BE OUR GUEST
We were at Walt Disney World in December for a D23 Event – Magic and Merriment and the Magic did happen when the friends we met there for the event suggested that we go with them for their dining reservation at Be Our Guest on Saturday night and see if they would let them add us on. The check-in line was quite long and when it came for her turn the guest relations person said she would have to check with her supervisor as they are quite busy, she returned with a big YES!! And told us we might have to wait a few minutes longer due to adding us, but we were all okay with that.
Our journey to the dining hall began with a trip across the bridge over the mote to the Beasts Castle entrance doors. There you are met by the staff who will seat you in one of the dining halls. We sat in the Ballroom which is in the middle of the three themed dining halls. We did get to see the West Wing, which is off to the left back of the Ballroom and is very unique unto itself as it looks like Beast went on a rampage in this room, with its torn curtains and such, but it is very well done. The third room is The Rose Gallery which is only open during lunch, and as such we did not get to see it.
For the main course two of us had the Sautee Shrimp and Scallops which was served in a puff pastry in a creamy lobster sauce and was so good I would like some right now. Two others had the Pan seared Salmon which was served on a Leek Fondue with creamy Saffron crushed potatoes, both said it was delicious. And the last one, of course, my husband had the Grilled Strip Steak with garlic and herb butter, but instead of the Pomme Frites (French fries) he also had the Saffron crushed potatoes, which he decided was an excellent choice. Our youngest table guest, who is 6 had an option of either Grilled Steak or Whole Grain Macaroni topped with Marinara sauce served with Mozzarella and Seasonal Vegetables, which, not having young children any more, I was surprised by no Chicken Nuggets! She opted for the Grilled Steak and she must have liked it because she almost ate it all.
The best part was dessert, they roll over the dessert cart which as your choice of either Cream Puffs, Passion Fruit, Lemon-Raspberry or Chocolate or Cupcakes, Strawberry cream cheese, Lemon Meringue or Triple chocolate, I think between all of us we tasted all most all of them and you cannot go wrong with any of them. I was later asked how “The Grey Stuff” was? I was like the what?? At that point my husband starts sing to me the song “Be Our Guest” to “try the grey stuff, it’s delicious!”, don’t believe us ask the dishes! Oh that Grey Stuff?? So the next day I stopped by the check-in for Be Our Guest and ask about the Grey Stuff and I was told that sometimes the dishes don’t make enough and they run out, but I later found out that you have to be celebrating something to receive The Grey Stuff, which is cookies-and-cream whipped panna cotta and I have heard it is quite delicious (don’t believe me ask the dishes, maybe they will whip you up some).
During our dining experience, around every half an hour there is some fanfare music played and the Beast is introduced and walks through the dining areas and off to the his Study to meet with you after dinner for a photo opportunity. To see the children’s eyes light up to see him walk through was just a great moment, everyone was clapping and enjoying it.
In addition to the great food, there is also beer and wine on the menu, this is the only place in the Magic Kingdom where you can get any alcohol and it is only served during dinner, it is a selection of French and Belgian beers (which my husband just had to try) and French wines, which sticks to the theme of the restaurant.
We tried to go back at lunch but did not make it back over there, but our server had explained that you order your meal via an electronic screen (which you can see in Beast’s Study) you are then given an (electronic) Rose to place on your table, this lets the kitchen know where you are sitting and your meal is brought out to you. She told us the system seems to be working well and might be bought out to other restaurants at some point
We would defiantly go back again!