This rustic spot, known for hearty snacks that could easily double as a meal, is one of the newest spots to score eats in all of the resort. And with its incredible themeing, you feel like you’ve stepped out of reality and right into Gaston’s cozy mancave featured in Beauty and the Beast!
And while we’ve talked about some of great menu items here — like the brand new Pork Shank (now in Disneyland, too!) and the Gaston’s Tavern Cinnamon Rolls, there’s one star player that merits a bit more detail — LeFou’s Brew!
If you’ve had the chance to read our reviews of New Fantasyland, or visit the area yourself, then you already know about the incredible job Imagineers did here. (If you’d like to see more, check out our reviews of lunch and dinner at Be Our Guest Restaurant, as well as some of the fun options at Big Top Treats!)
And Gaston’s Tavern is just one more foray into fantasy… . The tavern is depicted in the film when Gaston is whining to LeFou about how Belle has rejected him.
Many of the features in the movie have leapt to life here, thanks to the tireless work of Imagineers. From the ample antler decorating to the very “animated” fireplace to Gaston’s very own fur-and-leather-bedecked chair — you’ll feel like you’ve wandered right into the film! (FYI — the guy below is not me. He’s just some fellow who agreed to “model” the size of the chair for the photograph!)
There are, however, no serving wenches here. Nope! This is a counter service spot, so head to the casks on the counter to place your order!
You’ll find hearty snacks but no real meals per se. The portions are substantial, however. So you could easily cobble together a pretty big meal from the list.
We’ve already shown you the massive new Pork Shank…
And the Warm Cinnamon Roll has been a welcome sweet treat for those who are heading to the back of the park.
But today, it’s time to focus on Gaston’s featured beverage: LeFou’s Brew.
One of the first questions that Disney fans posed when Gaston’s Tavern was announced was, “How do you have a tavern in a park that sells no beer?” Because at the time, Disney World was still a dry park. (In an historic move, they’ve since started selling beer and wine at Be Our Guest Restaurant, but only at dinner.)
Disney chefs set out to create an ale-like drink with no alcohol, and the answer came in repurposing a drink that was recently unveiled in Disney California Adventure’s new Cars Land. There, the beverage is known as Red’s Apple Freeze at the Cozy Cone Motel.
Basically, it’s no-sugar-added frozen apple juice flavored slightly with marshmallow, topped by a creamy, passion-fruit froth that stands in for the brew’s “head.”
I opted for the Brew in a regular cup, instead of the souvenir stein (which you can see above) so you could see what it looks like. It really does look a lot like ale at first glance, eh?
It’s really difficult to review this beverage! Reactions from guests have been mixed– you either love it or you hate it — and, frankly, I have a very neutral stance toward LeFou’s Brew.
I like the slushy frozen apple juice just fine, even though the marshmallow flavor makes it slightly too sweet for me. And while you guys know how I feel about the “foam trend” (hate it), at least the passion fruit-mango version here seems like it serves more of a purpose in that it makes the drink look more brew-like.
Personally, while I wouldn’t make a bee-line for Gaston’s to grab this drink on every visit, I think it’s an interesting and fun addition to the New Fantasyland culinary offerings…and the kiddos LOVE it.
While we wish that Gaston’s Tavern were more than just a snack stop, it’s worth a trip here to sample the unique items that you can’t get anywhere else in Disney World and to see part of a beloved film so faithfully brought to life.
Sure, we’re still hoping that some heartier options will show up, or maybe some frites. Wouldn’t that be fantastic? But until then, we’ll continue to stop by here for a cinnamon roll — or LeFou’s Brew when the temperatures climb — and take in the awesome surroundings.
What do you think of LeFou’s Brew? Love it or hate it? Let us know in the comments below!