Walt Disney World Fantasyland: Be Our Guest Restaurant

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The Beast invites you to his Castle for quick-service lunch or a seated dinner. This is where I truly felt like part of the story. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

What: Be Our Guest Restaurant
Where: The Beast’s Castle in New Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World
When: Quick Serve Lunch from 10:30 am – 2:45 pm
Seated Dinner 4 pm – (Reservations Required)
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Video: For video visit Be Our Guest Restaurant on Youtube

The additions to Fantasyland really make you feel as if you are falling into a storybook and the place I felt that most was in the Beast’s Castle. There are so many details that it’s hard to take it all in.

The Beast’s Castle is home to the Be Our Guest Restaurant. The restaurant offers quick-service from 10:30 am – 2:45 pm, then closes until 4 pm when it reopens for seated table service. This restaurant is as popular as Cinderella’s Castle, so expect a wait. A bit of a wait is worth it, especially for anyone that is a true fan of the Beauty and the Beast. Cross the bridge and enter through the iron gates into the story.

 

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Walk across the bridge into the story. Attention to detail and richness of storytelling are hallmarks of Be Our Guest Restaurant. I love the gargoyles throughout the castle. (David Roark, photographer)

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Listen closely, the armor may start talking.

Be Our Guest Restaurant Tips
To make reservations for Be Our Guest, call WDW Dine. Currently they are booking reservations for April. If you want to walk up, visit the podium in front of the restaurant around 4 pm to see if there are cancellations. If you don’t want to eat at the restaurant, but you would like to see the castle, they offer sneak peak tours from park opening until 10 am. The tour is the only way to see the Castle unless you are dining there. Below is a preview of what you’ll find once you enter the Castle.

Be Our Guest Restaurant at the Beast’s Castle: Entrance and Armor Hallway
I love the gargoyles that are the pillars for the entrance hall. They seem to watch you at every turn. Make sure to look to your left in the entrance hall for the mosaic of the Beast and Belle before heading to the right through the armory, where the knights interact with guests and each other. This was not up and running when we were there, but I imagine it will be like the old Adventurers club at Pleasure Island where the masks truly came alive, rather than a scripted set of responses.

Be Our Guest Restaurant at the Beasts Castle: Beast’s Parlor
The Beast’s Parlor is where you’ll order quick service meals. The hostess gives you a rose, which is used to activate the order. Once you’ve paid, find a seat and food is brought to you. The best part about eating here for quick service is picking the room you want to eat in. During table service, you don’t have a choice, although cast members will try to accommodate requests, it may not always be possible. It’s worth spending a few minutes in the Beast’s Parlor, even if you aren’t doing quick service. There are beautiful tapestries on the walls, and a big cozy fireplace.

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Decorated with a coffered, 20-foot ceiling with fluffy clouds and cherubs, the ballroom at Be Our Guest Restaurant features sparkling chandeliers designed to convey the elegance of the Beast’s Castle in “Beauty and the Beast.” (David Roark, photographer)

Be Our Guest Restaurant at the Beasts Castle: Ballroom
This is where Belle and the Beast dance in the iconic scene from the movie. You’ll crane your neck looking up at the gorgeous coffered ceilings and golden chandeliers.  I kept expecting the Beast to come out on the balcony and wave. In fact, during dinner service, the Beast will make random appearances as the Master of the house. Listen closely to the music. Each room is playing the same song, but in very different ways to fit the mood.

Be Our Guest Restaurant at the Beasts Castle: West Wing
I couldn’t help but let a ‘wow’ escape when I entered the forbidden West Wing. It’s very dark and foreboding with torn drapes and a portrait of the Prince that has been slashed. In the corner, the single rose’s petals are falling.  This is the smallest of the dining rooms.

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In the rose room see Belle and the Beast dance on a music box under a dome that is an exact replica from St. Chapelle, a cathedral near Notre Dame in Paris.

Be Our Guest Restaurant at the Beasts Castle: Rose Gallery
This is the largest room and includes Belle and the Beast dancing atop a music box. The dome above their head is an exact replica of the St. Chapelle cathedral near Notre-Dame in Paris. Along the walls are memorable scenes from the movie.  Be sure to look down in this room too. There are intricate tile mosaics on the floor.

Try the Grey Stuff
Of course you can’t leave the Castle without trying the Grey Stuff, after all, it’s what Luminere recommends. It is truly delicious. Disney won’t give out the recipe, but it tastes like a cookies and cream mousse. In talking with the head chef, he said they had no intentions of having it on the menu, but when they announced the restaurant, so many people mentioned how they were excited to finally try the grey stuff, so they went to work determining what exactly that would be.

 

Be Our Guest Restaurant
You can’t leave Be Our Guest restaurant without trying the Grey Stuff, a cookies and cream mousse.

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Decorated with a portrait of the prince slashed by the claws of the beast, the West Wing at Be Our Guest Restaurant conveys the dark and mysterious design seen in Beast’s Castle in “Beauty and the Beast.” (David Roark, photographer)

I attended the Grand Opening of New Fantasyland as a guest of Walt Disney World.

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