While we were unable to make a reservation for dinner (RESERVE EEEEEEEARLY), we ate at Be Our Guest using the walk-up lunch service. Like everything at a Disney park, there was a line to get inside, but it moved very quickly, and there were waiters walking up and down the line with menus (so you could choose your food before entering) and cups of cold water. This was a nice service, as the menus provided a bit of entertainment and the water was quite refreshing considering the midday heat of Florida in June.
Once you enter the restaurant, you are ushered to your right (still in a line, but with air-conditioning) where your orders are taken. Listen closely: the knights talk to one another. At the order stations, you will be referred to a cashier who will take your order (menus are provided here as well, if needed) and take your money. You will also be given a pager that alerts your waiter or waitress of your table location. From there, you are free to wander amongst the three dining rooms and choose a table. We chose to sit in the ballroom, which is the main dining room.
When your food is prepared, a waiter or waitress approaches your table with a large glass compartment on wheels, which contains your orders. The wait-staff speaks in French accents, and our waitress stayed in character the entire time she was presenting our food.
The lunch menu consisted mainly of soups and sandwiches, with a few other assorted entrées and a limited selection of desserts. We ordered potato leek soup, French onion soup, two prime rib sandwiches, and a roasted turkey sandwich. The sandwiches, which are served on delicious thick-cut French bread with 'pommes frites' (French fries) are some of the best we've ever tasted. The meat was perfectly cooked, and the greens were fresh and crispy. The soups were excellent as well, particularly the potato leek; both made very good dipping sauces for the sandwiches. Not only was this our favorite meal at Disney, it ranks very high on our list of Favorite Meals altogether. This is not cliché amusement park food; this is food one would be satisfied with at a normal restaurant. Drinks are served fountain style, with free refills.
After gorging ourselves on the unexpectedly good food, we wandered around the other dining rooms to see the rest of the castle. The ballroom was spacious, with a painted ceiling and sparkling gold chandeliers. The 'windows' in the back of the ballroom show a snowy scene and 'snow' falling. To one side is a room that I believe was the library, which was rather plain, aside from the large spinning sculpture of Belle and Beast. The other dining room was the West Wing, decorated in dark purple. Shredded purple swags hang from the ceiling, and a portrait of the Prince is suspended above a fireplace. A 'storm' is raging in this area of Be Our Guest; when the lightning flashes, watch the portrait change to Beast's face. Look quickly, because it returns to the Prince's face in an instant. In the back of the room is the Enchanted Rose, covered by a glass dome. If we were to eat at Be Our Guest again, I would want to eat in the West Wing for the atmosphere.
This restaurant is beautiful, and the food was, as I said, the best in the parks. Highly recommended to anyone visiting Magic Kingdom!
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