My Take on The Last Jedi

My Take on The Last Jedi

Warning! This post contains spoilers, so if you haven’t seen The Last Jedi yet, I suggest you read no further.

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Star Wars Land Disney World

When Disney purchased the Star Wars franchise, I was stoked at the prospect of a Star Wars land, but I was a little apprehensive about sequels. After all, the prequels (episodes 1–3) didn’t exactly live up to the hype in my opinion. However, I was pleasantly surprised with how well done The Force Awakens was, and I was even more thrilled with The Last Jedi. 

If you watched The Force Awakens and you saw the trailers for The Last Jedi, you probably had some preconceived notion as to how it was going to go. I know I did. You were probably expecting some grand moment when Luke took his lightsaber back from Rey followed by an epic training montage. Because Carrie Fisher passed away, you were expecting a way for them to write her out, such as killing off Princess General Leia Organa. You likely thought we were going to find out Rey’s parents were either of Skywalker or Kenobi blood, and you probably thought she was going to wind up with Finn. But as Luke said, “This is not going to go the way you think.”

Luke Skywalker milking

Instead, we saw Luke lackadaisically toss the lightsaber over his shoulder so he can go find some weird creature to milk. (That scene was probably not necessary.) Kylo chose not to kill his mother, and even though his lackeys blast her out of her ship, she magically flies back and lives. We found out Rey’s parents are nobodies. Finn and Rose seem to strike up a romance. And if you’re like me…you are now fully on the Reylo train. What’s Reylo? It’s the combination name of Rey and Kylo Ren (aka Ben Solo—either way, the name works).

Reylo Beauty and the Beast

Credit to Halo Ren on Deviant Art

Wait…but isn’t Kylo Ren the bad guy? Yeah. Kylo is. But Ben is not. And I still have hope that Ben will be redeemed in Episode IX.

Before I go off about why Reylo is the answer, let me address one other potential suitor for Rey…Poe Dameron. Some people seem to think that just because when Rey introduced herself to him and he said, “I know,” like Han Solo says when Leia professes her love for him, that means they will wind up together. Why would Rey wind up with someone they waited two movies to even introduce her to? That’s just silly. Plus, I have a theory that Poe is actually going to wind up being the bad guy after all, not Ben.

Poe cares about powera lot. We’re all supposed to believe he’s the good guy, but there’s something about him that just seems off to me. What did Poe Dameron do basically the entire movie? He screwed things up for the Resistance. The very first scene sees him going against General Organa’s orders and being the reason the Resistance loses many of its pilots and all of its bombardiers. Leia smacks him right in the face (literally) and tells him he’s demoted. If he didn’t send Finn and Rose off, they would have never brought the code breaker back with them, and he wouldn’t have sold their secret about the cloaked transporters to Captain Phasma and the First Order. He holds Vice Admiral Holdo at gunpoint to get his way. Leia contrasts them by saying, “She was more interested in protecting the light than being a hero.” And then there’s this:

Poe on the dark side

Why is Poe on the dark side if he’s a good guy? I’m not buying his nice guy charm. Disney would not put him on the side of Hux and Phasma by accident. There has to be a reason for it. And my bet is that he’s going to turn out to be the bad guy with Rey and Ben on the other side by the end of the next movie.

Like many of you, when I saw The Force Awakens, I thought Rey had a striking resemblance to Padme (Ben’s maternal grandmother), which could mean that maybe they’re related. However, Rey blurts out that she knows her parents were nobodies, and Kylo confirms that they sold her for drinking money and are now dead in pauper’s graves. I actually believe Kylo when he says that her parents are nobodies even though some people think he’s lying. He’s always told her the truth, even when she didn’t want to hear it. Maybe her parents were literally nobody, the same way Anakin’s dad was nobody. His mother says there was no father. She couldn’t explain it; he was just born. Maybe Rey was just born of the Force with no mother and no father. And the people who sold her were just the random people who found her.

Rey Elizabeth Pride and Prejudice

Credit to The Real McGee

When Kylo tells Rey that her family is nothing and that she’s nothing—but not to him—I couldn’t help but be reminded of Darcy’s first proposal to Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice. And it basically had about the same reaction. (Come to think of it, Rey looks even more like Padme’s double, who is played by Keira Knightly aka Elizabeth Bennett in the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice.) I wanted Rey to say, “You are the last man in the galaxy I could ever be prevailed upon to marry.” While we know that Rey and Ben are not related, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t still some kind of connection between Rey and Padme. Kylo is supposed to be the new Vader. So couldn’t Rey be the new Padme? When Kylo asks Rey to rule the galaxy with him, she pleads with him to not go that way. It’s just like when Padme tells Anakin that he’s going down a path she can’t follow.

