Amongst all of the dining options available inside Walt Disney World’s four parks, one of the most coveted reservations is dinner at Be Our Guest. While some exceptional planners try to jump on the 180 day window as soon as it opens, they can still find themselves missing out. But if you’re flexible and willing to wait until the last minute, you can scoop up some cancellations within a day or two of your dining plans. That is how we ended up sitting in the Beast’s ballroom for the restaurant’s only table service meal.
Dinner at Be Our Guest
As you walk through Fantasyland, you’ll begin to see Beast’s castle in the distance a little past the Mine Train. As you attempt to walk towards this, you’ll find the kiosk near the bridge that leads to Be Our Guest. Once your table is ready, you’ll cross the bridge and wait for a host to seat you. The massive double doors will magically open and you will find yourself in entering into memorable chambers from the film as they present your dinner.
Now before I go any further, I have to offer a disclaimer. Our experience at Be Our Guest featured uncommon issues with service that affected the overall experience. So, I will be sharing what I can that was not soured by this. I will say that management at Be Our Guest was very understanding of the issues and did a fantastic job to keep it from ruining our day. This issue was not something we have had happen before and I would not expect it to happen again, so we will be returning in the future for a full review.
Of our limited experience, the atmosphere was the major stand out. We had visited for lunch and ate in the ballroom during a previous visit in summer and oddly got seated at the exact same table for our dinner. The ballroom looks straight out of the movie but can prove to be a bit loud as they truly the room with diners and wait staff. We did not get a chance to explore the other rooms nor visit the Beast, but we did glance the master on occasion as he came and went from the meet and greet area.
As for the menu, the most surprising part is beer and wine. Beast’s castle seeming to be in the distance from the Magic Kingdom is a bit more than forced perspective in this regard. Not only is alcohol served in this one location but the options are quite diverse and pricing is not entirely unreasonable. Outside of that, the entrees are very approachable and standard items with a little more fine dining treatment than you see at most Magic Kingdom dining options. Be Our Guest does not offer anything as fine or diverse as as many of the options in Epcot yet stands tall amongst the offers in its own park.
We ordered the French Onion Soup to start with the Spice-Rubbed Pork Chop and Grilled Strip Steak for our entrees. However, due to the issues stated above, I can only share our experience with the soup and the pork chop at this time. The soup itself was very thin for the style and did not live up to versions you would find at other restaurants outside of Walt Disney World. The pork chop was well cooked and easy to cut. The spice-rub was nearly non-existent so most of the flavor was delivered by a pork jus which was very enjoyable. A side of wild mushroom bread pudding was intriguing yet disappointing. The odd texture overwhelmed the minimal flavor. Portion sizes were decent though and priced at $17 it makes it a reasonable value.
Sadly, that’s all we can really share about Be Our Guest at this time. In the near future, we look forward to giving a more thorough look at this popular restaurant. Keep an eye out for our return adventure into the Beast’s castle!