With the expansion to Fantasyland, the Magic Kingdom has created a restaurant that should be on everyone's list to visit during their next Walt Disney World Resort Vacation. The aptly named Be Our Guest Restaurant is themed after the classic Disney movie Beauty & The Beast and is situated in Beast's Castle.
Disney World Dining At Its Best!
Besides the stunning decor and theming that takes this restaurant beyond the ordinary, it is also noteworthy for being a Disney World Quick Service Restaurant by day and a Table Service Restaurant at night. This is what you look for during your Disney vacation, a unique dining experience that you will remember long after the vacation is over.
The details are amazing! Do not be put off by having to stand in long lines waiting to eat lunch at Be Our Guest Restaurant. Treat it like any other Disney World Attraction (which it definitely is!) and you will be reward by a fairly quick moving line.
Reservations for Dinner can be hard to come by and expect to have to reserve near the 180 day reservation window to get in. For most we would just recommend visiting at lunch for a truly wonderful dining experience.
Once inside it is hard to take in all of the amazing decor and details. From carved gargoyles to the suits of armor, you know that you are in for a treat when you finally get to the dining rooms.
The lunchtime ordering process is much different that other Quick Service Restaurants. You are either guided to a computer kiosk or a register staffed by a Disney Cast Member. Prior to ordering your party either registers one of their MagicBands or you are given a special "rose". Since the food preparation takes place in another part of the building, after you order to go to find a table and the servers use the RFID technology to find you and bring your food to you.
The menu features sandwiches and salads with a French influence on the cuisine. The regular and kid's menus (shown above) feature adult entrees priced between $8.99 - $13.49.
There are 3 different dining rooms to choose from and they all are themed differently and have unique decor to enjoy. Choosing where to sit is a harder decision than choosing what to eat.
When your food is ready it is brought to you in special carts by the staff.
We tried 3 of the entrees during a recent visit: The Tuna Nicoise Salad - warm seared tuna steak with chilled green beans, potatoes, olives, roasted bell peppers, tomatoes, and hard poached egg, Carved Prime Chuck Roast Beef Sandwich - served warm on a baguette with horseradish sour cream and Pommes Frites, & Croque Monsieur - Grilled sandwich of carved ham, Gruyere cheese, and bechamel with Pommes Frites.
Be Our Guest Restaurant Is A Must Visit!
We would highly recommend this outstanding Disney World Quick Service Restaurant. We have yet to try the Table Service version, but will be posting a review after we have had that opportunity. The spectacular theming combined with very good food and excellent service make this one of if not the best Disney World Quick Service Restaurant and a Must Visit for any Disney World fan.
If you are looking for lunch or dinner in the Magic Kingdom and are not in the mood for a burger you may want to try this often overlooked restaurant that we consider a Disney World Hidden Secret.
Columbia Harbour HouseNestled deep within the Magic Kingdom straddling Fantasyland and Liberty Square Columbia Harbour House provides one of the best Disney Quick Service Dining options without the fanfare or the crowds.
The main entrance can be found along the Liberty Square portion of the building opposite the entrance to the Haunted Mansion. Once inside, you will discover that this restaurant is surprisingly large.
Disney World Secret Tip: Try the upstairs seating, It is typically not very crowded and can provide a nice break on a busy day in the Magic Kingdom.
The menu is provides several different Seafood options, as well as, vegetarian, and chicken. One of the signature items is the fried shrimp platter with fries and cole slaw (pictured above.) Another favorite is the Lobster Roll.
A personal favorite is the Grilled Salmon with couscous and steamed broccoli. This is certainly not your normal theme park fare. It is also one of our recommended Top Choices for using a Quick Service Dining Credit when using the Disney Dining Plan.
Also you will find a selection of salads, sandwiches (Try the Lighthouse Sandwich with Hummus or the Anchors Away with White Tuna), soups, and what Seafood Fast Food Restaurant doesn't offer a Fried Fish platter.
