How to get lunch and dinner reservations at Be Our Guest Restaurant

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How to get lunch and dinner reservations at Be Our Guest Restaurant from WDWPrepSchool.comThe newest and most popular restaurant at Disney World is Be Our Guest Restaurant, located in the New Fantasyland section of Magic Kingdom.

This restaurant is a Quick Service location for lunch and a Table Service for dinner so the strategy to eat there is different for each meal.

Being a popular restaurant means that it’s hard to get a reservation, but I have some tips to help you increase your odds.

Getting a dinner reservation

Since Be Our Guest is a Table Service for dinner, you can get a reservation to eat there just like any Table Service restaurant – by booking 180 days in advance.

Here are some ways to increase your odds:

  • Stay on-site so that you can make all of your reservations 180 days before your trip begins, not just 180 days before the day you want to eat. Confused? Watch this video where I explain how on-site guests have an advantage when making dining reservations.
  • When making dining reservations, book ADRs in the order of difficulty, not chronological order. That means that Be Our Guest would always be the first one you’d book, no matter when it falls during your trip.
  • If you’re staying on-site, plan your reservation toward the end of your trip to increase the chances that you’ll get it. Since off-site guests won’t have access to those dates yet, your odds are better the later your dates are.
  • Avoid looking for reservations on party nights. In September, October, November and December, there are parties held at Magic Kingdom a few nights a week which means the park closes at 7 p.m. so that the party can begin. Table Service restaurants are not open during the party so that means TS restaurants are only open for a short time, making it hard to get a reservation.

Confession: I’m not the biggest fan of Be Our Guest for dinner because the food and service are so inconsistent. I think it should be a much better experience considering how difficult it is to get a reservation. I do love it for lunch so let’s talk about how to do that.

Eating lunch at Be Our Guest

In general, it’s a good idea to visit Quick Service restaurants outside of the peak meal times to avoid long lines and that will work at Be Our Guest as well (I’d recommend being in line at 10:30 or 1:30 to avoid lines here – other QS restaurants can be visited closer to 11-11:30 to avoid the lunch rush).

However, Disney is currently testing a FastPass+ option at Be Our Guest that will allow you to make a reservation and skip the line. This does NOT count as 1 of your allotted 3 FastPass+ reservations per day and is totally separate from that.

This only works for people who are staying on-site. Off-site guests or those without a FastPass+ reservation should plan to line up at the times I listed above to avoid lines.

Here’s some info about how to do that:

  • Disney will tell you that this is by invitation only and indeed, they email a lot of people a few weeks before their trip to invite them but that doesn’t mean this won’t work as well. However, do NOT call or do an online chat with Disney because they will tell you their official line (“it’s just a test and you can’t book it ahead of time”) and will not help you at all.
  • You can book the reservation by visiting https://beourguestlunch.disney.go.com/
  • That link may ask you for a 12-digit numeric confirmation number, not the shorter alphanumeric confirmation number that you can probably find easily. Here are a few ways to find the 12 digit number:
  • Your reservation will NOT show up in your My Disney Experience account with all of your other reservations so write down the info or take a screenshot so you have it for later.
  • You can usually book this about 3-4 weeks before your trip begins.

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I get emails about this every day so I hope this info was helpful.

Do you have other tips or questions you’d like to add? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.


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joe c July 1, 2014 at 6:40 pm

hello, I’m going on my second trip to WDW and I just had a question about be our guest restaurant. Do you have to have a reservation to eat there for lunch and if you do how do I make them if I’m not staying on a Disney property.

Rory July 1, 2014 at 6:22 pm

Hi Shannon,
We are staying on-site and cannot book with our FP+ reservation 60 days out for BoG lunch. Do you know if they are only allowing 30 days out for this specific reservation?

Frank H July 2, 2014 at 11:19 am

The article says that the Fastpasses for the BOG lunch usually become available 3-4 weeks prior to arrival

Chantal June 26, 2014 at 4:45 pm

Is it possible that this was only a temporary thing? Because I’ve been trying to make reservations for August 28th, and the choice of dates only goes up to August 24th…

Tammy June 29, 2014 at 9:13 am

I’ve booked an Aug 13-23 stay and when I tried for the FP reservation it gives me Aug 13-19 choices only. (Of course, it says there are no FP reservations available.) But I’m wondering if this is not even really “open” to me at all right now, since I’m still 6 weeks away from vacation time. Maybe it will “allow” me choices closer to my date????

Maria B July 1, 2014 at 8:20 am

Wait until 30 days from your trip and then check every day. This is what Shannon suggests and most people have had luck with this.

Tammy June 18, 2014 at 1:05 am

Is anybody else getting an odd message when they try to log into the BOG FP system? When I try to log in it will no longer go through, and a message pops up that says something along the lines of “We are sorry for the inconvenience. Please stop by customer service to help you with logging on or with selecting available FP windows and preordering food.”

