The line wasn't nearly as bad as when Geoff and I went in December. We waited about 15-20 minutes to place our order. As you walk in, you're split into two lines.
Those lines turn to the right and you walk down the hall way with the knights in it. The knights spend their time chatting and snoring while you wait. There are menus placed in the center, so you're able to check things out and decide what you want before ordering.
|The bright white light is the menu board, so if you haven't decided yet, you can look up while the people in front of you place their order!|
Anyway, before you order, you need to tap your magic rose to the payment thing to associate it with your order. (Tip: make sure the Mickey's line up.) Once your order is complete and paid for, you'll get your receipt. From there, you take your magic rose, and find a table!
|The enchanted rose & mirror located in the West Wing|
The ball room is quite loud, so we opted for the wing on the right, the "Rose Gallery." The West Wing looked interesting, but it was a little dark. The Rose Gallery has beautiful tapestries on the walls and Beauty and the Beast dancing in the center of the room on top of a music box. It's much quieter than the ball room.
Once you find your table, you put your rose down on the table so the Cast Members can bring you your food. (Spoiler alert: we saw the cast members placing down a phone-like device on the tables after they cleared them and it appeared that they were re-setting the table. Geoff said that they probably have RFID readers embedded in the tables, which is how they know where you're sitting.) Just like magic, the servers will find you and bring you your food on carts.
If you ordered a regular fountain drink, you can go up to the beverage counter to get it before your meal arrives. (Tip: there are beverage stations in all of the rooms...we stopped at the one in the ball room because I was not aware of that.) You can also get your silverware (real, not plastic!) and napkins at stations located near the beverages.
Now for the food!
My Mom and I each got a sandwich and we split them. Like most locations, there's a lot of food here, so we could have easily split one of them and each gotten a little dessert and been satisfied. Neither of us really touched the fries.
First up, my selection. I chose the carved turkey sandwich with a dijon mayonaise.
My Mom chose the Croque Monsieur...essentially a grilled ham & cheese sandwich.
For dessert, there are 6 options to chose from: 3 cupcakes, and 3 cream puffs. I've heard that they're the same options for dinner.
My Mom got the Strawberry Cream Cheese Cupcake.
I decided on the Lemon and Raspberry Cream Puff.
Overall, I was very happy with our meal. It was a little on the pricey side for sandwiches, but it was nice to eat on real plates, use real silverware and be totally immersed in theming. I am definitely going to return!