Why I Love Disney’s ‘Be Our Guest’ Restaurant

by Carrie McLaren with no comments

The most magical place to dine at Walt Disney World is the breathtaking ‘Be Our Guest’ restaurant in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park.

With quick-service dining available for breakfast and lunch, the restaurant is a sit-down service meal at night. And the most magical part of the experience is that you get to dine in one of three themed rooms – The West Wing, the Rose Gallery or the Grand Ballroom. Disney’s ‘Be Our Guest’ restaurant is pure magic.

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Stepping into the restaurant is like stepping into the classic ‘Beauty & the Beast’ story.  The iconic ballroom is overwhelming beautiful and the attention to detail is phenomenal. I always find myself humming songs from the movie while I’m inside the castle.

When you visit, be sure to look at the cherubs painted on the ceiling – they are said to be the faces of Disney Imagineer’s children! How’s that for a legacy?

Reservations open up 180 days in advanced and they go quickly. My best advice is to plan ahead and keeping checking the Disney Dining Reservations page for cancellations. I’ve seen reservations become available within a day’s notice of your day at the park.

Disney's Be Our Guest Restaurant - Ballroom Ceiling

Inside the ‘Be Our Guest’ Dining Rooms 

During our recent visit, we dined in the Rose Gallery surrounded by tapestries featuring Belle, Beast and friends.  The centerpiece of the room is an oversized music box figurine of Belle and Beast dancing, rumor has it you can buy a smaller version of the music box soon!

As you enter the West Wing, you’ll see a much darker room, elaborate décor and hear thunder in the distance. As you dine, you’ll see the enchanted rose slowly loses its petals transforming the beast into a prince. Pro Tip: If you have little ones that are scared of thunder and lightning, this room may be a little too stimulating for them. My girls are scared of the West Wing.

Disney's Be Our Guest Restaurant - West Wing - credit Matt Stroshane

My favorite place to dine is inside the Grand Ballroom – it tends to get a bit noisy with so many people, but it is magical to have the same view as in the movie. You can even watch the snow fall outside the ballroom windows.

Pro Tip: If you have a preference of which room you’d like to be seated in, let the hostess know at check-in. They can’t guarantee it, but will do their best to accommodate you.

Disney's Be Our Guest Restaurant - Tapestry Room - credit Matt Stroshane WDW

image courtesy of Walt Disney World/Matt Stroshane

What Should I Eat? 

The French-inspired food featured at dinner includes Potato Leek Soup, Mussels Provençal, Braised Pork and other entrees. At lunch, guests can dine on Croque Monsieur, Vegetable Quiches and assorted sandiwiches. I’m a big fan of the French onion soup and the pan-seared salmon.

‘Be Our Guest’ is also unique in that at dinnertime, guests may order wine and beer with their meal – it’s a first inside the Magic Kingdom Park.

Some of the children menu selections include Mickey Meatloaf, whole-grain macaroni and even grilled fish.  And be sure and save room for dessert… You can choose from a variety of cupcakes.

Pro Tip: Try the ‘Gray stuff’ It really is delicious and tastes like a cookies and cream mousse.

Disney's Be our Guest Restaurant - the Gray Stuff

The Gray Stuff (it really is delicious!)

Take A Look Inside

While it is not considered a character meal, the Beast is located in the parlor for meet and greets. Be sure to stop by and say hello as you exit the castle.

Here’s a great look at the restaurant from the folks at Walt Disney World and their fantastic Imagineers

Have you dined at ‘Be Our Guest’? 

West Wing, Rose Gallery or the Ballroom?

 

** We are Walt Disney World annual passholders. I was not asked to share my experience with you. Thoughts and opinions here are my own. ** 

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