Going at a high crowd time (Christmas Week), I tried to do my best to find some meals I could schedule that wouldn’t cost us a Table Service entitlement. There are a few, and the one I was most excited to score was Be Our Guest in Magic Kingdom for lunch! We’ve done dinner, which is a table service meal, but never lunch, so I was pretty excited to schedule the quick service meal.
Did you know you can pre-order your food on the app? Let me show you why that matters:
Do you see those people standing under the umbrellas? That’s the line to order your food if you didn’t do online ordering. The people nonchalantly walking in the door are about to join us in line. There is only one family in front of us. The line waiting to use the ordering kiosks literally went out the door of the castle and halfway across the bridge. That’s a long wait just to order- and we got to skip them all.
Instead of waiting in that line, we were given a cute little thingamabob- no wait, that’s what Ariel would call it. We were given a small rose check-in…talisman? And were able to walk straight into the Castle.
Once you get to the kiosk, a cast member will check to make sure your order is correct and ask if there are any modifications you want to make. Thankfully the CM also explained that we were entitled to one adult beverage each thanks to the dining plan. My husband chose the Schöfferhofer Pink Grapefruit Hefeweizen, while I chose a Peach Bellini. I did not enjoy the bellini, but y’all, I’m not fancy. I don’t really enjoy wine in general, so this was more of just me being giddy with power thanks to that dining plan. Tim LOVED his grapefruit beer.
We wandered the castle looking for somewhere to sit. Unfortunately we ended up having to snag a 6 person table in the West Wing because the place was FULL, especially in the main ballroom. Those extra three seats got us some glares later on- most notably from a family of three also looking for somewhere to sit. Just ask, y’all could have shared the table with us.
You get your own drinks (and refills) here, though the alcohol is delivered to your table. Even though we ordered our daughter a bottled water with her kids meal, the CM at the check-in kiosk told us to go ahead and get her whatever she wanted. So nice! That bottle of water got to vacation in our tiny soft-sided cooler for a while.
Even with pre-ordering our food, it took 30 minutes on the dot for it to come out. I was starting to wonder if our order had gotten lost somewhere. This is not a quick meal, as people around us seemed to have a similar wait.
My husband chose the Tuna Nicoise Salad. He was thrilled the olives were easy to avoid, as that’s one of the few things in the world the man doesn’t eat. He loved it, though he wished the dressing had been better distributed, as parts seemed dry and others a little over dressed. The tuna was well seasoned and he raved over it. He thought the chilled green beans were excellent, though he was not expecting to enjoy that as much as he did.
I chose the Croque Monsieur. I was so thankful not to have to say that name out loud when I ordered. “Monsieur” is one of my mental hang-ups and I end up trying to insert too many syllables and a hard n. I know the problem, can’t overcome it. Sigh. Anyway, I love a good grilled cheese and this was an excellent one. Chock full of thick, quality ham and very cheesy, it was a little greasy on the finger tips but delicious! The bread seemed to be whole grain. The fries were crispy and delicious. I was not able to finish all this food.
My daughter got the Les Macaronis Maurice, which is a choose your own adventure affair. You get the bowl of macaroni, a ramekin of pasta sauce and a ramekin of cheese. Then you make it your taste. She was a big fan and this plate was more than she could eat at age 4.
We opted not to get a dessert and I’m really glad we didn’t- everyone walked away stuffed! Even though we had a long wait for our food, it was nothing compared to wait times as the crowds grew closer to Christmas. Plus, we got to sit and wait, or explore Beast’s Castle, rather than stand in line like cattle being led to slaughter. (We are going to have to talk about my experience at PizzeRizzo sometime. Yikes.)
This was a fantastic meal and I would highly recommend heading here for lunch on your trip and enjoying the ambience! While it will run you a little more than your average burger or chicken nuggets, the food offers a nice change of pace.