Dawn rose on day seven and two very tired people forced themselves out of bed. Our late night at the Halloween party meant that we didn’t get into bed until around 1am. Ambitious planning meant that we had to be out and heading to Magic Kingdom in the morning again. We had a very early lunch reservation at Be Our Guest. Breakfast turns into lunch at 11am, and our reservation was shortly after that. It was Alice’s first time in this highly-themed restaurant and she was suitably excited to be visiting.
After lunch, we crossed lots more rides and character meets off our list – including Gaston – and then headed to explore the new Disney Springs. After disappointing merchandise in Universal, we had money burning holes in our pockets so we went wild in World of Disney. Take a look at my holiday haul if you want to see what I bought.
Watch our day in the Magic Kingdom and at Disney Springs, and then read on for my tips of the day.
Be Our Guest Restaurant
I have never done dinner at Be Our Guest because I think that lunch is such good value. Breakfast and lunch is quick service instead of table service, so prices are much lower – and it’s better value if you are on the dining plan. Despite the value, the food is still of table-service quality. I had braised pork, mash potato and vegetables, so it was far from standard theme park burgers and fries.
When you eat here, you order as you come in to the restaurant and then choose your own table. I always like sitting in the main ballroom as it looks identical to the Beauty & the Beast film. Don’t forget to look in the other rooms before you leave. We walked over to see the West Wing dining room and the pretty other room with a huge music box in the centre.
Reservations are highly sought after here, so make sure you’re ready to book everything 180 days in advance of your holiday.
Character meet times
We didn’t realise this at first, but all characters had their meet and greet times listed on the My Disney Experience app. I thought it was the opening times for the all-day character spots like Merida in her courtyard, but it also tells you the set times for all the characters that pop up throughout the day. This includes Fantasyland characters like Gaston and the Ugly Stepsisters. Knowing the times meant that we could turn up five minutes before they appeared and be first in the queue for photos.
When I visited in 2014, Downtown Disney was in a major period of renovation. Most parts were blocked off, with only core shops and restaurants remaining open. Everything has been completely transformed now. Gone were the construction walls, and beautiful restaurant, bars and boutique shops had opened in their place. It was actually quite overwhelming. They have so many new places to try that it was really difficult to decide where to eat. We eventually decided to go with D-luxe Burger and it was really tasty. It seems that the dining plan doesn’t stretch quite as far in Disney Springs, with many entrees not coming with fries as standard, like they would in the theme parks.
Most of Disney Springs is designed for those with a big budget. We chose to spend our money on Disney merchandise, but there are lots of other purchases to be made as well from shops like Sephora. With the dollar being particularly strong against the pound in October, there were no bargains to be had for us. I can see that it can be easy to spend a whole day here if you have lots to spend.
The best part of Disney Springs is the music and atmosphere. In the evening, there is live music around every corner and street entertainment dotted around as well. It’s definitely a good place to spend an evening or two.
That’s all for today! Come back next week for Day 8, when we finally go to Hollywood Studios!
What do you think of Disney Springs? Don’t forget to leave any questions you have in the comments.