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NEWS: Disney Making Significant Change to Be Our Guest Restaurant Dinner Policy

Be Our Guest Restaurant in Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom Park has been one of the most popular restaurants since its opening. Snagging dinner reservations can be a challenge since it is one of the busiest restaurant on property. Disney has announced a policy and menu change for dinner that will begin this summer. Read all the details below!





 

Beginning July 27, 2018, Be Our Guest Restaurant will be changing its dinner menu to a three-course fixed price dinner that includes your choice of appetizer and entree, along with a personal dessert platter. Pricing will be $55 for adults and $35 for children, or two Dining Dining Plan credits.

Apparently, because guest are not allowed in the castle unless they are dining, many guests have been ordering dessert only to gain entrance and have a chance to meet Beast. This new prix fixe menu will eliminate that. The practice has caused some problems for guests wanting to have dinner as already hard to come by advanced dining reservations are used up by those not eating dinner.

Here are more the details from Disney Cast Member Alex Dunlap:

Our culinary teams are always looking for new ways to bring exquisite and delicious cuisine to our guests, and they have done just that with a brand-new dining experience at Magic Kingdom Park! Starting this summer, Be Our Guest Restaurant will offer an enhanced prix fixe dinner menu that boasts a variety of delectable French-inspired dishes and new offerings. This unique experience will make you feel like royalty with a three-course dinner that includes your choice of appetizer and entrée, followed by a personal dessert platter.

To start off your meal, the appetizer menu will include favorites like the French Onion Soup in addition to rich new offerings like Charred Octopus with citrus-laced fingerling potatoes, pickled hearts of palm and red pepper coulis; Escargot with herb garlic butter and toasted gremolata; and a selection of assorted meats and artisanal cheeses such as chicken liver pâté, chorizo sausage Manchego, and truffle tremor.

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For the main course, feast on mouth-watering entrées such as Grilled Center-Cut Filet Mignon with potato au gratin, Romano beans, Cipollini marmalade and a cherry-laced red wine reduction or the Smoked Black-Eye Pea Tortellini with roasted seasonal vegetables, tomato relish and basil-scented tomato water. Other enticing dishes include Poulet Rouge Chicken, Saffron-Infused Seafood Bouillabaisse, Roasted Lamb Chops and Kurobuta Pork Tenderloins.

And that’s just the beginning! Our chefs are hard at work putting the final touches on the fabulous desserts as well as the kid’s menu for this exquisite new dining experience. Stay tuned for updates on these menus.

So, relax! Let us pull up a chair, as the dining room proudly presents this new dinner feast beginning July 27 at Be Our Guest Restaurant. Reservations will open this Friday, February 23rd, and can be booked online or by calling 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463).

RELATED ARTICLE: 6 Things You Need to Know About Dinner at Be Our Guest Restaurant in Disney’s Magic Kingdom

by Mike and Jamie Sylvester

“Once upon a time, in a faraway land, a young prince lived in a shining castle…”. The start of the prologue to Beauty and the Beast perfectly describes the tone of Be Our Guest Restaurant. Have you dreamed of dining at Beast’s Castle? Here are 6 things to know about Be Our Guest so you can make that dream a reality, and be a guest at this popular dining destination!





 

1 – Making Your Reservation

Step one to enjoying a dinner experience at Be Our Guest Restaurant is getting a reservation. Sounds simple enough – but not so much! Be Our Guest is one of the most difficult restaurants to obtain a reservation for at Disney World. We suggest you book the morning your 180-day advanced dining reservation opens (online at 6:00am or by phone at 7:00am). The sooner you try to make your reservation the better chance you have at getting in. Every now and then you may get lucky and find a table on those spontaneous trips, but it’s not typical and we suggest you don’t count on it.

2 – One Restaurant – Three Unique Rooms

Set inside of Beast’s Castle, Be Our Guest is impressive at the amount of great detail Imagineers put into this restaurant. The moment you cross the bridge to the castle, you feel as if you are pulled straight into the movie. Detailed stained glass, powerful statues, and dimmed lighting welcomes you. The restaurant is divided into three spaces. You first enter into the Grand Ballroom, where Belle and Beast shared their famous first dance. This space is large and holds most of the tables. We find this space to be the loudest and less intimate of the three rooms, but that’s no surprise by looking at its size. Just looking up in this room will overwhelm you with beauty. The Rose Gallery is off to the right. Here you will find a music box in the middle of the room of Beast and Belle dancing. This room seems to be the brightest of the rooms and is typically a little less crowded. Artwork on the wall is worth browsing. The third room is the West Wing. As if Beast had just shredded the curtains and tapestries, this room is dark, creepy, and our favorite! The dim lighting, sounds of thunders, and wilting rose are incredible. This room is the smallest of the three and typically every table is occupied. A Cast Member informed us that you are welcome to request a room when checking-in at the hostess stand, but a specific room request is never guaranteed. It can’t hurt to ask if you have a preference!

