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The “Be Our Guest” Lunch Experience

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The lunch lines for Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom form early and can get quite long.  It’s certainly popular, but is it worth the wait?  We were determined to try it out for ourselves.  Here’s what we thought of the experience.

As soon as we planned this trip, it was decided we wanted to try and eat lunch at Be Our Guest to celebrate Lisa and Bella’s birthdays.  We had eaten dinner here last summer to celebrate our anniversary and absolutely loved it!

We knew that the line for lunch formed early, and that waits could be long.  But we’d also heard that it was possible to get a FastPass+ reservation for lunch.

At 60 days out, we were emailed about logging in to make our FastPass+ reservations.  To our disappointment, Lunch at BOG was not something you could select.
So how were all these people getting these lunch “reservations”??
I did some searching and found out that Be Our Guest was using a separate reservation system.  This system was reportedly by invitation only, but if you had the link, you could attempt to log in and reserve a lunch time for your trip.
I logged in and went through the prompts, only to be told there was no availability for the date I wanted.  I read online that the availability is sometimes not available until only a couple of weeks before your trip, so I tried again, and again… with no luck.  The holidays came and distracted me, and then we were just a week before our trip, and I remembered to check again…
BINGO!!
I was in!!
An example of the time slot selection page for BOG FP+ Lunch

Our reservation was made, and I printed the confirmation screen as a backup.  On our Magic Kingdom day, we headed over for lunch and sure enough there were two lines.

 

One for FastPass+ and one for Stand-By…  We waited on a short line, and checked in with the CM at the booth for FP+.  She confirmed our reservation, and we proceeded over the bridge, bypassing the line and went directly into the hall with all the suits of armor.

There were menus here to browse as the line moved through the room and into the library, where you were asked how you were paying (room charge, dining plan, etc) and directed to either a kiosk or a live CM to place your order.

 

For lunch the Library is used for ordering.  At Dinner, it becomes the Beast Meet and Greet.

Once our order was placed, we were told to “find any table we liked, have a seat, place the receipt on the table, and our food would be brought to us.”

We chose a table in the Rose Room.  The room is decorated with paintings all around on the wall, and in the center is a rotating music box figurine of Belle and the Beast dancing together in their Ballroom attire.

 

We wondered how they would find us.  I thought we were supposed to be given a magical rose which they would home in on… but then we realized that we were each carrying “magic” with us…. our Magic Bands! We surmised that the roses and bands utilize the same technology, so only guests without Magic Bands need a rose.

Disney stalked us successfully and delivered the food to our table, confirming the order against our receipt. It took a while to get our food, but not overly long.

I had the Croque Monsieur – Grilled sandwich of carved ham, Gruyere cheese, and bechamel with Pommes Frites. $11.19

 

Lisa had the Vegetable Quiche – mushroom, zucchini, bell pepper, onion, and chive quiche; served with baby lettuce coated with Champagne vinaigrette $8.99

 

We got Jackson the Macaroni Maurice
Whole-Grain Macaroni with Marinara Sauce and Mozzarella served with Seasonal Vegetables6.99

Bella got the Mickey Meatloaf
Turkey Meatloaf with Broccoli Florets and Zucchini served with Orange “Stuff” for Dipping. $8.49

The food was okay.  Lisa’s quiche left her wanting more vegetables in it, as most of it was just egg.  My sandwich was good, just nothing I would go out of my way to have again.  The kids’ meals were small.  At least Bella’s came with 2 vegetables.  Jackson’s “seasonal vegetables” were two pieces of broccoli.

The only thing that won high praise was the “orange stuff” in Bella’s meal.  We all tried it and thought it was delicious.

We also ordered dessert.  We placed that order at the same time as our lunch, and it arrived along with all the other food, sitting there on the table and taunting us as we tried to focus on our lunch.

Jackson and I shared a Triple Chocolate Cupcake – chocolate sponge cake, chocolate mousse filling, and choclate ganache $3.19  I had eaten one when we had dinner here last summer, so I knew it was good.

 

Bella chose the Strawberry Cream Cheese Cupcake – vanilla sponge cake, strawberry mousse filling, and cream cheese icing $3.19  It looked amazing and she said it was delicious.

 

Lisa got the The Master’s Cupcake – Chocolate Sponge Cake topped with Lumiere’s special “Grey Stuff” $3.19

 

She said it was sinful, and she didn’t share it with us, so we have to take her word for it.

Overall, it was a nice way to celebrate the birthdays of our 2 special girls.  The atmosphere of Be Our Guest is absolutely amazing!  I think from now on we’ll be going for dinner to get the whole experience though!

Have you eaten at Be Our Guest?  Do you prefer their Lunch or Dinner Experience?

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Lucinda

Thursday 23rd of January 2014

I haven't eaten at BoG since the Disney Parks Blog preview dinner. I just love the atmosphere of this restaurant. Your dishes look very appealing but kinda tiny. Maybe I'm just super hungry at the moment. :o) I can't wait to go back again someday!

baseballmickey

Saturday 1st of February 2014

The atmosphere is incredible! It's not just your stomach talking... the portions are small. Especially the kids meals. My son's side was literally two pieces of broccoli. And the amount of pasta on his plate was that impressive either. Thanks for stopping by and commenting Lucinda!

Julie Franklin

Wednesday 22nd of January 2014

When we went last year, we waited in line, they told us it would be an hour,we were JUST on the end of the bridge....it was 20 min max til we were ordering. I liked the food - had another sandwich. I do think kids options not a great fit with our picky pricess.

baseballmickey

Saturday 1st of February 2014

It's good that they move the line quickly. Some of the kids choices aren't the usual fare, so I can see what you mean about the picky eaters. Thanks for the comment!

:DISTherapy

Tuesday 21st of January 2014

We got the FP+ lunch reservations for our family celebration last week, and felt guilty passing the extra long line that day! I have to agree with your assessment of the food; we've done lunch and dinner 3 times each, and the food and offerings are far superior at dinner. (And yes, we are among the folks who enjoy wine with dinner.) Great review!

baseballmickey

Saturday 1st of February 2014

Thanks, Didi!

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