30 Day Disney Challenge- Day 14 “Favorite Table Service Restaurant”

Confessions of a Mouskaholic's 30 Day Disney Challenge

Confessions of a Mouskaholic’s 30 Day Disney Challenge

With SO many different options to choose from this is a very another difficult choice to narrow down.  I’ve had some amazing meals at all of the parks.  They all bring something unique to the table (pun intended).  Many offer unique experiences with entertainment, or characters, and some just dazzle with amazing food, and atmosphere.

We try every visit to experience new dining, and I have certainly not been to every restaurant.  I’ve been to quite a few, but not all of them.  The location that we visited last summer that has stood out in my mind is Biergarten in Germany.  We loved the live entertainment that happened during the meal.  It was fun to watch people abandon their seats and get up and polka with the live band!  We also enjoyed the seating.  We were seated with another family and had the opportunity to visit with them and get to chat.  (This isn’t for everyone, but we really enjoyed it)  and then there is the FOOD!!!!  It’s a buffet, so you get the chance to try many different foods, and if you don’t like something you’re not stuck with it.  I enjoyed just about everything I tried!

While we try to visit as many new restaurants as we can on each trip, this is one that we are revisiting on our upcoming trip because we enjoyed it so much last time!

Biergarten Restaurant

Biergarten Restaurant

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Tuesday’s Tip- Making the Most of the Disney Dining Plan, Part 2

Tuesday’s Tip- Don’t use your dining credits on quick service breakfasts. *** (see exception at the very bottom)***

I’ve traveled to Disney MANY times, and I’ve had trips where I’ve used the Dining plan, and trips where I haven’t used the dining plan.  One of the things that I’ve learned along the way is to not use my dining plan quick service credits on breakfast.  All quick service meals include an entree, dessert, and drink.  When you use the credit for breakfast, you’re losing out on a dessert, as there are no desserts with breakfast, the savings are even less if you’re a coffee drinker.  You get a mug that you can refill at your resort, so you don’t even need to use your drink option on coffee.  And most breakfast entrees are significantly less expensive than lunch entrees.  If you’re trying to get the most bang for your buck, this isn’t the way.

For example, here is a sample of a Disney resort breakfast menu vs. a Disney resort lunch menu.  You’ll notice that the breakfast prices are considerably less expensive (and did I mention you get a dessert with lunch!?!)

Pop Century Breakfast Entrees

Pop Century Breakfast Entrees

Pop Century Lunch Entrees

Pop Century Lunch Entrees

quick service breakfast

Okay, so with that being said, you still have to eat breakfast!  Here are some tips-

1) Bring non-perishable breakfast items in your luggage and plan to eat those!  All resorts have a toaster in the food court area where you can toast your own bagels or breads.  Granola bars are a great option as well as cereal!  You can get a small carton of milk to use for cereal from the food court.

2) Consider using your snack credits at breakfast time.  With all dining plans you get 1 snack per person, per day.  Grab a pastry or a muffin from the self serve area in your resort’s dining area and fill your resort mug with your beverage, and bam, you’ve got yourself a quick breakfast that can maximize your dining plan.

3) If you love breakfast foods, consider using a table service credit at one of the character breakfasts!  Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary Resort is great or the Ohana Breakfast at the Polynesian, as well as the Crystal Palace at the Magic Kingdom!

Meet Lilo and Stitch at the Ohana breakfast

Meet Lilo and Stitch at the Ohana breakfast

Crystal Palace Breakfast Buffet

Crystal Palace Breakfast Buffet

4) Even with the dining plan you may end up spending some out of pocket money for meals… save those dining credits for lunches and dinners and if you have to pay additional money for a meal do it at breakfast!

**** Here is a great exception to the “Don’t use your quick service meals on breakfast”  Be Our Guest Restaurant at the Magic Kingdom JUST started serving breakfast.  The cost is $19.99 for adults, and $11.99 for children.  It includes a breakfast entree, pastries, and a beverage.  This still counts as a quick service restaurant at breakfast, so by ALL means, try to visit and get a lot of bang for your buck at this location!

Be Our Guest Adult entrees

Be Our Guest Adult entrees

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Liberty Tree Tavern Review

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On our most recent trip one of our goals was to try all new restaurants.  While at the magic kingdom the new (to us) table service location that we decided to try was the “Liberty Tree Tavern.”  We made lunch reservations there and man did we luck out, because just as we were sitting down to lunch it started POURING, and by the time we were done eating the rain had stopped!

The atmosphere of the restaurant was perfectly themed, like any other disney restaurant I’ve been in.  It’s located in the Liberty Square area of the Magic Kingdom and has a colonial feel.  When you walk in you feel like you’re in an old timey tavern (minus the beer flowing because other than Be Our Guest Restaurant at dinner time, the MK is completely dry).

