Be Our Guest is arguably the most popular restaurant in all of Walt Disney World. It’s part of a wide range of highly themed new restaurants and lounges around property. Be Our Guest is located in back of Fantasyland and truly transports guests into the world of Belle, the Beast, and the other enchanted objects from the story. Here are eight facts and tips about this incredible experience!
8. Advanced Dining Reservations
Be Our Guest is one of the (if not the) hardest reservations to score at Walt Disney World. When it opened, guests could only make reservations for dinner, and the quick service lunch time was just a walk-up. Incredibly long lines lead to an experiment with lunchtime Be Our Guest Fastpasses. The experiment did not last long, and by spring, 2015, guests could make reservations for lunch, and also for breakfast. Guests can make dining reservations 180 days in advance of their trip. Be flexible with meal times for your best chance to snag this hard-to-get reservation! If at first you don’t succeed, keep checking every week or so for cancellations.
7. Quick Service and Sit Down
For breakfast and lunch, Be Our Guest is a quick service restaurant. Guests can order via kiosks, or ahead of time on the My Disney Experience app. Guests find their own table, gather their silverware, and fill their own drinks. The food magically finds its way to the table (or maybe it’s the short range RFID in either the MagicBands or plastic roses given at the order point). At dinner, Be Our Guest becomes a table service restaurant, where guests are seated and orders taken at their table. Be Our Guest accepts Tables in Wonderland at dinner only.
6. Three Themed Rooms
Be Our Guest is made up of three highly themed dining rooms– the West Wing, the Ballroom, and the Rose Gallery. The West Wing houses the magical rose and a portrait of the human Prince Adam. This rooms tends to be darker than the others, some like that atmosphere, but some don’t like eating in the dark. The Ballroom features soaring, painted ceiling, and three gigantic chandeliers. The far wall is made up of huge windows and shows soft snow fall outside, making this the perfect room to dine in during the holidays. The Rose Gallery’s centerpiece is a larger-than-life Bell and Beast music box, while painting adorn the walls. This is typically the quietest of the three rooms, so bear that in mind if you want to eat in relative peace. No matter which room to dine in, feel free to wander and explore all three dining rooms! The theming at Be Our Guest is truly extraordinary!
5. Meet the Beast
At dinner, the Beast greets his guests. He wanders through the dining rooms, but is also available for pictures in a room off the ballroom. Stop by to visit with him on your way out of the restaurant. Photopass photographers are on hand to capture the meeting.
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4. Talking Suits of Armor
Listen carefully while you’re waiting in line for breakfast or lunch. In the hall before ordering your food, there are suits of armor. They talk. This hall tends to be loud– full of people excited to eat in Beast’s castle– so be patient. Can you catch what they’re saying?
3. Specialty Wine
Dinner at Be Our Guest is the only place in the Magic Kingdom to get alcohol. Be Our Guest features French wines and beer. Several of the wines are specialty blends bottled specifically for Be Our Guest!
2. Stained Glass Window
Scenes of beautiful stained glass windows in the castle bookend the film. See one of those windows for yourself in Be Our Guest. It makes for a fantastic backdrop for a family portrait, or a shot of your princess. The window is a popular photo op, so you may wait behind a few other families.
1. Try the Grey Stuff, it’s Delicious
It’s an iconic line from the song, “Be Our Guest,” so of course it had to be on the menu! At lunch, you can find the Grey Stuff on the Master’s Cupcake. At dinner, you can order Grey Stuff as your dessert, which comes on a cookie shell. Personally, I like the Master’s Cupcake at lunch much better than the Grey Stuff on the cookie shell. In general, Be Our Guest has a terrific cupcake lineup. Think about ordering a selection of cupcakes for your whole party, so everyone can try a bite or two of various flavors.
What’s your favorite room in Be Our Guest? Do you have a favorite time of day to dine there, or any other tips? Let us know!