Liberty Square Or Fantasyland?One of the most interesting aspects of the Columbia Harbour house is the unique architecture for the building. The reason it is unique is the fact that it actually sits in two different Magic Kingdom Lands. The above picture shows how the building looks from Liberty Square.
As you turn to the left to head towards Fantasyland you see the view of Fantasyland is blocked by the creative use of having the building cross over the walkway, thus limiting the view.
After passing through the "tunnel" and exiting on the Fantasyland side you can look back and see the other side of the Columbia Harbour House. All of a sudden instead of seeing American - New England Coastal town, you have transported to a European village.
Upon further inspection the restaurant has a completely different look from the Fantasyland side, but seamlessly makes the transition. This happens so smoothly that many people never even notice. Make sure you take an extra minute or two during your next trip to check out the great details of both personalities of the Columbia Harbour House.
Disney World Quick Service Must Do!Columbia Harbour House is definitely a must do Disney Quick Service Restaurant for lunch or dinner. Whether you are using the Disney Dining Plan or not this is still a good place to get a good meal and escape the crowds. Put this on your list for your next Disney World Vacation!
Where is the best place to meet and interact with Disney Princesses at Disney World? The answer may surprise you, but it is in the Norway Pavilion in Epcot at the Storybook Princess Dining Experience.
Akershus Royal Banquet HallThe building where you dine and meet the Disney Princesses is called Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. It is inspired by the real 14th century Akershus Castle in Norway which overlooks the harbor in Oslo.
|Inside Akershus Royal Banquet Hall|
Storybook Dining Experience
The intent of the meal is to make guests feel that they have been transported to a real Storybook Experience in a Norwegian castle. Outside you can read the Royal proclamation and inside you can see the Royal Storybook housed under glass. The pages read:
Once Upon a time...
A great Viking king and queen welcomed royal visitors to the castle Akershus.
That tradition continues as we invite you to experience a feast fit for royalty of all ages.
Meeting Disney PrincessesOnce you are admitted inside Akershus, you will be taken to a small alcove to have your picture taken with one of the Disney Princesses. You don't get to choose, it will be whichever one is in there at the time. During our meal, Belle was the Princess posing with families for pictures near the entrance. A Disney Photographer will take you picture with their camera (and yours too if you request) and during your meal you will receive a print of the picture to remember your dining experience.
|Cinderella at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall|
|Snow White Signing Autographs|
During the meal there is a constant stream of Princesses coming to each table to meet guests, interact, sign autographs, and of course, pose for pictures. Although they will not commit to a set roster, typically you will find: Cinderella, Aurora, Belle, Snow White, & Ariel.
|Aurora with her fans at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall|
|Ariel at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall|
The Dining ExperienceDining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall also provides a unique experience. The meal is broken up into a couple different segments in order to allow you to experience some of the flavors of Norway and their cuisine.
The meal starts by visiting the buffet line to experience the Flavors of Norway. Here you will find some of the finest Scandinavian Seafood, Imported Cheeses, cured and sliced Meats, and a vast selection of Salads and Fruits. This is a great chance to try a variety of different foods that you may not regularly get to try. This serves as your Appetizer/Salad portion of the meal.
For the main course you get to order off of the menu. The menu changes, but some of the options may include:
- Braised Short Ribs
- Grilled Pork Chop
- Mushroom Stuffed Pasta
- Oven-Roasted Chicken Breast
- Pan-Seared Salmon
- Roasted Rack of Lamb
- Traditional Kjottkake which are Norwegian Meatballs
The final dessert course features a selection of Norwegian treats served family Style including the traditional Rice Cream served with Strawberry sauce.
We would have to give the dining experience at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall very high marks. The setting was wonderful as you really do feel that you have been transported to another place and time. There is no better place for meeting this many Disney Princesses and interacting with them.