Kylo Darcy

Credit to The Real McGee

The story of Rey and Ben seems to be the story of Padme and Anakin in reverse. Rey starts out hating Kylo and thinking that he’s a monster, but I think she is already starting to fall in love with Ben. You could see it when he tells her that she’s not alone, and she says, “Neither are you.” They both see a future with the other standing by their side. Rey thinks she’s going to turn Ben to the light, and he thinks he’s going to turn her to the dark. I think they had the same vision but with different interpretations. And I don’t think either is 100% accurate. Rey is not all light, and Ben is not all dark. Luke points out that she goes directly to the dark, and Ben confesses that he feels the call to the light.

reylo yin yang

Credit to Eliza Kitty

I think the problem with all of these movies so far is that they’re trying to get balance in the Force. But likewhy? Why in the prequels would they even think they need balance? Everything seemed pretty good with the Jedi as-is. So why do they need someone to bring balance to the Force if everything is hunky dory? Maybe (stay with me here) just maybe it was too much light. And in the days of Vader and now Snoke, it’s too much dark. Maybe Kylo/Ben and Rey are meant to be together to finally bring true balance to the Force. There’s no way Disney is going to let the Star Wars saga end after Episode IX because it is a huge cash cow—plus, they’re building an entire extension of Hollywood Studios dedicated to the franchise. And we’ve been told that the whole saga will always be about the Skywalker family. With Luke becoming one with the Force (and Leia likely getting killed off in the next movie), that leaves only one Skywalker descendant left—Ben. That means Ben needs to procreate. And I don’t see any better (or any other at all) candidates to be Ben Solo’s baby mama other than Rey.

reylo hand touch

If Luke hadn’t busted in on their Force Skype and broken up the hand touching, Rey probably would have already turned Kylo back into Ben, and she might be carrying a couple Force babies around. After all, they say twins skip a generation. I think episodes 10–12 will focus on Reylo’s children. We saw her reaction to him shirtless. She hopped in a box and shipped herself to him. If that doesn’t say she wants to have his babies, I don’t know what does.

DIY Mouse Ears Holder

DIY Mouse Ears Holder

I have probably more mouse ears than the average person (OK, I definitely do). And I didn’t want to just throw all my ears in a drawer; I wanted to prominently display them. Over oatmeal one morning, it hit me. Make a mouse ears holder out of an oatmeal container! Want to make your own mouse ears holder? Follow these simple steps.

What You’ll Need

  1. Empty oatmeal container
  2. Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  3. Pretty fabric
  4. Scissors
  5. Two (2) pieces of wood

How to Make Your Own Mouse Ears Holder

Hot glue the end of your fabric to the oatmeal container and wrap around a couple times. Cut the fabric when you’re satisfied how it looks and hot glue the end. Then fold in the sides and hot glue those down too.

Turn the container until the seam is facing down. Attach a piece of wood to one end with hot glue. Make sure the second piece of wood is level with the first and hot glue that end on.

And that’s it! You’re done, and you have a gorgeous, cheap display for your ears.

Ears are from All Ears Boutique.

What to Look Forward to at This Year’s Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

What to Look Forward to at This Year’s Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival
I think we all know that my favorite time of year is the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, but a very close second in my heart is the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. And there are some great things coming up this year!

First, in case you didn’t know, pineapples are my spirit fruit because they are sweet on the inside and wear crowns. Ha! Dole Whips are my favorite treat at Magic Kingdom, and I loved getting it with the coconut rum topper at the Food and Wine Festival. But what I’m really excited about is an entire area dedicated to pineapples at this year’s Flower and Garden Festival—the Pineapple Promenade. Champagne is usually my go-to drink, so I seriously can’t wait for the Florida Orange Groves Winery Sparkline Pineapple Wine. And it’s from my hometown of St. Petersburg, FL!

