UPDATE: Please note that as of February 25, 2015, FastPass+ is no longer available, as Be Our Guest Restaurant began to accept Advanced Dining Reservations for lunch. For further information, please click here.
Finally! A FastPass for Food!!!
For those who aren’t huge fans of waiting in 30-90 minute lines for a quick service lunch, there may be relief on the horizon — at least for Be Our Guest Restaurant patrons in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom!
For the past several months, the restaurant has been testing out a new FastPass+ Pre-Order system so that guests are able to bypass the monstrous lines that form as early as 10AM for a quick-service lunch at New Fantasyland’s popular Be Our Guest Restaurant.
This is part of the new MyMagic+ program that is being rolled out in Disney World this year.
To date, Disney has chosen testers randomly — usually from the Magical Express line at Orlando International Airport or while checking in to a Disney World resort hotel.
The system is currently not open to all guests — only to those randomly selected for the testing process. It does seem that you need to be staying at a Disney resort hotel to be chosen.
Be Our Guest Restaurant FastPass+ Process
So here’s how the whole thing works:
Be Our Guest Restaurant Pre-Order System
when a guest is selected to take part in the testing process, he or she is given a card with a registration website and reservation number. The guest logs into the website (with their DisneyWorld.com user ID and password) and chooses an arrival time for lunch. The guest then is (sometimes) offered the option of choosing a “FastPass+ Direct to Table” option, or a “FastPass+ Expedited Arrival” option.
If Direct to Table is chosen, guests will proceed to pre-order the meal they would like at Be Our Guest Restaurant for lunch. Screens pop up on the computer that are similar to the kiosk ordering screens at Be Our Guest.
Once your meal is chosen, you’re good to go! If you choose the Expedited Arrival option, you’ll still need to order your meal with a cast member once you arrive at Be Our Guest for lunch. (Check out our Be Our Guest Restaurant Lunch Review here if you need some ideas of what to order… .)
Check-In and Arrival for Your Be Our Guest Meal
Guests are given the option of checking in for their lunch at City Hall in the Magic Kingdom, or at FastPass machines near the Mickey’s Philharmagic attraction in Fantasyland.
When checking in, guests will give their card and reservation number to the cast member. The cast member will then give the guest a plastic yellow rose that contains all of their pre-order information. (These look like the red roses given to guests at Be Our Guest Restaurant with their lunch orders. The rose is basically a system that allows your food to find you when you’re sitting down in the restaurant.)
When the arrival time opens, the guest will bring the rose to the Be Our Guest Restaurant check-in desk at the end of the bridge to Beast’s Castle and will soon be escorted right past the throngs of people waiting in line to eat. Payment is made via Key to the World card with a cast member before entering the restaurant. If the guest did not pre-order, they will need to wait for a cast member to take their order at that time.
Basically, it works just like other Disney attraction FastPass systems to bypass lines and make your touring day quicker and easier.
What’s Next for Be Our Guest Restaurant FastPass+ System?
We have no idea if the Be Our Guest Restaurant FastPass+ system will be open to all guests soon or not. Testing has been going on for months, so I’m eager to see if this is a concept that will be rolled out for everyone in the coming months as MyMagic+ is expanded.
Have you been selected as a tester for the new Be Our Guest FastPass system? Let us know your experience in the comments below!