“It is with deepest pride, and greatest pleasure that we welcome you tonight. And now we invite you to relax, let us pull up a chair. As the dining room proudly presents: Your dinner!”
Beauty and the Beast is certainly one of my favourite animated movies from Disney, so when I had the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World I simply had to dine at the “Be Our Guest” restaurant.
Situated within the “New Fantasyland” area of the Magic Kingdom, Be Our Guest serves up a combination of American and French-inspired cuisine for breakfast and lunch as a quick-service restaurant. In the evenings, Be Our Guest transforms into a table-service restaurant.
On my visit to Walt Disney World, I enjoyed a late-lunch at Be Our Guest, so here are my thoughts on the experience:
As with many dining locations across the Walt Disney World Resort, Be Our Guest is incredibly popular – therefore reservations are strongly recommended. If you are staying at a Disney resort hotel, dining reservations can be made up to 180-days in advance of the date when you wish to visit, which is a very long time away. I was extremely lucky to find a last-minute reservation about three weeks before my trip. Admittedly I was searching on the MyDisneyExperience (MDX) app multiple times each day.
If you do make a reservation, make sure you fully understand the restaurants cancellation policy if you cancel after the designated cooling-off period. Just in-case you loose out on a few dollars per person.
Ordering in advance
For breakfast and lunch, you can actually browse the menu and order your meal online or via the MDX app up to 30-days in advance. It sounds crazy, but it is ever so easy. If you are fussy like me, you can ever change or cancel your advance order selections right up until you check-in at the restaurant. I actually did this in the end as I wanted to test the system.
Ordering at the restaurant
If you didn’t order in advance, you can place your order via touch-screen terminal, pay for your purchase and then you are given an RFID rose to place on a table. Your food will magically find it’s way to you. Okay not magically, but that’s where the RFID trick comes into play. It is quite fun watching the Cast Members wander around pushing wooden trolleys trying to locate where you are seated.
I ordered the Carved Turkey Sandwich which was served on a typical French Baguette with rocket and accompanied with Pommes Frites. That’s French Fries to you and me. The sandwich is served with mayonnaise, however I asked for this to be removed when I ordered online.
The bread was very soft which made the sandwich easy to eat and it wasn’t too bad at all. There is also something special about fries at Disney. They aren’t quite as good as the famed Pommes Frites from Cafe Orleans at Disneyland Park in California; but they were still good.
Be Our Guest is a great restaurant to visit when you are roaming around the Magic Kingdom in Florida. Is it worth the hype? I’d say it depends on what you are looking for. If you seek a decent (but not five star) meal in beautiful surroundings, then yes. I think next time I will have to experience Be Our Guest at dinnertime when the restaurant transforms into a table-service location.