I love fruit. I love sushi. But have you ever heard of frushi? Yes, it’s sushi made out of fruit! How cute is that? You can find it at the Japan pavilion. It has pineapples, strawberries and melons rolled up with raspberry-coconut rice and sprinkled with toasted coconut. Plus, there’s whipped cream on the side.

My all-time favorite drink at Epcot is the Grand Marnier slushy at the France pavilion. But they have a twist for the Flower and Garden Festival this year—La Vie en Rose Frozen slushy with Grey Goose Orange, St. Germain Liqueur and cranberry juices. Yum!

Of all the places I’ve traveled in the world (the real world, not just Epcot’s world showcase—ha!), Morocco had some of the best food. I just adore all the spices, so I can’t wait to try the homemade falafel with pickled beets and turnips, tomato salad and tahini sauce at the Morocco pavilion. Now if only I can talk them into adding some harissa sauce on the side….
It’s no secret that I love spicy food, so when I saw the beef brisket burnt ends hash with white cheddar fondue and pickled jalapenos on the menu at The Smokehouse at this year’s Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, my mouth watered at the idea of it. Definitely a must!
What are you looking forward to the most? Let me know in the comments!

Moana Review

Moana Review

Have you seen the most recent Disney movie, Moana, yet? If not, you definitely should. It’s my new favorite. From the stunning animation to the catchy songs, Moana is an instant classic, and no one knows how far it’ll go.

History and Culture in Moana

The movie Moana takes bits and pieces from various Polynesian cultures including Samoa, Hawaii and New Zealand. And almost all of the voice actors are from these countries as well. For example, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (the voice of Maui) is part Samoan, Auli’i Cravalho (the voice of Moana) is Hawaiian, and Jemaine Clement (the voice of the crab Tamatoa) is from New Zealand. Because it’s a mashup of various cultures, it’s not 100% true to any one culture. Some people complained about Moana not being historically accurate, but come on, this is Disney. Did you see Pocahontas or Mulan? At least Moana isn’t based on a real person or historical character.

Maui, however, is based on a demigod from Polynesian culture. People are all up in arms because he’s “fat” and pompous and because Disney didn’t include his wife in the storyline. If you ask me, I think it’s refreshing that there is no love interest in Moana. It’s all about the strength she finds from within to help her people. Plus, I didn’t think Maui was fat but rather solid like a bodybuilder. When he flexes his muscles, you can tell that Disney was going for muscular rather than fat. All his accomplishments that Maui sings about in the “You’re Welcome” song are actually from folklore.

I killed an eel; I buried its guts. Sprouted a tree; now you got coconuts.

Another piece of historical significance in Moana is what’s known as “the long pause.” In fact, you could say this is what the whole movie was about. Polynesian people were voyagers and spent hundreds of years traversing the oceans and finding new islands. Then they stopped for about 2,000 years. I don’t think anyone really knows why. But then they started back up again like nothing happened and continued populating the rest of the south Pacific for hundreds more years. Moana discovers her ancestors were voyagers and sets forth on a quest to start voyaging again.

We were voyagers! Why’d we stop?

Review of Moana

When asked if we thought Moana was better than Frozen, I said yes but my sister said no. If you’re into sugar sweet and romance, then yes, Frozen was probably better. Princess Anna had TWO love interests. However, if you’re into empowering girls to stand up for themselves and be brave, then Moana was better. While Elsa may not have had a love interest, she was like the villain for half the movie. Moana doesn’t have a love interest and is strong and smart throughout the whole movie.

The music of Moana is just so darn catchy that even my husband (who hasn’t even seen the movie yet) loves the songs. We play them around our house all the time. I don’t think it’s possible for either one of us to say “thank you” without the other singing “You’re Welcome” back. And if anything is even remotely shiny, we have to sing “SHINY!”

I’ll never hide—I can’t! I’m too SHINY!

I think the animation in Moana is absolutely stunning, especially the vibrant colors and the way they animated the water. It’s just so breathtaking. I really wish Motunui was a real place so I could visit it!

Meet Moana at Disney World

Even though Moana doesn’t like it when Maui calls her a princess, as he pointed out, “if you wear a dress and have an animal sidekick, you’re a princess.” And just like all Disney princesses, there has to be a meet-and-greet area at Disney World. Moana is the only princess you’ll find at Disney’s Hollywood Studios because the rest take up residence in either Magic Kingdom or Epcot (or sometimes both). She’s located in the Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream attraction, which I think is a little odd placement, but I guess they had nowhere else to put her because half that park is under construction for Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land. Plus, Jasmine is already in Adventureland, and I can’t imagine anywhere else Moana would fit.

