Worst to Best: List of Disney Dining Experiences at Disney World Spring Break 2015, Number Ten (10): Monsieur Paul

I've now been to Disney World four (4) separate times. The last time I went, I HONESTLY spent one month and a small fortune. Twenty thousand dollars and counting. Yes, you read that right. $20,000.00. Let's just say that for the life of me, "money burns a hole in my pocket". I am *that* ridiculous of a spender. This is NOT the blog where I tell you how I paid off $52,000 in three months or the frugal ways in which I save a buck. No sireebob. I am a spender and I am STILL paying for it. Not to mention that I have *added* to my Disney trips with my next upcoming adventure happening in March 2016. This post is a recount of Disney Trip #2, Spring Break 2015 with my kiddos in tow. We judged and ranked e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. Feel free to ask any questions in the comment section and I'll be happy to write you back.

From twelve (12) to one (1), I give you the Worst to Best experiences as journaled and photographed by me and my kiddos during our Spring Break Trip 2015.

10th place: Monsieur Paul

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Waiting for our entrées at Monsieur Paul's

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Be like the French! Drink sparkling fancy water like Perrier! It's better from a glass bottle. Très sophistiqué!

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Selfie Time at Monsieur Paul's

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Lovely water in a turquoise-tinted glass at Monsieur Paul's. Very classy!

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Frothy soup appetizer at Monsieur Paul's, Disney World, EPCOT, French Pavilion

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Appetizer of Tartare at Monsieur Paul's

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Biscuit and Greens at Monsieur Paul's

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Un peu de beurre avec le pain, s'il vous plaît! Chez Monsieur Paul

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Le plat principal chez Monsieur Paul

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Le plat principal avec la soupe de l'oignon chez Monsieur Paul

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Plat principal de steak avec des asperges chez Monsieur Paul

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Un peu de "Ratatouille" chez Monsieur Paul

 

Outside the Entrance to Monsieur Paul's Restaurant. Moi, j'ai pensé que c'était assez bon comme restaurant!

Outside the Entrance to Monsieur Paul's Restaurant. Moi, j'ai pensé que c'était assez bon comme restaurant!

Monsieur Paul's comes in at 60% average total overall. Son gave it a 60%, Daughter gave it a 40% and I generously gave it an 80%. Monsieur Paul's is located in the France Pavilion at EPCOT.Here are some key reasons why we scored Monsieur Paul's Restaurant at an average total of 60% between the 12 year-old son, 9 year-old daughter and 39 year-old momma.

  1. By fault of my own, I booked Monsieur Paul's as a late night reservation that unfortunately ended up overlapping with EPCOT'S Illuminations of Earth Nighttime Spectacular. I had set to begin our reservation at 7:45pm. We were seated at the back of the restaurant nowhere near a window. As a result, my kids and I missed the entire show which we were genuinely bummed about. We subsequently ended up lamenting our decision to eat late night at Monsieur Paul's.
  2. On the bright side, I had the occasion to speak nothing but French to the wait staff and chef, that was positively delightful and formidable! It is one reason that I scored Monsieur Paul's higher than my children.
  3. My children were annoyed with the length of time the whole meal experience took. By night's end, we had spent over two hours at Monsieur Paul's. Possibly three hours. I think we were the *only* people in the park after we left the restaurant. On the bright side, we took many photos sans seas of people and that was very cool. My daughter had the opportunity to do cartwheels, flip flops and back handsprings throughout the open spaces of the park.
  4. The food was by and large, OK. In retrospect, as I look at the pictures and think back to the experience, I am not salivating at the thought of a return trip because Monsieur Paul's is a two credit restaurant.  
  5. I believe that to compensate for the pull of two credits from the Disney Deluxe Dining Program, they lengthen the time for all guests so as to make you think you are "getting what you paid for". In the end, it was a "lightly cool" experience predominantly owing to the fact that it was fun to speak only French. Ça c'était une experience très positive!
  6. The Dining Plan types accepted at Monsieur Paul's include: (see below large Monsieur Paul awning photo below):
    Dining Plan Type
    2016 Entitlements Required
    Dinner
    Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan N/A
    Disney Dining Plan 2
    Disney Deluxe Dining Plan 2
    Disney Premium Plan 1
    Disney Platinum Plan 1

    Frankly, I never even had the occasion to purchase a Disney Premium Plan. I honestly don't even know how much that would cost. Regardless, I find it odd that so many restaurants seem to be going the way of two credits. Almost as a regularity, our scores for our dining experiences rate two credit restaurants at the bottom of our lists. There will be ONE exception! (Wait for future posts to unfurl!) Unfortunately, Monsieur Paul is NOT that one.

