Hello, everyone! I’ve been very under the weather these past few days, but I am finally awake and medicated enough to type up a food review for PharmD23’s FIRST Friday Food Review… even though this isn’t going up until Saturday 😀
Today’s food review is going to take us to what I believe to be the most magical Quick Service Location in Walt Disney World- Be Our Guest! This restaurant is located in New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom, and serves a casual breakfast and lunch, while it changes over to a slightly fancier, table service style restaurant. I have only been to Be Our Guest for breakfast and lunch.
For those of you on the Disney Dining Plan, Be Our Guest counts as a Quick Service Credit for breakfast and lunch, and a Table Service Credit for dinner. My favorite time to go to Be Our Guest is at lunch, because it is the best use of a Quick Service Credit (in my own opinion at least).
Before we dive head first into lunch, lets take a look at the ambiance!
As you cross the bridge to the entrance, you are greeted by the sight of what appears to be a far away castle, done with the magic of some Imagineer forced perspective 😉
Be sure to take a look at the different gargoyles that line the bridge and guard the entrance. If you’re feeling goofy, do as my brother did and strike a pose as well.
If you arrive before the restaurant opens, you will have to wait in a line on the bridge and spend some time enjoying your view of this majestic, castle like front door . As far as I’m aware, you are able to book an advanced dining reservation for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. While a reservation through the My Disney Experience app is really only “required” for dinner, I would highly suggest getting one, since this is a very popular restaurant that your family won’t want to miss! It also gives you the added benefit of not needing to wait in line when the restaurant opens, since you will be guaranteed a spot AND you even have the opportunity to order your meals in advance!
Once you enter through those massive doors, there is a gorgeous stained glass picture of Belle and Prince Adam dancing together on your left. Definitely grab a picture of it on your way out of the restaurant, so as to not hold up the line. Speaking of which, you will follow said line to your right, and enter a hallway full of coats of armor. Listen carefully to them, and you might hear them talking to one another! Those of you who have been to many a Disney attraction might even recognize some classic voices. 😉
When you reach the front of the line, you will approach a cashier and make your order if you haven’t done so via the app. When you are finished, they will hand you a “rose” if you haven’t booked an advanced reservation that is synced with a MagicBand or MagicBand 2.0. This will tell the wait staff where you are seated so they can bring your meal out to you! This is another reason why I strongly urge those of you who are on the Dining Plan to use a Quick Service credit here. It is the only quick service location that will bring your meal out to your seat (and in a really pretty cart, as well!). Once you have finished ordering, you get to enter the gorgeous dining area. There are 3 unique rooms to choose from: the peaceful Rose Gallery, the infamous West Wing, and the gorgeous Ballroom.
You might want to take a few things into consideration when choosing a place to sit. When it comes to the West Wing, it is designed to look like the West Wing from the film, complete with a floating rose and a torn up painting of the prince, which does a little transformation every fifteen minutes or so. Because of this, it is a very popular room, and as a result it can be difficult to find a table in there. It is also extremely dark in this dining area, to the point where I was unable to really get any good pictures (enjoy this single, dark, blurry photo I quickly grabbed while looking for a seat). There is also a constant “thunderstorm” going on, which can make it very frightening for young kids.
The favorite dining area for many guests who visit place Be Our Guest, including myself, is the Ballroom. There is always a gentle snowfall going on outside the large “windows” and the chandeliers and beautiful mural painted on the ceiling are simply breathtaking. The music that they play in the ballroom is the score from Beauty and the Beast, and it is guaranteed to make any fan of the original film somewhat emotional on their first visit to this restaurant. That being said, it is a very large room, meaning it is very full of people, which makes it very loud. Since it has mood lighting to match the famous scene from the original film, it is a little on the dimly lit side, as you will be able to tell from the photos I took of the food. It also has the tendency to be very cramped at the busier times of the day, which has technically become the whole day, given the restaurants popularity. I would recommend getting a table near the “windows” if you choose to eat in the ballroom, since those tables are right next to a wall, so there are slightly fewer tables crowding around you.
