Romantic Disney Dining: Be Our Guest
Welcome to those of you joining me from DISTherapy and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 2nd stop on our Magical Blogorail. To celebrate Valentine’s day, we’re sharing our picks for romantic Disney dining.
Disneyland was originally designed with families in mind – to be a place where parents and children could have fun together. When Epcot was added to the Walt Disney World Resort in 1982, it added a new grown-up layer to the family-oriented Disney experience. The Fantasyland expansion in 2013 carried on this multi-layered approach to guest experiences, and with it came my pick for romantic Disney dining: Be Our Guest.
Almost every restaurant at the Walt Disney World resort is designed to immerse you in a specific place, time, and circumstance. Be Our Guest is no exception. The atmosphere makes Be Our Guest ideal for a romantic evening – the main dining room is the Beast’s ballroom, the place where Belle and her Prince fall in love. Two smaller dining rooms recreate the music room and the West Wing.
In all three dining rooms, soft lighting and music contribute to the overall appeal of the restaurant, and encourage you to linger over dessert.
The menu at Be Our Guest is designed to impress with French-inspired dishes.
Dinner at Be Our Guest begins with appetizers. Go slow and savor while you relax after a day in the parks and begin to focus on each other for the next couple of hours.
As the Beast comes around to greet his guests, your main course will appear. French food might be maligned for it’s absurdly small portions, but not at Be Our Guest.
Finally, as the last rose petal begins to fall, the best part of your meal appears: The dessert tray.
Be Our Guest is the only place within the Magic Kingdom that serves wine and beer, and many of the menu items have a recommended pairing from Disney’s sommeliers. Trust them – they know what they’re doing, and if you’re not sure how to navigate the extensive wine and beer list, the suggested pairings are a good place to start.
There was some controversy when Disney announced that Be Our Guest would serve wine and beer inside the Magic Kingdom. A few vocal Disney fans were worried that it would lead to drunks stumbling down Main Street, U.S.A. When I ate there in January, I saw nothing like that. Be Our Guest is the type of place that you have a glass of very nice wine with your dinner – not the kind of place you get drunk. If there are guests who want to over-indulge, they probably aren’t going to Be Our Guest.
After you’ve finished one of the best meals at Walt Disney World, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and greet the Beast himself and take a few photographs. After you leave the castle, extend your romantic evening with a stroll through Fantasyland, or find a spot to view the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular.
At the end of the evening, don’t forget to stop at the Disney Photopass Photographer to get one last picture of you and your date (and the kids, in our case!)
Be Our Guest isn’t the least expensive restaurant at Walt Disney World, but it’s not as pricey as some of the Signature Dining options available. If you have the Disney Dining Plan, dinner at Be Our Guest costs one table-service credit. If you’re paying cash, expect to pay between $5.50 and $16.50 per appetizer, between $22-$30 per entree, and about $5 per dessert. Wine and beer are not covered by the Disney Dining Plan, so expect to pay for those and gratuity separately.
Getting a Table
Be Our Guest is one of the harder reservations to get at Walt Disney World resort. During the off season, you can often walk into a table-service restaurant and expect to get a table, sometimes with a brief wait. Not at Be Our Guest. You’ll need to make Advanced Dining Reservations as early as possible to ensure a table. When we ate there in January, we saw several couples turned away at the check-in desk, because there simply weren’t any tables available for the entire evening.
Note: This does not apply at lunch, when Be Our Guest is a counter-service restaurant. Come early though, I saw people waiting over an hour for a table at lunch in January – a low-crowd time!
While we dined at Be Our Guest with the kids, my husband and I appreciated the atmosphere, and are looking forward to a date night there on our next trip!
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