Be Our Guest Restaurant at the Magic Kingdom in Disneyworld is one of the most popular restaurants that provides a unique experience based on the movie Beauty and the Beast.
The restaurant is themed as the Beast’s castle and is unique in that it’s classified as a quick service dining location during the breakfast and lunch hours, but becomes table service at dinner.
All About Be Our Guest Restaurant
DO plan ahead to eat at Be Our Guest! Reservations can be made 180 days prior to your park visit. Make reservations as soon as you are able as they are typically difficult to get, even a few months out from your visit!
DO plan to have a ticket to visit the Magic Kingdom as Be Our Guest (BOG) is in Fantasyland behind Cinderella’s castle in the Magic Kindgom.
DON’T give up if you can’t find a reservation the first time you check.
DO try to plan a BOG meal reservation for 30 minutes before the rides open OR after that 2 hour opening time period when lines in the park are shortest. The first couple of hours after the park opens will be your most productive hours of the day, so I would avoid making a meal reservation during that time.
DON’T rush your meal. Take time to observe the theme and detail inside the restaurant that make it a great experience.
DO make reservations AND order your food online a couple of weeks before your visit. It will save a lot of time when you are in the park.
DO keep checking on your app and on a desktop for a BOG reservation. Dining reservations can be canceled up to 24 hours ahead of time without a penalty. Many people make multiple reservations and cancel some of them last minute.
DO check for reservations the night before or morning of your Magic Kingdom visit. There may be a few reservations that free up within 24 hours of the time you would like to visit.
DON’T be intimidated by a French-themed restaurant. There is some French-style cuisine, but there are also some more traditional United States options.
Making the Most of $ Spent at Be Our Guest
DO know that breakfast is more expensive than lunch and dinner is quite a bit more expensive than any of the other meals.
DON’T feel like you have to order a meal for everyone in your party. We ordered 3 meals for 4 of us to share and our friends ordered 2 meals for 3 of them to share. We both have a young kid that can be a light eater. There were no problems or concerns with this strategy.
DO share a meal to save money and calories at Be Our Guest!
DO purchase OR use at least one snack credit to try the Master’s Cupcake featuring the “Grey Stuff”…it’s delicious, don’t believe me ask the dishes! My husband is VERY budget conscious and he ALWAYS indulges in this special experience!
DON’T expect the Master’s Cupcake featuring the “Grey Stuff” to be more than a really good chocolate cupcake.
DO enjoy a special treat or snack on vacation. Restaurants like Be Our Guest at WDW have great options.
DON’T expect to get 10% off of your breakfast or lunch purchase when using a Disney credit card. This discount does not qualify for the Quick Service meals, but does apply at dinner when the restaurant become table service and quite a bit more pricey.
DO use a quick-serve dining credit for breakfast or lunch. This is one of the BEST values for using a quick-serve dining credit.
DO know that breakfast costs more than lunch, so use a dining credit for breakfast to get the most bang for your buck. We have used a dining credit from a meal plan and we have paid with a credit card.
Do know that fountain drinks, milk or juice and pastries are included in the cost of the breakfast meal, but always check to confirm because policies and pricing change all of the time.
When is the Best Time to Visit Be Our Guest?
DO plan your visit strategically. In January 2020 we had one day at the park before going on a Disney Cruise. The Magic Kingdom opened at 9 a.m., we arrived at the park by 8:30 a.m. to get pictures in front of the castle. We had Fast Pass + booked for 9:40 a.m., 10:40 a.m. and 11:40 a.m. We used the first 1.5 hours to get on as many rides in Fantasyland as possible and then went to our 10:25 a.m. Be Our Guest Reservation to rest for a bit and enjoy breakfast.
DO allow time to take in the ambiance. Sit in awe at the detail and beauty of the outside as well as each of the 3 sections inside the restaurant.
DON’T expect the experience to take any less time than 35 – 45 minutes. If you don’t want to take that much time away from the park I would look into other meal options.
DO visit the darker west wing and take a look at the rose.
DON’T wait in a long line to get a picture of the rose because it’s so dark they don’t typically turn out very well. The line has always been long when we’ve visited.
Be Our Guest Restaurant Review 2020
DON’T be afraid to ask for assistance if the service is disappointing. Our first two visits in 2018 were excellent with our food being served within minutes of finding a table. In January 2020 our food didn’t arrive for almost 30 minutes. After 15 minutes I went and asked for milk at a minimum because my 3-year-old was falling apart. When the food still took a long time I asked for the manager and he gave us all a multiple Fast Pass + which allowed us to go on the 7 Dwarfs Mine Train. He also gave us directions to be able to come back and meet the Beast at dinner which was unbelievably magic!
I DON’T want to be a complainer or always on the hunt for “free stuff” but I also didn’t pay McDonald’s prices for breakfast that morning, so I kindly shared my experience. It’s the Disney difference, making things right is what they do and they have many ways to be able to do that!
DON’T miss the chance to meet the beast at least once. Be Our Guest during dinner is the only place at the Magic Kindgom that you can meet the Beast. Meeting him in his castle is truly special.
DON’T worry if you miss a Fast Pass + time frame while dining at Be Our Guest, as long as it is not for Peter Pan or 7 Dwarfs Mine Train. The staff can help
DO check out our Do’s and Don’ts for a Disney Cruise! Beauty and the Beast is the featured show on the Disney Dream, so pairing the experiences was a lot of fun!
DO know that lunch is the most economical meal of the day, breakfast is second and dinner will be a much more pricey investment.
DO use the time at BOG to sit down and cool off. Plan at least 35 minutes to get your food and eat.
DO go to Enchanted Tales with Belle right after dining to extend the special experience.
A Sampling of the Breakfast Menu
We have enjoyed breakfast and lunch at Be Our Guest restaurant. We always find the portions to be very filling with a little food leftover.
Here are pictures of the food we ordered for breakfast. From left to right is the Assorted Cured Meats & Cheese, kid’s meal of Fifi’s French Toast, Croque Madame, Feast A La Gaston and the plate of pastries that are served with the meal.
Adult breakfast meals are just under $30 and kids meals are $15 to $20 each, but they include a drink and pastries. Our receipts were taken and not returned at the restaurant and I can’t seem to find a way to see our receipt in our app.
I like to pack a few clean ziplock baggies in our park bag so I can take along any extra food from the kid’s meal and the extra pastries. Our kids are usually hungry a couple of hours after each meal, so I can pull out this food to save purchasing another snack.
We also don’t typically budget very much for souvenirs at the park, so we look for an item or two that we can use like the cheaper souvenir cups that were $5 each.
While we still have several restaurants left to try we do really enjoy dining at Be Our Guest Restaurant at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World.
Without hesitation, we recommend that others should try this restaurant experience too!
OTHER TIPS & TRICKS FOR A GREAT DISNEY EXPERIENCE:
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- In 2020 we did our first vacation with friends and the time together made the trip even more special! We wrote about it here on our 3 Day Disney Cruise to Bahamas Review.
- We really enjoy Pirate Night on the Disney Dream
- We typically stay at Pop Century Resort the night before our cruise. If it’s raining while you hang around Disney here are some tips.
- When we save up and want to have an extra special vacation we love staying at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge or Caribbean Beach Resort.
- Here is an extensive article about our experiences in this Disney Cruise Transportation to Port Canaveral Review.
- Our family also enjoys doing the Castaway Cay 5K, here are notes from a non-runner’s perspective.