Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom is one of the most popular restaurants in all of Walt Disney World. It’s full of fancy food, beautiful theming, and things that can be a bit scary for young kids. Use these tips for eating at Be Our Guest Restaurant with young kids to make your experience a memorable, and not scary, one.
When I was young, I LOVED to read, loved it so much my parents had to ground me from books, so I wouldn’t read. Seriously. That was almost as bad as when they took away my bed because I wouldn’t clean my room. My childhood was strange. So it’s probably no surprise that out of all of the princesses, Belle was one of my favorites. I can just imagine her sitting near the fountain reading one of these great young adult books or maybe a classic.
My love for Beauty and the Beast was cemented when my dad surprised me when I was about 12 and took me to my very first real live musical – Beauty and the Beast at Kennedy Center. I was in awe. And I still have the sweatshirt in a box of keep forever somewhere stuff.
Disney has done some incredible things with Beauty and the Beast in the past few years with the addition of the Be Our Guest restaurant in the Magic Kingdom. If you’ve never been, it’s a must-do next time you’re there. Get your reservation as early as possible because they book up fast. And if you can’t get one, try again 24 hours before the day you want to visit and you might get lucky. We picked up a reservation for our trip to Disney World 24 hours before and while it was a late night dinner (like 9PM), it was still an amazing experience.
If you’ve already been to Be Our Guest, try one of the other Disney character dining meals I talk about in this post!
Eating at Be Our Guest Restaurant with Young Kids
Tips for Reservations for Be Our Guest Restaurant
Show up before your reservation. The castle itself has a lot to explore inside and outside for young kids from a gorgeous stained glass window (like in the movie) to stone statues and lights. My son was so mad that we had to go inside immediately and ended up going back outside after we ordered because he wanted to hang out.
Get an early reservation if possible or late (if you did a late naptime). It’s not like other restaurants where there’s something exciting going on and keeping your kids’ attention, so you want them to be happy and not exhausted.
Inside Be Our Guest Restaurant
Get a table in the main ballroom because the West Wing can be a bit scary for young kids. You can always go explore the other rooms after you order, but the main room is your best bet. Don’t miss the rose in the west wing, seriously incredible.
If you have a choice, try to sit at a table that’s not near one of the side doors. The Beast comes in and goes out the side entrances, and while my son thought it was cool to see him, he liked to see him from our table far away.
Be Our Guest Restaurant Food
If you get a souvenir goblet, they’ll rinse it out for you to take home so you don’t have a sticky cup in your suitcase. The drink options for the goblet change but if you can get the one with passionfruit foam, it’s delicious!
Don’t order an appetizer. Ours were pretty lackluster and expensive. Choose an entree (or better yet, one to split) and desserts for everyone because the desserts were worth every penny.
Speaking of dessert, the strawberry cream cheese cupcake is amazing but the gray stuff is more fun. And my son loved the little balls on top of the grey stuff.
What tips would you add?
Beauty and The Beast Live Action Film Coming March 17, 2017
Eating at Be Our Guest would be the perfect way to get ready for the new Beauty and the Beast live action film starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast? Oh and I can’t forget one of my favorites, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere! After watching him in Moulin Rouge, I can’t wait to hear him sing again. The film will stay true to the original movie score and add a couple of new songs (yay!). Beauty and the Beast will be released in the US on March 7, 2017, and I for one can’t wait. I might even break out that old school sweatshirt to wear to the premiere.
If that’s not enough to get you excited, then check out these photos and the trailer. It sure looks like this may be the best Disney live-action retelling yet. And now I’m off to hum something there for the rest of the day. I’m sure the person next to me on my flight will love it.