We really enjoyed the Taste of Norway appetizer/salad buffet as it allowed the ability to try some different foods including a number of seafood choices. The entrees were a little disappointing as we feel that they were good, but not great. We also enjoyed sampling the different desserts.
The Princess Storybook Dining Experience at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall at Dinner is the current Best Use Of Table Service Credit for the Disney Dining Plan among all of the 70+ choices.
If you are using the Disney Dining Plan, this should be a must do on your Disney World Vacation. If you are not on the DDP, we would suggest visiting Akershus for their breakfast, as you will still get to see all of the princesses and experience Akershus at a more reasonable cost.
While Dining has become as much a part of a vacation at the Walt Disney World Resort as many of the theme park attractions that they are known for, many of the Disney Resort Hotel restaurants don't get the attention that they deserve. Today, Only WDWorld will be reviewing one of the these under appreciated restaurants: The Captain's Grille at Disney's Yacht Club Resort.
Captain's GrilleFar from the over the top themed restaurants that you can find at Disney World, the Captain's Grille, located within Disney's Yacht Club Resort, provides a much more sedated, nautical atmosphere, that fits the theme and mood of the resort.
The appeal of this restaurant is the menu and the quality of the food. The prices are also much more reasonable than it's more well-known Disney Signature Restaurant neighbor The Yachtsman Steakhouse. The atmosphere is semi-casual and it can actually get rather noisy depending upon how many families are dining that evening.
The location of the restaurant is attraction in that it is walking (or Friendship Boat ride) distance from both Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios, making it a great choice if you are spending the day at either of these Disney Theme parks.
The MenuThe Captain's Grille cuisine includes a variety of dishes that embrace the New England coast that the Resort is based upon. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but we will only be re
viewing the dinner that we ate recently.
|Fresh Bread and Salted Butter|
AppetizersFor starters you can enjoy a number of choices:
- Beer-Braised Mussels and Clams $10.99
- Buttermilk Fried Rock Shrimp $14.99
- New England Clam Chowder $7.49
- House Made Potato Cheese Gnocchi $7.99
- Lump Crab Cake $14.49
|Farmers' Market Salad at Captain's Grille|
There were also a number of salads offered including the Farmers' Market Salad with Walnut Granola, Granny Smith Apples, Dried Cranberries, Marscarpone-Blue Cheese Cream, and Champagne Vinaigrette
for $7.49. This salad, which is pictured above was one of the items we tried and it was quite good.
The Entrees included the following selection of Seafood, Beef, Pork, Chicken, and Pasta:
- Cabernet-braised Short Rib $24.99
- Rosemary Brined Pork Tenderloin $23.99
- Lump Crab Cakes $27.99
- Chef's Pasta Creation $19.99
- New York Strip $29.99
- Snow Crab Legs $29.99
- Pan-seared Chicken $19.99
We did not see any dishes being served that looked unappetizing, but we chose the Short Ribs and the Crab Cakes to try.
|Cabernet-braised Short Ribs at Captain's Grille|
The Cabernet-braised Short Rib includes Corn Risotto, Pan Jus Reduction, and Corn Cream. The Short Ribs were extremely tender and did not require a knife. The corn risotto was an interesting combination that worked very well with the dish. This is a popular selection for this restaurant and now I know why. It was very good and I would certainly recommend it!
|Lump Crab Cakes at Captain's Grille|
The Lump Crab Cakes comes with Old Bay Gaufrette Chips, Stone-ground Mustard Cream, Lemon Emulsion, Succotash, and Greens. Our server let us know that the Crab Cakes are almost entirely made up of crab meat with very little filler added. They were very good and you could certainly taste the high concentration of excellent crab meat. This was another winner that we would recommend!
The dessert includes:
- Gianduja Chocolate Cake $5.99
- S'mores Chocolate Tart $4.99
- Angel Food Cake $5.49
- House made Gelato $4.99
- Seasonal Fruit Cobbler $7.49
- Key Lime Cheesecake $7.49
Even with the tempting list of desserts shown above we decided to pass. Being so close to Epcot, we decided to visit the World Showcase to conclude our evening and find our dessert there. From the reaction we got from our server, it sounds like she hears that alot.
