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Sep 14

Special Halloween Dessert Being Served at Disney’s Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom

On Friday my husband and I had the pleasure of dining at Be Our Guest Restaurant during Mickey’s Not-so-Scary Halloween Party. We didn’t even have a dinner reservation. Details on how we got in are in this post: How to Get a Dinner Reservation at Disney’s Be Our Guest Restaurant Without Booking 6 Months in Advance

Dark Chocolate Cream Puff with Blood Orange Filling for Halloween at Disney's Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom

Today I wanted to bring you photos of a special dessert I had after dinner. I was told by my server that this was only being served on Mickey’s Not-so-Scary Halloween Party nights, but I assume that the closer we get to Halloween, the more this dessert may become available.

This was a delicious Dark Chocolate Blood Orange Cream Puff. It was topped with a bit of plain cream, Halloween sprinkles and a dark chocolate spider web.

Dark Chocolate Cream Puff with Blood Orange Filling for Halloween at Disney's Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom

As you can see, the filling really was blood orange in color and tasted spot on like that unmistakable Florida citrus fruit. This dessert, like most of the cream puffs served at Be Our Guest Restaurant, was very light and a perfect ending to our meal. I paired it with a delicious Pinot Noir.

Future dates for Mickey’s Not-so-Scary Halloween Party can be found here: Dates and Prices for the 2014 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in the Magic Kingdom


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Sep 14

How to Get a Dinner Reservation at Disney’s Be Our Guest Restaurant Without Booking 6 Months in Advance

Be Our Guest Restaurant Gargoyle

How fitting that these sad little gargoyles line the walkway to the entrance of Magic Kingdom’s Be Our Guest Restaurant. Undoubtedly the hottest reservation to score for guests visiting the Walt Disney World Resort. Reservations (by Disney resort guests) book up six months in advance leaving locals, day guests and guests staying at non-Disney owned and operated hotels scratching their heads on how to score a dinner reservation.

Take me for example. I’ve only had dinner here once since they opened and that was because I swindled my way into a friend’s reservation (Thanks Carol!).

But there is a way, a not-so-well-known way to get a walk-up dinner reservation at Be Our Guest Restaurant…however, it’ll cost ya.

The secret lies in the “Hard Ticket Event”.

On Friday night my family and I attended Mickey’s Not-so-Scary Halloween Party. The party runs from 7pm – Midnight. Normally on nights like this, Be Our Guest Restaurant takes dinner reservations up until 6:30 pm for regular park guests. These are the reservations that book up six months in advance. If you look on the MNSSHP Map you will see that the only restaurants advertised as “open” in Fantasyland for the party are Pinocchio Village Haus, The Friar’s Nook, Storybook Treats and Gaston’s Tavern. So how did my husband and I score dinner there that night?

We arrived at the Magic Kingdom around 6pm and made a bee line for Be Our Guest Restaurant. When we arrived, there was a manager with a clip board taking walk up reservations. The company isn’t stupid. They know visitors are clamoring for a chance to throw more money at them, so why not allow them to during these “after hours” events? Our dinner bill ended up totaling around $130 that night. Why turn this kind of money away?

When I asked the manager what the “Special Event” protocol was, I was told that on Mickey’s Not-so-Scary Halloween Party nights, she would book walk-up reservations from 6:30 pm to around 7:10 pm. It’s not always a guarantee that this will be the case and depends on the demand that she sees. She said that the same protocol was in place for the Night of Joy events the previous weekend. I assume this will also be the case for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. We arrived at the hostess station around 6:30 pm and were given a “Party of Two” reservation for 6:45 pm. Being that this was one of the earlier parties, we only saw a handful of other guests arrive after us and ask for a reservation. By around 6:40 pm that booking cast member was gone.

Once inside, our server told us that if there is still demand beyond 7:10 pm, management will open up another one hour block of reservations for guests, again this is on a case-by-case, night-by-night basis and only on separate hard ticket event nights. I don’t think that I would have wanted to take a later reservation time slot however. Dining at 6:45 pm put us out of the restaurant at around 8:45 pm, just in time to see Hallowishes. A later reservation and we would have missed this limited time fireworks extravaganza and that would have been a deal breaker for me.

So there you have it folks. If you’ve been dying to get into Be Our Guest Restaurant for dinner and have been unable to secure a reservation, here’s your chance. It’s not a guarantee, but it’s worth a shot and if you don’t make it in, at least you can party the night away after hours in the Magic Kingdom.

Stay tuned for my dinner review, MNSSHP review and a look at an event exclusive dessert offered only during party nights at Be Our Guest Restaurant.


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Sep 14

See Where You Can Find These Disney Inspired Desserts at Walt Disney World

Disney Halloween Desserts

Guests can scare up some fun at a devilish new dessert party, the Villains’ Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom. Set within the majestic halls of Cinderella’s Royal Table, this special ticketed event allows guests to meet Disney villains while they indulge in decadent desserts and specialty non-alcoholic beverages. Guests also will receive preferred viewing for the 8:15 p.m. performance of Mickey’s “Boo-too-You” Halloween Parade, as well as preferred viewing for the Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Spectacular. For more information and reservations, guests may call 407-939-5262.


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Sep 14

Dates for the 2015 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival at Walt Disney World

2014 epcot international flower and garden festival

Spring will bloom in a big way with bountiful blossoms, colorful Disney topiaries, gardening seminars and flavors of the season when the 22nd Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival runs March 4 to May 17, 2015, at Walt Disney World Resort.

Dozens of Disney character topiaries, from Chip and Dale to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, will rule the festival kingdom in the park’s Future World and World Showcase, and popular Outdoor Kitchens will return with refreshing beverages and tantalizing tastes from the garden and grill.

Home and garden seminars, children’s play gardens and other popular festival features will return for the 75-day event.  At the Festival Center, interactive gardening workshops will set the stage for outdoor do-it-yourself inspiration, and guest speakers will cover the latest in outdoor trends and home and garden topics.

Guests can try new food and beverage tastes from Outdoor Kitchen menus and pose for selfies among whimsical topiaries, multiple themed gardens and children’s play areas. Disney-crafted “flower towers,” herb gardens and beds of multi-colored blooms will add to the floral splendor of the park’s landscape.  On the park’s Future World lakes, more than 200 mini-gardens will be set afloat.

Hundreds of butterflies of several species will dazzle guests at the festival’s screened butterfly house.  As the sun begins to set, illuminated gardens will brighten the evening and cast a magical glow across the park.

Festival events are included in regular Epcot admission.


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Sep 14

Another Walt Disney World Theme Park is Getting a Starbucks

Starbucks-Disneys-Hollywood-Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios will welcome a Starbucks location in February, 2015. The new store, The Trolley Car Café, will be themed to a classic trolley car along Hollywood Boulevard and offer a unique experience for coffee lovers visiting the park. Guests to the store will also be able to enjoy Disney baked goods and Starbucks’ La Boulange pastry items. The Trolley Car Café will be the fourth location serving Starbucks products at Walt Disney World Resort. Locations are already open at Magic Kingdom and Epcot, as well as at Downtown Disney.