The prices at lunch range from $12.99 for the veggie burger to $19.99 for the freedom pasta.  Most items hover in the $15.99 range.  Because of the lower entree prices, Liberty Tree Tavern is not necessarily the best use of a table service dining credit if you’re on the Disney Dining Plan.  If all the members of your party get the pasta, or the pot roast, you’ll do a little bit better as far as value with the plan, Craig and I did not though.

Click here to view the lunch menu

At dinner, which we didn’t experience, the menu changes from an ala carte style to a family style meal.  The table will be served the following as part of their family style meal-

Patriot’s Platter
Roasted Turkey Breast, Carved Beef and Sliced Pork with Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, Herb Bread Stuffing, and Macaroni & Cheese
I also believe this meal is all you can eat.
While the price for this experience is not listed on the website, I would guess it’s in the $30.00 per person range.  Most buffets at Disney are $37.99 per person.  I am not sure about the family style meals.
Even though I don’t think that lunch was the best use of a table service meal here, I do think that the restaurant is worth checking out!
I had the Colony Salad

featuring Ocean Spray® Craisins® BRAND with Washington Apples, Sweet Pecans, Applewood-smoked Cheddar, Craisins® Dried Cranberries and Grilled Chicken tossed with Field Greens in a Honey-Shallot Vinaigrette
Colony Salad

Colony Salad

and it was simply outstanding.

Craig had the Angus Chuck Cheeseburger                                                                                                                      

topped with your choice of Bacon and Cheddar or Mushrooms and Provolone served with fresh Fruit or Tavern Fries

Angus Burger with bacon

Angus Burger with bacon

He said it was one of the best burgers on Disney property.

Now my absolute favorite part of my meal at Liberty Tree Tavern was the dessert.  I ordered the Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake, and I can honestly say, I have never enjoyed a dessert at Disney as much as I enjoyed this one.  It was absolutely fabulous.  With that being said, I have been on the hunt for a copy cat recipe, and I found one, so I’m sharing it with you today!

Thank you disney food blog for sharing this recipe, because this is one you’ll want to pin.

Click here for recipe –> Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake recipe

Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake

Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake

My overall review- The theming is wonderful, the food is wonderful and will not break the bank if you’re not on the disney dining plan.  If you’re on the disney dining plan and not worried about if the meal is the best use of a dining credit check it out at lunch time, if you’re trying to get the most bang for your buck, go at dinner time.  Overall it’s totally worth the time.  Your tastebuds will thank you

Be Our Guest Restaurant- Explained by Imagineers

Happy Wednesday fellow Mouskateers!

Craig and I are just 6 days away from our Disney vacation!  I am excited about the inspiration for new blog topics that will come, fulfilling blog topic ideas, and taking pictures for the blog that will happen next week!  Today though I am happy to share with you a video that I ran across about one of Disney’s newest restaurants- Be Our Guest Restaurant.  BOG is located in “New Fantasyland” in the Magic Kingdom. New Fantasyland is a MASSIVE expansion that started in the Magic Kingdom in 2011, and began opening in stages in 2013.  The final piece of the New Fantasyland puzzle opened in June 2014- The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, officially completing the expansion.

Be Our Guest is one of two restaurants in New Fantasy Land, both with a Beauty and the Beast theme.  The first, Gaston’s Tavern is as it suggests a small tavern where you can grab a snack or a quick service meal.  Be Our Guest is the much grander of the two.  The unique part about Be Our Guest is that it is both a quick service restaurant and a table service restaurant.  At lunch time (10:30-2:30) it serves as a quick service location, where you can grab a “Croque Monsieur on Millet Bread” (Grilled Sandwich of Carved Ham, Gruyere Cheese and Bechamel on Millet Bread with Pommes Frites) or Braised Pork – (Eight Hour Slow-cooked Pork with Mushrooms, Onions, Carrots and Bacon served with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans Jardiniere).  At Dinner (4:00-9:30) it becomes a table service restaurant serving up Herb-crusted Lamb Rack, Pan-seared Salmon on Leek Fondue, and Grilled Strip Steak.  If you want to get reservations for dinner, plan on selecting the 180 days out with the Advanced Dining Reservations.  Like I said, this is one of the hottest new restaurants on property.

Craig and I will be having a quick service lunch at BOG on the final day of our trip.  We lucked out and scored some fastpasses for lunch, where we were able to preorder our meal and come at a reserved time for lunch.  I am excited to experience it and to take photos of the ornate detailing that went into this restaurant.

Check out this video and get a view of the restaurant from the perspective of the imagineers who created it!