When we walked up to the podium, it was deja vu all over again. People were lined up hoping that they could possibly get someone's canceled reservation. It was all for naught. Once we checked in, we were sent over the bridge and as we were walking, our name was called for seating. One of the new aspects (at least new to us) was that along with the castmember, we were given a special individual to guide us to our table. Lumiere was given to my boys to hold along the path to our table. His softly lit flames and smiling face set the mood as we left the foyer and made our way into the ballroom.
It doesn't matter how many times I enter in here, the ballroom still takes my breath away. It is as if we have stepped out of reality and into one of the loveliest scenes from Beauty and the Beast. The ballroom was decorated with garland, wreaths, and a Christmas Tree. When you examine the decorations, you see stained glassed figures of Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, and Chip. It wasn't the characters that struck me as unique, it was the fact that they were in the same design as the stained glass window in the restaurant and of course the movie. That attention to detail that is sometimes overlooked and taken for granted adds to the uniqueness of this dining experience during the holidays.
For dinner, the boys and I had the grilled strip steak. It came with pommes frites with mayonnaise for dipping and steamed green beans. The steak was cooked perfectly and the pommes frites were just an added bonus.
Chuck decided to branch out away from steak and seafood. He ordered the herb-crusted lamb rack. The lamb has a stone-ground mustard demi-glace and comes with vegetables. Chuck found that his lamb was cooked well and stated that this is something he would recommend.
While eating, the Beast made his appearance in each of the dining areas. He then awaited his guests for pictures in the study. During your meal, it is hard to not notice the carts that the waiters are pushing about filled with desserts. Our cart was soon pushed for us to decide. This is always the difficult part of the visit. I have had their triple chocolate cupcake, the master's cupcake, and the lemon-raspberry cream puff in the past. All of these are excellent. This time, I ordered the Grey Stuff. This is a crisp chocolate cookie with the infamous grey stuff on top. It was good, though in my opinion not to the same level as the cupcakes and cream puffs. The guys ordered the triple chocolate cupcake for their dessert. It is still as rich and delectable as usual.
All in all, Be Our Guest is still an excellent addition to the Magic Kingdom's dining options. Dinner here will not disappoint if one is able to get a reservation. The ambiance itself is well worth a visit during the holidays.
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