When we arrived, we checked in at the outside podium. We were given a plastic rose to carry inside. We were sent to the left side of the long line and were sent straight to the registers. There we gave our rose to the castmember. She scanned it along with our MagicBand and reviewed our order. She then asked if there was anything we wished to change. So for those who hate the thought of deciding what to eat weeks ahead of time, you can easily change your order for what you are in the mood for.
After paying and confirming our order, we were told to sit wherever we wished. The Ballroom and mysterious West Wing were packed. We turned to the right and saw the Gallery for the first time. We have eaten dinner here when it first opened and have never been in the Gallery. We found a table and set our receipt and rose in the center. Soon a cast member wearing a headset came by, scanned our rose, double-checked our receipt, and assured us that our order would be out soon. Before I had a chance to take some pictures of the Gallery and the beautiful turning sculpture of Belle and the Beast, our food was wheeled to our table. Everything was just as we had ordered.
For my meal, I had the Croque Monsieur, which is a grilled carved ham and gruyere cheese sandwich with Béchamel and pomme frites. It was still warm and delicious.
Chuck had the carved prime chuck roast beef sandwich, which is served warm on a baguette with horseradish sour cream and pommes frites. He was pleased with not only the taste, but the size of his potion.
Sam had the kid's entrée of grilled cheese and tomato soup with pommes frites, while Luke had the kid's carved turkey sandwich with pommes frites. Both boys were happy with their selections.
For dessert, Chuck and Luke had the triple chocolate cupcake, which is still as decadent and rich as ever. Sam and I tried the new Master's Cupcake. This is a chocolate sponge cake (more devil's food flavor in my opinion) topped and filled with Lumiere's special, "Grey Stuff." I was able to try the grey stuff on our first visit due to it being my birthday. The grey stuff on our cupcake was nothing like the previous. This was truly grey colored frosting. It was still good, more vanilla flavored than anything.
After seeing the line for the lunch and knowing how incredibly difficult it is to obtain dinner reservations here, I highly recommend trying the Fastpass lunch option. The speed and ease of entering, finding a seat, and receiving our food was well worth planning so far in advance. Knowing that they will allow you to change your order at the register is an even bigger reason to take advantage of this opportunity. Having now experienced both dinner and lunch here, I still strive to get dinner reservations. It is a whole new experience that is more relaxed and formal than the lunch. This is a place well worth trying at least once while vacationing within the Magic Kingdom.
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