Inside the Be Our Guest restaurant as Walt Disney World dishes up a detailed New Fantasyland preview, but no food yet

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On the second day of New Fantasyland soft openings at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World opened the gates to the ominous entrance of the Be Our Guest restaurant, one of the most highly-anticipated additions to the theme park. Though it didn’t begin serving food yesterday, guests were able to step inside and gawk at the impressively oversized decor throughout its entrance, nearby hallways, and immense main ballroom.

The approach to the Be Our Guest restaurant sets the stage for the believable environment Disney’s Imagineers have created within. This isn’t a cartoony representation of the famous halls of Beast’s Castle from the classic animated film “Beauty and the Beast.” This is a true-to-life recreation of the memorable visuals seen in that movie, thrusting visitors into the world much in the same way Belle herself was forced inside. But Disney fans needn’t be forced into anything here, willingly stepping through the large wooden doors for the first time yesterday, wide-eyed with excitement, as seen in the video below.


Video: Preview tour of the Be Our Guest restaurant in New Fantasyland


When it opens next month, the Be Our Guest restaurant will feature three separate dining wings, only one of which is being shown off during the ongoing dress rehearsal phase. Likewise, the restaurant will also change from lunch to dinner service, with the former allowing patrons to first order food via kiosks in a special hallway, seen but not explored during this preview, ultimately served table side. Dinner will feature traditional table service.

The Be Our Guest experience begins far outside its entrance, with a crumbling archway marking the first step. To the right of the “broken” arch is the restaurant’s main sign in the form of a shield, along with the menu under glass.

Be Our Guest restaurant preview in New Fantasyland

Be Our Guest restaurant preview in New Fantasyland

Continuing past the arch, guests must cross a bridge that offers stunning views that are most definitely not native to Florida. Mountains rocks tower beyond the bridge, with a waterfall roaring down alongside tall trees. Beast’s Castle is seen high atop the rocks, as if miles away. The bridge itself is lined with light posts featuring troubled-looking gargoyles, a theme that continues throughout the restaurant. It’s all a picturesque moment that will have first-time visitors stopping in their tracks to take in the view before heading inside.

Be Our Guest restaurant preview in New Fantasyland

Be Our Guest restaurant in New Fantasyland

Be Our Guest restaurant in New Fantasyland

Be Our Guest restaurant in New Fantasyland

The actual entrance to the Be Our Guest restaurant is equally impressive, removing guests from the flat lands of Florida and transporting them into a believable fantasy world. The entrance area can be closed off doubly, first with metal gates, and secondly with large wooden doors. Surrounding the doors are large stone statues of creatures that seem to “watch” guests as they pass beneath a gorgeous tile mosaic that in a mere three frames tells the story of the Beast.

Be Our Guest restaurant in New Fantasyland

Be Our Guest restaurant preview in New Fantasyland

Be Our Guest restaurant preview in New Fantasyland

Be Our Guest restaurant preview in New Fantasyland

Be Our Guest restaurant preview in New Fantasyland

During this preview, cast members are handing out menus for guests to peruse, both for dinner options and a wine list. The menu has been previously released online, but actually holding it is a big milestone, one step closer to dining at this extravagant restaurant.

Be Our Guest restaurant preview in New Fantasyland

Be Our Guest restaurant preview in New Fantasyland

Be Our Guest restaurant preview in New Fantasyland

Be Our Guest restaurant preview in New Fantasyland

Stepping just inside the entrance, an open foyer is lined with tapestries and ornate design details, offering three directions of travel. An alcove to the left is a dead end, but features a large tile mosaic of Belle and the Beast, after he’s been transformed back to a human, with the recurring rose theme continuing here. It’s a must-have photo opportunity.

Be Our Guest restaurant preview in New Fantasyland

Be Our Guest restaurant preview in New Fantasyland

Be Our Guest restaurant preview in New Fantasyland

Be Our Guest restaurant preview in New Fantasyland

Be Our Guest restaurant preview in New Fantasyland

To the right is a hallway lined with suits of armor and featuring a row of glowing screens down the middle. More tapestries, chandeliers, and other regal details are present throughout this area. The screens, which showed music for the song “Be Our Guest” in French, will be touch screen kiosks for ordering food. And it’s said that the suits of armor will do something special, but Imagineers have yet to reveal that mystery. Beyond that hallway is Beast’s Library, but that dining area was not shown off during this preview.

Be Our Guest restaurant preview in New Fantasyland

Be Our Guest restaurant preview in New Fantasyland

Finally, the most impressive of all areas is straight ahead when entering: the ballroom. It’s the most iconic setting from “Beauty and the Beast” and is every bit as huge and breathtaking in person. Guests pass a pair of sad minotaurs, sculpted to hold up the archway that separates the grey-toned foyer from the golden ballroom that seems to shine with glossy marble.

Be Our Guest restaurant preview in New Fantasyland

Be Our Guest restaurant preview in New Fantasyland

Be Our Guest restaurant preview in New Fantasyland

Be Our Guest restaurant preview in New Fantasyland

Be Our Guest restaurant preview in New Fantasyland

Hundreds of seats and tables sprawl across the massive dining room with giant chandeliers hanging high overhead next to murals of cherubs floating on clouds.

Be Our Guest restaurant preview in New Fantasyland

Be Our Guest restaurant preview in New Fantasyland

Be Our Guest restaurant preview in New Fantasyland

Be Our Guest restaurant preview in New Fantasyland

Be Our Guest restaurant preview in New Fantasyland

Be Our Guest restaurant preview in New Fantasyland

On the far end of the room, massive picture windows provide one of the most talked about features of the Be Our Guest ballroom, as snow appears to fall across a dimly-lit night sky over a mountain landscape (seen best in the video above). This is definitely not Florida anymore.

