Disney Food Post Round-Up: November 4, 2012


It's Delicious!

We have our first (say first, because I know there will be many more!) review from the new Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World!! (Plus, we have a LUNCH review coming up tomorrow!)

We also announced a Tables in Wonderland event that provides members with reservations to this New Fantasyland venue!

Disney Food News

Catch up on the latest!

We’ve got additional food news (including a new limited-time menu at the Polynesian’s Spirit of Aloha, Splitsville menu detail, Earl of Sandwich opening at Downtown Disney Anaheim, Zombie souvenir mugs at Trader Sam’s at the Disneyland Hotel, Jazz Soundtrack from Carthay Circle Restaurant, New Menu at Disneyland’s French Market Restaurant, Colette champagne cocktail recipe from Disney Cruise Line’s Remy, restaurant closure updates, and LOTS more) on our Disney Food News Pin Board!

DFB Reader Finds

If you find a fun new food in or from Disney, share a photo with us so we can add it to our DFB Reader Finds!

Katie M. Kuhn sent us a tantalizing photo of pumpkin cheesecake from Sunshine Seasons in Epcot. She said it was great!

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Buck Rockman shared this picture  of the specialty items from Gaston’s Tavern via facebook! Thanks Buck!

Gaston's Tavern

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Updates

The 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is still going strong, and we’re updating our coverage daily with World Showcase booth and special event reviews, new photos, and other Festival updates!

Cheese Facts from the Food and Wine Festival!

Here’s some of the latest…

Find all of the latest Epcot Food and Wine Festival News and Reviews here, and stay tuned for our take on several seminars and events around the festival.

On to the Round-Up

Walt Disney World For Grown Ups visits the pool bar, Muddy Rivers, at the Port Orleans Riverside Resort.

WildernessLodgeSite.com travels to Trail’s End at the Fort Wilderness resort.

Daveland shares lunch at the Carthay Circle Restaurant during the Disneyland Half-Marathon weekend.

Yesterland looks at buildings that inspired the architecture of some restaurants at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

LA Times looks at an effort to remove characters from Disney candy.

Main Street Gazette makes the Pear Streusel Pudding Cake recipe from the 2010 Epcot Food & Wine Festival.

Gluten Free and Dairy Free at WDW is hosting a private IllumiNations Dessert Party on Saturday, December 15 at Rue De Paris in Epcot’s France Pavilion from 9 p.m. – 10 p.m. All items served will be free of gluten/wheat, dairy/milk/casein, soy, egg, peanut, tree nut, corn, fish and shellfish.

Disney Parks Blog shares a recipe for Colette Champagne Cocktail at the Disney Cruise Line’s Remy restaurant.

Guest Review: Be Our Guest Restaurant Dinner at the Magic Kingdom

We are absolutely thrilled to bring you our first review of dinner at the Be Our Guest Restaurant in the New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Welcome guest author Amy Gagliardi with details of her experience during an unexpected Be Our Guest Restaurant preview night!

Be Our Guest Sneak Preview Walk-In Experience

Serendipity is one of my favorite things about visiting Disney. The unexpected coincidence of events that can make any moment a truly magical memory has come to be what I expect from each visit. This is how I came to dine at Be Our Guest Restaurant. It was quite by accident and good fortune.

My husband Peter was given a tip by a server at dinner one night that Be Our Guest would be taking walk ins the following night. He recommended we go to the podium and ask if we could dine and that is exactly what we did.

With a simple walk to the outside reservation podium, we were able to be seated for any time that we selected. In addition to myself, our party of five consisted of my husband, a friend of the family, our youngest daughter Faith and her boyfriend Jon.


We were thrilled and filled with anticipation as we were escorted beyond the heavy wooden castle doors and through a foyer, which brought us to the Ballroom dining room in which we were seated. The hostess and server seemed as delighted to be a part of the dining experience as we were. The congenial warmth of the staff contributed to a feeling of hominess even in such a grand surrounding.

We were invited to wander at will throughout the 3 dining areas. We truly felt like guests as we strolled through the West Wing and Rose Gallery and wondered in awe.

Panoramic View of The Rose Gallery

The rooms connected to each other with smooth thematic transitions.

Walkway Between Ballroom and Rose Gallery

The dimly lit rooms, common to each sitting area, reinforced an enchanted fairy tale atmosphere supporting the Beauty and the Beast story line.

From our table in the Ballroom we could see the large painting of the Beast as a handsome prince, which stands tall in the West Wing. At intervals we could hear a crashing of distant thunder and at that moment, like a stroke of a clock, the face on the portrait would turn to its Beastly counterpart.

Princely Beast

With faux snowfall gently trickling across a midnight blue back drop behind a window on the back wall of the Ballroom, we relaxed into our seats to view a rose theme at out table.

Rose Themed Menu

From the rose on the cover of the menu to the rose-like folding of the deeply red napkins, we were transported to another time. The room was filled with [Read more…]