Our second ever dining experience at Disney’s Be Our Guest Restaurant (see the first here) was one for the books. This is hands down one of my favorite Disney World restaurants, and it’s easy to see why.
First, a HUGE, MASSIVE shout out to the staff here. For those who have been reading details from our latest Disney trip, you know that my brother and his girlfriend decided to join us last minute. Josh and I had trouble getting reservations for ourselves at Be Our Guest at the 180-day mark. In fact, we couldn’t. I wanted to eat here again so badly that we switched our days around so we could. That’s how difficult it can be to get a reservation here!
At two weeks out, once we knew my brother and his girlfriend were definitely coming too, we tried to change our table for two to a table for four. Disney (over the phone) couldn’t do it. Day of, we went to the check in desk at Be Our Guest and explained the situation on the off chance they could accommodate. The cast member (who was so great) had to call a “higher up,” but other than that, it was EASY. They gave us no issues at all. It was actually really surprising! We now had a table for four.
From our 2014 trip (when the restaurant first opened) until now, Be Our Guest has come a long way! I loved it before, but I was IN LOVE with it now. The process of being seated (vs. waiting forever on the drawbridge) was quick and easy.
Last time, we sat in the Rose Gallery. You can’t request where you sit, but we were secretly hoping to sit in another room this time around, and I know Josh was holding his breath for the West Wing. I figured we’d be placed the main ballroom, since it’s the largest. It was SO FUN walking in with my brother and his girlfriend, since they DESPERATELY wanted to eat here and have never been. I loved seeing it through their eyes, remembering how amazing the falling snow outside and all the little details were my first time too.
Josh somehow got his wish, and we were lead to the West Wing. I was SHOCKED. It’s the smallest seating area (and probably the most detailed with the changing image of the Beast, roaring thunder, the rose, etc). I really thought there was no way we’d be sitting here, especially since we changed our reservation at the last minute! Alas, here we were. I had a very happy husband.
The initial table details once again didn’t disappoint. I was happy to see they still fold the napkin into a rose, and our waiter was an absolute hoot.
Some of us started with the French Soup (Josh’s favorite), and we also got the meat and cheese platter (it was amazing). This is also the ONLY place in Magic Kingdom where they serve alcohol, and the drink selection is wonderful.
Josh went into today thinking he was going to get the steak I had last time that I RAVED about (that truffle sauce! OMG!), since he didn’t love the chicken dish. The waiter said a lot of people were less than thrilled with the chicken, and since our last visit the restaurant revamped it. He insisted it’s now amazing, and that did it for Josh. He was sold. Everyone else (including myself), got the steak, since I basically couldn’t stop gushing about it all day. It was great, and so was Josh’s chicken. I had a bite, and while it was definitely good, there’s no way I could ever get anything else but that steak!
It must have said it was Josh’s birthday on our reservation (even though that happened earlier in the week), and our waiter brought out a personalized birthday card, signed by the Beast, and put a candle in his dessert (and we sang… again).
Speaking of dessert, Be Our Guest offers my favorite! I’m obsessed with their chocolate cupcake! SO GOOD.
After our meal, we of course met the beast! This is the only place in Disney you can meet him (unlike the other character meals and princesses, where they are also throughout the park).
It’s difficult to get reservations at Be Our Guest (sometimes even at the 180-day mark), and if you can snag them with less than 180 days to go, consider yourself lucky. The demand is understandable, as this place is completely wonderful! Budget-wise, it’s not expensive, especially when considering it’s Disney and INSIDE the Magic Kingdom. Totally worth it, and honestly, in my opinion, I think they could charge more for the food and experience. It’s a STEAL.