Yes, restaurants book up quickly for New Year’s Eve, but we discovered when we dined at Monsieur Paul this week that there still are a few reservations available for noon, 12:30, 2:30 and 3 p.m. on New Year’s Eve – the perfect time to leisurely dine, then stroll the World Showcase Promenade all evening.
The sweet little restaurant on the second floor of the France pavilion at Epcot is a lovely respite from the bustle of the world outside the windows. They’re serving a three-course menu for $75 (plus tax and gratuity). The restaurant features an extensive French wine list, and servers are happy to help pair with any course. So, if you’re looking for a spot to relax and regenerate for midnight, Monsieur Paul is parfait!
Here’s the menu for noon-6:30 p.m.:
Raviole d ’escargots, crème au persil
Escargot ravioli, cream of parsley
Soupe de moules safranée, crème légère aux fenouils
Mussel soup with saffron, light fennel cream
Salade au Bleu
Blue Cheese Salad
Blanc de volaille farci duxelle des champignons, sauce blanche
Chicken stuffed with mushroom duxelle, white sauce
Homard avec un velouté et ses petits légumes
Maine lobster, veloute and baby vegetables
Ribs braisés, purée de carottes
Beef short ribs slowly braised in red wine, served with a carrot purée
New Year’s Eve dessert
Also at Epcot, from 4:30-10:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve, Fantasia 2013 celebrates the close of the year at Epcot World ShowPlace with a tribute to “Fantasia,” Walt Disney’s unique fusion of sight and sound. Inspired by memorable scenes from the classic animated feature films “Fantasia” and “Fantasia 2000,” the delightful party offers fun for everyone in the family.
A generous buffet sweeps around the room with soups and salads; barbecued beef, smoked pork, mahi mahi and red wine-braised chicken; side dishes from pasta and sweet corn polenta pudding to baby green beans and saffron rice. The dessert station offers cookies, cakes, cupcakes, pies, turnovers and fresh fruit – plus the decadent salted caramel milk and Morello Cherry dark drinking chocolate. Cost is $68.67, $44.37 for ages 3 to 10 (including tax and gratuity).
And if you’re looking for a spot to dance in the New Year, there’s still space at Atlantic Dance Hall on Disney’s BoardWalk from 8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. December 31 for guests 21 and older.
A big dance floor, video DJ, party favors and complimentary Champagne toast at midnight guarantee a lively start to 2014. Cost is $37 (plus tax and gratuity).
For reservations for any of the New Year’s Eve dinners or parties, call 407-WDW-DINE.