Dining in Beast’s castle is a dream come true for any Beauty and the Beast fan. The dream can become reality at Be Our Guest, the newest dining venue for Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom.
Be Our Guest serves a quick-service lunch and then transitions to full-service dining in the evening. Dinner service includes meeting the Beast himself.
The reservations for dinner can be quite difficult to get. You need to book your ADR (Advanced Dining Reservation) as early as possible (usually at the 180-day mark). For lunch, you can’t make an ADR. As of this writing, Disney is allowing on-site resort guests to book a lunch Fast Pass for Be Our Guest about 30 days before their visit. This is what we did. Another option is to show up right at the start of lunch service (11am) and then wait to be seated. Disney is also handing out paper Fast Passes for guests to return if the standby wait is long. If you are a client of Ryan’s, please let him know if you want to eat here. He can help you make your plans for your visit. This is one area where a knowledgeable Disney travel agent can make your vacation go much smoother.
Like I mentioned previously, we used the lunch Fast Pass reservation. When you make your Fast Pass you have the option to select your meals. It seemed odd picking out what we were eating for lunch so far in advance (21 days if I remember correctly). However, when we arrived and we didn’t have to make any decisions, it was a very nice option.
We showed up at the restaurant at our designated time and checked in with the greeters. They gave us a red rose and told us to proceed over the bridge and to ask for a specific cast member. Once there we were greeted again and he asked us who we were looking for. I think the cast member name is their code to know which line you belong in once inside the restaurant. We were directed to a line to speak to a cashier. We had about a 10 minute wait and the cashier confirmed our order and asked us if we wanted to change anything on our pre-selected meals.
Once we paid, we were then free to explore and find our own seats. The restaurant is amazing. It is worth eating here just to be inside the Beast’s castle. There are 3 rooms you can sit in. The main dining area is themed from the ballroom scene in the movie. As you look out the windows you can see it snowing. There is the West Wing where the magical rose and the Beast’s portrait with rips in the canvas are on display. We sat in what is called the Music Box room. There is a statue of Belle and the Beast that twirls slowly as if it is a music box. There are pictures all around the room. It is a very charming place and I am glad we sat here.
Once you find your seat, you are free to go grab your beverages from the drink station. Your food is then brought to you via a cart. It is magical that they know the table to deliver the food since you select your own seat. However, we had the rose and I think there is RFID technology used so they know how to find you. I have heard not everyone has a rose with them, and then I think they are using your Magic Bands to do the locating.
Our food was good. Notice, I didn’t say great. As far as theme park food goes I consider it slightly above average with some nice choices. You are eating here for the location. The adults ate a turkey sandwich, roast beef sandwich, and French onion soup. Our boys ate a Mickey meatloaf and a grilled cheese with tomato soup. We shared 2 cupcakes for dessert. The strawberry cream cheese cupcake and the grey stuff cupcake. The cupcake with the grey icing was a chocolate cupcake and the grey icing really didn’t have a flavor other than mildly sweet buttercream. The strawberry cupcake was heaven. I will go back specifically for that cupcake. The strawberry flavor was amazing with the mousse that filled the inside of the cupcake.
If you have a Beauty in the Beast fan in your group then you should try to dine here. We are hoping to dine here for dinner on our next trip. I’ll get my travel agent right on that!
Blog post written by Kim Slusher