One of my top priorities on our last trip to Disney World was to get a reservation at Be Our Guest Restaurant. I was really hoping for a lunch reservation because we had the free quick service dining plan, but I would have taken any reservation I could get. After going online daily and even calling a few times, we arrived to the Disney property with no reservation.
I had heard a rumor about a website that would allow guests to use a FastPass+ credit towards dining and I had tried that as well in my efforts to get a reservation, but when I tried to go to the site it asked for a code (which I did not have.) So I was disappointed, but still figured we could bite the bullet and wait in the loooooong line.
This is kind of how I felt about the outcome of my efforts:
We went about our vacation, leaving our dining options open. Then, on the second or third day of the trip, we got a magical email from Disney INVITING US TO USE FASTPASS+ FOR BE OUR GUEST!!!! I could not believe our luck and we immediately booked our reservation and menu selections online for lunch.
I wasn’t sure what to expect, knowing that the restaurant was used for both quick service (lunch) and table service (dinner) but I was excited just to walk across the bridge to get to the entrance of the castle.
Entrance to Be Our Guest
With the FastPass+ we went straight to the front of the line and since we had already placed our order online when we booked the reservation, there was nothing to do but enter the castle and find a seat!
This meal was by far the best quick service I’ve had!! Here are some of the highlights: Continue reading
We’ve used the Disney Dining plan several times on our past vacations, but we’ve always had the regular plan which includes a Table Service meal, a Quick Service meal and a snack each day. On our recent trip, the timing worked out so we got the free dining promotion, where the meal plan was included with our vacation package. Since we weren’t staying at a moderate resort, the free option available for guests at the value resorts was the Quick Service plan which include 2 Quick Service meals and a snack per day.
I am always pleasantly surprised by the portion size of quick serve meals – I never leave hungry! And since the dining plan includes a dessert with every meal, there’s no way to feel deprived regardless of which Disney Dining plan you choose.
In addition to the free meals, refillable drink mugs were included with the plan. I was a little nervous about the new “Rapid Refill” system after reading some reviews, but I didn’t notice any difference from when we’ve used the mugs in the past (other than I couldn’t bring my mug from home.) Here’s where our quick serve dining took us over the course of our trip:
Magic Kingdom (Lunch): Golden Oak Outpost
We were heading to Pecos Bill’s but the line was out the door so we kept walking and found the Golden Oak Outpost, which was a food kiosk around the back of Pecos Bill’s. Hint: there are two lines on the right and left – everyone was lined up on one side because people didn’t realize there were two lines. The spicy chicken sandwich was delicious!
Golden Oak Outpost (View from seating area) – Magic Kingdom
Epcot (Dinner): Yorkshire Country Fish Shop (U.K.)
MMM… fish and chips!
Dining in Epcot is always a challenge for me because there are too many good options! But when I saw the opening of a new restaurant in Morocco, Spice Road Table, I decided I would have to find a way to fit it into my already-cramped dining schedule during my recent trip.
Spice Road Table at Epcot
Around the back of the World Showcase, Morocco sits between France and Japan. There is already both a quick serve and table service restaurant in Morocco, so I was a little surprised that a third restaurant was opening as well. (Am I the only one who is dying for a quick serve restaurant in Italy!? Come on Disney!) The restaurant is on the water overlooking the lagoon where the Mo’Rockin group used to perform. (Now they have a stage across the way.)
As we get ready to take our last Disney vacation with someone in the 3-9 age bracket, I started to think about what will change when she’s officially an adult according to Disney ticketing and dining standards.
Other than the price increase, the big difference will be the bigger meals. For this trip we are using the Disney Dining plan (Quick Service version) and I started to get a little worried that my daughter might just starve based on the kids meals in the parks.
Note – the meals I’m referring to in this post are the quick service meals, but my pictures are table service meals – apparently in my thousands of Disney pictures I haven’t taken any of a kid’s quick serve meal!
Cinderella’s Royal Table – age 4
Just looking at the age range that is considered a kids meal – from preschool to 4th grade – there’s no way that a one-size-(meal)-fits-all. Continue reading