The most popular restaurant is hands-down Be Our Guest — a dining experienced based on “Beauty and the Beast.” Reservations sell out up to six months in advance, making it extremely difficult to get inside for a meal.
During my first-ever trip to Disney World, my friend and I managed to get inside for a fast lunch.
Keep reading to see why the overall experience was over-hyped and underwhelming.
Park guests are not allowed inside the restaurant without a reservation, which adds to the high demand for a table.
Lunch and breakfast at Be Our Guest are very different from the dinner service. During breakfast and lunch, guests line up to wait for touch-screen stations where you select which food you'd like to order. Then you seat yourself, cafeteria-style, in one of three rooms.
The dinner experience is standard table service that you'd expect from a sit-down restaurant.
Our experience was already changed due to the time of day we were eating. From what we've heard from others, the dinner experience is completely different.
We selected three entrees and a dessert. The lunch meals were reasonably priced between $13 and $17 for a meal.
Guests are told that if they don't have a Magic Band (the Disney wearable tech that tracks you in the park and acts as your ticket, hotel room key, and digital payment system), then you need to pick up a 'magic rose.'
We went into the main room, fashioned after the iconic setting of the ballroom in 'Beauty and the Beast.'
After finding a table for two near the back, we waited and wondered how the servers would know how to find us.
That's where your Magic Band or 'magic rose' comes in. The restaurant's computer system tracks you to the table you've chosen, and tells the servers where to drop your food when it's ready.
Our food appeared after about a 15 or 20 minute wait. Ordered the croque monsieur, a tuna niçoise salad, and a vegetable quiche.
The croque monsieur (a ham and Gruyere cheese sandwich) was tasty, and came with a side of decent fries.
We were surprised by the 'deconstructed' quiche, which was a vegetable quiche sitting on top of a triangle of puff pastry.
For dessert, we turned to the 'Master's Cupcake' -- a chocolate cupcake with the 'grey stuff' topping.
The 'grey stuff' is really a cookies 'n' cream flavored mousse, and yes it is very delicious -- just as Lumiere says in the song.
The food was great as far as theme-park food goes, but the ambiance inside was what really threw us for a loop.
While the decor was nice, the self-seating system at lunchtime detracted from the 'ooh' and 'ahh' experience we were expecting.
After we finished eating, we went to see what the other dining areas were like. One is styled after the Beast's quarters in the West Wing.
The atmosphere in this room was much more interesting, with rumbling storm sound effects and loud thunderclaps every so often.
My friend and I enjoyed the food, and appreciated that the lunchtime service was pretty quick, but we were left underwhelmed. After all the build up and hearing how hard it was get a reservation, we were expecting to be truly wowed.
Instead, it felt like cafeteria dining with dressed-up decorations. If we ever go back, we'd likely sit in the West Wing room where the atmosphere felt a bit more exciting and less like a cafeteria.
Perhaps the dinner experience would have been more enchanting, especially since the Beast himself walks through the dining hall and it's a more traditional table service.
If your heart is truly set on seeing the inside of Be Our Guest, then the long wait and hard reservation process might be worth it. For tips on how to get a table at Be Our Guest, read our guide here.
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