I remember the first time I returned to Disney as an adult with my daughter when she was about 2 years old. We spent our first day in Magic Kingdom and after a long day we sat down at Tony’s Town Square, right near the entrance to the Magic Kingdom. It’s an Italian restaurant that had availability when I looked for a reservation last-minute.
The service was fine, but the food was decidedly mediocre. That was the beginning of our indifference to the food in the Magic Kingdom. There was plenty of it, but finding a great meal was impossible. It took a few years, but we finally had a decent (bordering on great) meal inside the Magic Kingdom.
It’s the toughest reservation at Disney World right now. Be Our Guest, housed in the new Beast’s castle in the back of Magic Kingdom, is fast casual service for lunch and sit-down service for dinner. It’s also one of the very few places in the Magic Kingdom (might be the only, just don’t recall) to have beer or wine.
We arrived at the drawbridge that guards the Beast’s Castle. That’s where we checked in for our reservation. The waiting area is the drawbridge itself, where you get a better view of the castle and a chance to throw a penny in the wishing pond.
After a short wait we were escorted into the building. There are 3 dining rooms that offer different experiences. There’s the Grand Ballroom, with high ceilings and chandeliers.
There’s also the Castle Gallery, Belle’s library. And, finally, the room we chose, the West Wing. The West Wing is the Beast’s domain, and a bit darker than the other rooms. But, for those with kids who believe in the fairy tale, they’ll be able to witness the enchanted rose petal fall (hint, when the lightning strikes and the picture of the Prince changes to the Beast, you can see the petal fall).
The Beast himself was on the way to the West Wing and lead the way. You can see the full menu here, but it’s got a pretty decent variety (positively endless by Magic Kingdom dining standards). We chose French Onion Soup and Mussels Provencal for appetizers. For entrees, the group collectively chose the Strip Steak, Pork Chop, Herb-Crusted Lamb and Salmon. With accompaniments like fresh green beans, root vegetables, mashed potatoes and potato gratin, the plates were very much like a (pricey) sit-down restaurant. The service was timely and the kids had plenty of entertainment during dinner that the Imagineers had thought up.
Of course, because it’s Disney, there are $16 royal chalices that light up for the kiddos to enjoy drinks in as well as themed desserts. The evening ends with a complimentary picture with the Beast.
Be Our Guest is not a cheap meal. It can be the most expensive in the Magic Kingdom (Cinderella’s Royal Table is pricey as well) but the service was timely and polite, and all of our meals were positively enjoyable, even by non-Disney standards. The theming in the dining rooms is very memorable for the children. It’s well worth the effort to try and snag a table. Be sure to be ready at whatever date you’re eligible to book dining options, as this one goes extremely fast.
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