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!

 

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103 Comments

  1. mapam30
    August 22, 2016 / 12:49 PM

    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!

    • August 27, 2016 / 11:21 AM

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

  2. Kabrina Budwell
    August 22, 2016 / 12:54 PM

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

    • August 27, 2016 / 11:25 AM

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

  3. August 22, 2016 / 2:34 PM

    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!

    • August 27, 2016 / 11:23 AM

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

  4. August 22, 2016 / 2:35 PM

    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!

    • August 27, 2016 / 11:23 AM

      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 :)

    • August 27, 2016 / 11:25 AM

      They also have breakfast and lunch menus if you’re at the park earlier in the day!

  5. August 22, 2016 / 3:24 PM

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

    • August 27, 2016 / 11:26 AM

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

  6. August 22, 2016 / 4:41 PM

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

    • August 27, 2016 / 11:26 AM

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

  7. August 22, 2016 / 4:44 PM

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

    • August 27, 2016 / 11:27 AM

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

  8. August 22, 2016 / 6:37 PM

    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!

    • August 27, 2016 / 11:29 AM

      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?!

      • August 27, 2016 / 8:45 PM

        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!

  9. Brianna Picard
    August 22, 2016 / 7:37 PM

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

    • August 27, 2016 / 11:27 AM

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

  10. August 22, 2016 / 10:17 PM

    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!

    • August 27, 2016 / 11:30 AM

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

  11. Sami Mast
    August 22, 2016 / 11:04 PM

    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

    • August 27, 2016 / 11:31 AM

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

  12. August 22, 2016 / 11:48 PM

    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!

    • August 27, 2016 / 11:33 AM

      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!

  13. August 23, 2016 / 12:35 AM

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

    xoxo, Jenny

    • August 27, 2016 / 11:32 AM

      Same! You’d love it, Jenny!

  14. Melissa Latimer
    August 23, 2016 / 1:55 AM

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

    • August 27, 2016 / 11:53 AM

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

  15. August 23, 2016 / 9:31 AM

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

    • August 27, 2016 / 11:33 AM

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

  16. Tiffany Austin
    August 23, 2016 / 10:06 AM

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

    • August 27, 2016 / 11:53 AM

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

  17. August 23, 2016 / 10:44 AM

    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!

    • August 27, 2016 / 11:58 AM

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

  18. August 23, 2016 / 11:30 AM

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

    • August 27, 2016 / 11:58 AM

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

  19. August 23, 2016 / 11:53 AM

    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

    • August 27, 2016 / 6:37 PM

      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!

  20. August 23, 2016 / 1:52 PM

    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!

    • August 27, 2016 / 6:38 PM

      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!

  21. August 23, 2016 / 2:15 PM

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

    • August 27, 2016 / 6:40 PM

      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 :)

    • August 27, 2016 / 6:41 PM

      Something to keep in mind for the next trip :)

  22. August 23, 2016 / 6:57 PM

    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!

    • August 27, 2016 / 6:45 PM

      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!

  23. August 23, 2016 / 11:16 PM

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

    • August 27, 2016 / 6:45 PM

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

  24. Justine Y
    August 24, 2016 / 12:05 AM

    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!

    • August 27, 2016 / 6:46 PM

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

  25. Klipdrifters Trail
    August 24, 2016 / 12:43 AM

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

    • August 27, 2016 / 6:46 PM

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

  26. August 24, 2016 / 6:54 AM

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

    Leonie ♥ Lo On The Go

    • August 27, 2016 / 6:49 PM

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

  27. Carolyn
    August 24, 2016 / 8:04 AM

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

    • August 27, 2016 / 6:49 PM

      It was – I hope you guys love it!

  28. August 24, 2016 / 11:26 AM

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

    • August 27, 2016 / 6:49 PM

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

  29. Lisa
    August 24, 2016 / 12:14 PM

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

    • August 27, 2016 / 6:55 PM

      It was! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

  30. Joscelyn | Wifemamafoodie
    August 24, 2016 / 2:04 PM

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

    • August 27, 2016 / 6:55 PM

      For sure – you’ll love it!

  31. August 24, 2016 / 3:57 PM

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

    • August 27, 2016 / 7:00 PM

      What a fab place to get engaged!!

  32. August 24, 2016 / 4:36 PM

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

    • August 27, 2016 / 7:00 PM

      Right?! It felt like we stepped into the movie!

    • August 27, 2016 / 7:01 PM

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

  33. August 24, 2016 / 5:27 PM

    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!

    • August 27, 2016 / 7:01 PM

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

  34. August 24, 2016 / 6:47 PM

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

    • August 27, 2016 / 7:05 PM

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

  35. Dana Brillante-Peller
    August 24, 2016 / 9:58 PM

    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!

    • August 27, 2016 / 7:05 PM

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

  36. Terryn Winfield
    August 25, 2016 / 8:17 AM

    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!

    • August 27, 2016 / 7:06 PM

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

  37. Mike C
    August 25, 2016 / 9:52 AM

    That looks so much fun.

    • August 27, 2016 / 7:06 PM

      It was! Definitely worth the splurge!

    • August 27, 2016 / 7:07 PM

      I hope you can too, it’s a fabulous place!

  38. Elle
    August 25, 2016 / 2:20 PM

    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 :)

    • August 27, 2016 / 7:13 PM

      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!

  39. August 25, 2016 / 2:24 PM

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

    • August 27, 2016 / 7:13 PM

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

  40. August 25, 2016 / 2:46 PM

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

    • August 27, 2016 / 7:14 PM

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

  41. Carly Ferguson
    August 25, 2016 / 4:30 PM

    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!

    • August 27, 2016 / 7:14 PM

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

  42. Lilies + Lambs
    August 25, 2016 / 6:53 PM

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

    • August 27, 2016 / 6:44 PM

      I hope you guys love it!

  43. August 26, 2016 / 6:32 AM

    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

    • August 27, 2016 / 6:44 PM

      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!

    • August 27, 2016 / 6:43 PM

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

  44. August 29, 2016 / 12:44 PM

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

    • September 1, 2016 / 9:14 PM

      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!

  45. August 31, 2016 / 2:08 PM

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

    • September 1, 2016 / 9:14 PM

      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!

  46. September 3, 2016 / 5:16 PM

    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

  47. January 1, 2017 / 7:52 AM

    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