Review: Dinner at Be Our Guest Restaurant in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

It’s time to make another visit to Be Our Guest Restaurant! And this time, we’re dining in Beast’s Castle for dinner. Yay!

While I’ve had several opportunities to enjoy lunch at Be Our Guest, a dinner advance dining reservation is always a little tougher to get. Dinner here is currently the most difficult Disney World restaurant reservation to snag, requiring hopefuls to book at exactly six months out or take their chances with walk-up availability or cancellations.

That said, once you’ve been to Be Our Guest for dinner, there’s really not all that much reason to go back. See, the menu and actual dining experience at this must-do restaurant haven’t changed all that much since our very first, Eat All the Food, multi day experience when the restaurant opened in 2012.

But during my recent Epcot Food and Wine pilgrimage, I decided pretty last minute to attend a Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party one night. And it just happened to be the night Disney decided to open up Be Our Guest to dinner reservations during the party. I was able to grab a dinner reservation for 10PM, but was actually able to go early and be seated around 8:30PM. Most likely this was because not many people knew the restaurant was open, so walk-ups were fewer.

So let’s head on into the Beast’s castle for dinner at Be Our Guest!

Don't miss out on Be Our Guest!

Don’t miss out on Be Our Guest!


Before we dig in, let’s take a look around. Because if you haven’t dined at Be Our Guest, you should know that this restaurant is nearly as much an attraction as it is a place to dine.

When you arrive, check in at the “podium” to the left of the walkway to the castle.


Be Our Guest Restaurant Check-In Area

Be Our Guest Restaurant Check-In Area

There are three dining rooms at Be Our Guest (more about those later), and you can request your favorite at check-in. It’s not guaranteed, but they’ll do their best to seat you there.

When your name is called or your buzzer goes off, you’ll be directed down the main walkway into the Beast’s Castle. Be sure to take in all of the detail along the way.

Be Our Guest Entrance

Be Our Guest Entrance

Be Our Guest Gargoiyle

Be Our Guest Gargoiyle

Gargoyle Light Post and Waterfall

Gargoyle Light Post and Waterfall

Guests familiar with the film Beauty and the Beast will recognize the stunning recreation of many elements of Beast’s Castle as they make their way to the main entrance.

Don't be late for dinner at Be Our Guest Restaurant!

Don’t be late for dinner at Be Our Guest Restaurant!

The feeling is eery, austere in places, and beautiful throughout. As you enter through heavy wooden doors, you’re greeted by one of Be Our Guest’s most famous elements — the gorgeous Beauty and the Beast mosaic.

Mosaic of Beauty and the Beast

Mosaic of Beauty and the Beast

At this point, you’ll check in with another cast member at another podium (FYI, they’ll be using some French pleasantries since you are now in France) and may need to wait a few minutes before you’re taken back to your table.

That’s OK, though, because there’s even more to take in! To your left, you’ll see a gallery flanked by suits of armor. Pay attention; they’re enchanted of course, so they’re whispering to one another. [Read more…]

A Look at the Lunch Menu at STK Orlando in Disney Springs

It’s been just over four months since STK Orlando opened its doors in Disney Springs.

We visited STK for dinner on opening night in late May. It gave us the chance to try a few signature dishes that STK restaurants around the country are known for along with offerings unique to STK Orlando. (For those unfamiliar with STK, this high-end steakhouse has locations in New York, Atlanta, Chicago, London, and San Diego, among others.)

In its earliest days, the restaurant opened for dinner only at 5:00 pm daily. However, lunch service kicked off about a week after opening, and we thought we’d take a little time today to show you what’s on the menu for lunch at STK, in case you’re interested in trying out this signature restaurant with a more casual, daytime vibe.

If you read our first review of STK, then much about the first page of the Lunch menu will look familiar to you.

STK Lunch Menu

STK Lunch Menu

It features several dishes that are also featured on the evening menu like the Florida Grouper (unique to the Orlando location). [Read more…]

New Video! Unique Disneyland Snacks Part I

We’re back with another Disney Food Blog Video today!

Our readers and viewers are giving us such great feedback on our latest project, the DFB YouTube Channel. It’s just another way we’re working to bring you our take on Disney Food, all the time!


Today, we’re coming to you from the West Coast, as we bring you some of Disneyland’s most Unique Snacks in part one of our series. [Read more…]

Tips from the DFB Guide: Indulge in a Walt Disney World Mocktail Crawl!

Are you the designated driver in your crew, or do you just prefer your fun without alcohol?


If so, we have GREAT news. Disney offers tons (and we mean tons!) of Non-Alcoholic Drinks, or Mocktails. And we’re not just talkin’ Shirley Temples here. Following the current hot trend, many of the drinks offer the same attention to flavor and artistry as craft cocktails — sans liquor.

Want to try out a few for yourself? Then you’ll want to check out our Mocktail Crawl! It’s just one of the fun food adventures that you can embark on, thanks to the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining E-Book! If you love what you see here, check out our newly updated DFB Guide for even more great suggestions. And to celebrate our early launch of the 2017 DFB Guide, we’re offering it for a limited time at 20% off with promo code SAVE2017!

But enough talking. Time to check out the drinks!

The DFB Mocktail Crawl

Begin at Port Orleans Riverside, where you’ll stop by the Muddy Rivers Pool Bar for a Bull Frog Brew.

