Review: Be Our Guest Restaurant Lunch

UPDATE: Please note that as of February 25, 2015, Be Our Guest Restaurant began to accept Advanced Dining Reservations for lunch. For further information, please click here

Last month I was so excited to bring you my “Everything on the Menu!!” review of dinner at Be Our Guest Restaurant.

Today, it’s time to head back into New Fantasyland for my very first taste of lunch at this must-do restaurant!

Be Our Guest Bridge Entrance

Because Be Our Guest Restaurant differs greatly from the run-of-the-mill counter service spots around Disney, I’m going structure this review according to how you progress through the restaurant. Follow the headlines, and it should all make sense. :-)

We have a ton of great detail to cover, so let’s get right to it!

In Line!

Amid a backdrop of rugged, austere mountains of New Fantasyland, you find the bridge and gateway that ushers you into Beast’s enchanted castle, home to Be Our Guest Restaurant.

Now that the enormous eatery is officially opened, there are still extraordinarily long lines for lunch on many days, as guests await their turn to see inside and sample the food.

Line to Get into Be Our Guest for Lunch

Line to Get in From My Perspective

We know that Disney is testing a fastpass like system and a pre-ordering for Be Our Guest, so the lines may soon be a thing of the past. But, in the meantime, be sure you know when they begin serving lunch (usually around 10am or 10:30am) so that you can get there early.

Regardless, the line did move quickly (it’s about a 30 minute wait from the back of the bridge); and soon, I was walking into the castle.

Ordering Process

Once inside, you find pretty much exactly what you would expect: low-lighted spaces with beamed ceilings reminiscent of medieval European castles. Enchanted suits of armor guard the long entryway. At the end of the hall, you see the stained glass window depicting Belle and Beast’s famous dancing scene.

Suits of Armor in Entry Hallway (c) Disney

Listen closely, and you’ll hear the suits of armor murmuring to each other in French accents!

As you enter the ordering area, thoughtful touches tell you that you’ve arrived in the beast’s library!!

Ordering Area

This ornate room is home to a cozy fireplace and Beast’s enormous chair. You’ll also find the automated ordering areas masquerading as [Read more…]

News! ‘The Mickey Check’ Introduced at Walt Disney World and Disneyland

The ability to provide more nutritious meals for your children while on vacation just became a little easier!

Disney has started rolling out The Mickey Check on counter service menus across both Disney World and Disneyland resorts.

The Mickey Check will give parents a recognizable shortcut to identifying meals that meet the Disney Nutrition Guidelines, and expands upon the Disney Magic of Healthy Living initiative. This aims to provide nutritious options and kid-appropriate portions.

The first menu to feature The Mickey Check is the brand new Be Our Guest Restaurant lunch menu, which will feature a counter service format.

Kid's Menu at Be Our Guest will Feature the New Mickey Check

Following the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the Disney Nutrition Guidelines also encourage the limitation of sodium, sugar, and saturated and trans fats.

Turkey Meatloaf at Be Our Guest Restaurant Earns the Mickey Check

To meet these guidelines, meals carrying The Mickey Check must contain at least [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: November 4, 2012


It's Delicious!

We have our first (say first, because I know there will be many more!) review from the new Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World!! (Plus, we have a LUNCH review coming up tomorrow!)

We also announced a Tables in Wonderland event that provides members with reservations to this New Fantasyland venue!

Disney Food News

Catch up on the latest!

We’ve got additional food news (including a new limited-time menu at the Polynesian’s Spirit of Aloha, Splitsville menu detail, Earl of Sandwich opening at Downtown Disney Anaheim, Zombie souvenir mugs at Trader Sam’s at the Disneyland Hotel, Jazz Soundtrack from Carthay Circle Restaurant, New Menu at Disneyland’s French Market Restaurant, Colette champagne cocktail recipe from Disney Cruise Line’s Remy, restaurant closure updates, and LOTS more) on our Disney Food News Pin Board!

DFB Reader Finds

If you find a fun new food in or from Disney, share a photo with us so we can add it to our DFB Reader Finds!

Katie M. Kuhn sent us a tantalizing photo of pumpkin cheesecake from Sunshine Seasons in Epcot. She said it was great!

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Buck Rockman shared this picture  of the specialty items from Gaston’s Tavern via facebook! Thanks Buck!

Gaston's Tavern

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Updates

The 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is still going strong, and we’re updating our coverage daily with World Showcase booth and special event reviews, new photos, and other Festival updates!

Cheese Facts from the Food and Wine Festival!

Here’s some of the latest…

Find all of the latest Epcot Food and Wine Festival News and Reviews here, and stay tuned for our take on several seminars and events around the festival.

On to the Round-Up

Walt Disney World For Grown Ups visits the pool bar, Muddy Rivers, at the Port Orleans Riverside Resort. travels to Trail’s End at the Fort Wilderness resort.

Daveland shares lunch at the Carthay Circle Restaurant during the Disneyland Half-Marathon weekend.

