Be Our Guest Restaurant Opens December 6, 2012, in Disney World’s Fantasyland

UPDATE: Reservations for Be Our Guest can be made starting on August 20th by calling 407-WDW-DINE. Online reservations begin August 22. The first available dinner reservation is for November 19th.
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Finally, we have the details on an opening date for Be Our Guest Restaurant and Gaston’s Tavern in Walt Disney World’s New Fantasyland!

This expanded Magic Kingdom land will feature new rides and attractions as well as two highly anticipated restaurants.

Be Our Guest Restaurant

Starting December 6, 2012, enjoy an enchanted meal surrounded by the lush decor of the Beast’s Castle in the Beauty and the Beast area of the New Fantasyland.

Beast's Castle in the New Fantasyland

Guests will be able to dine counter-service (fast food) for lunch and table-service (sit-down) for dinner, experiencing one of three magical dining rooms: the Library, the West Wing (home of the enchanted rose), or the golden-colored Ballroom that we all remember from the movie.

You’ll be able to make reservations for this experience in late August. Sign up for our Disney Food Blog Newsletter to see details first.

See the Be Our Guest Restaurant menu as well as more photos and details about Be Our Guest Restaurant here!

Gaston’s Tavern

Also opening December 6, 2012, this fun quick-service location will be the epitome of perfection as Gaston’s famed portrait presides over the [Read more…]

Disney Food Pics of the Week: Hot Dogs

Your photo contributions to the Disney Food Blog Photo Extravaganza on flickr are soooooo mouthwatering! We love looking through your food pics!

The Disney Food Pics of the Week this week feature Disney hot dogs (we would have added corn dogs, but I think those should get their own feature)! For a classic theme park snack or meal, the hot dog is always a delicious option.

Loaded or plain — these hot dogs from Casey’s Corner in the Magic Kingdom look fabulous!
Photographer: Lucy Bartholomew/DisneyRoobs

Hot Dogs at Casey's

Here’s the new Italian Hot Dog from [Read more…]

New in Disney World: Mickey Ear Hat Brownies, Chocolate-Covered Pineapple, and More!

During my recent Walt Disney World visit, my first stop in the Magic Kingdom was, as always, the Main Street Confectionery.

Most of the usual yummies were right where they should be (I’m talking to you Krispie Mickey Heads and mint chocolate fudge). But I did notice a few recent additions to the Confectionery offerings.

Mickey Ear Hat Brownies

First up in the refrigerator case, I noticed something labeled “Brownies $3.95.”

These cute-as-a-button treats are shaped like little Mickey ear hats. Fun! They come in four flavors: raspberry (red swirl), mint (green swirl), all chocolate (white swirl), or, gasp, English toffee (toffee bits on top). I opted to try the mint version.

Mint ear hat brownie.

As with all Mickey-shaped items, I opted to eat the ears first. Unfortunately, I was so busy eating the ear that I [Read more…]

Guest Review: Pinocchio Village Haus — Now With Flatbreads!

We’re welcoming back guest author Melissa Sue Sorrells Galley with a review of Pinocchio Village Haus. And since the new menu was recently revealed, we’ll also include a review of one of the new flatbreads available!

After recovering from One More Disney Day, I headed back into the Magic Kingdom where I found myself exiting Mickey’s PhilharMagic to the realization that I was starving.

That’s when a Cast Member with a puppet waved at me, and I knew what I had to do.

No strings!

Atmosphere

Tucked between the new Fantasyland construction walls and it’s a small world, Pinocchio Village Haus is a bit confusing. It’s in Fantasyland, and the food is Italian, but the restaurant itself is based on the Bavarian architecture that Walt and Lillian Disney were so fond of.

Pinocchio Village Haus

In fact, it’s set in a little German village, where there’s oompah playing over the speakers and you order lunch in what appears to be a charming courtyard.

Once you’ve got your food in hand, it’s time to [Read more…]

Snack Series: Orange Bird Souvenir Cup at Sunshine Tree Terrace

Thanks to our Disney Food for Families columnist, Erin Foster, we’ve got a happy little treat to share today!

Along with the awesome Citrus Swirl snack, the classic Orange Bird is roosting once more at Sunshine Tree Terrace!

Orange Bird Souvenir Cup

For more info about the Orange Bird and his re-debut in Disney World, check out this great video from the folks at Disney!!

