Be Our Guest Lunch Review

Sit down dining at the Magic Kingdom can be hit and miss at times, but since Be Our Guest has opened guests have a reliable food location with a great atmosphere. It is also a unique restaurant being quick service at breakfast and lunch and table service at dinner. For this weeks trip review article we are going to be looking at a recent lunch dining experience I had with my family.

We had a reservation set for 11:15 and we showed up about five minutes early. We had decided to take the opportunity to select our food prior to arriving and this helped us avoid a long line of people waiting to order. We were led right up to a register by the main ballroom where we quickly paid and were given out rose and told we could head in and find our own table.

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The decor in the restaurant was fantastic as it had been on our previous dining experiences. We had eaten in the main ballroom before so today we chose to sit in the rose gallery and it was a great experience. We got a seat right at the base of the music box that is the room’s centerpiece.

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The rest of the decor around the room was great as well and we especially enjoyed the Disney artwork.

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By the time we were seated we only waited about five minutes for our food to arrive. My wife ordered the Carved Turkey Sandwich served on a warm baguette with Dijon Mayonnaise and Pommes Frites for $15.99.

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As you can see in the picture she substituted the pommes frites for green beans which was an option when we set our order up online the day before. She loved this sandwich and the main reason was that the turkey was not just typical lunch meat turkey. It was actually nice, thick slices of carved turkey. She did mention the green beans were pretty bland, but it was nice that they allowed this healthier option if you didn’t want the french fries.

I ordered what is probably the most popular menu item, the Croque Monsieur, a grilled sandwich of carved ham, Gruyere cheese, and bechamel with Pommes Frites for $13.99.

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My meal, like my wife’s, we really good. The sandwich was grilled to perfection, crispy, but not burned. The ham was again nice big thick slices of ham, not just a small piece of lunch meat, but real ham. We agreed this was great to see from a Disney restaurant, the fact that they were using quality ingredients instead of just mass producing the cheap stuff.

Overall the meal was a great experience. The only negative is the prices are a little high for just a sandwich for lunch at $13.99 & $15.99, but you are getting a much more themed atmosphere than most quick service restaurants. All things considered Be Our Guest is a great lunch option and we especially enjoyed the pre-order option as it allowed us to bypass the long check in line.

Have you dined at Be Our Guest for lunch? Let us know your thoughts or questions by commenting below.

Pepper Market Lunch Review & Other Coronado Springs Tidbits

Today we are going to be reviewing some of the services experienced during a recent stay at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, including a quick service lunch at Pepper Market. As always if you have any questions on this review or any other questions relating to Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort feel free to post below and we’ll be happy to respond or visit us on Facebook.

Pepper Market Lunch Review

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We arrived at Pepper Market for lunch at around 12:45 and it was nice to see there was not much of a crowd.

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In fact, we rarely if ever encountered much of a crowd here throughout our stay, except for the one day we stopped in to grab a quick bite for breakfast. The atmosphere inside Pepper Market, the food court at Coronado Springs, is one that is fun and festive. The tall ceilings and murals make for a very open and inviting space that make your meal very enjoyable.

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The available selections at Pepper Market are pretty standard when compared to most Disney food courts, although there are a few standout exceptions. The restaurant does have a Mexican food station that we found especially good each time we chose something from there and the food at this station was always prepared fresh. The other station that appeared to be a cut above most food courts was the sandwich area. The sandwiches were being made in front of your eyes and were just loaded with fresh and tasty ingredients. It was far and above the typical sandwich you’d get at many quick service locations on property.

We did eat several meals here, but this review is specifically about one lunch we had after a morning of park touring. We usually eat in the park around 11 am, but for some reason on this day we just decided to finish touring and head back and eat in the Pepper Market and with the low crowds and inviting atmosphere my wife and I agreed this was the best choice.