Overall, we would rate the Captain's Grille as a restaurant that is definitely worth trying! We enjoyed the atmosphere, although it was a bit noisy. The food was very good and the overall dining experience was above average for a Disney Restaurant. They had a good choice of beers and wines to choose from in addition to the normal drink selection.
The restaurant does accept the Disney Dining Plan and the Tables In Wonderland Discount.
Today's Disney World Food Of The Day takes us to Disney's Polynesian Resort at the 'Ohana Restaurant. This family style restaurant is a Disney guest favorite because of its great food, fun atmosphere, and the fact that everyone is considered family here! No need to look at a menu because everyone gets everything on the menu.
Our Food Of The Day is actually a pair of foods that are part of the appetizer portion of the meal that is served at 'Ohana. The Honey Coriander Chicken Wings and Pork Fried Dumplings provide a flavorful start to your meal and a perfect pre-amble to the main course that is to come.
The great part about dining at 'Ohana is that every part of the meal is all-you-care-to-eat, meaning that if you want more that will bring it to you. It is always a tough call with the Wings and Dumplings because you know that more great food is still too come so you try to restrain yourself, but it isn't easy.
This is one meal that you can always count on being great at Disney World. That is why it is so hard to get reservations here. The secret is out and everyone wants to enjoy this great meal!
We travel to Norway, actually the Norway pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, to partake of our Disney World Food of the Day. Schoolbread, or Skolebrød in Norwegian, can be found in the Kringla Bakeri og Cafe.
This Norwegian Sweet Roll that consists of regular dough of yeast, custard and icing with grated coconut, was usually put in school lunches as a dessert or sold at bake sales, hence the name.
Very few Disney World foods generate the kind of excitement that the Schoolbread does. It has a fan base almost as large as the Dole Whip fanatics. If you have not heard of, or tried Schoolbread for yourself, you are certainly missing out. Do yourself a favor a make sure that you add it to your list of Must Do Disney World Foods for your next vacation.
As a bonus you can use a Disney Dining Plan Snack Credit to obtain Schoolbread for yourself!
The Disney World Food of the Day takes us to the New Orleans inspired menu at Boatwright's Dining Hall, which is located in the Port Orleans Riverside Resort.
Boatwright's Dining Hall JambalayaFor many Disney World guests, Boatwright's Dining Hall is a restaurant that they don't get to try because it is a little off the beaten path at the Port Orleans Riverside Resort. That is certainly their loss. Boatwright's has a great collection of Cajun inspired dishes on their menu headed up by their signature Jambalaya.
The Jambalaya is a Creole recipe with Spiced Chicken Thighs, Andouille Sausage, Shrimp, Rice, and Vegetables. For those that enjoy Cajun Cuisine it is a treat. For the uninitiated, this is a great way to get introduced to this wonderful category of dishes.
Boatwright's Dining Hall is certainly worth the effort to make the trip to the Port Orleans Riverside Resort!
The Disney World Food of the Day is Tonga Toast! This breakfast food has reached Disney Legendary status. This is one of those foods that people dream about when they are not at Disney World and can't wait to get it again upon their return.
Polynesian Resort Delicacy Tonga ToastMany know that Disney's Polynesian resort is the home of the Tonga Toast, but not everyone knows that there are actually two different restaurant locations to get this tasty treat. The first is the Table Service Kona Cafe, while the second location is actually at the Quick Service Captain Cook's located on the lower level. No matter what your dining mood, you can still get Tonga Toast!
For those of you who have not tried this dish, it starts with a very thick slice of sourdough bread and it is stuffed with bananas and deep fried and then coated with a cinnamon sugar. Add some syrup on top and it makes a breakfast that cannot be beat!