Muddy Rivers Pool Bar

Muddy Rivers Pool Bar

This refreshing drink combines Odwalla Lemonade, Monin Green Apple, and Monin Kiwi served in a Light-up Mason Jar for an extra magical touch. [Read more…]

News: New Dining Discounts for Disney World Annual Passholders for 45th Anniversary Year

Happy 45th Anniversary, Walt Disney World!

Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

And Happy Anniversary to Disney World Annual Passholders, who can take part in the celebration by enjoying some brand new discounts at select dining and merchandise locations around Disney World for the anniversary year! [Read more…]

It’s HERE! Get your DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining 2017 e-Book (with a discount)!

We’re celebrating the grand launch of the 2017 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining! This valuable resource is fully updated for 2017 Disney vacations, and is now available for purchase and download to help you make the most of your dining plans while in Disney World. To celebrate releasing this guide a full four months earlier than usual (because SO MUCH IS HAPPENING IN DISNEY WORLD RIGHT NOW!!), and to say thank you to all of our loyal DFB readers, we’re offering you a discount code before prices go up in the new year.


Just use code SAVE2017 at checkout!

Why Publish Early, You Ask?

Because it’s crazy, but true — EVERYTHING is different at Disney World this year. So many new restaurants, kiosks, bars and lounges, menu items have come online. We were go go go just trying to cover it all for our Disney World food lovers out there!


So I decided we couldn’t wait, and we HAD to release our DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining, 2017 Edition earlier than ever before. So we’ve been working our tails off all summer to get this awesome 600-page guide ready for YOU!

You can order your copy today for 20% off the cover price. Use code SAVE2017! And don’t forget to check out our Money-Saving Bundles — More Stuff for Less Dough! 

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(Pssst — These are 100% backed by a MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE for any reason at all! So you’re safe to buy!) 

The 2017 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining is chock full of tons of great features to ensure you have your best Disney trip, every time. These include:

[Read more…]

Update: How MyMagic+ and the My Disney Disney Experience App Have Impacted Disney World Dining

A few years ago Walt Disney World rolled out its “planning-your-vacay-for-serious” program, MyMagic+ and its corresponding My Disney Experience App. The Dynamic Duo promised to transform your Disney vacation in every imaginable way.

MyMagic+ MagicBand

MyMagic+ MagicBand in Action

Did it succeed? You betcha.

At the time, Disney confidently predicted that MyMagic+ would allow you to be as structured and planned, or as free and spontaneous as you preferred. How’s that workin’ for ya?

If you’re a planner, great! Right? And if you’re not, um…not so well, eh?

To be fair, we’ve found a whole lot to embrace and really really love about MyMagic+ and My Disney Experience (I’m calling it MDE from here on out. OK?) But it’s definitely changed the landscape of how you manage a Disney visit.

Access My Disney Experience on Your Computer or Your Mobile App

Access My Disney Experience on Your Computer or Your Mobile App

Back then, we made a few predictions about how MyMagic+ might affect your Disney Dining. Today, we’d like to revisit those predictions to see what happened, and to determine what other impact MDE and MyMagic+ has had. [Read more…]

Review: Butterscotch Mickey Beignets in Disneyland for Halloween Time

It’s Halloween Time at Disneyland… and a new flavor of Mickey Beignets has come along for the season!

Mint Julep Bar

Mint Julep Bar

Stop by the Mint Julep Bar to find the Beignets, currently sprinkled with Butterscotch-flavored sugar. (You’ll also see them on the menu at Cafe Orleans.) [Read more…]

Review: Jiko — A Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

On a recent trip to Walt Disney World, I made it a mission to revisit one of my favorite restaurants, Jiko.

The restaurant is your top-of-the-line, signature dining option at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Resort, and I’ve been a big fan of the spot since my very first visit.

With a combination of wonderful ambiance, exotic flavors, and a killer wine list, it’s sure to please any adventurous food lover, and it always surprises me that it tends to fly a little under the radar. This may be because the food is a bit less mainstream, or because the restaurant is a hike to get to.

As regular readers know, though — no matter how much I like a restaurant, I insist on visiting and reviewing them time and again to make sure that I can still recommend them. Fortunately, that’s nearly always a pleasure to do.

Come with me as we take a look around and see what’s new at Jiko.


If you’re looking for Jiko, head down from the main lobby of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, past Victoria Falls Lounge, until you get to the bottom floor. Boma is below Victoria Falls, and then you can access The Mara and the resort’s pool here as well. Jiko is to the right.

Jiko Sign

Jiko Sign

Enter the refined space, and you see immediately that wine is given a place of prominence here. Jiko boasts the largest collection of African wines outside of the African continent. If you’re a wine lover, you’ll want to check out their suggested pairings. [Read more…]

Photo Tour and Specialty Eats: Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort

BOO!! Halloween is one of the most FUN-derful times of the year at Disneyland, and our Disneyland Correspondent Heather Sievers has gathered pictures of some of the spooky happenings! We’ve also got the scoop on where you can find all of the season’s special treats around the Resort. So if you’re ready to scare up some fun with a few of our best Disney pals…

Skeleton Goofy!

Skeleton Goofy!

… or perhaps your favorite Villain, then please join us! [Read more…]