My wife headed straight for the Mexican food area and opted for the Market Nachos – Corn Tortilla chips layered with Cheese Sauce, Salsa, Chicken or Beef, refried beans & crema for $10.59. The sheer size of this dish alone makes it a good value. It is a meal that two people can easily share. My wife very much enjoyed the meal and said the beef was extremely tasty and she liked that it wasn’t just typical cheese sauce. They had actually put some effort into making a queso that had other ingredients and was more tasty than just melted cheese that you’d find on nachos at the ballpark. Overall this dish was a big winner for us and certainly one that we’d order again.

For my entree I ordered something from the menu that I had eyeballed on someone else’s plate. I’m not one to order very many burgers while at Disney World as there are so many better options, but this one appeared to be a cut above.

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It was the Texas Bacon Burger – 1/2-lb burger, candied bacon, chipotle bacon, bacon aioli, BBQ sauce, and cheddar cheese served with garlic parmesan fries for $13.99. Not only was this burger, which is bigger than most at 1/2 lb., a large sandwich, but it was extremely tasty. The strips of chipotle bacon were big and thick, not the little thin microwaveable bacon you get on bacon cheeseburgers elsewhere on property. On top of that the candied bacon on the top was the perfect compliment to the spicy chipotle bacon strips. And, as if there is not enough bacon, the bacon aioli was a delicious sauce on this burger and was balanced nicely by the BBQ sauce. Overall this burger was by far the best one I’ve ever had on Disney property and like the nachos it was so huge it would be an easily shareable meal when combined with the delicious garlic parmesan fries.

So, to wrap things up, these are both menu items we would love to have again at the Pepper Market, although during our one week stay at Coronado Springs they were not the only great things we ate. This menu is full of great options and we think all of these options made Pepper Market our favorite resort food court on Disney property…for now at least!

The Check In Debacle
Another important part of our stay at Coronado Springs was the complete debacle the resort made of check in. Now, I say complete debacle, we’re talking getting into our room a couple of hours late. It seemed like a much bigger deal at the time, especially since we planned on not arriving at the resort until 3:00 PM knowing that was check in time. We had spent the morning and early afternoon at Disney Springs after checking out of our first resort for the trip before heading to Coronado at 3:00 PM, check in time, or so we thought.

The Disney Springs bus was surprisingly fast and we arrived at about 2:45. I hadn’t received a room ready text alert yet from My Disney Experience so I went ahead to the online check in desk. This is where I encountered what the first possible problem was as the cast member was checking my reservation and their entire computer system crashed. He was super nice, but said that had been happening all day. He went through their processes to check me in by hand, which was strange since I had done online check in, but he finally was able to check elsewhere and see our room was indeed not ready yet and he wasn’t sure how long it would be.

We proceeded to wait…and wait…and wait.

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We had plenty of time check out El Centro which was nice, but we wanted to get settled in the room and let the three year old take a nap. Finally, at about 4:00 PM I went to check again and another cast member, again very nice and helpful, said the room was not ready yet and that it would probably be about 5:00 PM. We were trying to take it in stride at this point and decided to wait a little while longer and then we would just go ahead and grab some dinner if it still wasn’t ready. Fortunately, at about 4:30 my phone buzzed and I had a room number so we headed that way, well after check in time.

Now, I will admit this debacle may have been caused in part by me because I had requested a room in building 4, which is in the Casitas section. It was close to a quiet pool and about as close to the main building as you can get without paying for a preferred or business class room. I do understand that when requesting a specific location you may risk your room not being ready early, but I have never experienced it being this late. I would also say there appeared to be a rather large convention ending and another one beginning on this day so it was probably also a factor that they were turning a large number of rooms because of that.

So, all of that to say if you are staying at Coronado keep in mind it is a convention resort which I think may affect check in times slightly, especially if you want a specific location. This is by no means a reason not to stay here, but just something minor to be aware of.

