We had the pleasure of enjoying dinner at Be Our Guest, Walt Disney World’s newest restaurant, during the first few days after the New Fantasyland grand opening in December 2012. Although a quick service restaurant at lunch, the Beast’s castle transforms into a table service for dinner.
Reservations are still pretty tough to secure, but if you’re interested in dining here for dinner (and avoiding the long lunch lines), keep trying online and via phone. We saw several people turned away while waiting for our reservation time, so walk-ups probably are very few and far between at this point.
The exterior of the restaurant features stained glass and mosaics, as well as a stonework look and several statues leading to the door and then flanking it.
It was an unseasonably chilly day in Magic Kingdom, so we were glad to be escorted inside, as we were waiting outside of the restaurant for our table to be ready.
We were having dinner in the mysterious West Wing, which we were led to by way of the gorgeous, grand ballroom.
The West Wing is quite a bit more intimate than the ballroom. It’s home to the enchanted rose that harbors the Beast’s curse. Every twenty minutes, the last petal falls and the storm starts brewing. Be sure to keep an eye on Prince Adam’s portrait when this happens.
With the atmosphere set, it was time to peruse the menu. We ordered hot chocolate right off the bat. It came in a large teacup and was delicious!! A bowl of potato leek soup was also a must for that chilly day.
Stitchy-poo had fallen asleep at this point, so he curled up on a chair while the rest of us ordered. Gma had the grilled strip steak, mom chose the cornish hen, and I enjoyed the shrimp and scallops. Of course, we all sampled a bit of all three dishes. Everything was very good, but I enjoyed the shrimp and scallops the most.
Last, and certainly not least, we indulged in a little dessert! The dessert carts are so adorably Beauty and the Beast that guests can’t help but save a little room just to choose something from the offerings. We shared the chocolate cupcake and cream puff. Both were yummy, but the cupcake was ridiculously so. In fact, I’m kind of drooling now.
As I was celebrating my December birthday (remember, December babies, we milk any non-Christmas celebration for all it’s worth!!), I also got to try “the grey stuff!” I won’t spoil it for anyone, but it’s, well, delicious! At this time, I do believe it’s only served to guests celebrating special occasions, but it seems that’s almost everyone these days, so slap on your button and see if you don’t get a dollop.
While not technically a character meal, Beast does make a quick appearance or two in the dining rooms but does not visit individual tables. After dinner, though, he greets departing guests in the study (which is where lunch is ordered during the quick service hours). A PhotoPass photographer was present. The beast does not sign autographs. Giant hands, you know. If he can’t eat from a spoon (points if you get the reference!), writing his name with a teeny Sharpie probably isn’t going to work, either.
After your audience with Beast, you make your way back to the foyer, but take a minute to stop and listen to the suits of armor in the hall.
LunchAlthough we haven’t tried lunch at Be Our Guest yet, I was able to get a walk-through of the lunch experience on a recent Agent Education Program at Walt Disney World.
Lunch guests enter through the study, which is where dinner guests actually end their meal.
Guests stop at the podium and receive their magical rose, which will be used during the ordering and delivering process.
The rose and method of RFID payment (currently Key to the World cards but will soon also be MagicBands) are tapped on Mickey, and guests can order and even customize their meals. A register is also available for cash and credit card payments. Of course, cast members are always on hand to help.
Once the meal is ordered, the rose is placed on the dining table and “tells” the dishes you are seated. Et voila! Lunch is served.
The Rose Gallery is a third dining room open only for lunch.
We will 100% be back at Be Our Guest (well, assuming we can snag another reservation)!! The atmosphere is wonderful, and the food lived up to the hype. We may try to brave the lines to sample the lunch menu and experience on our next trip, too.