The Annual Passholder Previews have begun for the New Fantasyland and we had a great time on Saturday wandering the new land again. There was not much that has been changed in the past few weeks since we visited during the soft opening, but we had a great surprise when we found out the Be Our Guest restaurant was open for the preview and serving lunch.
We waited for about an hour to get in, but the excitement of dining in the new location combined with a beautiful day helped pass the time quickly.
Once inside the restaurant we were queued up to the right in the hall filled with suits of armor. In here you get a preview of the menu on digital screens while the suits of armor entertain you with random noises, jokes, and sounds; reminding you that this is an enchanted castle.
When you finally get up to order, you are provided a magic rose, part of the new digital future for the parks, which will hold your order as you make your way through the cashier to your table.
Once at your table you place your rose and receipt on the table and await your food; we dined in the West Wing where the Beast’s Magic Rose sits on a table. There are 3 dining halls: the main ballroom, the west wing or the belle and beast wing. Each allows you the chance to experience key scenes from the movie while enjoying your meal which arrives by wait staff pushing rolling carts.
We decided to order 4 different items and share them to see which was best. The first item was the Vegetable Quiche made with mushrooms, zucchini, bell peppers, onion, and chive. It is also served with baby lettuce coated with champagne vinaigrette.
The next dish was the Croque Monsieur; a grilled carved ham, gruyere cheese, and béchamel sandwich served with Pommes Frites (french fries). This dish was also tasty and the most filling out of the 4 we ordered.
I ordered the Grilled Steak Sandwich with garlic butter and pommes frites. This was the weakest dish we ordered. The steak was a bit dry and seemed that it needed something saucier to complement the meal.
Our littlest diner ordered the Kid’s Carved Turkey Sandwich on multigrain bread with sweet potato wedges and peach applesauce. She liked the sandwich and we all loved the peach applesauce.
For dessert we ordered 2 cream puffs to split: the Lemon Raspberry Cream Puff and the Chocolate Cream Puff. Both were delicious, but if I had to pick a winner it would have to be the chocolate cream puff.
Wrapping it Up
Overall it was an amazing surprise to have lunch at the Be Our Guest restaurant and I cannot wait to try out their dinner menu. Having 3 out of the 4 meals very good is a pretty good success rate for a brand new restaurant in our measure. Also, for our meal and desserts it ran about $53.00 which considering what it costs to eat around the Magic Kingdom quick service restaurants was not too expensive but the quality was a whole lot better. The only other place we have found with comparable quality at the price is the Plaza Restaurant on Main Street U.S.A.
Also, the attention to a lot of the details from the movie truly come across throughout the restaurant. From the snow falling outside the main ball room to the magical rose in the west wing, there are little touches of magic everywhere that only add to the experience of dining in the Beast’s castle.
Finally, since it was a preview there are cast members circulating through the dining area. We spoke with one who was happy to hear our comments good and bad about our experience in order to fine-tune the dining.
If you have a chance to get to the preview and the restaurant is open, be sure to take the time to dine at Be Our Guest restaurant. We will certainly be back for more.
Be Our Guest Lunch Menu
French Onion Soup
Potato Leak Soup
Tuna Nicoise Salad – Warm Seared Tuna Steak with chilled Green Beans, Potatoes, Olives, Roasted Bell Peppers, Tomatoes, and Hard Boiled Eggs
Quinoa Salad – with Green Beans, Potatoes, olives, Roasted Bell Peppers, and Tomatoes
Croque Monsieur – Grilled Sandwich of Carved Ham, Gruyere Cheese, and Béchamel with Pommes Frites
Carved Turkey Sandwich – served warm on a Baguette with Dijon Mayonnaise and Pommes Frites
Grilled Steak Sandwich – with Garlic Butter Spread and Pommes Frites
Quinoa, Shallot, and Chive Salad with Green Beans, Potatoes, Olives, Roasted Bell Peppers, and, Tomatoes
Vegetable Quiche – Mushroom, Zucchini, Bell Pepper, Onion, and Chive Quiche served with Baby Lettuce coated with Champagne Vinaigrette
Braised Pork – Eight Hour Slow-cooked Pork with Mushrooms, Onions, Carrots, and Bacon served with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans Jardinière
Mickey Meatloaf – Turkey Meatloaf with Broccoli Florets and Zucchini served with Carrot Catsup
Carved Turkey Sandwich – on Multigrain Bread with Sweet Potato Wedges and Peach Applesauce
Seared Mahi Mahi – with Finger Salad and Peach Applesauce
Whole-Grain Macaroni – topped with Marinara Sauce and Mozzarella
Slow-cooked Pork – with Sautéed Green Beans and Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Strawberry Cream Cheese Cupcake
Triple Chocolate Cupcake
Lemon Meringue Cupcake
Chocolate Cream Puff
Passion Fruit Cream Puff
Lemon Raspberry Cream Puff