Cafe Rix
Cafe Rix is another nice little venue/restaurant that we enjoyed on property and it is located in the main building, El Centro. The reason I used it the most was to refill our mugs from the beverage machines as it was a little easier to get into and use than the stations in the food court. In addition to drinks this location serves specialty coffees in the morning as well as assorted pastries, sweet treats, and smoothies. They also serve various small dishes for lunch and dinner including salads, sandwiches, and even a few kids meals. One of my favorite reasons to stop by in the evenings was for a sweet treat as the display case if full of cookies, cupcakes, and other great little dishes. This area is just a nice easy place to swing through grab a snack or drink if you don’t want the hassle of the food court.

The Size of the Resort (Bring Your Fitbit!)
The final tidbit I’ll throw into this post about Coronado Springs Resort is bring your Fitbit! You can certainly get your steps in if you are looking to do that. We were in about as good of a location in a standard room as you can get and were still a good 6-8 minute walk from El Centro and probably an 8-10 minute walk from the main pool. The size is very similar to resorts such as Caribbean Beach and Port Orleans-Riverside. Like the check in debacle from earlier, the size of the resort is no reason not to stay here, but just make sure your expectations are in check and you might want to really consider requesting a specific room location. I can easily see how some of the far out buildings in the Ranchos section could be a 12-15 minute walk from El Centro, although they are close to the main pool.

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The resort does use the buses to allow you to ride those to El Centro. For instance, if wanting to go to El Centro you can board any theme park bus and it stops at El Centro last so you can just hop off before it leaves the resort. If going from El Centro back to your room hop on a Disney Springs bus as it goes to El Centro first, before other areas of the resort. One word of caution though, if riding the bus from your room to El Centro you might mention it to your driver. One morning of our trip we were heading to Epcot on a completely full bus. The bus driver thought the bus was so full of people heading to Epcot he skipped El Centro. He did call in another bus to the resort because his was full, but he failed to recognize that about 15 people on the bus were only riding to get to El Centro. Needless to say they weren’t very happy when they had to ride to Epcot before having their morning coffee. So, moral of the story, if using buses at any Disney resort to get somewhere else you should always touch base with the driver to make sure you can get where you want to go.

Overall, Coronado Springs was a great resort and I’ll be along later with a more in depth review of the entire resort. In the meantime I hope you’ve enjoyed these few tidbits!

PizzeRizzo Opening November 18 at Hollywood Studios

PizzaRizzoDisney has just announced that PizzeRizzo at Hollywood Studios is officially opening to guests on November 18. Disney guests have long wanted a larger presence of the Muppets in the theme parks and now they are getting a new themed restaurant in that genre. The Disney Parks Blog also included the following about the new restaurant:

I also have mouthwatering menu details to share! Entrees are served with a side Caesar salad, and include personal-sized Pizza Pies, available in four varieties—vegetable, pepperoni, meat lovers and cheese, as well as a Meatball Sub. If you’re looking for a lighter option, the Antipasto Salad features a bed of Romaine lettuce piled high with tomatoes, Mozzarella, Kalamata olives, ham, pepperoni, salami and Balsamic Vinaigrette.

For dessert, indulge in traditional Italian sweets like Cannoli and Tiramisu. Specialty drinks will also be available, including a non-alcoholic Peach Bellini, and a Wildberry-Basil Lemonade Limoncello in addition to beer and wine for adults.

This restaurant is of course replacing the former Pizza Planet restaurant that was in this location and in most people’s minds anything is a step up from the food that was served during those days. What on the menu are you most looking forward to? Be sure to comment below or let us know how you feel about this new restaurant on Facebook.

Top Five Quick Service Food Items at Disney Springs – Episode 13

In this week’s episode, for August 21, 2016, we will be finishing up our series on top quick service menu items in the parks as we visit Disney Springs.

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Calorie Count Now Appearing on Some Menu Boards at Disney World

A few select quick service restaurants at Disney World are now showing the calorie count next to the item on the menu board. This is a test that is happening at Columbia Harbor House at Magic Kingdom and at Backlot Express at Hollywood Studios. This is good news to those people who are interested in the health value of the foods they are eating at Disney World, but it remains to be seen if this trend will continue to other quick service locations.