Be Our Guest restaurant preview in New Fantasyland

Be Our Guest restaurant preview in New Fantasyland

Guests could not explore the ballroom during this preview, but slight glimpses of the nearby Library room could be seen from the roped-off area, hinting at the rich detail that surely continues not only there, but also in the yet to be seen West Wing, the third dining area of the restaurant.

Be Our Guest restaurant preview in New Fantasyland


UPDATE (10/15/12): Disney has released a new video showing off the West Wing and Rose Gallery in the Be Our Guest restaurant:

Below are a few highlights from those areas, beginning with the Rose Gallery and its giant music box featuring Beast and Belle and a rose chandelier above:

The mysterious West Wing features that important rose from “Beauty and the Beast”, which will be animated to drop petals:

As each rose petal falls, a portrait will change between the human and Beast forms of the prince:

The rose will be on a table in the balcony of the West Wing, in front of windows that feature a nighttime storm effect, changing colors and featuring lightning.

Other portraits show off more familiar characters from the film:


New Fantasyland dress rehearsals are currently continuing daily during most park hours, not only including preview tours of the Be Our Guest restaurant but also the ability to ride Journey of the Little Mermaid, meet-and-greet in Ariel’s Grotto, explore Bonjour Village Gifts, dine at Gaston’s Tavern, and have a laugh with Gaston himself. These unannounced previews could close or change at any time and with cast member previews beginning October 20, they likely will. Annual passholders and D23 members will get their own reserved preview slots in early November.

Then beginning November 19, New Fantasyland will officially enter an announced general preview phase, which also begins lunch and dinner service at Be Our Guest. Daily access to all of New Fantasyland will be available to all park guests starting that day, followed by a grand opening press event on December 5 and 6.

More photos of the Be Our Guest restaurant:

28 Comments

  1. Crystal Ennis

    This all looks beautiful! Great job getting such good pics with so many others trying to do the same thing.

  2. Victoria

    What do you mean by the “grand opening press event on December 5 and 6″? I plan on being in MK on the 5th…will I be able to go to New Fantasyland?

    1. Ricky Brigante

      It’s unclear at this point to what extent guests will be allowed into New Fantasyland during those days. Disney has scheduled a big grand opening media event for those two days, December 5 being a “preview” day and December 6 being the big grand opening.

      1. Victoria

        Hmm, okay. Thanks for answering. :)

        Another question! My husband and I are going to the Christmas party on December 4th. What are the chances that NF will be open during the parties?

        1. Ricky Brigante

          No idea. :) I would lean toward no, but I really don’t know.

  3. Shannon

    anyone know if there will be any character involvment/experience at this restaurant??

    1. Ricky Brigante

      Beast will be around the restaurant, but not like in character dining. He’ll be available for a separate photo opportunity.

  4. Catherine

    The Castle and everything inside is absoltuley breathtaking and beautiful I can’t wait to go there after all I am a BIG Disney fan.

  5. frostysnowman

    Thanks for posting such wonderful video and photos! Your site is the first I’ve seen that’s posted pictures of the actual menu (I am geeky enough to love that!) and the video showing the other dining rooms at this restaurant.

  6. Malcolm I.

    Where’s the huge animatronic Forte from “The Enchanted Christmas”? I kid… I kid. Seriously, looks amazing :-)

  7. Dom MC

    But it is JUST A RESTAURANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!3 new dining halls WHOOHOO!
    How can they act as if this is actually exciting. Give us new rides.
    So much potential to make great new attractions and they went for food retail. BIG SHAME!!

    1. Ricky Brigante

      But isn’t a restaurant the *ultimate* Beauty and the Beast attraction? Who hasn’t watched that film and thought, “I wish I could eat there!” during the “Be Our Guest” sequence. So just think of it as a walkthrough attraction… with food! Not everything has to be a ride to be impressive and enjoyable. In fact, if this was a ride, it wouldn’t be NEARLY as grand.

  8. Becca G

    I love the wonderful photos. It looks aMAAAzing! I know the dinners are booked solid during our stay in late January. I’ve heard that all three rooms will be open for lunch , I’m wondering though, of all the dazzling lighting and special affects will be operating for lunch crowds. Any idea?

    1. Ricky Brigante

      That’s not known yet!

  9. I don’t know if I just got lucky but I’m not a pass holder & I got to go in! We were just at the MK on Thursday after dark- they had a portion of the entrance to fantasy land blocked off. I didn’t realize the ‘grand opening’ hadn’t happened yet. They told me I could go in but that I wasn’t allowed to ride any of the rides because I wasn’t a pass holder. Confused & frustrated by this (I had been soo excited about riding the little mermaid ride) & knew it would be at least another 2 years until our next trip to MK) I go up to someone at the info booth & asked why I wasn’t allowed to ride the rides! He stated, “as long as you are in this section you can ride the rides.” I took that as an OK & went on my way! There were hardly any lines & I LOOVED the little mermaid ride! Seems like there is some confusion between the workers there on who is suppose to go back there & who is not & it was to my benefit! Hope you can get in on the 5th!

  10. Peter J.

    I visited the new Fantasy Land on Saturday 11/10 at the 5:00 time slot. During this time people were signing up for and getting dinner reservations for that evening. So anyone getting the opportunity to visit on a preview should check about meals as soon as they enter the area. A cast member told me that lunch prices ranged from $7.00 to $15.00 for adults and dinner ranged from $16 to $30. I didn’t see a menu to confirm this info.

  11. DSmith

    We will be there during Thanksgiving. Will we be able to have lunch at Be Our Guest?

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