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Back in May while we were at Disney World for Disney Social Media Moms we extended our stay for a couple days to explore Disney World even more!
This was the first visit to Disney World for the girls and I, but Pete has been there many times before, but his last visit was almost 20 years ago! Since moving to California (right before meeting me), he’s been converted to a Disneyland guy…
We love Disneyland and it will always be “home” for us, but we are also now HUGE Disney World lovers too. Much like many of us on the west coast, we will be making as many trips to Orlando as we can now that we have had a taste of the Disney World fun!
Since this was our first trip to Disney World… we decided to pack in as many of the “hot” things to see and do.
A meal at “Be Our Guest” was at the top.
Our tip was only planned less than two months before we arrived so reservations were all filled. We ended up using Disney Dining Buddy to book our reservation. It’s a paid program (non-Disney) that constantly checks for available reservations and then alerts you to when one opens up. We found that quite a few dining times become available 24-48 hours before. The way that Disney World reservations work you have to put a deposit down of $10 per person when you make the reservation and it’s refunded if you cancel 24 hours before your reservation. That’s why there are so many that open up during that time.
About 15 minutes before our reservation time we headed to the front of the castle and checked in.
A couple minutes later we were greeted and escorted into an early dinner (4:00 pm) through the beautiful wooden doors and into a cave that lead into the castle! (photo compliments Disney)
Our table was waiting for us with rose folded napkins…
There were not a lot of vegan or vegetarian options on the menu but we were able to put together a good meal. We’ve found that the best options for vegan and vegetarian meals is in the resort restaurants, as opposed to the restaurants in the parks… but there is always something to eat at every restaurant.
We started with salads… ranch for the vegetarians and oil and vinegar for the vegan.
I’m not a huge butter person, but this butter was the most delicious I’ve ever had. I’ve heard others mention that too!
French onion soup for the vegetarians… we were told it was a vegetable broth.
Fresh asparagus, couscous and french fries for the vegan and macaroni and cheese for the rest of us.
And then it was dessert time! We had heard about “the grey stuff” for a long time and we were pretty excited to try it. It’s a mix between crushed Oreos and a really fluffy frosting. It’s served on a dense chocolate cake/brownie… so good on a hot day! There was a fruit sorbet for the vegan.
The chocolate cupcake was delicious too!
Towards the end of our meal the guest of honor BEAST arrived!
He made a grand entrance through all of the dinging rooms, and then after you are finished eating you are welcome to explore his castle a bit and have your picture taken together with him.
I would highly recommend having at least one meal at Be Our Guest. We all thought the experience was a memory maker! The food is good, but the real reason to go is the experience. Breakfast and lunch are quick service so that is a great budget friendly option to still enjoy the decor at a reduced cost. Dinner is table service.
You can find more Be Our Guest info on the Disney World website.