Friday Favorites – Best Disney World Lunch Spot – Be Our Guest Restaurant

 

Disney World Be Our Guest

Update February 3, 2015: Beginning February 25, 2015, lunch reservations will be available for the Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom. A reservation can be made by calling 407-WDW-DINE or by visiting MyDisneyExperience.com. Guests will have the option to pre-order meals through My Disney Experience (between 30 days in advance up to five minutes before the reservation time) or menu selections can be made at the kiosks inside the restaurant upon arrival. For guests wishing to dine at Be Our Guest in the evening, a table service dinner will still be available and will continue to require an advanced dining reservation. Look for a breakfast option to be added in the near future.

For today’s Friday favorites, I would like to share with you my pick for the best Disney World lunch spot – Be Our Guest Restaurant. I absolutely love this place! Be Our Guest is a counter service by day and a table service by night restaurant located at Magic Kingdom set in Beast’s Castle from the Disney animated classic, Beauty and the Beast. In my opinion, this is the best place for lunch in all of Disney World. I love the menu and the elegant atmosphere!

Here’s everything you need to know about lunch at Be Our Guest Restaurant:

The Atmosphere

Disney World Be Our Guest

One of the things that I love about Be Our Guest is the beautiful detail and theming. There are three separate dining areas to choose from, each very distinctly designed. There is a smaller and darker West Wing room, a grand ballroom in the middle and a simpler but still wonderfully decorated room displaying gorgeous artwork.

The Menu

The lunch menu currently offers:

  • French Onion or Potato Leek Soup
  • Tuna or Chicken Nicoise Salad
  • Quinoa Salad
  • Croque Monsieur
  • Carved Turkey Sandwich
  • Carved Prime Chuck Roast Beef Sandwich
  • Vegetable Quiche
  • Braised Pork
  • Pomme Frites (French Fries)
  • Cupcakes: Master’s, Strawberry Cream Cheese, Triple Chocolate and Lemon Meringue
  • Cream Puffs: Chocolate, Tropical Fruit and Lemon-Raspberry
  • Sorbets: Lemon and Raspberry
  • Kids Meals: Meatloaf, Turkey Sandwich, Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup, Mahi Mahi, Grilled Chicken, Pasta with Marinara Sauce and Slowed Cooked Pork
  • Beverages: Soda, Milk, Coffee, Water, Juice and Tea

For the official lunch menu, please check out this link.

Hours

Be Our Guest serves lunch from 10:30am – 2:30pm each day.

Pricing

Soups are about $6, entrees run in the $11 to $15 range, desserts are in the $4 to $5 range, kids meals range from $7 to $9 and beverages are about $3 each. These items and prices are subject to change and do not include tax.

Dining Plan

Be Our Guest counts as 1 counter service credit on the Disney Dining Plan for lunch.

Discounts

Be Our Guest does not offer any discounts at lunch.

Fastpass+ Reservations

If you are staying at a Disney hotel during your visit, have a My Disney Experience (MDE) account and have your 12 digit hotel reservation number, you may be able to make a Fastpass+ reservation for lunch at Be Our Guest. Click this link to login and check availability. This Fastpass+ window usually opens about 27 days in advance and you will only be able to book one reservation during the first seven days of your stay. This Fastpass+ will not count as one of your three allotted Fastpass+ and it will not appear anywhere, but in that linked website. Be sure to print out a copy of the Fastpass+ and your food order (should you choose to order in advance) in case any problems arise when checking in. If you are able to obtain a Fastpass+ reservation, you can bypass the long line and head straight for the check in area just to the left directly before the walkway into the restaurant. If you are unable to get a Fastpass+ reservation, just know that although the standby line is usually long, the cast members do a great job of moving it along quickly and there is plenty of seating available once your group is inside.

My Experience

During my most recent trip to Disney World, my family and I decided to try out Be Our Guest for lunch for the first time. Before leaving town, I went to the above link and secured us a Fastpass+ reservation. I went ahead and placed our food order knowing that we would be able to change it at the restaurant if we changed our minds. Just as I read on several Disney webpages, my Fastpass+ was nowhere to be found, except in that linked website. I checked it several times before our trip and each time, I was relieved to find that it was still there. I made sure to print out a copy just in case I had any problems when I arrived at the restaurant. When the day came and it was time for lunch, my family and I bypassed the enormous line and headed straight for the cast members just before the walkway. They directed us to a check in area on the left. My heart was racing as I headed over to check in, would my Fastpass+ actually work? It did! No problems at all! I gave them my name (I didn’t even need my printouts) and they told me to head on in. We then headed to the entrance of the restaurant where I scanned my MagicBand, a cast member handed us a menu and instructed us which line to enter. Within a few minutes, we were at the kiosk confirming and adjusting our order and then paying. Next we made our way to the dining rooms to find some seats. Despite how long the line was, there was plenty of seating available. We secured a table in the main dining room and then got our self-serve drinks. A few moments later, our food was magically delivered to us. Your MagicBand is used to find your location in the restaurant so that the cast members can deliver your food directly to you. Between the six of us, we had the turkey sandwich, the roast beef sandwich, the grilled cheese, the tomato soup and all of the cupcakes. Everything was delicious! This place will definitely be on our must-visit list on our next trip. It is expensive, but the food quality, convenience and atmosphere are worth it in my opinion.

