Cast Members will welcome you in the lobby. The parquet floors, gold trim and blue drapes bring a feeling of southern Louisiana charm. I suggest arriving early (about 30 minutes) for your reservation and requesting a table by the water. These tables will offer a perfect view of the beginning section of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. You will hear the sounds of the swamp, like crickets and frogs chirping. You can see fireflies twinkle, the old fishing boats and cabins on the bayou and watch park guests float by.
If you are unable to be seated right near the water, no worries! The entire dining room is beautifully decorated with an evening outdoor patio theme. Paper lanterns are strung from the trees and each table has a small intimate lamp. Looking one way gives you a view of the bayou and water, looking the other way offers a view of the “mansion” and its upper level balconies.
The menu varies a bit from lunch to dinner. If it’s a famous Monte Cristo sandwich that you’re looking for, be sure to book your reservation for the lunch hours. Your server will bring a bread basket to your table with focaccia and sourdough rolls to try. You may choose to start with the house salad or the signature New Orleans Gumbo. Both of which are wonderful options. I do find the gumbo to have a scrumptious flavor, but it is a bit too spicy for my sensitive palate. Though my husband loves it! There is also a shrimp boil cocktail for an additional charge.
We’ve also had the rack of lamb, which is tender and very tasty.
Unfortunately, we have found the steak, both the flat iron steak and the filet served with Surf & Turf, to be over cooked and tough. However, the flavor is always nice.
The dessert menu at Blue Bayou seems to change and is very small. We’ve had the crème brule, always a nice choice, a chocolate layer cake served with a macaroon and the new Sorcerer Mickey cake.
Fantasmic! Dining Packages are available to prebook. This will give you a voucher for a pre-assigned seating area in the center of the water stage, along with a seat cushion to use during the show. The line will begin near Haunted Mansion. The earlier you arrive to this, the more likely you are to have a front row seat. Click here for the full show from center stage, front row!
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