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Date night Bucket List: France at the World Showcase in Epcot

I had the opportunity to check off one of my dating bucket list items on our recent family vacation to Disney World! I wasn't sure if we would get the opportunity to spend some time alone and it magical happened!!

I've have been dying to try the

Les Chefs de France

restaurant in the World Showcase at Epcot. You need to make the reservations ahead of time and it needs to be done via

online

, not over the phone. We learned this the hard way as we scrambled on the internet via our phones. We were lucky to be able to make the reservation that morning.

Everyone at the restaurant is from the country of France so you genuinely feel like you are there. There is a low light ambiance that makes this restaurant intimate. That is one of my favorite things about Disney World. You always feel like you have escaped reality and you are somewhere else in different place or time.

The Food

The food was amazing! I mean AMAZING! I haven't had a meal like that in a long time and it was well worth the price. They even brought out these cute little loaves of french bread for the table.

We both enjoyed the Filet de boeuf grille (beef tenderloin) with a green peppercorn sauce and the potato gratin and green beans. Here is a link to their 

menu

.

The meat was very tender and juicy almost like butter melting in your mouth. The potato gratin was very creamy and delicious as well. The green beans were cooked so perfectly and lightly buttered. All together the meal was heaven! I enjoyed dipping some of the potato in the peppercorn sauce. It was so subtle an not overwhelming at all.  Of course I paired my steak with a glass of Pinot Noir.

We were lucky to have a table at the very front of the restaurant near the windows and caught the evening show of illuminations.We would have grabbed some dessert but our plan was to hit up the 

Les Halles Boulangerie and Patisserie

 for some chocolate croissants and coffee. Unfortunately, it was closed by the time we finished our meal. Poor planning on our part but the evening was still amazing.

Overall Experience

I would definitely suggest this restaurant as I'm sitting here dreaming about the delightful cuisine. The atmosphere was very real and I would even recommend taking the kids as they have a wonderful kids menu.

What I enjoy as well was that this restaurant wasn't too stuffy. Since it's inside the park you get a variety of fellow dinners from the sun soaked park hoppers to the date nighters like the hubby and myself. You can dress this evening up or just enjoy a fabulous meal. It's up to you!

Have you every dined at Les Chefs de France? What did you think of the digs? What other restaurants have you enjoyed at the parks? Let's have a discussion in the comments!

Magical Mondays: My Disney Bucket List

Even though I have been here over a dozen times, there are still a few things I have not been able to experience personally or with my family.

For this week's Magical Mondays, I am highlighting my bucket list for our Disney Vacation in September.

Disney Vacation Bucket List

(Some of these I've already done but are worth the repeat!)

1. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique with the girls

2. French Restaurant in Paris - Epcot, World Showcase

3. The New Snow White Ride.. Just opened up!

4. Belle's Castle and Be Our Guest restaurant

5. Dole Whip in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom.

6. Electrical Parade at Magic Kingdom

7. Hollywood and Vine Character Breakfast - Hollywood Studios

8. Embroidered Mickey Ears w/ the names for the whole family

9. The Christmas shop in Downtown Disney

10. Downtown Disney shopping... I need a new coffee mug!

11. Character photo ops and signatures (the last trip Bella really got into this!)

12. Going on the Dumbo Ride with my youngest

13. The new Fantasyland Parade

14. Visit Tom Sawyers Island

15. Afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian... they have a tea party for the little ones!

16. Enjoy a Gourmet cupcake from the Magic Kingdom (Chesire Cafe and pretty much every other park)

17. Enjoy a brownie sundae at the Ghiradelli Soda Shop

18. Eat and enjoy the music at Raglan Road in Downtown Disney

19. Eat and Drink my way around the World Showcase

20. Climb through the Swiss Family Tree House

21. Sport matching family vacation tees- I know this one is corny

22. Disney Junior Live on Stage

at Hollywood Studios

23. Let the the wiggles at Honey I Shrunk The Kids play yard

24. Camp out at Fort Wilderness

25. The Hubby pulling the Sword out of the Stone in Magic Kingdom

There are endless things to do at Walt Disney World resort, so it's important to plan in advance and know what you want to see and do. Otherwise, you will miss out on some of the timed parades and shows. I'm all for just winging it but this really is not a place you go to without a plan... unless you go multiple times:).