River Belle Terrace: Tuesday Lunch

We were almost ready to exit the park after the earthquake because all attractions were closed because of safety concerns until post-earthquake inspections were finished.

Our original plan had been to go on Splash Mountain with our FastPasses. But they were useless with the attraction being closed. We had previously planned to eat at the Golden Horseshoe Saloon for lunch that day while watching the stage show there. But the walking and crowdedness combined with being hungry was wearing us out, including Michael’s feet and my feet, too. Blisters had started forming.

We walked back to Frontierland from Critter Country (which turned out to be a wasted trip there because we hadn’t heard the attractions were closed) but Michael needed a break when we were near the River Belle Terrace restaurant, a combination indoor and outdoor dining place we had wanted to have Mickey pancakes at perhaps on one morning during our vacation. But we hadn’t planned on having lunch there.

While Michael and Carol waited by sitting on a low brick wall near the restaurant, I went ahead to check out if the Golden Horseshoe Saloon was open after the earthquake yet and if they would be having afternoon shows after all.

I came back to Carol and Michael with good news and bad news. They were open and serving food, plus the shows would be starting up again in about a half hour. The bad news, though, was that people had already entered early and there wasn’t any place to sit — and no standing room, either.

Then we noticed that the River Belle Terrace had reopened for lunch. We were tired and hungry, and we were already there, so instead of going out of the park to take a break at the hotel, we got in the long line for the River Belle Terrace instead.

We took a look at the menu posted near the door and thought it would be a pretty good place to eat. It turned out that it was. We even were able to sit at a table by the window overlooking Adventureland. Note that although this counter service restaurant has fountain drinks (Coca-Cola products), refills are not free.

It has a pleasant decor, but not quite as luxurious as the Plaza Inn restaurant.

Our view of Tarzan’s Treehouse right outside our window.

The raspberry cheesecake even had a Hidden Mickey!

Above: window detail. Below: Ceiling with recessed light next to the window.

Notice how the lighting fixture is similar to the wallpaper. Very nice!

That’s the Mark Twain riverboat, which can be seen outside the windows of the Frontierland side of the restaurant or from the outside dining patio.

There are plenty of nice little details, like on this air vent.

Empty tables were hard to find when we started lunch (and all the attractions were still closed after the earthquake), but there were plenty of tables available when we were done. Although we entered from the Frontierland side, we exited out this door on the restaurant’s Adventureland side when we were finished eating.

That door is right next to The Bengal Barbecue in Adventureland…

…and very close to the entrance to The Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse Tarzan’s Treehouse, which we noticed had reopened by then, so we thought about doing that attraction next.

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