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3 – It’s Time to Eat!

Editors Note: The Dinner menu will be changing to a Prix Fixe dinner menu beginning July 27, 2018. Read above for more details.

The atmosphere is wonderful but let’s face it, we’re here for the food! We absolutely love the dinner menu. Steak, chicken, shrimp, pork, salad – great variety to meet your family’s individual favorites. Our favorite appetizer is the Assorted Cured Meats and Sausages that is said to serve two. There is a great assortment of meats and this is one appetizer that gets eaten fully by our family. Our two main entrée favorites are the Grilled Strip Steak and Braised Pork (Coq au Vin Style). The steak is cooked perfectly to your request and is an easy selection for a consistently good meal.  The Braised Pork is phenomenal. No need for a knife as this juicy pork falls apart at the touch of your fork. Sure, pureed cauliflower might not sound all too appetizing, but it’s on our list of MUST have again in the future! We dare you to order the pureed cauliflower and see if your little one can tell the difference between that and their beloved mashed potatoes.

Grilled Strip Steak with Garlic-Herb Butter and Pommes Frites

Grilled Strip Steak with Garlic-Herb Butter and Pommes Frites




 

4 – Desserts – why YES please.

Desserts get their own category. Your server will pull around this overly tempting French cart. Inside you will see several yummy options that we like to pretend have very little calories. (Hey – you’re on vacation!) Of course, we recommend you try the “Grey Stuff”. This chocolate cake/brownie is topped with plenty of light, creamy Grey Stuff and circular sprinkles. The Grey Stuff is airy and we like how light it is over a rich dessert. Another favorite is the Lemon-Raspberry Cream Puff which is not only gluten-free but very delicious!

Chocolate Shell, Cookie Crème topped with Lumiere’s special “Grey Stuff”

Chocolate Shell, Cookie Crème topped with Lumiere’s special “Grey Stuff”

5 – Beast

The Beast may not be available for a meet and greet in the parks, but if you have dinner at Be Our Guest, you have a chance to meet him! Beast will make his grand entrance at the start of dinner. As he walks through the different rooms you will notice just how large he is. He awaits to take a photo with you in the study after you are finished with your dinner. Cast Members are very adamant about being completely done with your meal before meeting the Beast – for obvious reasons they need to keep the dinner moving. Unfortunately, Belle does not join the Beast for the evening, as she is just around the corner at Enchanted Tales with Belle.

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If you have yet to experience Be Our Guest Restaurant, we highly recommend you try to make a reservation and dine there! Dinner is our particular favorite meal, but if you are unable to get a reservation we also suggest checking out what breakfast and lunch offer. Bon Appétit!

6 – Bonus Tip – Editor’s Note

We (Chad & Cindy) thought we would chime in with our experience with Be Our Guest dining. We often get asked about which meal do we recommend, lunch or dinner? We’ve had the opportunity to have both lunch and dinner at Be Our Guest and we recommend lunch over dinner for a few reasons. First, unless you are desperate to meet the Beast after dinner, the dining experience is very similar. You still sit in the same rooms, you still enjoy the same ambiance, and you still get to experience Beast’s castle. The food is still brought to you at both lunch and dinner. At lunch, however, you must go to the beverage refill station for refills on your drinks. Second, the food is also very similar. The lunch menu offers the same soups as sides and offers the exact same desserts. The lunch menu also includes a smaller portion of the braised pork. Third, if you are looking to save some money, dining at Be Our Guest for lunch is a great way to experience the restaurant for significantly less money. The sandwiches, which are very tasty, are about half the price of the entrees. I’ve had the strip steak and the carved turkey sandwich and I actually prefer the sandwich over the steak. There are MUCH better steaks to be had on Disney property, while the turkey sandwich is unique to Be Our Guest. I’ll admit, we were a bit disappointed with our dinner experience at Be Our Guest. Due to its popularity our expectations were high. We enjoyed our lunch experience much more. So, if you are looking to save some money, but want to enjoy the restaurant, we recommend lunch over dinner. Reservations are still highly recommended and necessary! Again we say, Bon Appétit!



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About Chad & Cindy Nykamp

After years of multiple Walt Disney World vacations, Cindy and Chad's dream of living in Orlando came true in 2010. After friends and family made them their go-to-people for Walt Disney World advice, Cindy and Chad launched DisneyLists.com in August 2015 to share their knowledge and love of Disney. Chad and Cindy have been Disney World Annual Passholders for years, DVC members, together have raced more than 70 runDisney races, and particularly love cruising on the Disney Cruise Line. Chad and Cindy also regularly represent DisneyLists.com at Walt Disney World media events. While attending these events, they get an insiders view of all the new things that have come to Walt Disney World. These experiences have helped them gain knowledge and expertise they happily pass on to their followers. They still can't believe how lucky they are to have such an amazing opportunity and will continue to share Disney with anyone who will listen!