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During our most recent trip to WDW (March, 2014) there was a noticeable addition to MK – the new Fantasyland was open! It was still under construction during our trip in 2012 so we were thrilled to check it out this year.
We really wanted to eat at the much-raved-about Be Our Guest Restaurant but I had not been able to secure dining reservations for dinner nor Fast Passes for lunch. As we strolled by the entrance mid-afternoon one day, hungry and looking for somewhere to cool off and eat, the line stretched way out the door and down the path. We decided to take our chances and I am SO glad we did!
After only about a 20 minute wait, we were entering the castle, and after a few more minutes were ready to order. At Be Our Guest, you can order your meal from cashiers or touch screen menus. There are plenty of tasty choices and also a kids’ menu.
You can choose to eat in one of three different areas upon entering the castle… there is the grand ballroom (pictured above), then a darker (both in theme and in actual lighting) West Wing room and finally the Rose Garden which is where we sat. We had no problem finding an open table – there were many to choose from.
While you wait for your food to arrive (ours took about 10-15 minutes) you can head to the nearest beverage station and fill up your cups.
Your food arrives, seemingly by magic, on a special cart. The cart keeps heated food warm on top and holds desserts, etc on a lower shelf. When you choose your seat in the restaurant, the carts (equipped with RFID technology) point the server to where you are sitting. The RFID works with your MagicBands. If you do not have MagicBands, you are handed a red orb-like-hockey-puck-thing to take to your table. Both will guide your server (and your food) to you.
Bob and I both had the Carved Prime Chuck Roast Beef Sandwich which came served warm on a baguette with horseradish sour cream and Pomme Frites. IT WAS DELICIOUS! For dessert we split a Strawberry Cream Cheese Cupcake (vanilla sponge cake, strawberry mousse filling, and cream cheese icing). Lily chose her meal from the kid menu – Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup and Green Beans. She said it was super tasty.
We were in and out in no time. We thought the food was really good and the atmosphere was seriously cool! We liked how the cast members not only approved of, but encouraged us to wander around the restaurant to see the different rooms and details. And in typical Disney fashion, it seemed as though the attention to detail was extremely well done!
Another benefit to eating lunch at Be Our Guest versus dinner is that lunch is a little bit cheaper. Our total was right around $40 for our three meals plus one dessert.
We would definitely eat here again. Next time I will try to get a Fast Pass so that we can avoid a long line.