When you walk into Hollywood Studios, head to the right of the Great Movie Ride, past Star Wars Launch Bay and Voyage of the Little Mermaid. One Man’s Dream will be on your right. If you get to Toy Story Mania, you’ve gone too far. Once in One Man’s Dream, head all the way to the back to find Moana. I loved it when she showed me how to be a wayfinder!

My Favorite Moana Products

Do you love Moana and coffee? If so, you should buy this tumbler from my Etsy shop, Disney Desi Gifts. Want to make sure your makeup stays flawless throughout the day? The compact is from Fantakeys.

My favorite pair of Moana ears of course comes from my favorite mouse ears shop, All Ears Boutique.

You can get this shirt from 2319 Threads or the cozy from Allison’s Wonderland Co.

Disney-Themed Tumblers

Disney-Themed Tumblers

I’ve decided to start designing my own Disney-themed tumblers. I’m trying to do a drinking twist on popular Disney sayings but also occasionally classic Disney quotes. Let me know your thoughts or if you have any suggestions for more Disney tumbler ideas. You can find me on Etsy at DisneyDesiGifts. I may try to come up with more gift ideas but starting with just the Disney tumblers for now. Plus, if you follow me @disney.desi on Instagram, you have the chance to win a free tumbler, or keep checking back for any deals I’ll post.

I’m participating in the #mklandloop right now through December 7, plus the #25shopsofchristmas through Christmas day. Follow me on Instagram for your chance to win!

“Ohana Means Family and family means drinking” Tumbler

“Shining Shimmering Splendid” Tumbler

“Cold Drinks Never Bothered Me Anyway” Tumbler

Best Disney Cyber Monday Deals

Best Disney Cyber Monday Deals

Black Friday and Small Business Saturday may have passed, but there is still Cyber Monday to consider. I’ve compiled the best Disney Cyber Monday deals I could find.

Mouse Ears

All of the mouse ears at All Ears Boutique are marked down up to 30% off right now. Plus, use the code HOLIDAYSHIP for free shipping on orders $100+. The quality on these mouse ears is incredible. I just bought the Simba ones, perfect for a trip to Animal Kingdom.

Candles

Candles that smell like Disney’s Main Street Confectionary are only $10 today with free shipping on all orders $50+. I got mine today, and I’m excited for my house to smell as delicious as Main Street USA!

Disney Candle Holders

These gorgeous Disney candle holders are available for 15% off from Neverland Headbandz with the promo code NOVEMBER15. I had to order the castle/mouse love one and the Tinkerbell/Peter Pan one. They are so pretty!

Bracelets

Want 50% off some awesome Disney-themed bracelets? Use code BIGSALE50 at Nat’s World of Bracelets. I couldn’t resist the Jasmine-inspired one.

Baby Clothes

Get 25% off some of the cutest baby clothes with adorable Disney designs from Modern Chic Kids with the code THANKFUL25. I had to get one for my newborn nephew!

BONUS: Disney Tumblers

Interested in pre-ordering one of my Disney tumblers? Sayings include, “Ohana means family, and family means drinking,” “Cold drinks never bothered me anyway” and “Shining, Shimmering Splendid.” Direct message me on Instagram for yours!

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Do you have any suggestions for more great Disney Cyber Monday deals? Let me know in the comments below!

The New Disney Springs

The New Disney Springs

I feel like Disney’s shopping area has grown up with me. When I was little, it was quaint little Disney Village. When I turned 21, my mom and aunt took me to Pleasure Island. It turned into Downtown Disney in my 20s. And now that I’m in my 30s, it’s Disney Springs. It went from being a subset of Disney for little kids, to a roaring nightclub scene, to a downtown vibe, and now it has fully grown up into more of a suburb feel. The best part of the new Disney Springs? It’s free! Of course, you have to pay for whatever you get at the shops or restaurants, but it’s free to get in and just walk around.

