This is a new theme restaurant that opened in December 2012 as part of the newly reinvented/expanded Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. The restaurant is based on Disney's Beauty and the Beast movie and is, as most things with Disney, exquisitely designed with photo ops with "The Beast" during the dinner hours. For a real Disney first, it is the ONLY place within the Magic Kingdom that beer and wine are served. The main dining room overlooks a multi-window patio to a mountain slope with snow falling...very soothing. Service was good, but it could be better. Appetizers were warm, but not hot; this was also the case with the main entrees. Food presentation and plating was excellent. Some of us had the "shrimp & scallops in a pastry shell" and it came out warm, but not hot. Others had the "Pork Chop" which is a good choice, nice big portion and perhaps the largest pork chop we have seen (looked more like a veal chop, which is good), about 1 1/4 inch thick...but warm. One of our party had the “mussels” appetizer that they very much enjoyed. The French Onion soup was “so-so”.
A couple of need to know facts. This is inside the Magic Kingdom theme park, and is therefore not a walk in restaurant. It means parking in the main lot (at $14), and taking the tram to the transportation center, and then the Monorail or Ferryboat to the park. You also need admission to the park, and then a nice but long walk to the restaurant. Reservations need to be made in advance for dinner perhaps weeks or months in advance depending on attendance. It's a nice family experience, but since we did not have children in tow we did know what the "kids menu" prices might be. The restaurant is really designed for an upscale experience for park guests. So if you have some extra time and money you should like it, but plan ahead, way ahead, if you want to get in during your park visit.
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