Sneak-Peek-Sunday: Be Our Guest Restaurant

Walt Disney World is always a great place to grab a plate of food. There are tons of restaurants all across property. Unfortunately for me, I’ve yet to really find my favorite place at the Magic Kingdom. I’ve always hopped on the Monorail and headed to one of the resorts for dinner, like the Kona Cafe at the Polynesian Hotel. That shouldn’t take away from what the Magic Kingdom has to offer currently with the Liberty Tree Tavern or Tony’s Town Square or some of the other great eateries. All of those places have great themes and decent food, but nothing truly unique like some of the restaurants at the other parks or resort hotels. Luckily, one of the greatest additions to the Magic Kingdom with New Fantasyland is the Be Our Guest Restaurant.

When New Fantasyland was announced in 2009, one crowning jewel was the restaurant announcement. It stunned guests with the excitement of being immersed into the Beast’s castle and eating in the ballroom. That is pretty much all we were fed though. Over time we have learned that the Beast’s castle will in fact have three different rooms, each with it’s own grand theme. The library will be an astonishing sight as the room should be filled to the brim with books, or fake books. Either way makes me giddy. The West Wing, which will have a darker mood, will have the Beast’s dying enchanted rose. The Ballroom, will undoubtedly be everyone’s reservation preference as it looks grand in size and will be the biggest dining space for guests to visit.

Unlike anything else at Walt Disney World, the Be Our Guest will have two dining experiences depending on if you are there for lunch or dinner. Lunch will be much more of a quick service meal. You will order your food before sitting down which could possibly make this place a lunch time mad house. The menu won’t be as decadent as the dinner menu, but does offer some original meals with a French flare. We are talking about a French fairy tale after all. Sandwiches and salads will be a large part of the lunch menu, keeping kids happy with turkey and pulled pork sandwiches, while appealing to adults with something more exciting like a croque monsieur or the tuna nicoise salad.For those of you in a panic, there will also be vegetarian options, and like always, Disney is more than accommodating with any special needs you may have with allergies or other preferences.

Dinner time seems to have a little more glitz and glam to it. While some may prefer the grab and go style of lunch, I love to sit down, cool off from the Florida heat, and dig into something tasty. Pan-seared salmon in leek fondue, pork rack chop with au gratin pasta, and french onion soup. This seems much more elegant than I had anticipated with a Magic Kingdom restaurant. It will surely be on the hot list of serious diners looking for a meal in the park. It is far above anything else at the Magic Kingdom as far as elegance and uniqueness. Of course, there is always dessert. Passion fruit cream puffs? Strawberry cream cheese cupcakes? This is like a post-heavenly seduction for me. I’m drooling just at the thought.

Reservations will be taken starting in August for the opening sometime in November or December. If you are heading to Walt Disney World for the Holidays and are looking to get a seat at the Be Our Guest restaurant, I suggest making those reservations above all else before it is too late to try this new and elegant spot inside the Beast’s Castle. I won’t be back in the Magic Kingdom until next fall but you can bet your bottom dollar that I will be making reservations for this six months in advance just to be anticipating my arrival. I might even print a menu off and hang it on my wall just so I can drool all over it. (I’m that serious about food.)

What are your thoughts on the dining options at Magic Kingdom? Are you looking forward to the Beauty and the Beast themed area and the restaurant that goes with it? Leave your thoughts and I will see you soon with a new World that Never Was article midweek.

Josh Taylor
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Email Me: disneyparkhistory@yahoo.com

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Posted on July 1, 2012, in Articles and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Wow! This is spectacular! I can’t wait to visit the park when this new attraction opens. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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