A nice dinner in Disney World is always an enjoyable experience - and Be Our Guest restaurant at The Beast's Castle is certainly no disappointment.
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If you've landed one of the most difficult-to-obtain reservations in Disney World - congratulations! Not only will you have a lovely dinner, but you'll also visit the only spot in town where you can meet the Beast himself!
So tie your napkin 'round your neck, Cherie!
Be our guest, oui, our guest...
The Beast's Castle is visible through much of the Magic Kingdom - looming just out of the hills over Fantasyland. Head toward the Castle and you'll see the walkway leading to the Castle and full of the Beast's guests for the evening!
Check-in with the first, liveried attendant at your reservation time. You can see them in purple in the lefthand corner of the picture above. They will check you in and then instruct you to wait on the bridge/down by the entrance until your name is called. Is there a neater place to wait for a dinner reservation? The waiting area is certainly part of the experience - the attention to detail here is incredible.
It is worth noting that there might be a bit of a wait before you are invited into the Castle - and that's to be expected. In fact, it's built into the experience, as they know busy people are coming from across the parks and will inevitably be late for their reservations. It's also a very popular spot!
Even with a reservation, you'll need to wait a bit before your name is called. When it is your time, however, another liveried attendant will arrive to escort you into dinner - and when these doors open, it'll take your breath away!
They can sing, they can dance, after all, Miss, this is France!
Once you enter through the incredible wooden doors, you'll be in a splendid entrance hall and then led into one of the dining areas within the Castle itself. Don't worry - you'll have time to come back and explore, should you wish! In fact, they actually encourage you to check out the Castle!
The Beast's Castle actually offers 3 dining rooms - the main dining room, featured below, the West Wing, and the library (not pictured).
We ate in the main dining room, of climactic Beast-and-Belle-yellow-dress-dance fame and I have to say, if you have a choice, this main room is definitely where I would pick.
The scale of the room is just incredible - but the sound level is well-managed and it feels intimate and luxurious. The room is ornate, with a faux second story balcony, pulled off to perfection. Through the windows to the back, you'll see fake snow falling throughout your meal and the French Alps in the distance. Three massive chandeliers provide light as baby cherubs giggle overhead. Our waitress told us that the babies are modeled on the children of the artists who designed and decorated the room!
In addition to the main dining room, the West Wing provides a much different type of ambiance for your dinner. The enchanted rose slowly loses petals in the corner and the ruined tapestries neglected during the years since the curse loom overhead. Thunder cracks frequently to create a forbidding atmosphere.
It's a very neat room - but, in my opinion, I'd rather be in the main dining room. This is both for the general ambiance and because the waiters encourage guests to visit the West Wing to check it out, leading to a stead stream of people winding around to see the rose (and take the pictures below).
Additionally, I think I might find the thunder a bit exhausting after an hour and a half...?
The Beast himself is available for meet-and-greets on the other side of the main dining room, where he sits in a throne awaiting visitors. Every half an hour or so, he takes a short break and walks through the dining room, greeting people, and his reappearance is unfailingly greeted with applause. After 12 hours in the Magic Kingdom, I'm sad to say we didn't get a picture with our furry friend, as I was just too tired and ready to return to the hotel at the end of a long and delicious meal!
Don't believe me? Ask the dishes!
Be Our Guest is expensive. There's no other way to say it - check out the menu. It is two Table Service Credits on the Disney Dining plan, which is fairly rare. If you are on the Dining Plan, you'll get one alcoholic beverage, one non-alcoholic beverage, an appetizer, entree, and dessert platter. Paying for the prix fixe will set you back approximately $60 per person, not counting tip.
We opted for French Onion soup and the steak - an excellent choice, if I do say so myself. We started the meal with a lovely glass of champagne, covered by the Dining Plan (and $19/a glass...far more than I generally spend on bubbles, I admit!). But, the food was excellent - I would compare it to Epcot's Chefs de France, with perhaps a less varied menu.
Unsurprisingly, dessert is incredible - a sample platter which features a white chocolate rendition of everyone's favorite, Chip, holding "the gray stuff," a delicious mousse, along with a raspberry macaron and a chocolate truffle, all arranged on EDIBLE rice paper, pattered as stained glass. What more could you ever want in life??
Overall, I would absolutely recommend stopping by Be Our Guest on your next trip to Disney - we had a wonderful time and hope you will as well!
Thanks so much for stopping by - share your Disney Dining experience in the comments below - where do you eat in the Magic Kingdom?
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