Morimoto Asia Street Food

One of my favorite restaurants in Hawaii is Morimoto Waikiki. So of course I had to try Morimoto Asia at the new Disney Springs. However, the price tag in the sit-down restaurant is a little hefty for me, so I opted for Morimoto Asia Street Food. It has some of the same menu offerings as regular Morimoto Asia, but it’s quick service, so it’s a lot cheaper. I had the chicken-teriyaki bao tacos, the Morimoto baby ribs and the Singapore slush. OMG, can you say delicious?! I just love the texture of the bao as the “shell” of the taco, and the spicy mayo adds just the right kick. I have no idea what kind of magic they put on the ribs, but it’s amazing. The flavor is sweet and savory, and the meat just melts off the bone. Seriously incredible. The Singapore slush is like a frozen lemonade but better—because it has vodka in it, haha!

Sprinkles Cupcakes and Ice Cream

I had seen photos of the beautiful cupcake creations from Sprinkles, so I really wanted to see if they tasted as good as they looked. I knew you could get cupcakes; I knew you could get ice cream. But what I didn’t know is that you could order what they call a cupcake sundae. You order a cupcake and an ice cream flavor, and then they split the top off the cupcake, put the ice cream on top of the bottom half and then place the top back on. It’s basically an ice-cream sandwich but with a cupcake. Brilliant idea. I got the chocolate-marshmallow cupcake with the peanut-butter ice cream. So yummy! My aunt paired a red-velvet cupcake with the dark-chocolate ice cream, and that was delicious as well. We went inside, but they also have a cupcake ATM outside, which is a pretty neat idea. Overall, I would say it’s a bit pricey (about $8 for what’s basically one cupcake and one scoop of ice cream), but if you have a sweet tooth, you will love it.

D-Luxe Burger

d-luxe burger

D-Luxe Burger is a quick-service restaurant at Disney Springs with mouthwatering, juicy burgers and greasy, delicious fries. Actually, the best part about the fries is the dipping sauces. When you order your meal, they ask you what kind of dipping sauce you want. We opted for the curry ketchup and the chipotle mayo. They with both very good, but the chipotle mayo was my favorite. I also got El Diablo burger, which was easily one of the best burgers I’ve had in a long time (other than what my husband makes, of course). If you’re on a diet, I certainly wouldn’t recommend going to D-Luxe Burger, but if you want to indulge in some comfort food at a good price, D-Luxe Burger is a good place to go.

El Diablo DLuxe Burger

The Boathouse

Disney Springs amphicar

After indulging in D-Luxe Burger, we needed to walk and shop around the stores at Disney Springs. We burned some calories and were ready for an afternoon drink and sweet treat. The Boathouse is a cute little restaurant by the water, but since we were still full from the burgers and fries, we just went to The Dockside Bar. You go through the restaurant and walk down a little dock to get to this outdoor bar. Don’t worry about the hot Florida sun though because it is covered. I got a prosecco, and my aunt and I shared the Double Chocolate Bundt Cake, which came with raspberry coulis and vanilla ice cream. Perfect sweet afternoon treat! The best part about The Dockside Bar was the views. I loved watching the amphicars go by. They look like ’50s cars but can go both on land and water. How cool is that? Next time I go to Disney Springs, I definitely want to try that out!amphicars

What to Look Forward to at 2016 Food and Wine Festival

What to Look Forward to at 2016 Food and Wine Festival

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, I’m not talking about Christmas. I’m talking about the Epcot Food and Wine Festival at Disney World. Leave the kids at home. This is when the adults get to have their own magical experiences. It’s time to eat and drink around the world! Disney announced this week the offerings for this year’s festival, and I’m stoked already. So what am I most looking forward to? Let’s break it down.

1. Pineapple Dole Whip Soft-Serve Ice Cream with Bacardi Coconut Rum

My all-time favorite snack at Disney World is the Dole Whip. Now they’re adding a coconut rum topper? I think this is what dreams are made of. Look for it at the Refreshment Port. Take a right when you enter World Showcase from Future World, and it will be one of the first kiosks on the right.

2. Twinings® Pumpkin Chai Tea Frozen Cocktail with Caramel Vodka

One of the great things about the Epcot Food and Wine Festival is that they bring in extra countries with kiosks around World Showcase that they don’t usually have around the rest of the year, such as Ireland. Why a chai drink is at the Ireland kiosk instead of at an India kiosk, I may never know. What I do know is that chai tea is my go-to drink at coffee shops unless it’s fall, in which case I’m as basic of a girl as it gets because I love my pumpkin spice lattes. Putting those two together just might make my tastebuds explode. But then they also want to add caramel vodka? It’s like they tailored this drink just for me.

3. Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel

New to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival this year is the Chocolate Studio. If there’s one thing I love almost as much as Disney (other than my husband and family of course), it’s chocolate. I could totally relate in Frozen when Princess Anna sang, “I want to stuff some chocolate in my face!” This liquid nitro chocolate-almond truffle sounds like it will just melt in your mouth. AND it has warm whiskey caramel? Shut up and take my money!

4. Artist Palette of Wine and Cheese

Also new this year is the Wine & Dine Studio. The Artist Palette of Wine and Cheese includes a trio of cheeses (La Bonne Vie goat cheese served with toasted Craisin bread, Karst cave-aged cheddar cheese served with fig compote, and Statesboro blue cheese served with spiced candied walnuts), each paired with a wine (Conundrum White Blend 25th Anniversary, Kurt Russell’s GoGi “Goldie” Chardonnay and Robert Mondavi Maestro Red Blend). Is there anything in life that goes better than wine and cheese? Well, maybe magic and Disney. But really, this is a way to get all four at once.

5. Grilled Beef Skewer with Romaine, Apricots and Feta Cheese

Disney is more than just theme parks and movies. In fact, you might be shocked to find out what’s included in the vast Disney empire. One of the many things that Disney owns is the television channel ABC, which of course includes the TV show The Chew. And what promotes better synergy than exploiting the fact they own both a cooking show and a food-themed event than having a The Chew kiosk at the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival? However, this grilled beef skewer with romaine, apricots and feta will likely make me forget that I’m giving into “the man” (or I guess in this case, it would be giving into “the mouse”).

What are you most looking forward to? Let me know in the comments!

Food and Wine Fest

Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Kidani Village

Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Kidani Village

While I’ve stayed at both Animal Kingdom Lodge (Jambo House) and Animal Kingdom Kidani Village, I had only eaten at Boma in Jambo House. However, my aunt (who lives in Celebration and goes regularly) really recommended going to Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Kidani Village for lunch. She obviously knew what she was talking about because it was an incredible experience. If you like spice (like spices, not like hot), you will love Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Kidani Village.

Sanaa Animal Kingdom Lodge

We started with their famous bread service. It comes with five different types of naan bread and around 10 different sauces, which you can try on the different breads. We enjoyed mixing and matching the accompaniments to get different flavors. I’m a huge fan of heat, so I really liked the hotter flavors like the jalapeño-lime sauce. But the mango chutney was among my favorites as well. The bread service alone is enough to fill you up! Plus, it is so yummy!


Sanaa has a view of many animals, including giraffes, zebras, oxen and an array of exotic birds. One of these birds (an African crowned crane) decided to hop the fence and come over to say hello. This was definitely the closest I’ve come to any of Disney’s Animal Kingdom animals! And a snake slithered right by our table too, which freaked me out a little bit. The servers were really knowledgeable about all of the animals, which I thought was awesome.

Sanaa dessert trio

For our main course, we had butter chicken and basmati rice. The flavors and spices in the butter chicken were amazing, and I highly recommend it. We finished off the meal with a trio of desserts so we could try a little bit of everything. We had Afrika povu, which was like a chocolate mousse filled with rum caramel, a lemon lychee tart with a marshmallow topper, and strawberry sorbet. Everything was super yummy, but the lemon lychee tart was probably my favorite. We didn’t try the bread pudding this time, but my aunt says that the bread pudding is delicious as well. I guess that just gives me another excuse to go back!

Be Our Guest Restaurant

Be Our Guest Restaurant

entrance to be our guest

With the expansion of the new Fantasyland at Walt Disney World came new attractions and restaurants, including the Be Our Guest restaurant, named after the song from Beauty and the Beast. The theme of the restaurant is Beast’s castle, and it is absolutely gorgeous. Decor- and ambiance-wise, this is the most beautiful restaurant in all of Walt Disney World—yes, even more beautiful than Cinderella’s Royal Table in Cinderella Castle.

rose napkin

The first time I went to Be Our Guest was for breakfast, which is quick service. Even though it’s quick service, you still need to get reservations in advance. I was lucky enough to get last-minute reservations, most likely because someone else canceled that day, but that’s not usually the case. It’s better to book as soon as you can. However, if you can’t get in on the day you want, keep checking the My Disney Experience app every day because something may open up. For breakfast, you order from kiosks, get a plastic rose, and then your meal magically shows up at whatever table you pick to sit at. I ordered the egg whites, thinking I was going to be healthy. Ha! I should have known that’s never the case at Disney World. With breakfast came an array of delicious pastries, and the diet went completely out the window.


