Friday, April 18, 2014

foodie friday : be our guest @ disney world's new fantasyland.

Be Our Guest at WDW's New Fantasyland
We were lucky enough to be invited for a test run of Disney's new Fastpass service at the renowned Be Our Guest Restaurant of New Fantasyland! I'd heard lovely things about it, so we made reservations for my next day off. We drove down last Saturday and flew through Magic Kingdom (we were running late, as always...) to get to our lunch reservation on time. The whole trip, this song was running through my head:


So, how did Be Our Guest measure up?
Be Our Guest at WDW's New Fantasyland
Be Our Guest at WDW's New Fantasyland
Be Our Guest at WDW's New Fantasyland
After checking in, we received our magical rose token and made our way across the bridge toward Beast's castle. You can see it in the distance in the first photo. Disney's Imagineers did an amazing job here--the bridge allows gorgeous views of New Fantasyland and the nearly-complete Seven Dwarves Mine Train.
Be Our Guest at WDW's New Fantasyland
Be Our Guest at WDW's New Fantasyland
We entered what I think is a library or a study to confirm and pay for our dining selections on a touch screen set-up. It was well-organized and had a bit of an electric buzz as everyone prepared to enter the amazing dining space...
Be Our Guest at WDW's New Fantasyland
Be Our Guest at WDW's New Fantasyland
Be Our Guest at WDW's New Fantasyland
Be Our Guest at WDW's New Fantasyland
Be Our Guest at WDW's New Fantasyland
Be Our Guest at WDW's New Fantasyland
There were three "rooms" to choose from: the main ballroom, Beast's dark study, and a gallery in which the music box-esque Beauty & the Beast is found. We chose a small table in a quiet corner of the main ballroom, right next to the windows. Looking up, you can see magical snow drifting down into the scene through the windows. It was gorgeous!
Be Our Guest at WDW's New Fantasyland
Be Our Guest at WDW's New Fantasyland
Once we chose a seat, a cast member with a huge wooden cart "found" us using the rose token. It has some sort of GPS in it which they follow using a screen on the cart. It was so neat--and fast! Now, the food? The soups were divine. Vegetarian french onion soup for Paul, and potato & leek soup for me. Both had so much flavor and were very rich. The entrees were passable, but slightly bland. I went with the quinoa salad, while Paul chose the tuna nicoise salad. We wouldn't order them again.
But the Master's cupcake? Sacrebleu! It was delicious! A springy chocolate sponge cake topped with "the grey stuff" from the song! Honestly, I could've just eaten the frosting by itself. It wasn't overly sweet like most frostings. It was just right, and I was thrilled to notice that the center of the cupcake was also filled with it. Score!
Disney World's Festival of Fantasy Parade
Afterward, we played some Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom before settling down for the new Festival of Fantasy Parade. But more on that later!
Disney World's Festival of Fantasy Parade

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