VIP suite inside the castle can’t even be toured because it was originally intended for Walt and his family. It is only available to VIPs like Suri Cruise. Cinderella herself can’t even officially try the luxurious bedding in the finest suite in the castle. So she climbs in at night.

 

The five grooms in the wedding portraits in the Haunted Mansion start a game of poker. The winner gets the bride. (Did you know that the same bride is in ever portrait? You will figure it out when she comes after you with her hatchet!)

Suddenly Goofy appears – he got up from his bench in front of Tony’s restaurant because he wanted to try and pull the sword from the stone.  Even though the statues have mostly come alive, the magic of the sword comes alive and only a true king can pull out Excalibur. So Goofy is out of luck.  Click here for more info on the sword and the stone.

Goofy doesn’t like walking around the old and empty kingdom by himself. He’s looking to hold one of the hidden Mickey’s hands. Although approximately 1,000 Hidden Mickeys have been recorded throughout Disney, there has never been a list made up. The most common Hidden mickey is a formation of three circles that may be perceived as the silhouette of the head and ears of Mickey Mouse, the “Classic Mickey”. Mickeys can be painted, made up of objects, or even references such as a character wearing mouse ears.  They don’t all have hands, though.

Finally, Goofy finds the partners statue, and gets to hold Walt’s hand personally, with Mickey still on the other side. 

If you are ever lucky enough to be “stuck” at Disney when all this magic is going on, where would you eventually lay your head? 

My first choice might be The Beast’s Castle. But this choice is only for the brave, given all the enchantment that takes place in the castle even in the daylight. 

Just imagine the nighttime enchantment. I personally love the idea of experiencing all seasons at once: The forest in the fall, the snow. But I would never sleep in the West Wing. 

Having trouble imagining all this? Having trouble listening to all I’ve said? Don’t worry, your mind is NOT playing tricks on you. Or is it.

This really happens. 

 

 

 

 

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. 

 

Enchanted Tales with Belle Review.. Enchantingly Surprising.. Fast Pass Necessary!

We booked “Enchanted Tales with Belle” because it was available on the Fast Pass. We had no idea what it was. What did I picture it to be? Some lady dressed in a Belle outfit reading some stories… wouldn’t you??

But its so much more!! 

We still have not been able to get a reservation to Be Our Guest Restaurant. It is currently the “Age of Beauty of the Beast” in Disney.  After experiencing Enchanted Tales with Belle, I can’t imagine how good the restaurant is. The environment and acting is THAT FANTASTIC.  Apparently you get to visit Belle’s actual cottage, jump through the enchanted mirror, and play a feature player on stage. So given that our expectations were “hearing a story” (which still would have been great), this was amazing.

SPOILER ALERT: It’s a tale as old as time, and you get to reenact it!!! You walk into a magical room. With Lumiere. It really is a magical room because it opens up into another room. And you are warned by a talking wardrobe that you need to be on the alert. And help Belle. And they need volunteers to play characters. (So, if you have a child who is shy, prepare them!!) – everyone who wants a part gets a part. My daughter who wanted a part was Chip…. 

 

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So after everyone gets a role (roles are located in the cabinet), 

There is a rehearsal. Don’t worry. your kid will do fine. And if they do not want to participate IT DOES NOT mean that they are not banned from meeting Belle… Just make sure to tell one of the cast members that your child would like a photo. Oh, did I mention that Belle walks in???

Yes, on her way to meet the Beast she walks in.. and she makes sure to take a picture with anyone that desires one. And there is a Disney photographer present. … Stay tuned for more on “Belle” the character… This is just on this one experience.  But by the end of the day you will realize that they are together now and going to be just fine.  The reason I say “get a fast pass”? Because you should. Otherwise plan on waiting for hours.