As one of Disney World’s newest restaurants, Be Our Guest is an incredibly popular dining spot. I have gotten lucky enough to eat there for dinner, twice in the past two years. Because Beauty and the Beast is my favorite movie, I was completely in awe of how perfectly accurate everything was. From the decor, to the music, even to the French-inspired menu, everything was perfect.
Before I get into our experience, here’s a little background on Be Our Guest. You can dine in for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Both breakfast and lunch are quick service meal times. This simply means you order in a line, pick up your food, and find a table. They are both great ways to try to see the beautiful restaurant if you didn’t make prior reservations. Breakfast goes from 8:00 – 10:00 AM. Lunch starts at 10:30 and goes until 2:30 PM. The line for lunch gets very long around 11:00-1:30, so if you want to walk up for lunch, I suggest getting there around 10 AM or 2 PM. Breakfast and lunch will cost around $14.99 and under per adult.
Now if you want the full experience, you should try to get dinner reservations. Dinner is served between 4 PM and 10 PM. Unlike breakfast and lunch, dinner is a candle lit, sit-down meal. It will cost between $15.99 and $29.99 per adult. This is the only place in the Magic Kingdom where you can get an alcoholic beverage, so if that is something you would enjoy, ask for a wine list. They have about 20 wines available, most are by glass or by bottle. They also have a selection of beer. Their dinner menu is considered American, French Cuisine. If you are worried about having children with you, they have a nice kid’s menu as well! Not to mention the light up cups they have available for purchase!
When you arrive for your dinner reservation you will likely have to wait in line to check in. The cast members do their best to get everyone through the line as quickly as possible, some times by having someone stand out by the check in booth with an extra iPad to check more people in at a time. You can’t check in more than 30 minutes early for your reservation, so keep that in mind when you are planning your time. Some times, if they are really busy, they won’t allow you to check in more than 10 minutes early. Once you have checked in, they will hand you a buzzer and ask you to wait on the bridge. While you are on the bridge, I suggest getting some pictures of your group and yourself in front of the Beast’s castle, the beautiful gates, the front door, and everything else the beautiful bridge and entry way have to offer. I love my pictures from the bridge and they helped pass the waiting time.
There are three rooms you can dine in at Be Our Guest: The Grand Ballroom, The West Wing, and the Castle Gallery. My favorite room is the West Wing, but I am glad we haven’t been seated there yet. In my opinion, the room is the most iconic room because it houses the enchanted rose. People are constantly walking through to take pictures of all the decor. And they keep the room pretty dark to add to the feel from the movie. Also, the Beast enters and walks through the Grand Ballroom about every 45 minutes. So if you aren’t seated in the ballroom, you miss out on this exciting moment. We were sat in the ballroom both times. It is the most beautiful room I have ever seen. No matter the time of year, you can see snow falling outside the large ball room windows. The beautiful chandelier and ceiling paintings look like they walked right out of the movie. The last room is the Castle Gallery that houses huge figures of Belle and the Beast dancing. I wouldn’t care to ever be seated in that room, but it is worth walking through at least once.
Zac and I ate at Be Our Guest the first time during our honeymoon. It was the most amazing surprise and I was giddy the whole time. We both ordered the Grilled Strip Steak that came with Garlic-Herb Butter and Pommes Fries. We loved every bite. The second time we ate there we were back for our anniversary. We some how got seated in the same place without asking. It made both of us extremely happy. I ordered the Strip Steak again because I loved it, and Zac ordered Pan-seared Salmon on Leek Fondue which came with creamy Saffron-crusted Potatoes. He said it was good, but it didn’t fill him up. (That may have been because he just competed Ranger School and could eat a whole Pizza in one sitting, but it was
a smaller amount of food.) Luckily, my steak was large and I couldn’t finish it all, so he happily helped me out. We don’t usually order dessert, but when “The Grey Stuff” is on the menu, I cannot resist. If you are a Beauty and the Beast fanatic and have no clue what I’m talking about, allow me to explain. In the song Be Our Guest, Lumiere sings: “Try the grey stuff, its delicious. Don’t believe me? Ask the dishes!” Of course this delicious treat made the menu! It is described as a chocolate shell, cookie creme topped with Lumiere’s special “Grey Stuff”. Both times we ate there we were given a dollop of the “Grey Stuff” for free because we were celebrating something. The second time we decided to try the Triple Chocolate Cupcake, which was describe to us as chocolate sponge cake, chocolate mousse filling, and chocolate ganache. They topped it with a piece of chocolate candy that said “Be Our Guest” on it and drizzled it with a raspberry sauce.
After dinner, you are free to wander around the castle and take pictures in any room that you’d like. When you have finished looking around, you have the unique opportunity to meet the Beast. This is the only place you can meet him. The line usually isn’t too long. We waited maybe five minutes to see him. A cast member will snap a picture on their camera, which you can purchase. But if you ask, they will take a picture on your phone or camera as well. After you meet with the Beast, be sure to stop by the “stained-glass” mural of Belle and the Beast on your way out. It may be a little difficult to get a picture of you next to it because of the lighting, but it is definitely worth looking at!
I adore Be Our Guest and would say it is one of my favorite things Magic Kingdom has to offer. Remember that reservations are HARD to get, so be sure to make them as early as possible. But also remember that people change their plans all the time. We got extremely lucky both times with last minute reservations. (I say lucky, but if I’m being honest, Zac checked for available tables all day long, for a couple weeks until we got one. So be patient and positive, you never know what you’ll find!) Saying that Be Our Guest earned the “Lyssa Stamp of Approval” is a huge understatement. I recommended trying to eat here to EVERYONE who loves Beauty and the Beast!!!
Enjoy a few more pictures from both our trips to Be Our Guest!