OK, so I’ve set the stage for the Magic Kingdom.
Now it’s time to tell stories.
OK, first, note the button on my shirt. That’s the “I’m Celebrating” button. It’s important.
The entrance to Bonjour! Village Gifts
So I had some time, after riding rides and eating in the Tavern, and I began my souvenir shopping with Bonjour! village gifts above. This store is basically all Beauty and the Beast all the time, and they have some high-level souvenirs here, including original artwork that is priced in the three figures. But they also have fun t-shirts and other items. So I selected a few things and headed to the check out.
A guy about 23-24 checked me out and noticed my button. He asked what I was celebrating. I briefly said lung transplant, eight years ago. Most people if you give them this they’re flabbergasted enough; they don’t need superflous detail. Well this guy knew what I was talking about.
“Single or double?”
(Clearly, by this point I knew I was dealing with someone who was familiar with transplant.)
Kit (the guy) said that he had just had his double lung transplant–eight months ago.
I mean, what the heck, right? He’s from a small town in Michigan. So we talked about that for awhile. He was really nice and super-sweet, evening giving me some Beauty and the Beast stickers gratis. It was a real pleasure to meet him and get to talk to him!
After this I headed over to storybook circus, where I bought my brother and his girlfriend small gifts, as well as purchased TWO dinglehoppers. (They are excellent hairbrushes, by the by, with soft rubber bristles, so they wouldn’t hurt a baby or a little girl. Or a big girl, for that matter!)
By that time, it was time to meet Dad back at Gaston’s.
In the big chair!
He also had LeFou’s brew and we then got in line for the Little Mermaid ride.
Little Mermaid queue
A little high-tech seek and find in the line
Boarding the ride: It’s like the Haunted Mansion, except with Clam shells.
KISS THE GIRL!
Ariel gets her voice back
“how much I’m going to miss her.”
We had a lot of fun on this one. Since this is one of my favorite movies, I really enjoyed it. The queue moved fast, too, since this is a constantly loading ride.
Afterwards I introduced Dad to the wonders of Philharmagic.
Then, then it was time for Be Our Guest. I was so looking forward to this dinner.
We checked in and they saw my button, and again, asked what we were celebrating. I gave them the cliffs notes version. They were all duly flabbergasted and noted it on our reservation slip, which is conveyed electronically to the restaurant and the waitress.
Once our buzzer went off, we went to the castle doors at the other end of a gargoyle-adorned bridge. And then, we got into the dining room.
Outside Be Our Guest
Dad and the gargoyle
Mosaic inside the castle
The ball room
The theming in this place is incredible. It really is the movie brought to life. The Beast also poses for photos in the library, and comes out into the restaurant.
Here’s what we ate:
dessert, chocolate cream puff
Dad’s ratatouille and quinoa
my meal: pork chop with mac and cheese and veggies
Let me tell you, the food was exquisite. I loved my pork chop and the au jus sauce that came with it. The veggies were perfect. I didn’t get much of the mac and cheese because as you can see, it’s a BIG PORK CHOP.
We ordered dessert, too. And then the best part of the meal came.
Ladies and Gentlemen: The grey stuff.
THE GREY STUFF
People. This was exquisite.
The Grey Stuff isn’t on the menu. You only get it if you’re celebrating something. Those are edible pearls on the top. And the “try the grey stuff”? ALSO EDIBLE. It’s like chocolate gloss.
The grey stuff is cookies and cream panna cotta. It’s amazing. I mean, I was in food heaven. Life fulfillment, I’m telling you.
So after that, I got my picture taken with the Beast (that’s coming later, sorry!) and sadly, we were done with dinner.
The talking knights
gregorian chant in the library. Just too cool.
“Lady and the Unicorn” tapestry in the castle foyer.
And once we got outside, it was POURING.
So we ran to Fantasyland proper and bought ponchos, then rode Haunted Mansion. By then it was nearing 10, so we, not being fireworks people and not being ones to stand in monsoon, headed for the buses and went back to the Beach Club.
As Maleficient said, it was a “Most gratifying day.”