The Be Our Guest restaurant at Disney’s Magic Kingdom opened a few years ago with the renovation of Fantasyland and ever since it’s been THE most popular dining option in all of Disney World. Wondering what’s so great about it and how to land a table? Here’s the scoop.
The restaurant opened in 2012 and has been jam packed ever since! If you know you’ll be planning a trip to Disney well in advance, be sure to secure your reservation for breakfast, lunch or dinner exactly 6 months in advance, when slots open, for your best chance to get the date/time you want. If you’re planning a last minute trip (or are a local), your best bet is using the My Disney Experience app, which will let you search for (and make – if available) same-day reservations. While it’s rare that you’ll be able to snag a reservation on the same day, it can happen. My friend Jazmyne and I lucked out using this method during one of our recent trips to the park!
You’re asked to check in at the kiosk in front of the restaurant 15 minutes prior to your reservation so they can get your table ready. After checking in, we explored a little more of the outdoor castle grounds, admiring all of the detail that went into the castle. Within a few minutes we were summoned to the main castle doors!
The Be Our Guest Restaurant Experience
I must say I was a bit disappointed that Lumiere didn’t greet me at the door singing “Be Our Guest,” but the view walking in was pretty fabulous. The hostess gave us a quick overview of what to expect during our dining and that post-meal we could check out the east and west wings of the castle, since we were eating in the main ballroom area.
It’s hard to tell from the photo since the room was dim but the lighting was bright (if that makes any sense), but snow was falling outside the windows in the back, which was just spectacular, because it reminded me of Christmas!
While we looked over the menu, our host of the evening, Beast, made his way through the dining hall, waving to all of us guests, and making his way to the front of the castle near the exit where everyone stopped on their way out for photo opps. He was pretty tough to capture walking in since he moved so swiftly through the hall, but we were able to see him emerge twice, so didn’t feel as bad with our total fail on capturing the moment in the first go-around.
For the main course I decided on the pan-seared chicken and Jazmyne went with the shrimp and scallops dish. While the chicken dish was a little smaller than I imagined in terms of rice and veggies, it was pretty tasty, and while I’m not a seafood fan, Jazz reported that her meal was delicious as well! Note: Both of these dishes are some of the top-sellers/favorites at Be Our Guest, according to our waitress!
Although we were pretty full by the time dessert rolled around (literally.. on a dessert cart), we knew there was no way we were passing up dessert. In fact, we even discussed the idea of splurging and getting one of everything to split, but settled on 3 options in the end.
- The “Grey Stuff”: After all, this is what we hear so much about in the movie. It’s kind of the speciality!
- Triple Chocolate Cupcake: Need I say more? This one was Jazmyne’s favorite.
- Strawberry Cream Cheese Cupcake: Vanilla sponge cake with lots of strawberry flavor – yum (my favorite)!
To end our dining experience, we popped into the east and west wings, and of course, met the Beast himself! Obviously the forbidden wing with the rose was my favorite, and is definitely the place I’ll request to be seated next time around. The other wing of the castle was equally exciting though, with beautiful portraits of Beauty & the Beast scattered throughout the room, and a rotating statue in the middle.
We were pretty impressed with the Be Our Guest restaurant and definitely plan to visit again in the future! Dining here is definitely more of a splurge (especially for dinner), but hey when you’re at Disney, you’re already splurging! If you’re looking for a place to dine in Magic Kingdom that’s more than a food court-type option, this is one of the top places to go, in my opinion (Crystal Palace is the other)!
Have you dined at the Be Our Guest restaurant?