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Mama Monday : Be Our Guest Review

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Today I take you to Be Our Guest for dinner. As mentioned last week, this is Disney’s newest restaurant concept. It is a quick service for lunch and a table service for dinner. While there are still three dining rooms for dinner just like lunch, the area that you order in for lunch is converted to the Beasts’ library. This is not a character meal, however the Beast walks through the restaurant and then back to his library. You may visit him after you dine. He does not stop at the tables as he walks through the restaurant.
For dinner we opted for the smallest of the dining rooms and requested the West Wing. Our request was granted. It is darker in this dining room than the other two options. And every 20 minutes there is some thundering as the time ticks by that the Beast must make Belle fall in love with him by. The Enchanted Rose is in this room and there is a picture of the Beast as a Prince that changes throughout the evening. Some reviews say this room is too scary for some small children. If they are bothered by thunder then it will be scary for them. Our children loved it and they are three and one.
The menu for dinner is short but perfect.  Our table started with the assorted meats and sausages platter. Even the kids liked the options served! Then I ordered the Sauted Shrimp and Scallops dish as it has quickly become their signature item. My dish was light and rich all at the same time.  I would definitely order it again. My husband ordered the Grilled Strip Steak and the other people at our table ordered the Grilled Strip Steak and the Ratatouille. I don’t think any one left a single bite on their plates! The kids wanted the Mickey meatloaf like they had for lunch the previous day and they devoured it once again. The level of service is exactly as you would expect in one of Disney’s nicer restaurants-perfect and attentive. In addition to the food, the wine and beer list didn’t leave anyone thirsty. They had an excellent selection of French wine to complement dinner. The only disappointing part of the wine list was they added in selections from California as well. I was really hoping it would only be French wine to stay with the theme. For the beer selection there were selections from France and Belgium.  The dessert was like the ones served at lunch-cupcakes and crème puffs. The winner remained the Strawberry Cream Cheese Cupcake.  Price wise-compared to other restaurants of this quality, the price is a good value. There is something for everyone on the menu and the price ranges from $16-$30 per entrée for the adults.  On the dining plan, this counts as one table service meal.
The food and service at this restaurant along with the wine list really makes it in line with the signatures as far as quality goes but still very kid friendly. The ambience is nice but still very loud no matter which room you are in. I would say the next highlight was meeting the Beast!  I see a lot of people pitch a fit when they are the people in line that get held up because a character needs to take a break. Our family loves it. It allows our children to have more fun with the photographer. The kids were allowed to sit in the Beast’s chair and the photographer snapped picture after picture. It was like our own mini session. The Beast returned and the boys were in awe. He is just so BIG.  The adults took pictures with him and the kids did too. It was really a fun time and a perfect way to end the dining experience at the Beast’s Castle.
This restaurant is booking at the 180 day mark. If you delay on your reservations, it will likely be booked. If that happens and you are dying to get into this restaurant, I recommend checking in at 4pm as soon as it opens and attempting to do a walk up reservation. You can also walk up after 8:30. Keep in mind the time they close varies based on the park hours. Those are your two best options though if you were not able to get a reservation ahead of time. I have personally been successful in getting all of my clients in when we have booked at the 180 day mark. As this continues to grow in popularity, it will be a tough reservation for a while. I think it is definitely worth it though!
Overall Be Our Guest gets my recommendation for lunch and dinner. Excellent food, ambience, and the Beast was just the icing on the cake. I will have more pictures to share with you once we receive our cd with all of our pictures from this trip.

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Mama Monday : Be Our Guest Quick Service Review

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Today I am taking you to Be Our Guest. This is Disney’s newest restaurant in the Magic Kingdom and it is inside Beast’s Castle. There are many special features of this restaurant that make it a favorite for the Mamas. This is a new approach to a dining concept for Disney. The restaurant is a quick service for lunch and a table service for dinner. I was lucky enough to try it for both on our last visit in January. I think the concept is brilliant!
Let’s start with lunch first.  Lunch is served here between 11 and 2:30 daily and you can start lining up at 10:30. The average wait during a non peak time has been about 30 minutes. We got in line right around 11. During peak time it has been running 45+minutes. Don’t let the wait times deter you. It is definitely worth the wait especially if you didn’t make dinner reservations early enough to secure this coveted spot.  For lunch this is one quick service dining credit on your dining plan if you have opted to go that route.
The line is managed outside. Park your strollers at stroller parking as they are not allowed in the line or inside the restaurant. If you have a sleeping baby, wear them as they are pretty strict about this rule. You line up along the bridge and wait for a cast member to let you in. They will not let you inside if your entire party isn’t there. Once inside you approach a second line to order. There are screens showing you the lunch menu as you wait. There are also Knights lined up greeting you.  Hopefully you have made your choice before going up to the ordering counter.  You will use the touch screens to place your order then you will pay the cashier.

You are given a Rose to take to your table and the food will be brought to you. I don’t know about you but this is one of my favorite parts of this concept. It makes juggling the kids, diaper bag, etc, all so much easier when the food is brought to you. The drinks are self service. At lunch you have the option to dine in one of the three dining rooms. The West Wing (where the enchanted rose awaits); Belle’s book filled library; or the Grand Ballroom that is two story and has a view of falling snow outside.  The West Wing can be scary for some kids and I will tell you more about that one next week. We opted for Belle’s library at lunch as it was quieter than the main dining room.

We grabbed a drink and took a seat. We waited about 10 minutes for the food to arrive from the time we left the ordering counter. And like magic, the server knew exactly where we were seated. The food arrives in a covered cart for those of us that are germaphobes.  After they give you the food you do have to relinquish the rose. This caused great trauma for our three year old and I am sure this is common so be prepared for that. 
The sheer beauty of the restaurant was an extra treat for a quick service. There was so much to admire and look at. It kept the kids and adults entertained checking out the art work and finishings.
One of the other nice touches for this restaurant is the real silverware. A lot of quick services have plastic ware and it is nice to enjoy a good meal with real silverware.The price is also right for this quick service especially for the quality of food.  Kids’ meals ranged from $7-$8.50 and adults entrees ranged from $10-$13.50. Very reasonable.
My husband had the Carved Turkey Sandwich with Pomme Frites.  His sandwich was actually a little dry but the frites were extremely tasty and he had to fight the rest of the family off to enjoy them. He wishes he would have tried the Steak Sandwich so opt for it if you go.
I had the French Onion Soup and the Quinoa Salad.  The Quinoa salad was exceptional. It was a nice healthy option which is refreshing when dining out for all of your meals. I also liked the French Onion Soup but it was not as heavy on the onions as you would expect. 

The kids both had the Mickey Meatloaf which was a turkey meatloaf in the shape of a Mickey head with broccoli. Another healthy option for the kids! They both at all of it so I assume it was quite tasty. I didn’t even get a bite. This mama was happy and so were the kids!

To counter balance all those healthy choices we had the Strawberry Cream Cheese Cupcake and the server also brought us a Triple Chocolate Cupcake to make up for the rose debacle. Totally unnecessary but our son loved it. The Strawberry Cream Cheese cupcake was the best cupcake we had at Disney.  Truly amazing! I tend to be a cupcake snob. You won’t be disappointed. Get your own though because you will not want to share.

Overall, this has moved into my top list for quick service meals.  It is a Mama’s dream come true for a quick service meal- healthy, tasty options, food is delivered to your table, good price, spacious enough to not feel crowded, yummy desserts, and amazing theme. 

Stay tuned for next week when I take you to dinner at Be Our Guest!

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