If you are looking for a quieter, more brightly lit dining environment, I would suggest eating in the Rose Gallery, which I like to call the Music Box room because of the large music box- style statue in the center of the room. It should be open during breakfast and lunch, although I have never personally gone into the room when I have gone to Be Our Guest, simply due to the fact that I take the first available seat I can find in the ballroom. That being said, most people tend to follow a similar line of thinking, which means that this particular room is typically fairly empty and quieter than the other two dining areas. I was able to grab a quick photo of the room on my way out of the restaurant. If you prefer booth seating (which my family typically does) it should be noted that this room and the West Wing are the only two dining areas with booth seating. I have also seen some pictures of the adorable artwork that lines the walls in this room, and I hope to be able to take a quick walking tour of it the next time I visit!
Once you are seated, place the rose you received on your table. Send some of your party over to the drink station to fill up your drink cups and grab some silverware. When your food is ready, a waiter will roll a cart with your order in it over to your table and hand you your meal, along with anything else you might like to go with it.
Now on to the best part of the review- the food!
Braised Pork (Coq Au Vin Style) – $16.998 hour slow-cooked pork with mushrooms, onions, carrots and bacon served with mashed potatoes and green beans Jardiniere.
Croque Monsieur – $13.99Grilled carved ham and Gruyere cheese sandwich with Bechamel sauce served with pommes frites.
Vegetable Quiche – $12.99Mushroom, zucchini, bell pepper, onion and chive quiche served with baby lettuce coated with Champagne Vinaigrette.
Tuna Niçoise Salad – $16.99Seared tuna with chilled green beans, fingerling potatoes, olives, roasted bell peppers, tomatoes, and a hard poached egg
Quinoa Salad – $12.99Quinoa salad with green beans, potatoes, olives, roasted bell peppers, golden beets and tomatoes.
Carved Turkey SandwichServed warm on a baguette with Dijon mayonnaise and pommes frites.
Carved Roast Beef Sandwich – $16.99Served on a baguette with Horseradish Bleu cheese cream sauce and pommes frites.
Mickey Meatloaf – $8.49Turkey meatloaf with broccoli florets and zucchini served with orange “Stuff” for dipping.
Grilled Shrimp – $8.49Served with broccoli and peach applesauce.
Carved Turkey Sandwich – $8.49Served on multi-grain bread with sweet potato wedges and peach applesauce.
Whole-Grain Macaroni – $8.49With marinara sauce and Mozzarella served with seasonal vegetables
Grilled Cheese and Turkey Noodle Soup – $8.49Served with green beans.
Slow-cooked Pork – $8.49Served with sauteed green beans and mashed sweet potatoes.
One thing that makes this menu stand out from all other quick service menus are the uniqueness of the items being served. Since Beauty and the Beast takes place in France, most of the dishes on the menu are inspired by French cuisine. Even the kids meal has unique items you can’t find anywhere else in the Magic Kingdom – like grilled shrimp and slow- cooked pork. The prices might be a little high for families paying out of pocket for their meals, but if it is your first trip to Disney World, I would definitely recommend going for both the food and the unique experience. If you are on the Dining Plan, definitely use at least one of your quick service meal credits here,because it definitely gives you the most bang for your buck!
On my first visit, I ordered the Croque Monsieur, which was served with french fries or “pommes frites.” They will also give you a side of ketchup if you request it. This is essentially a fancy ham and cheese sandwich, but it is really delicious. The extra flavor from the bechamel sauce really adds a nice extra bit of flavor to the sandwich. The french fries were your typical Disney World french fries, crispy and delicious.
The rest of my family actually ordered the Carved Roast Beef Sandwich, also served with french fries and a side of ketchup for dipping. This was a big hit with my family. I was able to try a bite, and I must say that I am a big fan of the horseradish bleu cheese sauce that they put on this sandwich. If you aren’t a big bleu cheese fan, I would suggest requesting this be at least served on the side. My dad also ordered the potato leek soup. He really enjoyed it, but noted that it might not be the best idea to order a hot, heavy soup such as this on a hot, humid day in Florida.
I have yet to taste any of this restaurant’s desserts, but I hope to be able to expand this review when I go back to the Magic Kingdom in the future. Overall, I would highly recommend this restaurant to families visiting the Magic Kingdom. The food is unique and delicious, and the children’s menu provides options for both the adventurous and pickiest of eaters in your family.