Aimee Bell June 17, 2014 at 5:40 pm

We just returned home from our trip and a few weeks prior to leaving we received an email invitation for the lunch fastpass+. Of course we participated. We pre-ordered are food through that website. When we got there we were late for our “allotted time” because I had the wrong time stuck in my brain, but they did let us in. However, they said they would do that “only this one time.” We were able to verfiy the food we had choose and make any changes and then find a seat in any of the 3 dining rooms. And our food “magically” appeared. I had the carved turkey sandwich and it was fabulous. My brother had the roast beef sandwich which was also very good. The meat was so tender & perfect. And they were big sandwiches…very filling meal.

Tammy June 15, 2014 at 9:01 pm

I too was having difficulty finding my 12 digit number, as my reservation number is an 8 digit one, consisting of letters and numbers. I finally called Disney Dining and asked if anyone could make FP reservations for lunch at BOG or if I had to have a special invite. The cast member told me anyone staying on Disney property could obtain available FP spots. I then told her I did not have a 12 digit number, which the site was asking for and she was happy to give me that number, as well as my parents 12 digit number and my brother and his family’s 12 digit number. I figured it was worth a shot to give them a call. I am still about 50 days out, but so glad I called!

Maria B June 16, 2014 at 8:53 am

That’s awesome! Finally, a Disney cast member that knows what is going on.

Jennifer H June 13, 2014 at 7:27 pm

We stayed at Port Orleans Riverside last year and were able to get reservations for TS the same day. I went to guest services and spoke with Brian and he was able to book my party of 7 for that evening. Not saying it will happen for everyone, but it’s always worth a try. The resturant itself is beautiful, but the menu wasn’t that impressive and not picky kid friendly.

Rebecca C June 11, 2014 at 7:56 pm

Hi – we are going to Disney next week and were able to book reservations. We are meeting up with another family, but we were unable to combine bookings which was a little frustrating so we settled for overlapping time slots. Wondering if anyone has booked successfully through the info above and then arrived without any problem to reservation at BoG?

Kimberly June 15, 2014 at 9:36 pm

We just went two days ago using overlapping times with my parents. It was fine. We arrived at the begininng of our time and with five min left of my parents’ time. They’ll just scan both bands but you’re free to sit together wherever you want:)

Dana June 10, 2014 at 4:08 pm

For those of you having success making FP+ reservations, is it requiring the 12 digit confirmation number described in the post above? I asked my travel agent about this number and she said she had never heard of a 12-digit number except for a room only reservation. I have a package reservation.

Debbie Reynolds June 11, 2014 at 5:23 am

I have a package reservation and my number worked – however I think I am still to far out – as I am going in October.

Maria B June 11, 2014 at 8:10 am

Yes, I have a package, too. My number definitely worked – I was able to login to the site, but I couldn’t book yet, I am too far from my booking window (counting down until July 18th!!). I am just seeing “there are no times available” (which is what you will see until you are able to book).

Alex June 11, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Dana, download the MDE app on your phone. Then click on the menu option (top left) & find “My Reservations”. You should find the 12 digit number there. I too have a pack reservation & its the only place I found it. I took a screenshot quickly so I will have it ready come July 18th!

Kylie June 11, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Hi Alex, where do you see the 12-digit number? I have a package reservation and did exactly as you said and do not see the 12-digit number anywhere on this page…?

Maria B June 12, 2014 at 7:55 am

I think I know what Alex means, Kylie. I just found it on my phone this way.

1) Open the MDE app on your phone.

2) Open the menu.

3) Then, open My Reservations.

4) Next, open Rooms and Packages.

5) It should show your reservation. Right above the name of your resort should be the 12 digit confirmation number.

I hope this helps!

Maria

Lauren June 13, 2014 at 3:04 pm

I tried following all of these steps and I keep only finding an 8 digit confirmation number that includes letters.

Anyone else have this problem? I’m wondering why I can’t find this 12 digit number. Our trip isn’t until September, just being eager and planning to make this fast pass for BOG Lunch! :)

Kimberly June 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm

- Choose My Reservations and Tickets
- Hover your mouse over BUT DO NOT CLICK the Check In Online link.
- At the very end of that address is a long string of numbers. That’s your Reservation ID.

Melody June 10, 2014 at 3:25 pm

I’m trying to do this for my trip that is in mid-July, but I had to altar my reservation and it is pulling my original dates with my confirmation number, rather than the revised dates. I currently don’t have the option to do a fast pass on the day I will be in the Magic Kingdom. Any thoughts on how to fix this?

