The Be Our Guest restaurant in Magic Kingdom is gorgeous, and does not miss a single detail when it comes to recreating the Beast’s castle on top of Belle’s village. From the bridge to the entrance, to the grand ballroom and the detailed artwork on the ceiling. Our family was fortunate to get a table right next to the outer walls and could watch the snow falling outside the castle.
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Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney Princess movie! The original of course. I love Belle’s blasé indifference towards Gaston, how her nose is always pressed into a book, and her ultimate devotion to her principles. So when Be Our Guest opened in 2012 we were prepared. We planned our visit and were able to secure reservations in 2013.
Originally, reservations were only accepted for dinner, but now they have expanded to accepting reservations for all three meals. If you want to dine here, and you definitely should, you’ll have to be on your game. Disney World accepts Advance Dining Reservations, known as ADR’s, 180 days in advance, at which time you can plan through your whole trip (up to 10 days) starting at the 180 day mark. We’ve tried to make reservations every single year, and it’s been hit and miss. When we do get them it isn’t on the day we’ve planned to visit Magic Kingdom. Until this year (we’ll update in September!). Make sure Be Our Guest is the first restaurant you try to secure reservations for – and good luck!
Family Hint: Don’t include babies in your table number. If you can swing having the baby sit on your lap, or a stroller near your table, you’ll have an easier chance getting a table with a smaller number.
Be Our Guest (TS)
Magic Kingdom | New Fantasyland
Walt Disney World, Florida
The Beast performs several grand entrances throughout your meal. First the butler will announce his entrance and he’ll make his way through the dining hall, weaving his way among the tables. He then goes to his study and waits for visitors to take photos with. Don’t come to this restaurant expecting to see Belle. In a way, it’s a nice change of pace since the majority of the parks are catered to the princesses. For boys, it’s a definite win.
I selected the Pan-seared Salmon on Leek Fondue served with creamy saffron-crushed potatoes.
Gabriel enjoyed the Grilled Strip Steak with garlic-herb butter and pommes frites.
Midway through dinner our server came and asked us if we’d like to watch the fireworks. He ushered us out to the bridge where we had the most spectacular, front row view of the fireworks which exploded right over our heads with only a handful of people to share it with. There is nothing to describe how incredible it was and our twins were in awe.
Dessert was simply lackluster. For such an exquisite dining experience, ambiance, and character dining, we were disappointed to have nothing more than cupcakes for dessert options. Because we were celebrating our anniversary, we were also served a plate of ‘the grey stuff, it’s delicious!’ which it was, but had we not had a celebration there would have been nothing remarkable to mention here.
On our way out we visited the Beast in his study. We received a warm welcome, and had fun chatting with him. Our little boy was especially delighted! You’ll find a Photopass photographer here to take your picture, and can spend as long as you like exploring and admiring.
► For Kids: Absolutely! A beast! A castle! Food! Fireworks!
Have you been able to snag a reservation at Be Our Guest? What did you think? Let us know in the comments!
► Nap-time Version: This is a merveilleux experience, and one the kids will always remember. It’s great for all families, and no one will be disappointed. Though dinner is when we visited, we’ve heard that Lumiere makes lunch a very special experience with a croquette sandwich that sounds mouthwatering. Breakfast is complete with all the french delicacies you could imagine.
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