When the Be Our Guest Restaurant opening in New Fantasyland, it brought a whole new level of theming for a Disney Restaurant. Whether it is the food or the decor, it is storytelling at its highest level of creativity.
The story begins as you pass through the ruins of an old gateway to a stone bridge and through massive wrought-iorn gates flanked by six beastly-figures. You then enter the Be Our Guest Restaurant feeling like you stepped into the film itself.
If you are having lunch, you enter into the Armor Hallway (listen closely to the six suit of armor lining the walls!) and into Beast’s Parlor where you place your order on guest activated terminals. If you are there for the sit-down dinner, you enter the Ballroom with 20 foot ceilings painted with fluffy clouds and angels, chandeliers, and 18 foot arched windows where you will see it “snowing” outside.
In addition to the Ballroom, there are two other dining areas: the West Wing or the Rose Gallery. The West Wing dining room is mysterious with the glass bell jar containing the enchanted rose slowly dropping its petals. Over the fireplace, the portrait of the Prince is slashed by the Beast’s claws, but as lightening flashes, the image transforms. The Rose Gallery has a large music box with Belle and Beast twirling on top with the tapestries and decor continuing to spin the tale of Beauty and the Beast.
(To see a map of New Fantasyland, click here.)
Music from a 50-piece orchestra recording, plays throughout the restaurant, with special arrangements so the different rooms are in perfect synchrony. It is a perfect accompaniment to the food, which was carefully selected to continue the story. Entrees pay homage to a castle feast in the 1400s with whole roasted hen, thyme-scented pork chops, and gourmet cupcakes, to name a few of the offerings. The dinner-offered wine and beer complements the French-inspired cuisine. There is plenty of entincing options for the kids, like the mickey mouse shaped turkey meatloaf for lunch and carrot ketchup. Servers are dressed in period costume and their speech is littered with phrases from that era.
The restaurant seat 546 guests for lunch and 340 for dinner. It seems like a lot, but with this amazing cuisine and theme, you better place reservations far in advance! You can call 407-WDW-DINE or book online at www.disneyworld.com/dine.
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