Even though I have been on the go a lot lately and have seemingly so many things to tell you guys – like how our bathroom is finally done, give you an update on my pregnancy for Baby #2, fill you in on the details from our recent road trip around the Bras D’or Lakes trail and the list goes on… I found myself struggling to decide what to write about until I saw this instagram post from The Fun Employed Family travelling in Alsace, France and I was instantly reminded of the pure joy I felt experiencing the Be Our Guest restaurant at Disney’s Magic Kingdom.
I think most people, including myself struggle with trying to decide if eating at the Be Our Guest restaurant is worth it. There is the price and the time commitment to consider, while the price is even more of a consideration if you’re planning to have dinner at the Be Our Guest restaurant. Is really worth it? Dinner is typically the most expensive meal of the day no matter what restaurant you are eating at so a bargain hunter will always tell you to eat breakfast at the fancier restaurant if you want to have an experience without the price tag, BUT in this case I would strongly disagree.
To be fair, I have only eaten at the Be Our Guest restaurant once and it was completely by chance (although I prefer to think it was mean to be…) that we were able to get a last minute dinner reservation for 4 people at 9pm the day before we went to Magic Kingdom. You might think 9pm was a weird time for me to be excited about, but I am the type of traveler that hates to miss anything and so 9pm was PERFECT for our group. We were able to watch the fireworks, and the light show on Cinderella’s castle before going to the Be Our Guest restaurant for dinner. Then, on the way out we were some of the last people in the park so we had a crowdless walk through the park and could enjoy the lights and revel in the experience.
From the moment you walk into the Beasts’ castle you feel like you’re in the movie. We sat in the ball room which was simply magical. It was exactly as yew hoped it would be. The only thing missing was being served by Mrs. Pots herself or having Lumier serenade the dinner.
One thing to keep in mind – the windows do not actually look out onto the rest of the park. So if you have dinner reservations during the fireworks you will miss the show!
The restaurant itself is divided into three dining rooms (the Ball Room, Bell’s Library and the West Wing) that you are free to walk around once you have finished eating. Make sure you take a few minutes to see all of the rooms, they are all special in their own way.
I am not the most expressive person in the world, but I think we can all agree that my face says it all.
Having dinner at the Be Our Guest restaurant is the only place you get to meet and take a picture with the Beast. And, in my case, go in for the real deal…a huge hug! Up until that night I didn’t realize how much it meant to me to meet the Beast, but it really felt just as magical as the night I saw the movie for the first time. That magical night at a drive-in theatre when I was 6 years old; I get giddy just thinking about it.
The experience lived up to everything I thought it would be and more. The cherry on the cake was really the food. I had low expectations for the food based on reviews I read ahead of time where people suggested the food wasn’t fabulous and not necessarily “worth it”. I strongly disagree and was very happy with the quality of the meal, the variety of food offered and the price.
All four of us ordered appetizers, a fancy drink of some kind (some even with a commemorative cup).
I had the “grey stuff” for dessert, of course! It was not what I expected and it was everything I expected all at the same time.
I had no idea that the Be Our Guest restaurant has their very own private label wine collection from France! I took full advantage and ordered the sampler in order to try three of the wine varieties. You can read more about the wine tasting, but needless to say it was worth every penny. And, in case you are wondering the tasting cost me $20 USD. For an exclusive private label tasting with three wines I thought the price was very reasonable and comparable.
The price is relative to what you’re used to. The meal for all four of us which included fancy drinks, appetizers, main dishes and desserts as well as a 20% tip came to $330 USD. It was about $100 CAD each by the time the exchange went through. By my standards this is what you would pay for what we had at a nice restaurant anywhere. I was impressed that we had the opportunity to meet the Beast, had a good meal and enjoyed the experience of a lifetime for $100 CAD. In my opinion the money was well spent and I was actually impressed they didn’t charge more.
By this point in the post I think you know what I am going to say… I loved it, I would do it again and recommend everyone having dinner at the Be Our Guest restaurant at least once!
Have any of you been? Did you love it just as much as I did?
I’d love to hear what you thought of the restaurant and the experience.