beast3croppedIt’s an exciting time at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World Resort. The highly anticipated Enchanted Forest section of the New Fantasyland expansion will have it’s grand opening on December 6, 2012. When the lovely folks from Disney invited me and a few other bloggers to be there guest – bad pun intended – to experience a preview of the new magic in the kingdom I grabbed my bag – and my running shoes – and headed to Orlando.

BeOurGuestSignWe had the opportunity to enjoy several of the new attractions including Enchanted Tales with Belle, Under The Sea – Journey of The Little Mermaid, Ariel’s Grotto, and Be Our Guest Restaurant. Located in the Beast’s Castle, Be Our Guest not only delivers with it’s delectable French Cuisine, but the ambiance, atmosphere and sheer beauty of the castle is a real treat. The details from the story that are incorporated throughout the restaurant – from the building, the decor and of course the food – add to the awesomeness of the experience.

The restaurant has three themed dining rooms – The Mysterious West Wing, The Rose Gallery, and The Ballroom. During the day they offer quick-service dining and at night traditional table service. This is also the only place in Magic Kingdom where they serve Champagne, wine and beer. They are currently taking dinner reservations – make sure you make them while planning your vacation as they are booking up months in advance.

BeOurGuest61We dined in the West Wing and were treated to a lovely three-course meal. I had the sautΓ©ed shrimp and scallops with seasonal vegtables served in a puff pastry with creamy lobster sauce. Incredible. Dessert was also spectacular. When you see the dessert cart you’re going to want it all, but make sure you try the Triple Chocolate Cupcake. You won’t be disappointed. And, the Gray Stuff is good, too!  Also, if you dine in the West Wing keep your eyes on the portrait of the prince when the the thunder and lightening strike.

BeOurGuest71For more information about Be Our Guest Restaurant, visit the Disneyworld.disney.go.com.

Until next time, I’m off and running …

Lorraine Robertson is an author, nationally published freelance writer and creator of the site RunWifeyRun.com. After two marathons, 10 half marathons and countless smaller races she’s still packing her running shoes and looking for her next great race. Lorraine was featured on the Travel Channel’s β€œGreat Cruises: Why Not The Mediterranean?” television show and her life-changing wedding appeared on TLC’s β€œA Wedding Story.” She lives in the metro Atlanta area with her husband, Napoleon and their kids, Miles, 11, and Milan, 9.

Disclosure: My travel and other accommodations were provided for media review purposes. As always, my thoughts and opinions are all my own.