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A dinner here is never second best! Be Our Guest Restaurant at Disney World has a lot to live up to, based on the song it’s named after. So, it’s time to put its service to the test! Recently, we hopped over to Be Our Guest to check out its menu and overall experience. While there are some changes (no breakfast and an all-day prix fixe menu), the restaurant still retains the magical ambience that it’s so well-known for. Be our guest as we review everything from the theming to the food!
As one of the most popular dining locations at Disney World, Be Our Guest creates a memorable experience for the entire family with its French-inspired cuisine and elaborate theming. Guests are toadally immersed into a storybook world, as they dine like royalty at the Beast’s enchanted castle in Fantasyland.
Be Our Guest Restaurant now offers lunch and dinner, both of which feature the same three-course prix fixe menu. It costs $67 per adult and $39 per child, ages 3 to 9. (Previously, breakfast and lunch were quick-service options, while dinner was table-service only.) Although not considered an official character dining experience, the Beast makes a special appearance as he walks around the restaurant and greets each of the dining rooms.
Before the COVID-19 closure, an advanced dining reservation was highly sought after and hard to come by, as the restaurant would usually be fully booked 180 days in advance. However, it’s been easier now than ever to snag a reservation for lunch or dinner (though note that the Advance Dining Reservation window is now 60 days). Even though Be Our Guest still remains a popular dining location, finding a reservation is not unimaginable. While writing this Frog Family foodie review, we checked My Disney Experience and saw that we could make a lunch reservation for a party of four the very next day, as well as some availability every day for the following week. If you’re planning an upcoming trip to Magic Kingdom and dining at Be Our Guest is at the top of your Disney World bucket list, then we highly suggest booking a reservation. It's important to note that for in-park dining, guests must have valid park admission and a reservation for park entry through the Disney Park Pass reservation system — as well as a dining reservation — to dine at an in-park, table-service restaurant (including Be Our Guest). Dining reservations do not guarantee entry to the park.
However, we’ve also lucked out with walk-in availability as well. During a recent trip to Magic Kingdom, we stopped by around 1 p.m.and asked the host outside at the podium if the restaurant was accepting any walk-ins. She said it’d be about a 10-minute wait, so we went for it — frogtastic! If you're visiting during peak crowd times such as holidays or during the summer, we still recommend booking your reservation 60 days in advance to ensure your spot.
Currently, the restaurant is utilizing mobile check-in for Be Our Guest Restaurant but you can also check-in at the host's podium no earlier than 15 minutes before your reservation time. To take advantage of the mobile check-in, be sure to download the My Disney Experience app (or update to the latest version) to use this feature. All you have to do is confirm your arrival time and party details. When you check in, you can request a specific dining room (more info below!). There’s no guarantee, but cast members will do their best to try to accommodate you.
All checked in? You’ll then cross over the bridge toward the rocky facade, complete with a flowing waterfall, to enter the Beast’s castle. Gothic-style gargoyles hold up massive lamp posts along the way and large lion statues guard the doors. Once you step inside, there’s a beautiful mosaic of Beauty and the Beast on the left and a corridor with knights in armor on the right. (Listen closely to hear the knights whispering among themselves!) When it’s time to be seated, you’ll proceed through the foyer to enter the Grand Ballroom.
At Be Our Guest, the restaurant is split into three enchanting dining areas — the Grand Ballroom, the Rose Gallery and the West Wing — transporting you right into a storybook setting. The details are so captivating that you’ll froget you’re at a theme park!
The elegant Grand Ballroom is centrally located and the largest of the three dining rooms. It has a high, domed ceiling, chandeliers, columns and archways, and was designed to be a replica of the ballroom in the beloved animated film. We love sitting by the floor-to-ceiling windows where you can watch snow falling “outside” in the night sky. Be sure to look up at the ceiling as well. You’ll see a mural of cherubs, which are said to be the faces of Disney Imagineers’ babies. Because of its size, the room can be quite loud. However, the tables are spaced out so we didn't feel too cramped or stuffy.
The Castle Gallery, also known as the Rose Gallery, features a nearly 7-foot-tall music box centerpiece with larger-than-life figures of Beauty and the Beast swirling atop. Throughout the room, framed portraits, paintings and tapestries of classic scenes from the movie (and new scenes too!) hang on the walls. The bright and cheery atmosphere of this smaller room strikes a nice balance of elegance and simplicity.
Lastly, the mysterious and foreboding West Wing is the smallest dining area and offers the most intimate dining experience. In the dark corner of the Beast’s forbidden room, the enchanted rose sits in its case, as thunder roars intermittently. When a rose petal falls, watch the slashed portrait of the Prince turn into the Beast momentarily. Because of the dark atmosphere, the smallest tadpoles may be frightened. When Lily was younger, she refused to go in there, but during this recent visit, she wanted to get a picture taken in front of the enchanted rose. (She then promptly speed hopped out of the room.)
No matter where you sit, you’ll be entranced by the magical details everywhere you look. Like before, guests are still allowed to wander around the restaurant and visit other dining areas after you eat.
