I am happy to say that the majority of my dining experiences fall into this category. I love eating at Walt Disney World. There are so many unique experiences where you can try food you might not get the chance to try anywhere else or be immersed in a restaurant that could double as an attraction because of the amazing details! That is the magic of Disney…Now onto the grub! Our first stop is the Magic Kingdom….
Columbia Harbour House– One of my favorite counter services in Magic Kingdom. With the expansion of Fantasyland, my favorite hideaway has become quite crowded. You’ll find your standard fare here – chicken nuggets and fries but this place also offers up a pretty decent Lobster Roll sandwich that’s worth spending your dining credits on. In addition you can find hummus and tuna sandwiches and fried fish baskets. It’s a change from your burgers and dogs. Head upstairs to the second floor dining room for additional seating, most people don’t realize it’s there. Rating A-
Sleepy Hollow – I have been craving a fried chicken waffle sandwich from Sleepy Hollow ever since I first heard (and saw pics) about the new offering. We headed over here for lunch one afternoon and shared the Sweet and Spicy Chicken sandwich. All I can say is WOW! Hands down one of the best things I ate during the whole trip. The waffle is your standard buttery yummy Mickey waffle served throughout WDW. The fried boneless chicken was a generous portion with a hint of a sweet and spicy sauce. The sandwich also had a creamy, crunchy coleslaw and arugula to top it off. I am in LOVE with this sandwich! You can also find delicious funnel cakes and a Nutella and fruit waffle sandwich. Seating is behind the restaurant in a peaceful, shaded area. Rating A+
Be Our Guest, Magic Kingdom– The absolute, hands-down winner of our best meal of the entire trip! There is a reason reservations are impossible to get – Be Our Guest is the hottest ticket in town! If you want to dine here you MUST call as soon as your window opens. If that doesn’t work, call every day in case someone cancels! I snagged a reservation on the first day they started taking reservations ever!
Everything about this dining experience lived up to my Disney expectations. If you are a fan of Beauty and the Beast you must do whatever it takes to eat dinner here or get yourself in line for the quick service lunch! As you approach the Beast’s castle you will notice that Disney Imagineers did not miss a beat when it came to the details. You feel as if you are literally transported into the movie. We were fortunate to be seated in the ballroom, which looks exactly like it does in the movie with floor to ceiling windows with snow falling softly in the background. After your dinner you are invited to check out the other dining room, the West Wing, featuring the “enchanted rose” and a torn portrait of the Beast (same from the movie) that changes every time a rose petal falls. After your dinner you are invited to the Beast’s Study for a meet-and-greet photo opp.
As soon as you are seated you’ll notice even more details, including the rose shaped napkin. Service was the most exceptional we had the whole week. The dining options are Americanized-French, the best way I can think of to describe it. The menu includes pork chops, Cornish hen, salmon, steak, seafood and a vegetarian option. For starters, we had the Assorted Cured Meats and Sausages, which consisted of cold sausages, meat pates, cornichons and baguettes. If you are a meat lover, you will love this as we did.
For our entrees, I had the Sautéed Shrimp and Scallops served in a puff pastry with a creamy lobster sauce. This was incredibly delicious with plump, juicy shrimp and scallops. The sauce wasn’t too heavy or overwhelming and complimented the seafood perfectly.
My guy had the mouth-watering Grilled Strip Steak served with a delicious garlic herb butter and pommes frites (aka French fries).
For dessert we had a trio of sugary delights, including the strawberry cream cheese cupcake filled with strawberry mousse, the triple chocolate cupcake filled with chocolate mousse and topped with ganache, and the passion fruit cream puff filled with passion fruit mousse. All three desserts were delicate, delicious and freshly baked.
Also, something to note, Be Our Guest is the only place in Magic Kingdom to get your drink on. After our wonderful meal we headed over to take a picture with the large and imposing but very friendly Beast. We had only one family in line in front of us for a nice change of pace. Between the ambiance, the food, the service, the whole experience defines Disney magic – what a Disney vacation experience should be. This is a MUST DO for your next trip – IF you can get a reservation. If not, take advantage of the quick service dining offered for lunch. Hint: If you tell them you are celebrating something special (my daughter turned 15 months the day we were eating there) you will get a special treat – “the grey stuff,” cookies and cream mousse. Try the grey stuff, it is delicious! Rating A++++++
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