Worst to Best: List of Disney Dining Experiences at Disney World Spring Break 2015, Number Eleven (11): San Angel Inn

I've now been to Disney World four (4) separate times. The last time I went, I HONESTLY spent one month and a small fortune. Twenty thousand dollars and counting. Yes, you read that right. $20,000.00. Let's just say that for the life of me, "money burns a hole in my pocket". I am *that* ridiculous of a spender. This is NOT the blog where I tell you how I paid off $52,000 in three months or the frugal ways in which I save a buck. No sireebob. I am a spender and I am STILL paying for it. Not to mention that I have *added* to my Disney trips with my next upcoming adventure happening in March 2016. This post is a recount of Disney Trip #2, Spring Break 2015 with my kiddos in tow. We judged and ranked e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. Feel free to ask any questions in the comment section and I'll be happy to write you back.

From twelve (12) to one (1), I give you the Worst to Best experiences as journaled and photographed by me and my kiddos during our Spring Break Trip 2015.

11th place: San Angel Inn

In the very dark and dimly lit San Angel Inn Restaurante at the Mexican Pavilion at EPCOT

In the very dark and dimly lit San Angel Inn Restaurante at the Mexican Pavilion at EPCOT

Outside the Mexican Pavilion at Disney's EPCOT. Basically you need to go *inside* to experience things.

Outside the Mexican Pavilion at Disney's EPCOT. Basically you need to go *inside* to experience things.

One must *always* wear the hats.

One must *always* wear the hats. Tenemos que SIEMPRE llevar los sombreros. Siempre.

The lighting at San Angel makes you think it's nighttime even when it's 92 degrees and blazing sun outside.

The lighting at San Angel makes you think it's nighttime even when it's 92 degrees and blazing sun outside.

I wear my sunglasses *upside down* at night...so I can, so I can... (name that tune)

I wear my sunglasses *upside down* at night...so I can, so I can... (name that tune)

Gazpacho at San Angel, Gluten, Dairy, Egg and Soy Free Eating at Disney.

Gazpacho Appetizer at San Angel: Gluten, Dairy, Egg and Soy Free Eating at Disney.

The receipt for San Angel Inn Restaurante

The receipt for San Angel Inn Restaurante

San Angel Inn comes in at 48% average total overall. Son gave it a 48%, Daughter gave it a 43% and I generously gave it a 55%. San Angel Inn is located in the Mexican Pavilion at EPCOT. Here are some key reasons why we scored San Angel Inn as low as we did.

1. It's so dimly lit within that you actually grow tired. Instead of revving up the engines and powering up for more adventures outside in the blazing sun, we left the restaurant tired and in need of "una siesta". Then we were ray-blasted and pelted with "rapid pupil contrictivitis". OK, so I made up the word constrictivitis. Whatever. What I'm saying here is, MY EYEBALLS! EVERYTHING HAS TURNED WHITE!

2. The food really didn't beat out any good Mexican restaurant where I live in the Midwest. What I'm saying is: I live in the MIDWEST. We are not known for Mexican food! However, due to the influx of many Mexicans as well as their food and culture, even in the Midwest I can get tortilla chips and salsa which seems to be standard fare and was the first thing on the table at San Angel Inn. As for my children, the food was so uneventful that they didn't even remember what they had to eat later in the day. You might think that they have poor memories. They don't! I, very much, do. Therefore, I take many pictures.

3. The waitress/waiter forgot about us. They left us sitting for twenty minutes unattended, wanting to pay the bill. The good news is that it wasn't busy at the restaurant. The bad news is that it wasn't busy at the restaurant, so why did they leave us to sit for so long? Maybe they were switching shifts. Maybe we weren't important. I don't know. I shouldn't have to think up excuses.

4. The food didn't have any *love* or *zing* or *wow* about it. It was just decent Mexican food. That's it. Average, decent Mexican food. Calling Fiesta Cancun or San José Taquería right now, I would likely get equivalent fare. However, let me repeat that I'm in the Midwest and not Disney's Mexican Pavilion at EPCOT on a Deluxe Dining Program.

5. My kids liked the hats. Quiere decir,"los sombreros". Cuz, they cool, that's what.

6. San Angel is a one credit restaurant. So, as I've lived and learned and grown in my Disney experiences, I have found that to break even on the Deluxe Dining plan paying an adult price, one must account for at LEAST $37 dollars worth of food stuffs to break even at a one credit restaurant. We were $2.73 off that mark. So, our score for San Angel Inn was average, like its food, as a result.

7. I kinda HATE not having dessert options. I am a Disney Guest who adds special requests in advance that I have a dairy allergy and gluten, egg and soy intolerances. I got a $2.50 fruit cup that tasted like it had come out of a can. Maybe it did, maybe it didn't. Either way, for these Deluxe Dining plans and with advance notice, you'd think I could get something better than a fruit cup. My kids always get the great desserts! Lucky for them, at the least!

Worst to Best: List of Disney Dining Experiences at Disney World Spring 2015, Number Twelve (12): Cinderella’s Royal Table

I've now been to Disney World four (4) separate times. The last time I went, I HONESTLY spent one month and a small fortune. Twenty thousand dollars and counting. Yes, you read that right. $20,000.00. Let's just say that for the life of me, "money burns a hole in my pocket". I am *that* ridiculous of a spender. This is NOT the blog where I tell you how I paid off $52,000 in three months or the frugal ways in which I save a buck. No sireebob. I am a spender and I am STILL paying for it. Not to mention that I have *added* to my Disney trips with my next upcoming adventure happening in March 2016. This post is a recount of Disney Trip #2, Spring Break 2015 with my kiddos in tow. We judged and ranked e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. Feel free to ask any questions in the comment section and I'll be happy to write you back.

