Sneak Peek: The Enchanted Rose Takes Center Stage at Be Our Guest Restaurant

UPDATE: Read about the Opening Date for Be Our Guest Restaurant and Reservations Info!

We have more pictures today to share with you from the inside of Be Our Guest Restaurant, coming soon to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom! Today, we take a look at a strong decor motif — the enchanted rose from Beauty and the Beast!

Enchanted Rose Mosaic Resembles a Stained Glass Window

Any fan of the film knows that the symbol of the rose plays a significant role in the telling of Beast’s story. The enchantress who first transforms Beast offers him the rose as a gift — and things tend to go downhill from there!

Decorative Statue Flanked by Swags of Roses

In honor of the rose, Walt Disney Imagineers have come up with some clever ways to include this symbol of love throughout the rich decoration of the space, which will open in time for the Holidays later this year. (Disney plans to begin accepting Advance Dining Reservations for this hotspot in late August, though there’s still no solid opening date for the restaurant later this Fall.)

When you arrive for the first time, take note of the roses carved into the backs of restaurant chairs.

Carvings of Roses on the Backs of the Restaurant's Chairs

Gilded roses appear to be high on walls…flanking a doorway, perhaps? [Read more…]

Disney World’s “Be Our Guest Restaurant” to Open in Late 2012

UPDATE: Read about the Opening Date for Be Our Guest Restaurant and Reservations Info!

June Update: Be Our Guest Menu and Reservations info now available!

May 2012 Update: Another new set of videos from Be Our Guest Restaurant!

March 2012 Update: Check out this post for a great Be Our Guest Restaurant video of the mural going up in the Beast’s Ballroom!

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We’re getting anxious for more news on the Be Our Guest restaurant, which we first reported about way back in September 2009.

Luckily, we now have a vague idea of when we might be able to try it out! We’ve just heard word that Be Our Guest will be opening in late 2012. And we think Advanced Dining Reservation availability might be just around the corner.

Be Our Guest Restaurant Concept Art, Beast's Castle

Be Our Guest Restaurant Concept Art, Beast's Castle

If you haven’t heard about this new spot in the updated Magic Kingdom Fantasyland yet, here are a few details…


The restaurant will be located in the Beauty and the Beast area of the Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Fantasyland expansion. And the actual dining rooms will be inside the Beast’s Castle!


There will be three dining rooms in the restaurant, seating 550 people. Will you be seated in the Library/Gallery, mysterious West Wing (where the enchanted rose is kept), or the two-story Ballroom, where a snow effect in the windows will make guests feel as though they’ve stepped into the film?

Medieval windows will extend to the ceiling to create [Read more…]

Disney World’s Toontown Fair — A Foodie Farewell

As you know, Mickey’s Toontown Fair will close Friday, February 11, 2011, to make way for the new, expanded Fantasyland in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

As a farewell to a land many of us grew up with (and watched our kids grow up with), Erin Foster suggested we gather a few of our favorite photos and brightly-colored, cartoon memories of Toontown, food blog style.

Mickey and Minnie’s Houses
It looks like food played a big part in the ‘Toon’s lives. Mickey’s and Minnie’s country houses in Toontown both featured very busy kitchens! Minnie was always cooking up yummy sweets and giving us recipes for her favorite cookies; and Mickey — in the midst of a remodeling contest — had a some bigger [Read more…]