When I went for dinner with my husband, I booked six months in advance. That’s how quickly this restaurant gets booked up. We checked in at the front a little early, and the cast member said that they were running a little late. So he said we could either wait on the bridge (where they had free water, which was nice), or we could walk down to Gaston’s tavern and hang out in the air conditioning. I am SO GLAD we listened to him and went to Gaston’s tavern because not only was waiting in the air conditioning better than waiting in the hot Florida sun, but we also ordered a couple of LeFou’s Brews. This might now rival the Dole Whip for my favorite sweet treat at Disney World. It’s amazingly delicious. It’s like an apple cider slushy with a hint of marshmallow taste, topped with a passion fruit foam. I can’t even begin to describe how good it was. My husband said he liked it even more than the Dole Whip. It’s still a tight race for me.

be our guest ceiling

We got a text message to let us know that our table was ready at Be Our Guest, so we headed back. The cast member at the front of the castle handed me a Lumiere figurine to “help light the way” to our table. We were lucky enough to be seated in the ballroom, which looks exactly like the movie. It’s so opulent and gorgeous, and they even have the mural with cherubs on the ceiling. If you look out the “windows” in the back, it looks like it’s snowing outside. The other gorgeous room is the West Wing, which, again, looks just like the movie. It has the painting of Beast as a human (Prince Adam) that he clawed at as well as tapestries that had also been clawed. The coolest part of the West Wing is the enchanted rose. It really is just like you stepped into the movie.

be our guest steak

For dinner, I ordered the shrimp and scallops, and my husband ordered the steak. This also happens to be the only place in Magic Kingdom where you can have alcohol. Be Our Guest offers beer and wine, but only for dinner. (If you really need a drink, you can go to any of the other parks, or I’ll give you some tips in another post.) Both of our meals were superb. This may be my favorite sit-down restaurant at Disney World (at least for the restaurants that aren’t all-you-can-eat).

the grey stuff

Everything was so amazing that we couldn’t even imagine how delicious “the grey stuff” was going to be. In fact, the whole reason I even wanted to eat at Be Our Guest for dinner was so I could try the grey stuff. It comes from the line in the Be Our Guest song, “Try the grey stuff; it’s delicious. Don’t believe me? Ask the dishes!” Well, I hate to burst your bubble, but the dishes are liars. The grey stuff, while decent, was not great. I wouldn’t have called it super delicious. It tasted like Cool Whip—just Cool Whip with grey food coloring. Womp womp. My husband says that instead of asking the dishes, you should ask the steins. We both would have rather gone back to Gaston’s Tavern and had more LeFou’s Brew.

enchanted rose

After dinner, we had a chance to walk around and see more of the restaurant. The ballroom is definitely the best place to sit, but the West Wing is a close second. However, I would have been pissed if I had to sit in Belle’s picture room. It looked like they ran out of budget because they spent so much on making the rest of Beast’s castle look so incredible that they just slapped this room together with some pictures on the walls.

meeting the beast

We also had the chance to meet the Beast after dinner. All the cast members referred to him as “the master” and “our host for the evening,” which I thought was a nice touch. However, I think it would have made more sense if instead of the Beast, it was Prince Adam. A cast member happened to drop a dish while we were there, and I said to my husband that’s like murder if the castle is enchanted. He said that it’s not because the curse was broken, which is why all the servers are humans. I said that was a good point. But if the spell was broken, then why is the Beast greeting guests instead of Prince Adam? That’s a miss in my book. Also wish Belle could be there too, but I guess she’s over in the cottage for her Enchanted Tales.

be our guest menu

Overall, I highly recommend Be Our Guest for both breakfast and dinner. I can’t comment on lunch yet, but I assume it’s good. But opt for a different dessert than the grey stuff because that was a bit of a disappointment. I’m not saying it’s bad; I’m just saying there’s probably better options on the menu. It’s such a gorgeous restaurant with beautiful decor that it makes for great photo ops. There’s even a room with suits of armor that talk! Disney certainly knows how to pay attention to details.