We are back home, getting back into a routine and as I’ve been facing the mounds of laundry to be washed, the list of phone calls to return and the pile of mail to be sorted I have been reflecting on the sweet memories made over the last two weeks. In particular I have been reflecting on our “picture perfect” final day.
We spent our final Disney day in Magic Kingdom. After spending the first Magic Kingdom day in Adventureland, Frontierland and Tomorrowland, and missing most of the second day at Magic Kingdom due to illness, we were ready to tackle Fantasyland. Everyone was eager to spend time in this new section of Magic Kingdom where Rapunzel’s tower has popped up, the Beast’s Castle now sits, and new Little Mermaid and Snow White rides are running. We loved all the new additions but the focus of the day was definitely “Beauty and the Beast,” my all time favorite Disney flick.
Our day started with a trip to Gaston’s tavern where we met “the charmer” himself.
For lunch we got in line early for Be Our Guest restaurant. After two previous attempts at eating lunch there and finding it filled by 11:00am we made sure we got in line by 10:30am. We had reservations for dinner that night but wanted to have lunch there as well since the menu and experience are entirely different. At 11:00 the doors opened and they began seating. The process to get your food is quite ingenious. You start at a menu screen where you place your order. You then seat yourself and the servers find you through the tracker in the magic band you are wearing or the magic rose you receive when you order (if you don’t have a magic band.)
You can choose to eat in one of three rooms: The West Wing, The Ballroom or the Music Box room. We chose the Music Box room.
Soon after sitting our food arrived.
Everyone’s choices were delicious, although I highly recommend the roast beef sandwich with horseradish sour cream. It was delicious! For dessert I had “The grey stuff.”
We have only good things to say about this restaurant. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was amazing!
In the afternoon we visited the rides we missed earlier and revisited our old favorites. Everyone had a must see or ride item on our to-do list.
My must see item was the Rapunzel bathrooms…the cutest bathrooms in Disney World!
Another item on our must do list was riding the new Little Mermaid ride. After sitting in our clam-mobile we were taken on a ride through the Little Mermaid story, complete with our favorite songs to sing along to.
For dinner we returned to Be Our Guest restaurant for our final dinner. For dinner the meal is table service and more formal than lunch. We were thrilled to be seated in the forbidden West Wing right under the prince’s torn portrait.
It is here in the west wing that the enchanted rose can be found. You can sit and watch the petals drop. When the final petal drops the rose disappears, the thunder crashes and the portrait changes from the prince to the Beast. It was very cool!
After dinner we stopped in the study to thank the Beast for his hospitality.
It is hard to believe the magic is over, the story is done, and it is time to say good-bye to all our new friends.
It is like Winnie the Pooh said at the end of the story…
“Goodbye? Oh no, please. Can’t we go back to page one and start all over again?” :)