Disney Dining: Be Our Guest Restaurant

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.

Curious about Disney's newest dining option, the Be Our Guest restaurant? Find out everything you need to know!

Reservations Required

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!

Pre-Dining

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!

Curious about Disney's newest dining option, the Be Our Guest restaurant? Find out everything you need to know!

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!

Ballroom-Be-Our-Guest

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.

Be-Our-Guest-Menu

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!

Chicken-Be-Our-Guest

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.

Red-RoseBelle-and-BeastBeauty-and-the-Beast-Glass

Overall Thoughts

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)!

Curious about Disney's newest dining option, the Be Our Guest restaurant? Find out everything you need to know!

 

Have you dined at the Be Our Guest restaurant?

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  • mapam30

    I’d love to go–it really is all about the over all experience of a place not just the food–and Disney knows how to do that best!

    • I totally agree! I hope you’re able to experience it soon!

  • Kabrina Budwell

    I can hardly wait to see this place! As soon as my littles are a bit older I want a date night there! Beautiful. :)

    • It’d be such a great place for a date night! You’ll love it when you get there!

  • I have been to Disney World over 25 times – and have been to Be Our Guest every year since it opened. Love the details of the restaurant & of course the food!

    • That’s so awesome! What are some of your other favorite things to do on your Disney trips?

  • Looks like a fun night! I still haven’t been to Be Our Guest yet and I’ve been an annual pass holder for years! It’s on my list for sure!

    • You definitely should plan a visit! The nice thing about being a pass holder is you’re much more likely to be able to snag a last minute cancellation reservation :)

  • i grew up going to disney every year but we rarely ate dinner there. i would love to check this place out!

    Xx
    Kali
    http://www.lovelaughexplore.com
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    • They also have breakfast and lunch menus if you’re at the park earlier in the day!

  • Beauty and the Beast is my favorite! I’d love to eat there!

    • Me too! I hope you’re able to plan a trip there soon!

  • This is definitely on my must do list for my next WDW trip! Seems like a great experience!

    • Yay! It really is – one of the top dining options for sure!

  • Oooh, the ceiling is fabulous! It’s just like the movie!

    • It is! It really felt like we were in the castle from the movie with all of the rooms and detail!

  • We ate there during our visit in 2013 and it was one of my favorite experiences of the whole trip! Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie so I loved all of the attention to detail that was in the restaurant. I had no idea that it was all table service now! We were able to use our quick service dining plan last time. It’s good to know for our trip coming up though!

    • Same! I think they have quick service during the day but for dinner it switches to sit-down only. Are you planning another trip back to Disney this year?!

      • Yes! We’re headed there the first weekend of October for the food and wine festival and mickeys not so scary. I’m really excited!

  • Brianna Picard

    SO COOOOL!!!! I can’t wait to see this!

    • I hope you’re able to soon, Brianna! You’ll love it!

  • How cool! Lumiere’s was my favorite place to eat when we went on our Disney Cruise. I loved the atmosphere and layout of everything. We were seated right by a big mural of Belle and the Beast…it was so beautiful!

    • That’s awesome! Beauty and the Beast is the best!

  • Sami Mast

    This restaurant is so cool! I’ve been to all the restaurants in Disneyland, but have never been to any in Disney World!

    xo
    Sami
    http://www.theclassicbrunette.com

    • It is! You should definitely keep this in mind if/when you plan a trip to Disney World – hopefully soon!

  • This looks like it would be such a fun dining experience! Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney animation so I really appreciate the theme. I splurged on a meal in a Disney park for my birthday last month–went to the Blue Bayou in Tokyo Disneyland and it was so much fun!

    • That sounds awesome! I love the sit-down restaurants in the Disney parks, I think it’s nice to splurge on them every once in a while!

  • I absolutely love Beauty and the Beast so I’d love to go here!

    xoxo, Jenny

  • Melissa Latimer

    I would love it here! Beauty and the Beast is my all time favorite!

    • I love it too! The restaurant makes you feel like you’ve stepped into the movie!

  • That’s a great way to look at it, you’re already splurging! Looks like a unique dining experience.

    • Exactly! It’s a really cool place – one of the best dining options in all of Disney!

  • Tiffany Austin

    This looks amazing! I have yet to go to Disney. I’ll make it there one day!

    • It is! I hope you can plan a trip soon – it’s such a fun place!

  • Everything looks so pretty and the food looks amazing!!! Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite Disney movies. I def will have to visit there if I go back!

    • It was! Beauty & the Beast is one of my favorites too – you’d really love this place!

  • What a lovely experience! We’re planning some more family trips and this would be a perfect place to bring our little ones.

    • It SO would! You’ll have to let me know what you guys think if/when you end up going!

  • I’ve never dined at one of the themed restaurants at WDW or Disneyland. We always eat more on the go but it looks like so much fun! Did you find the price tag worth it for the experience?

    http://ashortblonde.com

    • We do that most times too but decided to splurge on this one since we’d been wanting to for a while! It was absolutely worth it to us – it’s all about the experience!

  • This looks so neat! I am a Florida native so I just don’t get as amped about Disney as the tourists do, but maybe I will make a point to see this during our next trip!

    • I know what you mean! I went to Disney quite a bit growing up and took a few years off from it, but now I’m back as a pass holder. It’s a much better experience that way I think!

  • Wow I definitely had no idea this existed. Looks like a *magical* experience. (P.S. so what is the grey stuff anyways?)

