Monday, July 27, 2015

Disney Weekend and Be Our Guest

Happy Monday!

I have a weird week coming.  My aunt is coming in from Chicago this evening, so I am taking tomorrow off of work and then I'm taking a half day on Thursday, to hang out and have some fun, so it's going to be a weird mix of work and fun this week.  Can't wait!  

I don't want to lose momentum with the running this week, so I am making it a point to get up and out on some runs this week.  I tried to get up yesterday and today, but that just was not happening.  Somehow the planets aligned and Jillian slept until almost 9 both days this weekend.  When that happens, you take advantage and just sleep.  It was glorious.  

There was a bunch of Disney that happened this weekend as well.  Usually we stay far away from the parks during the summer since it's super crowded and so hot you feel like you're going to spontaneously combust, but we sucked it up and braved it for a good cause.  On Saturday night we had reservations at Be Our Guest at Magic Kingdom!!  

Be Our Guest is a Beauty and the Beast inspired restaurant that is impossible to get into.  During the day it's a quick service restaurant that you have to wait in line to even get into the door.  And at night it's a reservation-only fine dining restaurant - a reservation that you have to make months in advance (we made ours 3+ months ago).  So it was finally our turn on Saturday and we were super excited!

The claim to fame of Be Our Guest is the 3 spectacular dining rooms straight from the movie - the Ballroom, the West Wing Study and the Castle Gallery, which is where we were seated.  All were decorated beautifully, the Ballroom was by far the most amazing, with the chandeliers and the picture window that made it look like it was snowing outside.  So cool.  

The Beast made his way around to each of the dining rooms a couple times during the meal, which Jillian wasn't a fan of.  I guess she's not really into the Beast just yet.  She loves Belle, but the Beast was a little too, um, big and scary for her liking.  

The menu was good - steaks, pork, lamb, fancy food for a theme park - but the dessert cart that they rolled up to your table was my favorite part.

Inside you could choose from french pastries, cupcakes, eclairs, and of course "The Gray Stuff" (it's delicious, don't believe me, ask the dishes - hehe, our server actually had to say that when showing us the selection).  Jillian and I opted for the strawberry cream cheese cupcake (divine!!) and Hubs got The Gray Stuff which was a chocolate mousse type of thing on top of chocolate something or other (I don't eat chocolate so I wasn't really interpreting it when he told me what it was) - he said it was in fact delicious.  

All in all Be Our Guest was good.  But not as spectacular as I thought it would be.  I might have felt differently if we were seated in the main ballroom, but where we were was just okay.  The food was very good.  Hubs and I split the Braised Pork Coq au Vin and we both had French Onion soup to start.  Jillian had tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich which she ate most of (a true sign that it was good).  We'd both like to go back for lunch sometime (it's a totally different menu), so that's on the list of things to do one day when it's not summer.  

After Disney we walked around the park and rode the Wedway Peoplemover ... or whatever it is called today, it will always be Wedway to me.  Disney fun fact:  Did you know that "Wed", which is an acronym used in many things in backstage Disney, is Walt Disney's initials - Walter Elias Disney?  I'm a geek.

Sunday we kept the Disney going and made a quick trip out to Animal Kingdom to ride Triceratops Spin.

It was 7865 degrees outside, but we had fun.  We were there for about an hour and a half - just long enough to ride twice, take stroll around the park and eat lunch.  Perfect.  

Great weekend! 

How about you ... How was your weekend?  Ever been to Be Our Guest?  

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