Even though we had a wonderful trip to Disney last week, the one thing little man really wanted to do was visit Hollywood Studios with his cousins. I felt awful that we were rained out, and even though we did manage to stay an extra night due to bad storms back home, we needed to leave to pick up our oldest pug from the vet before they closed for the weekend.
Being the awesome mommy that I am, I told my sister in law that we would make the trip back down on Tuesday to spend the day. It’s not an insanely long drive, but we brought an overnight bag, just in case we had to crash and head home the next day.
We were in the car and out the door at 6 AM. With stops for breakfast and rush hour Orlando traffic, we made it to the turnstiles of Hollywood Studios at 9 AM. Not quite rope drop but close enough.
We were able to snag late morning fast passes for Toy Story Midway Mania, while little man’s cousins were getting fast passes for Rock N Roller Coaster. They even grabbed one for me, which was super exciting, since I never get the chance to ride serious coasters anymore. We headed up towards the serious thrill rides and little man waited with his aunt (and got the coolest Buzz Lightyear tattoo on his arm). It was incredible. I may not do well on simulator type rides, but real roller coasters are my favorite.
At that point, we split up. The older kids wanted to ride Tower of Terror, and little man wanted to see the new Disney Junior Live show with Doc McStuffins, Princess Sofia and Jake. He was absolutely riveted by the performance and as we were leaving the small theater, we happened to see Jake doing a meet and greet, with a super short line.
After that, we did the Great Movie Ride, returned for our Toy Story fast passes, and headed over to meet Mike and Sully from Monsters University.
After that, it was just go-go-go. We did Star Tours twice, the Muppets 3D Show, and some more meet and greets.
Thankfully, we were armed with ponchos because we got stuck in a torrential downpour on our way into a late lunch at Sci Fi Drive-In Theater, and were able to wait out most of the rain while enjoying some much-needed food. And then we were back at it.
We ended up staying at the park until 8 PM. I don’t think I’ve ever done that full of a day in Hollywood Studios, and I think it’s safe to say we were all exhausted. Which is why I pulled the stellar parenting technique of ice cream for dinner when we returned to the Boardwalk Inn.
It happens. And he was happy. I think he was asleep about five minutes after I put him to bed.
The kids all slept late in the morning, so my sister-in-law, brother-in-law and I headed down to the Boardwalk Bakery for breakfast (leaving the slumbering younger ones in the care of my 18 year old nephew). We enjoyed some pastries (I got the New Jersey crumb cake) and brought back Mickey Mouse shaped chocolate chip muffins for the kids. Rather than head right out, we planned to go to Magic Kingdom for the morning.
My plan was to hit the Buzz Lightyear Space Command and do the quick service lunch at Be Our Guest, per little man’s request. I gathered up my nieces and one of my nephews, and we headed over.
It. Was. Packed. And hot. Oh, so hot. A lot of rides were down, including Buzz Lightyear. We waited in line for the Barnstormer, met up with the rest of the family and headed over to It’s A Small World (which had a 30 minute wait!!!!) No sooner did we leave the ride and I had retrieved the rental stroller, did the heavens open. We poncho’d up and made the move for lunch.
Little man asked about the Beast’s castle again, and since it was 1:30 (still enough time to hop in the lunch line), I pulled up my hood and headed over to New Fantasyland. The cousins planned to eat at another establishment (the menu didn’t appeal to them) and then catch Space Mountain or something else in Tomorrowland. Fortunately, the rain eased up and we stayed pretty dry. We got in the queue right at the end of the drawbridge, and got inside within 10-15 minutes.
Be prepared. Lots of pictures to come. I couldn’t help myself. Everything was so gorgeous and the food was lovely.
The waiting area leading up to the self-ordering kiosks was decorated beautifully. The enchanted knights rattled and muttered and little man was so intrigued.
Within minutes, we were at the hostess stand, and we were given our red rose. And shortly after that, we were at the touchscreen ordering system. It was pretty simple. Everything was customizable (dressing on the side or tossed with the salad, choice of sides, etc), and so I activated the electronic rose, made the selections and paid.
We collected our drinks and flatware and headed off to find a seat. The ballroom was packed and little man thought the West Wing looked a little too dark, so we settled on a table in the Rose Gallery.
In less than 10 minutes, a server rolled up to us with a covered tea cart, and began to serve us.
Little man had the carved turkey sandwich, served on multigrain bread, with peach applesauce and french fries. I don’t have any pictures because the poor kid was starving and dug right in. It looked good, though.
I had accidentally managed to order a bowl of the French Onion Soup. I didn’t notice it on the receipt when I completed my order, but I’m glad for the mistake. This is one of the best onion soups I’ve ever eaten. The broth was flavorful (and I am led to believe that it is vegetable based, rather than beef), the onions perfectly cooked and the melted gruyere? Heavenly. Honestly I could have just eaten this and been happy.
I had also ordered the Vegetable Quiche. It was served with a salad of baby lettuces in champagne vinaigrette. This was also very good. The quiche was a slight bit more wet than I prefer, but it was full of delicious vegetables and herbs. The crust was light and flaky. My only regret was that I couldn’t eat more due to my throat issues.
Of course, you can’t dine in a castle without dessert. We are chocolate lovers, so I ordered the triple chocolate cupcake and the chocolate cream puff for us to split. Little man was so excited.
The cupcake was divine. Moist chocolate cake, filled with a chocolate cream and topped with a fudge-like frosting. I was lucky to get a bite (Although little man did kindly leave me the raspberry garnish. So sweet, that kid). The cream puff pastry was a little heavier than what I am used to (and make), and was at odds with the lightness of the chocolate mousse filling. I would stick with just cupcakes the next time.
With stuffed bellies, we took some time to explore the castle. I wish the ballroom had been a little less busy because it was hard to absorb all the details.
The West Wing was so cool. I hope the next time we visit, we can dine there, even if it is a little dark and spooky.
The star of this room is, of course, the Enchanted Rose. Simply amazing.
I think Be Our Guest is going to be our new lunch spot in the Magic Kingdom. We don’t making a lot of table service reservations and it’s nice to get something other than a burger or chicken nuggets. I would still love to try the dinner here, but I’m not sure when that will be.
By this point, it was close to 3 in the afternoon, and the rains weren’t letting up. We met up with our family again, but it was about time to head out. I think we were about Disney-ed out.
Little man was ecstatic. He got to spend more time with his cousins, going on his favorite rides with them, slept in a hotel again and got to visit the Beast’s castle. We are so lucky to have such great family, and I am so grateful for the time we shared over the last few weeks.
Have you visited Be Our Guest? If so, what was your favorite dish?
Do you enjoy taking trips with extended family?