    • It was! The grey stuff is a special type of frosting on top of a cupcake. You’ll have to try it out yourself when you make it to Disney :)

  • I was just there! This looks so cool, I wish I could have gone.

    http://thewanderingbrunette.com

  • I’ve been trying to go here and still haven’t got in! I keep on forgetting to reserve on Saturday exactly 6 months ahead. So crazy that it’s still packed. Looks like a great time at the restaurant!

    • It’s such a cool place! We ended up snagging a same day reservation like 2 hours ahead so keep checking the app – you never know when someone might cancel!

  • Looks really cool. Those desserts make me drool. Nice pics.

    • Thanks, Jenn! It was a pretty neat experience and the desserts were so good!

  • Justine Y

    Awesome! I haven’t been to Magic Kingdom since they renovated everything but I hope to take my kids someday. This looks like it might be worth the expense!

    • You guys will definitely love it! I can’t wait to hear what you think when you get there!

  • Klipdrifters Trail

    Love these kind of themed resturants at Disney. (Only been to the Paris one though.) Desert looks delicious!

    • There so many to choose from it’s definitely overwhelming! Hopefully next time you’ll be able to stop at this one :)

  • This looks wicked!! Doesn’t matter how old you are. Cant help but love Disney!

    Leonie ♥ Lo On The Go

    • So true! Hopefully you can check it out yourself soon!

  • Carolyn

    It looks amazing. I can’t wait to take my kids. We are planning a trip soon.

  • What a lovely experience! I’d love to dine there one day…

    • It was such a cool place. Can’t wait for you to experience it for yourself!

  • Lisa

    Sounds like so much fun! I’ll have to check it out when I go back.

  • Joscelyn | Wifemamafoodie

    How fun! Definitely need to go there on our next trip to Disney!

  • My friend and her fiance got engaged there! It looks so awesome!

  • Aww this is so cute! I love how creative Disney is!

  • Wow it looks just like the movie! So pretty!

    • It does! It would be so cool if they made an actual fancy ball event for people to dress up for after hours!

  • What a beautiful restaurant! The dessert (my focus) is lovely, too. I will have to try to make a reservation when we go. Thanks for the tip!

    • It really is! The dessert was amazing (get the strawberry one). I hope you love it as much as we did!

  • This looks awesome! I went to Disney Land twice as a kid but never mad it to Disney World. Maybe someday!

    • I hope you will soon! There are a lot of similarities but also SO many differences!

  • Dana Brillante-Peller

    I’ve been wanting to try this restaurant for ages! I really need to plan way ahead next time we go to Disney so we can eat there!

    • It’s such a cool restaurant! I hope you guys love it when you get there!

  • Terryn Winfield

    Oh my goodness, how fun! We really want to take our kids to Disney someday, but are going to wait until the youngest are a bit older. I can’t wait!

    • Good idea! The meltdowns are too unpredictable otherwise, haha. I hope you guys enjoy it when you do get there!

  • Mike C

    That looks so much fun.

  • Ciera Chang

    Oh my gosh this looks amazing! Hope I can go one day!!

    xoxo, CiCi
    http://www.worldwidestylista.com

  • Elle

    I unfortunately couldn’t do this on my last Disney visit because it was booked out months in advance but your pictures have done a great job to help hold me over till next time :)

    • Ah, bummer. Be sure to keep an eye on the app – you never know when someone might cancel at the last minute! I hope you’re able to go next time!

  • We have only ever eaten lunch here so it was great to get an inside peek at what the dinner actually looks like!!

    • Was the lunch good? I might have to look into that for one of the next trips over to Disney!

  • OMG! I would die! Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie. I hope I can visit this one day!

    • It is the best! I hope you’re able to visit soon – it’s just like stepping into the movie!

  • Carly Ferguson

    That looks like so much fun! The Beauty and the Beast scared me as a kid, yet I loved it at the same time. Ha!

    • It was! It’s one of my favorite Disney movies – I’m totally with you on being scared but loving it as a kid :)

  • Lilies + Lambs

    Looks so fun! I’m a big Disney fan and can’t wait to go back with my little!

  • we loved this restaurant! we went for lunch and the line to order was 3 hours long. we ordered through the app whilst in line for a different ride, so when we ‘checked in’ our table was ready immediately. we relaxed, ate, got extra desserts, chatted, relaxed in the ac, were there for about an hour and we left, the line hadn’t moved, no joke. it was great but not worth waiting that long lol

    • Wow, that’s crazy! We didn’t experience the grab and go because I think it’s dine-in only for dinner, but it’s tough to have a wait that long for food!

  • SO cool! What a fascinating dining experience!

    • It was! I hope you can experience it yourself one of these days!

  • One of my favorite Disney restaurants! I love the shrimp and scallops dish :)

    • I heard that one was pretty popular too! I’m not a fan of seafood so it was chicken or steak for me. This is definitely one of my favorites too!

  • 6 months in advance?! Oh my gosh! It definitely looks worth it though!

    • Crazy right?! The good news is a lot of cancellations will happen in that timeframe so you can still get in if you keep an eye on it!

  • I am glad to hear the gray stuff is delicious! This looks like SUCH a fun restaurant! I have never been to Disney as an adult, but I am thinking it would be just as fun, if not more fun, than when we were kids!

    xx katie // a touch of teal

  • Looks like a DREAMMMMM!!!! Oh my god. So amazing. This also just made me super excited for the new Beauty & the Beast movie hahah

    Xxxxx Naomi in Wonderland