Be Our Guest takes you inside Beast’s Castle from the 1991 film, Beauty and the Beast. Featuring French food, Be Our Guest currently serves Quick Service lunch and Full Service dinner. Be Our Guest is not the first Disney restaurant to have some variation in their serving style throughout the day, but it is the largest to do so. During dinner, between 900-1,000 guests will be served and at lunch, approximately 1,500 guests will be served.
The dining rooms for dinner consist of The Ballroom and The West Wing. The Rose Gallery is only open for lunch. The attention to detail is simply amazing. It really feels that you have walked into the same castle from the film. The “snow” you see falling through the windows is the exact same animation used in the film. The faces of the angels you see flying above you in the ceiling have a special meaning. They are either the young faces of Walt Disney Imagineers themselves or of their loved ones.
Although this isn’t a character dining location, you will get to see The Beast! Approximately every thirty minutes an announcement plays as he greets the guests of his castle. He then parades himself through all of the dining rooms and into the Library. In the Library you can take photos with the Beast.
The food is hit or miss. Three people in our party ordered seafood and loved the dishes. The salmon dish and the shrimp and scallops were the best. The Cornish Hen was dry as was the chicken. The children ordered from a kids menu and enjoyed pasta with red sauce and meatloaf, in the shape of Mickey Mouse ears.
Dessert was also surprisingly hit or miss. The strawberry cream cupcake was the best. The triple chocolate cupcake was good and no one enjoyed the cream puffs.
Currently Be Our Guest is booked for dinner through August 2013. They suggest you book six months in advance. You can, of course, walk up and standby for cancellations or no-shows. There are no lunch reservations and we were told the wait can range from 10-30 minutes when the doors open to 90-150 minutes at the peak lunch period. In general, the new Fantasy Land is jammed packed so I suggest getting there as early as possible to avoid lines.
Overall, Be Our Guest is a great experience and worth a visit, if you can get in. Dinner for 5 adults and 2 kids cost $220 without any alcohol or appetizers. So be prepared to spend more than you would in any other Magic Kingdom restaurant.