From twelve (12) to one (1), I give you the Worst to Best experiences as journaled and photographed by me and my kiddos during our Spring Break Trip 2015.

12th place: Cinderella's Royal Table

With Cinderella at Cinderella's Royal Table Restaurant

With Cinderella at Cinderella's Royal Table Restaurant

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The whole gang and Cinderella too!

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After the guests take photos with Cinderella, she waits and waits, in costume until everyone upon everyone leaves. Once she twirled and flitted her hands.

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Cinderella's Royal Table Menu

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Cover Art for the Menu at Cinderella's Royal Table

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Snow White at CRT

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Sleeping Beauty at CRT

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Ariel at CRT

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Jasmine at CRT. The only Princess that shows off her tummy!

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$60 plate. Gluten, Dairy, Egg and Soy Free.

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$60 steak for my son. He was 12 years old at the time.

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Dessert is included in the price of the DELUXE meal plan at Disney.

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I just might be able to make this "s'more puff" at home. Might need a graham cracker.

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Allergy Free Dessert at Cinderella's Royal Table. These come out of a box. I can buy this box of cookies and rice dream "ice cream" at my local supermarket. I know, because I have this fancy dessert at my own house.

 

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Plastic Sword from CRT. Frankly, it doesn't even have the "Cinderella's Royal Table" poorly stamped on it. I think it's a multi-purpose sword suitable for Pirates of the Caribbean, the Caribbean Beach Resort, various carnivals and Renaissance Faires. My son laughed about this whilst waving it about on our mile trek at midnight back to our car.

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Outside the entrance of Cinderella's Royal Table, in the hall underneath the castle, are beautiful stained-glass style mosaic murals.

Cinderella's Royal Table comes in at 8% average total overall. Son gave it a 5%, Daughter gave it a 6% and I generously gave it a 15%. This is *by a mile* the lowest scoring overall average percentage of anywhere dining at anytime at Disney. Here are some key reasons why we scored Cinderella's Royal Table the way we did.

1. Getting a reservation for this place is practically impossible. Like a dream, someone dumped off a late night post 9:50 pm reservation (I understand why now) and so I grabbed it because I thought that besides Victoria and Albert's (which is as I understand 5 star, Michelin chef, dream-inspired, world-class, haute cuisine) we *had* to go there. All I can say is that children were sleeping and snoring in the restaurant. It was absolutely hilarious and bizarre. The three of us looked at each other, laughed and sarcastically commented on how this experience and dining was costing us two credit points.

2. We were last in the reception area to be called up to dinner. It's really boring in the reception area when you've taken your pictures with Cinderella and listen to the sound of the dinner gong being played for everyone but you. Eventually the "crown gonger" took pity on us and let my kids have a swing at the gong while we waited our turn.

3. Our waitress was sarcastic. She just didn't see how it was possible to accommodate my food allergy and intolerances at that time of night. (Dairy, gluten, egg and soy are listed in advance on each of my dining reservations). But hey, whatevs. Charge us the same amount anyway.

4. I think the chef was annoyed to have to personally accommodate my allergies, especially during dessert. I don't really complain at all, in person. So, here I am a year later finally writing something about it. I was flabbergasted that I got rice dream in a plastic bowl with three cookies from a box that I could have purchased at my local grocery store. See the picture, inset here, with my "extremely fancy" ice cream and cookies. They really had nothing else for me. This is supposed to be a 2 credit experience and the food was simply lackluster. My son's carrots were overcooked and my dessert was something that I can and *have* made at home.

5. Cinderella doesn't show up to dinner.

6. My daughter got a plastic wand with Cinderella's Royal Table stamped on it. The thing? Most of the paint was already chipping off the wand.

7. My son's seriously carnival-esque plastic sword. Laughable. I think I can buy this sword at the Dollar Store. I think.

8. There are no Photopass photographers for the other princesses. Maybe I'm asking too much. But the thing is, they *used* to give you a professional photograph in a lovely sleeve during your meal at Akershus, circa 2012. Alas, no more of that awesomeness.

9. Did I mention the two dining credit points? I did? Let me go right ahead and just re-mention it here. Again, two credit points. At $60 a plate divided by 2, it comes to $30 a credit which is $7 dollars less that the credit point paid in advance. A loss of $14 for two adult meals and I'm not adding the cost of the "child's meal" which had a better dessert than mine, by the way.

10. The time stamp on the receipt is just prior to midnight. I think that very *telling* and slightly humorous, given the tale of Cinderella abruptly needing to leave before the clock struck twelve. What I'm saying is...it's too late to eat dinner at that time of night. Really, it is. Lesson learned.