Want to dine in the Beast's castle at Walt Disney World?
You can do just that at Be Our Guest Restaurant at Magic Kingdom.
Here are some tips for helping you get that coveted reservation for your trip...
Be Our Guest Restaurant Quick Review
With fantastic food at all 3 meals and a charming atmosphere inside The Beast’s Castle, this restaurant is a great option for nearly everybody. The only exception might be the pricy dinner which may not fit into everybody’s budget, but breakfast and lunch give a more affordable way to get inside while having great food.
Some basic Be Our Guest Restaurant info
Quick Service or Table Service?
Be Our Guest Restaurant is a little different than others in that breakfast and lunch are Quick Service, and dinner is considered a Signature Table Service.
All meals are popular so check out the info below to help with whichever meal you choose.
There are 3 different dining rooms inside the restaurant.
The Grand Ballroom
This is the main room you see as you enter. It's the largest and noisiest, but features falling snow which is lovely.
The West Wing
Off to one side of the Ballroom is the West Wing which is the darkest of the rooms and may be a little scary to some little ones, but is really fantastic with the rose that has falling petals.
It also has the portrait of The Beast that alternates between man and beast. This portrait change, along with the sound of thunder, occurs about every 20 minutes.
The Rose Gallery
Off to the other side of the Ballroom is the Rose Gallery. In this room, a 7-foot tall music box of Beauty and The Best spins and plays music.
Note: this room is not always open so you may not have it as an option during your visit.
Requesting a room
Have a particular room you'd like to dine in during your meal?
At breakfast and lunch, diners seats themselves so just find an open seat and sit wherever you'd like.
People dining at Be Our Guest Restaurant for dinner can request a room when they check in. There's no guarantee the request will be granted, but they'll try their best to accommodate you.
Try the Grey Stuff, it's delicious!
It wouldn't be a good Beauty and the Beast-themed restaurant without the Grey Stuff.
At breakfast and lunch, you can order the Master's Cupcake which is topped with the Grey Stuff.
At dinner, the prix fixe meal comes with a dessert trio including a white chocolate Chip topped with the Grey Stuff.
Breakfast at Be Our Guest
Breakfast at Be Our Guest usually takes place from 8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. daily. The Quick Service breakfast at Be Our Guest is a fixed-price meal and a great use of a Disney Dining Plan Quick Service credit.
The amount of food you get (especially all the pastries) is sometimes too much for one meal, so it's a good idea to bring a Ziploc to take extras with you to have later.
Reservations at a Quick Service restaurant? Yep, that's an option here, and really a requirement since it's so popular and standby guests without reservations often can't dine without one.
These reservations can be made 180 days ahead of time, just like all other dining reservations.
Pre-park opening reservations
Dining at Be Our Guest before the park opens is one of my favorite things since it's much quicker (especially if you pre-order!) than dining at a Table Service, and you can easily finish before Magic Kingdom is officially open for the day.
Can't find a pre-park opening time?
Many people have said that Be Our Guest didn't show pre-park opening dining times when they went to make their reservations, but here's a little tip:
Search by time (like 8:00) and not meal (like "breakfast").
For some reason, this seems to be especially true at Be Our Guest where a breakfast search will often just show 9:00 and later.
What if Magic Kingdom opens at 8 a.m.?
So when you went to make your dining reservations, the Magic Kingdom schedule said it opened at 9 a.m. and then it got switched to 8 a.m. after you already made your dining reservations.
That's a thing that happens all the time as Walt Disney World adjusts hours to fit the crowds they are expecting.
That's why it's often a good idea to make 2 reservations if you really want to eat breakfast there - 1 before park opening and 1 closer to 10:30. As your trip dates get closer, you can cancel the one you don't want.
A post-breakfast ride on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train?
Yep! That often happens with people who eat at Be Our Guest and finish before the opening time. It's not a guarantee, but often a fun bonus.
Get more info on breakfast/ride combos to help you plan.
Pre-order your breakfast
Disney also gives you the ability to pre-order your food from the My Reservations page from 5 minutes to 30 days before your reservation.
Doing this allows you to skip part of the line which can save you a lot of time.
Does The Beast appear at breakfast?
No, the Beast is only available at dinner.
Lunch at Be Our Guest
Lunch at Be Our Guest usually takes place from 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. daily. Lunch is Quick Service and a pretty good value of a Disney Dining Plan Quick Service credit.
Since it's Quick Service, you can order as much or as little as you like.
Like breakfast, this is a Quick Service that happens to allow reservations and you really need to do that because standby lines here are often not an option.
Lunch reservations can be made 180 days ahead of time.
Eat at off-peak times
Even with a reservation, it can often take awhile to get in. To reduce that, consider eating at an off-peak time like 11:00 or 2:00.
Pre-order your lunch
You can pre-order your lunch from the My Reservations page from 5 minutes to 30 days before your reservation.
Doing this allows you to skip part of the line which can save you a lot of time.
Can I meet The Beast at lunch?
No, you can only meet The Beast if you eat dinner at Be Our Guest.
Dinner at Be Our Guest
As of July 27, 2018, Dinner at Be Our Guest is now a Signature Table Service meal (meaning 2 Disney Dining Plan credits instead of 1) that is usually available from 4 p.m. until park closing. This used to be a pretty good use of a Table Service credit when it was 1 credit meal; however, now that it is a 2 Table Service credits experience it is no longer a good use of your credits.
The Be Our Guest dinner menu is a fixed price format that includes an appetizer, main entree, and dessert. People paying out of pocket can expect to pay about $62 for adults and $37 for kids.
Dinner reservations can be hard to get, but here are some ideas to help increase your odds.
Onsite guests can make all dining reservations 180 days before their trip begins which can be a huge advantage for difficult dining reservations.
Confused? Watch this video for an explanation about how on-site guests have an advantage when making dining reservations.
Book reservations in order of difficulty
If you're staying onsite and making all of your dining reservations 180 days out, be sure to book them in order of difficulty and not chronological order. That means that Be Our Guest would always be one the first one you'd book, no matter when it falls during your trip.
Consider planning to eat at Be Our Guest toward the end of your trip. Since offsite guests won't have access to those dates yet, your odds are better the later your dates are.
What if you can't get the reservation?
If you aren't able to get the reservation when you first trip, don't give up. You can use a tool like MouseDining.com to alert you when openings pop up, or just keep randomly checking for openings.
Many dining reservations get cancelled even just the day before as people adjust their plans which is a great opportunity for you to snag a spot for your trip.
Watch out for reservations on party nights
In August, September, October, November and December, there are parties (Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party) held at Magic Kingdom a few nights a week which means the park closes at 6 or 7 p.m. so that the party can begin.
If you're not planning to attend the party, you need to make your reservation before the party begins.
If you are planning to attend a party, you can often book a reservation during the party itself, but because of the time commitment for dinner (and the cost of your party ticket), we don't think it is a good use of your party time.
Meeting The Beast
Dinner at Be Our Guest is the only time you can meet The Beast.
Unlike most character meals where the characters come around to the tables, The Beast meets in his own separate room.
There's a PhotoPass photographer on hand to take your pics.
Be Our Guest Restaurant review/suggestion
Looking to eat at Be Our Guest but not sure which meal? My preference is either breakfast or lunch because dinner is so hit or miss with service and food quality.
In particular, I really like pre-park opening breakfast at Be Our Guest due to it being such a good use of a dining credit, short enough to allow you to wrap up before the park opens, and the ability to often ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train before Magic Kingdom opens.
Video: 5 tips for dining at Be Our Guest Restaurant
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