Maria B June 11, 2014 at 8:08 am

The My Disney Experience account should be updated with your most recent reservation information. Did you create an account on the disney website? If so, log in and see if you can view your updated reservations. If you are staying in the parks, and you are less than 60 days out, there will be an option to “check in” online. Hover over that icon and the 12 digit number should appear. Copy it down and try it at the Be Our Guest reservation site. It should work.

jack rawlins June 10, 2014 at 12:46 pm

OK, I can’t promise it will ever happen again, but I too tried to get reservations for BOG months before my trip (back in the days before FP options) and was told there were no times available. So while standing in line for BOG lunch one morning I noticed someone at the kiosk making dinner reservations for that very evening! So I walked over, asked if there were dinner reservations available, and was told “Sure!” Apparently a lot of people cancel, and apparently Disney likes to encourage walk-ins so they schedule reservations very “loosely” (they don’t pack them in). Same goes for the barbershop, btw–I was told “No available time slots,” then walked in without a problem. I asked how come, and the cast members said “Booked up” for the barbershop means something like half the available time.

Lisa June 10, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Thank you for this post because I actually wanted to take my boys there for lunch. You read my mind!!! Thank you

john June 10, 2014 at 11:49 am

We visited in jan, and was at a onsite resort, we were part of that test in early jan of doing lunch via fastpass BOG. We did pre-order our food via the website and were able to skip the line outside and inside for this. We did enjoy it, but has one issue, I tried to add another item for our one kiddo age2 who was not listed for fast passes for this trip. the system did not like this and it messed up out meal order and we had to get in a line to fix, once we did the rest was ok. So they are still working out some bugs with the system, we did get another invite while still on grounds for another lunch there again during our stay, but we did not use it a 2nd time…

Sara D. June 10, 2014 at 11:21 am

Yes, keep trying for those lunch FP+ folks. We were there this past January, and my dates didn’t open up until 21-ish days before our trip. The default message seems to be “there are no times available” for the date you selected, but what that really translates to is they haven’t opened up those days to FP+ reservations yet. I checked daily (sometimes multiple times, obsess much?!) and times eventually became available. It was worth it! Good luck!

Maria B June 10, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Yes, I second that! “There are no available times” means there are no times YET. Don’t get discouraged. Keep trying from day 30 and under! I have a friend that didn’t see her FP window open up until 21 days before the trip. Like Shannon said, 3 or 4 weeks before your time to go you will see an opening. I plan to start trying at 30 days and each chance I get until I go.

Lucia June 10, 2014 at 2:53 pm

thanks for sharing because i just try it and it appear the “There are no available times”, i was kind of sad until this! ;)

Tammy June 29, 2014 at 9:21 am

Well that answers a lot! I’m still 6 weeks out and when I tried it, I got the “no available fastpasses” default. Thanks for sharing!

Rosemary June 10, 2014 at 11:04 am

wow things sure are changing quick . . we were there in January and we tried so hard to get dinner reservations prior to our visit (even up to the day before we wanted) but no luck. We ended up just showing up for lunch and only had about a 20 minute wait (if even that) but I believe we had a late lunch (2ish). Hopefully next visit we will be successful in a dinner rese

Sondra @ Savers4Life June 10, 2014 at 10:50 am

Thanks for the good post. We’re hoping we can snag a Fastpass for lunch during our trip in Nov/Dec. Otherwise, I’ll be standing in line while the rest of the crew plays around New Fantasyland!

So far our trip plan is on track with the exception of missing the Dessert Party.

Heather: If I understand it’d be another day or so before they come open to you. It’s only 30 days out you can reserve them.

Robin S June 10, 2014 at 10:33 am

Any idea how far out you can book the lunch fastpasses? We’re around 150 days out & it’s not showing any availability for any of our days yet.

Shannon Albert June 10, 2014 at 10:41 am

As the post mentions, they are usually available 3-4 weeks beforehand.

Carrie June 10, 2014 at 10:27 am

I was sent the email invitation last week for our upcoming trip in July. I immediately logged in and there are NO fast passes available for ANY day of our 7 day trip. I am so disappointed that they even sent out an invite when there’s no chance of getting one. Hopefully others have more luck!

Christi June 10, 2014 at 11:00 am

The same thing happened to me, got an email last week about it. I tried again yesterday and was able to book. Keeping trying back each day before your trip.

Carrie June 10, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Thanks! That’s what my travel agent said too. Honestly have tried every day since I got the email, tried 5 different times today and finally got it! :-)

Heather June 10, 2014 at 9:15 am

We are 31 days out, and when I tried to book today, it said that the Fastpasses were unavailable. Should I keep trying?

Shannon Albert June 10, 2014 at 10:43 am

Yes, keep trying.

Leiann June 10, 2014 at 11:20 am

I just got Fass Pass for lunch and it was 27 days before. I had been trying every day and it suddenly opened up. In fact, when I first tried only 1 day was open then I tried an hour later and 2 days were open.

Maria B June 10, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Yay! This is encouraging! I can’t wait until my FP window is open to try.

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