Be Our Guest in Disney’s Magic Kingdom
Mark and I finally had a chance to eat at the much-hyped Be Our Guest restaurant during our last visit to Walt Disney World. It’s been fully booked on all our other WDW trips, so we were stoked to finally snag a reservation.
Apart from seeing aesthetic photos of the grand dining room on Instagram, I’d never done much research into the restaurant. Beauty and the Beast is my favorite of the Disney classics, and it has a particularly special meaning to Mark and I, so we had very high hopes.
First things first — the attention to detail is stellar, even by Disney standards.
After checking in for our lunch reservation with the hostesses at the front, we were given a couple menus and told to wait in line along the bridge that leads to the entrance of the restaurant.
From there, we were slowly filtered into the front doors, where they split people up by party into three separate lines.
This is where our opinion of Be Our Guest took a turn. We were all funneled into a tiny little hallway full of screaming children and impatient adults. It was hot and claustrophobic, to the point where we considered leaving to grab sustenance from the nearest churro cart instead.
Not sure if this was business as usual for Be Our Guest, or if it was particularly crowded on our visit. But it begs the question – what’s the point of reservations at all if it still means a 45 minute wait just to be seated?
Slowly (so slowly) but surely, we made our way to the ordering stations. In case you’re not aware (we weren’t), there’s a big different in service between breakfast, lunch and dinner at Be Our Guest.
Dinner is a full sit down experience, whereas breakfast and lunch are much more casual: self-order at automated station, grab a seat wherever there’s space, and then they’ll bring the food to you when it’s ready.
After we finished ordering, we made our way into the seating area. We grabbed a table in the main dining room, which looks just like the ballroom from Beauty and the Beast. Cue: Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme… It was gorgeous and we were wowed. This is why the restaurant is always booked.
Even the windows were magical! If you looked out, you could see snow falling down with shadows of mountains in the distance. *heart eyes*
So, current score card:
– Wait time: C-
– Ambiance: B (visually stunning, but louder than a Chuck E. Cheese)
Now onto the food… which, honestly, was pretty disappointing. Maybe a D+? I got the carved turkey sandwich and Mark got the French dip. Both were really dry and bland, with overcooked and almost inedible sides of fries.
We also got the Master’s Cupcake (which comes with the Lumier’s famed “Grey Stuff”) and the Strawberry Cream Cheese Cupcake. Again, both were super underwhelming. It was like something you’d get at the grocery store with artificial and overly sweet frosting. Sorry, Dishes, the grey stuff was not delicious.
Even more of a kicker was that this bleh-tasting meal was over $50 for two people.
Oh well. The dining rooms were on point, so that’s reason enough to make a visit to Be Our Guest. After we finished our disappointing meal, we did a quick round to check out the other two rooms: The Rose Gallery and the West Wing. My favorite was the latter (I didn’t even think to take pictures the Rose Gallery, oops).
Overall, we’d rate our experience at Be Our Guest as a solid C. The restaurant itself had so much potential: it was beyond charming, with tons of little details that are true to the movie. But the food was mediocre at best, and certainly not worth getting stuffed in a crowded hallway for half an hour.
Maybe we just visited on an off day? Or at an off time? We’ll have to give the dinner service a try someday to compare. But based off this experience, we definitely won’t be back for lunch.