Disney World Be Our Guest

So there you have it…my pick for the best Disney World lunch spot – Be Our Guest Restaurant!

 What about you? Have you been to Be Our Guest for lunch? Did you use a Fastpass+ reservation? What is your favorite Disney World lunch spot? Please leave a comment!

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Disney World Planning Basics: Dining Options

A big part of many people’s Disney World vacation is all the delicious food to eat! There are so many dining options (literally hundreds), it can be overwhelming! So here are some of the things that I do when planning where to eat on my trips.

At about seven months before my vacation, I start researching the table service restaurants where I would like to book an Advanced Dining Reservation (ADR – Disney World’s version of a reservation). You can book ADRs 180 days in advance and some of the most popular restaurants and character meals fill up very quickly, even the first day they are available! A great place to start your research is Disney World’s official website. On this page you can filter your search by location, type of cuisine, guest rating and cost. This site offers basic information about each restaurant including the current menu and prices. Once I have narrowed my options down, I like to check out The Disney Food Blog. This unofficial fan site is amazing! They have incredible photos, reviews, menus and other guest comments to read, to help you make your final decisions. Then at exactly 180 days out, I go back to Disney World’s website to make my Advanced Dining Reservations.

I like to research counter service restaurant options (places that don’t accept reservations) before my trips as well. If you haven’t been to Disney World before, it is not like a typical amusement park, where you find basically the same food at every restaurant. Even Disney World’s counter service restaurants have lots of variety from place to place. When I travel to Disney World, I am usually traveling with a group and it always includes my young kids. Everyone knows how hard it is to make a decision in the spur of the moment with lots of people including hungry kids! So before our trips, our whole group likes to discuss possible places to eat. Again The Disney Food Blog is our go-to website to figure this out. We check out the photos, menus, reviews and comments to get an idea of where we might like to eat in each park and make a list. That way when everyone in our group is hungry, we just check our list and head to the nearest counter service restaurant we have already preselected. It saves so much time and energy!

How about you? How do you go about choosing where to eat in Disney World? Please leave a comment!

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Friday Favorites – Best Magic Kingdom Counter Service Restaurants

For today’s Friday Favorites, I would like to share with you my picks for best Magic Kingdom counter service restaurants. There are so many great places, it’s hard to choose just a few, so I picked one location from each area of the park.

  • Be Our Guest Restaurant Located in Fantasyland, this restaurant wins hands down for atmosphere. The beauty and attention to detail are amazing! You really feel like you are dining inside Beast’s castle. The menu offers a nod to French cuisine with selections like Nicoise salads, Quiche and Croque Monsieur. My favorite part of the meal, of course, is the wonderful selection of desserts. Be sure to try a cream puff or a fancy cupcake! Yummy! This particular restaurant is only counter service at lunch time.
  • Casey’s Corner Located on Main Street USA, when picking this place, imagine eating at a baseball game! Fare includes specialty hot dogs, nachos, cotton candy and cracker jack. My favorite here is the tasty barbecue slaw dog. A great combination of sweet pulled pork and tangy coleslaw on top of a hot dog. You just can’t beat it!
  • Columbia Harbour House Located in Liberty Square, this restaurant is perfect for the seafood lovers in your group. The selections include a tuna sandwich, a lobster roll, salmon, fried shrimp and battered fish. Being allergic to seafood myself, I always opt for the chicken nuggets when dining here with my family. These nuggets are deliciously well seasoned with a nice crunchy coating! This place routinely gets great reviews. Try dining in the upstairs area of this restaurant to get a break from the crowds.
  • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café Located in Tomorrowland, this is another fan favorite. There are so many great things about this place. First, there are three different bays to order food so there is something for even the pickiest of eaters. Options include burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, salads, chicken sandwiches, chicken nuggets and a rotisserie chicken meal complete with mashed potatoes and veggies! In addition, this restaurant has one of the best topping bars in the Magic Kingdom to dress up any of your meals. Lastly, there is an entertaining floor show put on by a Audio-Animatronic character named Sonny Eclipse that you are sure to enjoy!
  • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café Located in Frontierland, this is another great place for variety! Along with the usual burgers, you can also find onion rings, barbecue pulled pork and an awesome taco salad. What I love about the taco salad, is that it comes with just the tortilla bowl and meat, so that you can dress it up however you like with the tasty toppings from the bar. I get one of these on every trip!
  • Tortuga Tavern Located in Adventureland, this is the place to get your Mexican food fix! Choices include chicken or beef burritos, nachos along with my favorite taco salad! This restaurant also offers a yummy tropical fruit slush made of passion fruit, orange and guava which tastes great alongside the spicy Mexican fare.

So there you have it…the best counter service restaurants in the Magic Kingdom! Anyone else hungry now?

Do you have a favorite Magic Kingdom counter service restaurant? What do you order there? Please leave a comment!