Yesterland looks at buildings that inspired the architecture of some restaurants at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

LA Times looks at an effort to remove characters from Disney candy.

Main Street Gazette makes the Pear Streusel Pudding Cake recipe from the 2010 Epcot Food & Wine Festival.

Gluten Free and Dairy Free at WDW is hosting a private IllumiNations Dessert Party on Saturday, December 15 at Rue De Paris in Epcot’s France Pavilion from 9 p.m. – 10 p.m. All items served will be free of gluten/wheat, dairy/milk/casein, soy, egg, peanut, tree nut, corn, fish and shellfish.

Disney Parks Blog shares a recipe for Colette Champagne Cocktail at the Disney Cruise Line’s Remy restaurant.

Disney Food Post Round-Up: September 16, 2012

Another fantastic week filled with news from Walt Disney World on the Be Our Guest Restaurant, which will be in the New Fantasyland of the Magic Kingdom.

We now know that sipping French wine and Belgian beers will be part of the Be Our Guest dining experience!

Check out the food and beverage menus and the food photos in the links below…

Disney Food News

Exciting news from Walt Disney World this week!

We’ve got more food news (including restaurant closure updates, New Menu at Boatwright’s, Ralph Brennan’s Haunted House Workshops, and LOTS more) on our Disney Food News Pin Board!

Disney Food Blog Guide Bundle Sale is BACK!

We’re counting down the last two weeks ’til the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival…with great savings on our best-selling e-Book series!

Now’s the time to get all of our e-Books, including the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Guide! This week only you can get $4 off using code SAVINGS.

Priced at a huge discount already (over 25% off), this bundle is a great deal for anyone headed to Walt Disney World.

Find out more about the Disney Food Blog Guide Bundle here!

In addition, we are offering a discount on the DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival — use code COUNTDOWN to get $3 off this week!

Check out our DFB Deals of the Week as we continue to count down to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

On to the Round-Up

Daveland gives us a close-up view of a Pirates Grog vending machine in the early years of Disneyland.

Main Street Gazette stops by the Main Street Bakery for banana bread pudding.

A Wedding Cake Blog features a Princess and the Frog cake topper. showcases some local fall flavors at The Wave in the Contemporary Resort.

Eating (and Drinking) Around the World looks forward to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

AllEars shares great Disneyland eats that were enjoyed during Half-Marathon weekend.

Disney Parks Blog flashes back to one of our favorite extinct attractions – Kitchen Kabaret. lists some Disney food moments on film!

Be Our Guest Restaurant Reservation Information and Issues

3:00pm UPDATE: We’re being told by readers that at this point, reservations made for Be Our Guest via the automated system that do not have a credit card guarantee will not be cancelled (thank goodness). It’s still a roller coaster ride, my friends. I was told this morning that they would be cancelled, but many readers have written to let me know that the tune seems to have changed this afternoon. Call to be sure, but it looks like we’re out of the weeds.

Well, what a morning it’s been! For those of you who have battled the phone lines as I have, I feel your pain. Here are a few learnings and warnings from this morning…also some action steps:

Automated Booking Service and Credit Card Numbers

For those who booked reservations for Be Our Guest Restaurant through the automated booking service this morning (i.e. you did NOT speak to an actual human being), these reservations have not been held with a credit card guarantee and may be cancelled today due to a glitch. You will need to call back on the dining line today and modify your reservation, adding a credit card number guarantee.

My personal experience: I booked via the automated line and ended up battling busy signals for over an hour before finally getting back through to the system. The dining reservation agent I spoke to put me through to the Dining Help line. The Dining Help line agent added my credit card number to the reservations and gave me new confirmation numbers.

If you do this, continue to confirm your reservations today and tomorrow as a precaution.

Current State of Reservations

Currently, I’ve heard nothing negative about reservations that were booked through an actual agent today. Those should still be in place.

For those of us still trying to get reservations, from what I can tell many Disney dining and reservations lines are still busy, and many dates in [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: August 5, 2012

Enchanted Rose Motif at Be Our Guest

We’ve got a few more sneak peeks at Be Our Guest restaurant! This brand new restaurant will be opening later this year in Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland!

Disney Food News

In the news since our last round-up…

We’ve got more food news (including NEW Citricos Wine Dinners, a new food spot in the New Fantasyland, restaurant closure updates, and LOTS more) on our Disney Food News Pin Board!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Updates

We’ve been reporting all of the details about the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

DFB Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Coming Soon!

And with the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival rapidly approaching, we’ll have all the info you need to make sure you get the best value from the 2012 festival!

Our DFB Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book is coming soon!

Special Features
Of course, we’ve included a few bonus items for you! Let’s take a look at a few of them…

  • A full, daily schedule of events for every day of the festival
  • Brand new World Showcase booth crawls for this year’s menus
  • Food and Wine Festival customized Touring Strategies for visiting [Read more…]