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Be Our Guest, a restaurant inside the Beast’s castle at the Magic Kingdom, gets a lot of hype, but is it worth the money? Should you eat here on your next trip to Disney World? Will you love your experience? Keep reading to find out what to expect!
As you probably can guess, Be Our Guest is themed after the movie Beauty and the Beast. The restaurant itself is designed to look like the Beast’s castle. It has large doors, tiled floors, and stone gargoyles throughout.
There are three dining rooms: the Grand Ballroom, the West Wing, and the Rose Gallery. Additionally, you can also see a hall of armor and the Beast’s study.
The Imagineers did a great job carrying out the theme. Everything in this restaurant makes you feel like you just stepped into the movie.
If you are a fan of this movie, you will instantly love this environment. The theme is probably the best part of this restaurant. There are so many great details both inside and out.
I was very impressed by the decor.
The Grand Ballroom
The Grand Ballroom has high ceilings and elaborate chandeliers.
It is the largest of the three dining rooms. It is a large cavernous space with beautiful arched windows that look out on the snowy night sky.
Because it is so large, it can get a little loud in here. But, it adds to the feeling of being at a banquet in an actual castle.
We ate in the Grand Ballroom. It felt fancy but not stuffy or overly formal.
The Rose Gallery
The Rose Gallery is a smaller dining room to the right of the ballroom. It has a large music box with a statue of Belle and Beast dancing in the center.
It is small and quiet with framed paintings on the walls. This room is much more intimate and quiet than the ballroom.
The West Wing
As you might expect, the West Wing is dark and foreboding. It is adorned with paintings and curtains ripped by the Beast during his rage. It feels somber and as if it is hiding a secret from you.
You will also find the enchanted rose under a glass dome in the West Wing.
You will find Be Our Guest inside the Magic Kingdom in Fantasyland. This is the perfect location given the theme of the restaurant. It is also convenient for those visiting the Magic Kingdom.
The only downside to this location is that you must have admission to Magic Kingdom in order to enjoy this restaurant.
Be Our Guest is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
During breakfast and lunch, the restaurant functions as a quick-service location. It is a little different than most quick-service places, however.
At most restaurants, you order, pay, and receive your food at a counter and then find a table. Here, you order and pay at a kiosk and then find a table. Using modern technology and a little Disney magic, waiters find you at your table and bring your food to you.
You can also pre-order your breakfast or lunch before arriving using Mobile Ordering on the My Disney Experience app. And unlike other quick service locations, you can make a reservation for breakfast or lunch.
At breakfast, you can enjoy quiche, croissant doughnuts, and open-faced breakfast sandwiches.
Lunch is now a prix fixe menu. You can choose an appetizer, an entree, and then will receive the dessert trio. The options for appetizers are lobster bisque, french onion soup, or a meat and cheese tray. For entrees, your choices are filet mignon, sea scallops, chicken, or pork tenderloin.
Kids can choose an appetizer, an entree, two sides, and a dessert during lunch.
At dinner, Be Our Guest becomes a table-service restaurant. It functions the same as any other table service location in terms of seating and wait service.
However, please note that as of July 2018, dinner is now a prix fixe menu. You choose an appetizer and entree and receive the dessert trio.
Appetizer choices include escargot, a salad, a meat and cheese plate, and lobster bisque. Entrees include scallops, pork tenderloin, filet mignon, lamb chops, or chicken.
The dessert trio includes a white chocolate cup with grey stuff, a chocolate truffle, and vanilla cake with lemon curd.
For kids, they have applesauce or fruit and cheese plate for appetizers. Children’s entrees include shrimp, chicken, beef, or mac and cheese.
To see the full menu, visit allears.net.
We have only eaten dinner here, and that was before it changed to a prix fixe menu. Unfortunately, nobody in my family liked the food.
The french fries were so salty that I could hardly eat them. The steak was mediocre at best. The strawberry cream cheese cupcake was decent, but not amazing.
This was, by far, the worst meal of our trip. It was a one and done for us. There are lots of other places to eat at Disney World that have better food at lower prices.
Even though I haven’t tried the new menu, I have no desire to try it. Others have said that the quality of the food has not improved. And, the meal is not worthy of the hefty price tag.
While the food is not great, the service is. We had a great server. She was warm, engaging, and welcoming.
Throughout dinner, she chatted with us and kept our drinks full. She even gave my son a special dessert of “grey stuff” to celebrate his completion of 4 parks in 1 day challenge.
There is no formal entertainment here. However, in each of the three dining rooms, there is something to keep you, and more importantly, your kids entertained.
In the Grand Ballroom, there is a wall of “windows” looking out at the French mountains. You can watch it snowing outside. In the West Wing, you can see periodic lightening and can watch the enchanted rose. Over in the Rose Gallery, you can watch the giant music box.
Additionally, during dinner, the Beast is in his study meeting guests after dinner. A photopass photographer will take your picture with the Master, as he is called in the restaurant.
Periodically, he will take a break. When he returns from break, the staff announces his presence throughout the restaurant. He then make an appearance in each of the dining rooms before returning to the study.
Disney Dining Plan/Cost
Be Our Guest does participate in the Disney Dining Plan.
For breakfast and lunch, it will cost you 1 quick-service meal. If you are paying out-of-pocket, breakfast will cost you $29 per adult and $16 per child ages 3-9.
Now that lunch is a prix fixe menu, it costs $67 for adults and $39 for kids, which is the same price as dinner.
Considering that at breakfast, you get a quasi-table service experience, and the atmosphere of the restaurant, it is a good choice for those looking to get the most bang for your buck when paying for meals out of pocket.
Dinner will cost you 2 table-service credits. This is a terrible use of your dining credits.
Regardless of whether you are on the dining plan or not, this is pretty expensive for lunch and dinner, especially for sub-par food. This is not anywhere close to the other “signature dining” locations around Disney World that cost 2 table service credits.
While I am glad that we tried Be Our Guest, it is a one and done for us. The theme is impressive, and the restaurant is beautiful inside and out. But the food is terrible and it is completely overpriced. I would not waste your money on this one.
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