Time to discuss the best part: the food! Like we mentioned before, lunch and dinner now have the same three-course prix fixe menu. This means you’re able to select your choice of appetizer, entree and dessert for a fixed price. It doesn’t matter which ones you choose ... the price is the same: $67 per adult and $39 per child, ages 3 to 9. Once seated, you’re given a menu, along with bread rolls & butter.
As for the appetizers, there are four different options to start off your three-course meal:
Potato-Leek Soup - truffle potato chips and leek fondue
Leap had the endive salad, while I opted for the French Onion Soup. I really enjoyed my selection — the French Onion Soup was rich, so I wasn’t able to finish it all. But the melted cheese on top was the main draw for me!
Don’t fill up too fast (like me!). You’ll be faced with the hardest decision yet … the entrée. Choose one main dish from the following mouthwatering creations:
As a creature of habit, Leap ordered the Poulet Rouge Chicken, which was nice and crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. He loved the flavors and thought it tasted even better than before. Meanwhile, I decided on the filet mignon, which was nice and tender. Tad, who was old enough to order from the “grownups menu” this time, had the Duroc Pork Chop, and as usual, this growing tween devoured every bite.
The tadpoles have a special kids menu, which allows them to choose their own appetizers, entrée and sides too. For the appetizers, they can choose either an iceberg wedge salad, house-made peach applesauce or a fruit and cheese plate. Each entrée comes with two side selections. Here’s the breakdown of entrées and sides.
Entrées (choose one):
Side Selections (choose two):
Lily picked out her go-to macaroni and cheese with sweet potatoes and green beans. The serving size was just right for her tadpole tummy!
It’s dessert time … FINALLY. The Dessert Trio consists of a lemon jam macaron, a dark chocolate truffle (filled with dark chocolate Grand Marnier ganache) and a dark chocolate tart filled with the Grey Stuff, which is indeed delicious! The kid-version of the Dessert Trio comes with chocolate “paint” so that the tadpoles can decorate the Chip cup.
Cheers! Beverages such as soda, tea and coffee are included with the meal price. Nonalcoholic signature drinks (which come in light-up souvenir cups), wines, beer, ciders and champagne are available for an additional price (and most, naturally, are from France).
Our Final Thoughts About Be Our Guest Restaurant at Disney World
Tadpoles and frog parents alike will surely love dining as guests of the Beast in his castle. While the breakfast and lunch quick-service options have been removed, you can now see the Beast during lunch and dinner, instead of dinner only. The restaurant is fancy enough to make a meal there feel like a special occasion, but not overly lavish that you'll feel underdressed in your theme park clothes. We definitely recommend taking your time by eating leisurely and roaming around the restaurant so you can observe all of the details! You won't be in and out quickly since it's a three-course meal (we spent about an hour and a half in there). So if you're pressed for time and it's not a must-do experience, it's better to sit this one out. "Beauty and the Beast" fans will appreciate the immersive theming, as they dine like their favorite characters. Bon appétit!
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Be Our Guest Restaurant
Can you walk around the restaurant without a reservation?
You would need a reservation to enter Be Our Guest Restaurant.
Hello, I appreciate your insight. We will be visiting Disney this Dec during the Holidays. We made reservations at "Be Our Guest" on New Years Eve My daughters birthday is on New Years Eve, turning 20, and was unable to claim any other reservations in the parks, other than "Be Our Guest" made me nervous how easy it was to get a reservation. Can I ask you if you would eat New Years Eve at the "Be your Guest?"
Be Our Guest is definitely one of the more popular (and pricier) restaurants, so we always try to save it for a special occasion, such as a birthday, whenever we pick up a reservation. Because it's your daughter's birthday AND New Year's Eve, that toadally sounds like a fun way to celebrate! We'd keep it, especially since it'd be hard to get it back if you were to cancel. (But if you change your mind as it gets closer and you find another option, you can always cancel, as long as it's done the day before.)
Hello! I appreciate your reviews and advice. Question about the time: We are doing only 1 day at Magic Kingdom, second time at the park. You mentioned it was about 1 1/2 hr total. Was this because the service is slow or because you were just relaxing and taking your time? I'm wondering if each meal comes out soon after you've finished the one before or you had to wait awhile for each course? Just curious to see if this might work for us. I think an hour would be ok for us. Thank you!
The experience in total takes a bit longer than normal table-service restaurants (and there was definitely some relaxing involved!). They are pretty speedy in bringing things out, and service has been wonderful each time we've visited — it's things like walking around, or waiting for one course to finish before ordering the next, relaxing with your beverage, etc. that add up the minutes. If you're wanting the full experience, we'd budget for an hour and a half; if you go in prepared and just want to take a quick peek around, it's do-able in an hour! We'd suggest letting your server know that you're on a time constraint too. Hope this helps!
We recently made a reservation for October since they are so open right now. Your review and photos make me really look forward to our meal. I've read so much already, lots of complaints that they can't just get a cupcake and be done. But the food looks very good. I thought I read that the onion soup was not beef based and was vegetarian. I really like onion soup, but I also like lobster bisque. How was the lobster bisque? Any photos of the filet mignon?
Oh wow, we are so glad we could help! The onion soup is no longer vegetarian, though it used to be. We enjoyed the lobster bisque, but preferred the French onion soup. The filet was delicious, with lots of flavor - we loved it! We hope you enjoy your trip! :)
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