Dinner at “Be Our Guest” restaurant in The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World – Review

If you’re one of those lucky enough to book a reservation to the “Be Our Guest” restaurant at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom theme park, you’re in for a special treat! The food, service, and atmosphere are among the best dining experiences in all of Walt Disney World and your meal will certainly become one of the most treasured memories of your Disney vacation.

Grand Ballroom at Be Our Guest restaurant

Grand Ballroom at Be Our Guest restaurant

Our dining experience got off to a shaky start as we waited in the check-in line for about 15 minutes in the hot Florida summer sun. Disney would do well to add an awning or some other shaded area for guests as they go through the check-in process. It was also somewhat disorganized as one line was for walk-up customers and the other was for those with reservations. The reservation line split into two separate lines as you approached the booth which caused some confusion. To play it safe, mom and dad split up, one in each line, to see who would get to the front first.

Waterfall near the Beast's Castle

Waterfall near the Beast’s Castle

When we finally made it to the front of the line, the hostess pointed out that we were ‘a little late’. She was nice about it and said it was not a problem when I noted that we were in line by 4:00 for our 4:05 reservation.

The check-in process went pretty quickly for us which made us wonder why the line had moved so slowly. We requested seating in the West Wing, home of the ‘Enchanted Rose’. We were told our preference would be noted, but that seating in the West Wing could not be guaranteed. The party in front of us requested West Wing seating as well, but with three small children they were discouraged from dining in that area. The West Wing is smaller, more elegant, and generally a quieter setting and Disney is hoping to reduce the chances of a screaming baby or toddler ruining the atmosphere for the 50 or so guests seated there. Also, the thunder and lightning in the room tend to scare the little ones. (More on that later.)

After check-in was complete, we were handed a pager and asked to wait on the bridge leading to the Beast’s castle. The bridge offers scenic views of the castle and surrounding grounds, but little shade. This was not an issue as the ‘Gatekeeper’, one of the Beast’s servants, summoned us within minutes. I barely had a chance to snap any photos!

Grand Ballroom - Snowy windows

Grand Ballroom – Snowy windows

As we walked through the Grand Ballroom en route to our table, we were floored by the beauty and opulence of the setting. The mural on the ceiling is truly a wonder to behold and the crystal chandeliers are the perfect touch. One thing we did notice is that the main dining room is quite loud. The high ceiling and vast expanse of the area create an auditory assault on your ears. We were glad there was seating available in the West Wing which was quite a bit quieter and more intimate.

West Wing at The Beast's Castle's Be Our Guest restaurant

West Wing at The Beast’s Castle’s Be Our Guest restaurant

Our meal began with delicious fresh-baked bread. Pretty standard fare, but delicious nonetheless. There are also a variety of appetizers offered such as Assorted Cured Meats and Sausages, French Onion Soup, Mussels Provencal, and Potato Leek Soup. We elected to pass on those and head straight for the main course!

Before I get to that, it should be noted that through some ‘Disney Magic’, Be Our Guest is the only place in the Magic Kingdom where alcohol is served! There are a variety of beer and wine offerings available. We elected to pass on those options and selected good ole’ ‘Florida Tap on the rocks’ as our beverage of choice.

Although the menu is somewhat limited, there should be something for everyone. The menu options include choices of pork, chicken, beef, a couple of seafood options, and Ratatouille as well. There are also the standard ‘kids menu’ options for the little ones.

Sautéed Shrimp and Scallops

Sautéed Shrimp and Scallops

At our table, we tried to order a variety so we could try (almost) everything. I had the Grilled Strip Steak ($29.99), a couple of us had the Rotisserie Rock Hen ($15.99), and my oldest son ordered the Sautéed Shrimp and Scallops served with a Puff Pastry and Creamy Lobster Sauce ($22.99). Our youngest had the Steak Tips off the kids menu, which looked pretty tasty too!

Grilled Strip Steak

Grilled Strip Steak

The presentation of all of the dishes was outstanding, and we all agreed that Be Our Guest was probably our tastiest meal of all the great food we enjoyed during our 13-day Disney vacation. In fact, one of the boys declared it was the “best meal I’ve had in my entire life!”

Rotisserie Rock Hen

Rotisserie Rock Hen

As we enjoyed our meal, we made sure to save room for dessert. The dessert menu consists of a variety of ‘fancy’ cupcakes and cream puffs, and at only $3.99 each, you may want to sample more than one! Again, we went with a variety- a couple of us ordered the Strawberry Cream Cheese Cupcake, one of us chose the Triple Chocolate Cupcake, and one the Chocolate Cream Puff. I had the Lemon Meringue Cupcake which tasted as delicious as it looked!

Dessert selection at Be Our Guest

Dessert selection at Be Our Guest

Our meal was punctuated by loud claps of thunder and lightning as the rose petals fell from the Enchanted Rose in the corner of the room. Something else special also happens, but I don’t want to ruin the surprise….

Photo op with The Beast in the Library

Photo op with The Beast in the Library

During our meal, we had a surprise visit by our host- the Beast himself! He took a quick trip around the dining room, but didn’t stop at any tables. On the way out, we were surprised to discover a photo op with our host in the library, and we exited out through the area with the ‘talking knights’ which were pretty entertaining in their own right.

All in all, “Be Our Guest” was the perfect meal in every aspect and will likely be on our itinerary (if we’re lucky enough to get in!) for years to come!

Enchanted Rose in the West Wing of the Beast's Castle

Enchanted Rose in the West Wing of the Beast’s Castle

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Disney Dining at Crystal Palace

Character Dining with Winnie the Pooh!

Crystal Palace restaurant at Magic Kingdom

Dine at Crystal Palace with Winnie the Pooh & Friends!

A trip to Disney or a day at Magic Kingdom is not complete without a trip to our favorite restaurant at Walt Disney World – a character dining experience with Winnie the Pooh and friends at the Crystal Palace!

We go to Crystal Palace on pretty much every Disney trip. Usually we save some money by eating a late lunch which is quite a bit cheaper than dinner. Even at that, our late-lunch (2:15 reservation) for five ended up being over $160 including tip.

While definitely not cheap, the food is delicious, the service great, and nothing beats lunch with Winnie the Pooh (and Tigger, Piglet, and Eeyore too!)

Winnie the Pooh character diningThe Crystal Palace, located just off Main Street U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom is a beautiful restaurant inside and out. The architecture is gorgeous and the large atrium at the center of the restaurant is stunning… and don’t forget the all-you-can-eat buffet!

The lunch menu features chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese for the kids, but sadly Crystal Palace dropped pizza from the menu. The menu includes ham and flank steak sliced to order, ratattouilli, and assorted pastas and salads. The dessert bar is huge and includes various cobblers, pies, cakes, and other assorted baked goods, as well as a self-serve ice cream sundae bar! Yum!

Winnie the Pooh and friends circulate through the restaurant regularly, and you’re sure to get at least one visit from each during your stay. Be sure you’re at your table when the characters get close because you won’t want to miss meeting them! They’ll be happy to pose with you for pictures, and are you to offer a high-five, fist-bump, or a hug to the kids. Kids young and old will really enjoy this experience, and their trip to the Crystal Palace!

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