The souvenir cup sells for $7 and can be filled with any soda. (Kind of a steep price for such a little bird cup, but can you put a price on history? ;-D)

Menu - click image for larger version

As always, the Citrus Swirl is deliciously refreshing! Have you [Read more…]

Model Shots: Be Our Guest Restaurant and Gaston’s Tavern

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

Thanks again to reader and super Disney Food Scrapbooker Heather W. for some awesome photos from the Magic Kingdom Fantasyland Model, currently in residence at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

New Fantasyland Map

Of course, our biggest focus here are the upcoming restaurants — Be Our Guest Restaurant and Gaston’s Tavern — scheduled to open in “late 2012.”

Fantasyland Model

We see Beast’s Castle looming in the upper right-hand corner!

Fantasyland Model

This wall serves as the gateway to the new area. Here is where Belle’s Cottage where “Enchanted Tales with Belle” will take place. I can almost see Belle strolling through with a book in hand!

Fantasyland

Nestled at the base of the Beast’s Castle is Gaston’s Tavern. As guests approach the pub in this French village, the impressive fountain highlights Gaston’s super-ego.

Inside this counter-service location, a huge portrait will further showcase Gaston’s love — of himself! After the tavern, venture across the way to Bonjour! Village Gifts.

Gaston's Tavern

Yes, we are all eagerly anticipating the opening of the imagineering marvel, Be Our Guest Restaurant! We’ve seen a sneak peek of the ballroom with a breathtaking mural, and read descriptions of the various dining rooms.

The doors inside the lower rocks (on the right) and between the green trees lead to Be Our Guest. Knock, [Read more…]

Guest Review: Liberty Tree Tavern Dinner

Join me in welcoming back guest author Aaron Crum as he takes us to the Liberty Tree Tavern in the Magic Kingdom for a family-style meal!

Imagine this: you are walking through Walt Disney World, and suddenly you find yourself immersed in colonial America.

Not only are you reliving some of American history, you discover that it’s Thanksgiving Day and a feast has been prepared for you to enjoy.

Welcome to Liberty Tree Tavern!

Atmosphere

Liberty Tree Tavern is located in the Liberty Square area of Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. The lobby has somewhat of a “lodge” feel to it. There is a lot of exposed wood and very open spaces.

Exterior

When we visited, the computers were down, causing several delays and the restaurant to be extremely crowded. After waiting outside for our table to be ready, we were summoned to the lobby and taken to our table.

Decor

There are several different dining rooms within Liberty Tree Tavern, all themed after historical figures from United States history. We happened to be seated in the [Read more…]

Review: Tony’s Town Square

Today, we’re revisiting a Magic Kingdom institution, Tony’s Town Square for lunch!

In the past, Tony’s Town Square hasn’t wowed me. Decent food and a great view of the Magic Kingdom Town Square (and any parades going on out there!), but nothing to really pull me back to that spot. Read on to see if anything has changed…

Atmosphere

The first thing that we noticed as we arrived for our Advanced Dining Reservation is that Tony’s has a brand new sign out front, depicting the jolly restaurateur himself! I knew this would be there after the recent renovations, but I really liked it!

Tony's Sign

Tony's Entrance

One of the biggest draws of this Magic Kingdom hotspot continues to be the patio seating area. Tony’s is one of the few table service restaurants that offers an outdoor dining experience; and even on super hot Florida days, this is a great place to chill and enjoy a bite to eat!

Tony's Patio

Tony’s has received a brand new neighbor since our last visit — Mickey Mouse and Friends moved into the newly-renovated Town Square Theater / Exposition Hall — and so a few [Read more…]

Be Our Guest Restaurant Video — Another Look INSIDE!

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

We’ve got another sneak peek inside the Be Our Guest Restaurant in Disney World’s NEW Fantasyland for you!! And Disney’s shared a bit more information with us from the perspective of two Imagineers developing the project.

Be sure to check our Be Our Guest Restaurant page for all of the latest news, updates, and previous information!

Here we go with the sneak peek…

And here’s a bit more…

I can’t wait to eat there!! What do you think will be on the menu?

Don’t forget to subscribe to the Disney Food Blog YouTube Channel for more updates and great videos from Walt Disney World and [Read more…]

Be Our Guest Restaurant to Open By The Holiday Season in Disney World

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

Great news! The opening date for the brand new Be Our Guest Restaurant and Gaston’s Tavern, located in the Beauty and the Beast section of the new Fantasyland in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, has been narrowed down!

Be Our Guest Restaurant Concept Art

While we knew before that the restaurants would be opening in late 2012, we now know that Be Our Guest Restaurant and Gaston’s Tavern will be open for those of you hitting the parks during [Read more…]