PizzeRizzo Coming to Muppets Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

PizzaRizzoDisney has finally released the name and concept of the restaurant that is going to be in the old home to Toy Story Pizza Planet at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. PizzeRizzo, which is going to be run by Rizzo the Rat from the Muppets, will continue to serve Italian-American fare. The Disney Parks Blog goes on to say,

Walt Disney Imagineering hid hints of Rizzo, his extended family and friends who have visited PizzeRizzo over the years throughout the two-story quick-service location. In addition to the expansive indoor and outdoor seating area, guests will be able to dine in a “cheesy” banquet room, or take five in a special booth designated just for Rizzo’s celebrity friends.

It sounds like Disney has once again gone out of their way to not just create a new dining venue, but to create one that has a fantastic theme and fantastic menu. Let us know if you will be heading to PizzeRizzo this fall.

Major Changes to the Disney Dining Plan in 2017

Crystal Palace SignWhen Disney released package reservations for 2017 a few days ago that mean they were also releasing some details of the dining plan and there is a fairly major change coming. For several years now all meals, both quick service and table service have included 1 entree, 1 non-alcoholic drink, and 1 dessert. In 2017 there will be no dessert included with quick service meals, but guests will receive an extra snack each day of their plan. This change affects both the quick service dining plan and the table service plan. For table service meals a dessert is still included. See the full details of the 2017 plan below:

2017 Quick Service Dining Plan

  • 2 Quick Service Meals (Include an entree and a non-alcoholic drink)
  • 2 Snacks
  • 1 Resort Refillable Mug per person

2017 Disney Dining Plan

  • 1 Quick Service Meal (Include an entree and a non-alcoholic drink)
  • 1 Table Service Meal (Includes an entree, dessert, and non-alcoholic drink or full meal at buffet)
  • 2 Snacks
  • 1 Resort Refillable Mug per person

2017 Deluxe Disney Dining Plan

  • 3 Meals – Meal can be either quick service or table service (Table Service meals on the Deluxe Plan includes an appetizer, entree, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverage)
  • 2 Snacks
  • 1 Resort Refillable Mug per person

You can find the full details on the 2017 Dining Plan by visiting that section of the Disney website HERE. Keep in mind not all restaurants may be included on the list yet, but most will continue to be added as we get closer to 2017. Many restaurants on property are not directly owned and/or operated by Disney so it take a little longer to negotiate the dining plan contracts. Leave a comment below if you have any questions on the 2017 plan and we’ll do our best to get an answer.

Top Five Quick Service Food Items at Animal Kingdom – Episode 9

In this week’s episode, for June 20, 2016 we will be continuing our series on top quick service menu items in the parks as we visit Animal Kingdom.

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Top Five Quick Service Food Items at Epcot – Episode 7

cropped-NEW-Icon-Edit-A.jpgIn this week’s episode, for March 7, 2016, we are continuing our series of top quick service food items at Disney World and we will be visiting Epcot.

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You can submit Disney trip planning questions for us to answer on the show by e-mailing us at podcast@MouseDreamsBlog.com, by tweeting your question to @MouseDreamsBlog on Twitter, or by visiting the listener questions page on our website at www.MouseDreamsBlog.com/podcastquestions. We would love to answer your questions on travel including Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or Disney Cruise Line. Have a great week everyone and thanks for listening!

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Top Five Quick Service Food Items at Magic Kingdom – Episode 5

cropped-NEW-Icon-Edit-A.jpgIn this week’s episode, for February 22, 2016, Jon and Lysa will be starting a new series highlighting our top five quick service food items at Disney World. In this edition we will focus on the Magic Kingdom.

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You can submit Disney trip planning questions for us to answer on the show by e-mailing us at podcast@MouseDreamsBlog.com, by tweeting your question to @MouseDreamsBlog on Twitter, or by visiting the listener questions page on our website at www.MouseDreamsBlog.com/podcastquestions. We would love to answer your questions on travel including Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or Disney Cruise Line. Have a great week everyone and thanks for listening!

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