In our last post I talked about some of my favorite tips for making the most of your pre-park-opening breakfast experience in Magic Kingdom. One of those was about splitting breakfast at Be Our Guest so I thought I should follow that up with a review of Breakfast at Be Our Guest so I can tell you guys more of what I love about it (and maybe a few things to watch out for).
So just to start off, Be Our Guest is an all day restaurant in New Fantasyland in Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Reservations can be tricky at different times through the year but we have had TREMENDOUS success booking 1-2 days before we want to go! We even were able once to book a 2 person reservation when a 3 wasn’t available and just bring my Dad along. This restaurant is absolutely enormous with one main HUGE dining room, a medium dining room, and a smaller dining room. You order from digital kiosks then hook your magic band (or an enchanted rose) to your order, take a seat anywhere in Be Our Guest you’d like, and the food finds you! The menu is fixed price for adults (currently at $24) and includes your entree, breakfast pastries, and drink. There’s also a few side items you can order as well as kids meals.
As I talked about in the last post, $24 per person for breakfast can be kind of steep (not by Magic Kingdom standards but by everyday standards at least!). To help alleviate the cost we like to share a breakfast entree then have an early more snack-ish lunch later in the morning. (At around $5 per snack, this brings our 2 meal total down to about $34 instead of $48 for just breakfast because let’s be real, we would have those snacks anyway).
Okay, let’s talk food! Be Our Guest is FANTASTIC at handling allergies. When you order at the kiosk it will allow you to select food allergies, from there you just check off whatever you have, and it will eliminate those from the menu! Really, though, they can make almost anything on their menu gluten free by subbing in gluten free bread.
I’ve tried a few different things on the menu and by FAR my absolute favorite is the Open Faced Bacon and Egg Sandwich. Instead of the regular baguette, for gluten free dishes they serve it on 2 pieces of toasted gluten free bread. It has arugula, brie cheese, poached eggs (two), and bacon. Seriously, it’s amazing. AND because they serve it with 2 pieces of bread it’s super easy for us to share! I love this breakfast, I mean I’m willing to not eat Mickey Waffles to get it so if that’s not a clear sign of how much I love it I don’t know what is!
Whenever we share plates it’s worth noting that if we both want coffee we do purchase a drink as well since only one comes with the meal. Honestly, though, we usually prefer to hit the Main Street Bakery for Starbucks instead (not only so that I can save all the special Disney Starbucks cups).
Breakfast also comes with pastries, for gluten free Be Our Guest diners this means 3 slices of sweet breads. It’s always been the same when we’ve gone: lemon, chocolate, and a spice bread. The lemon is my absolute favorite but it’s a close tie with any bite of chocolate that also has frosting. All the breads are really super moist and the perfect texture!
I started this out saying I would tell you what I love and a few things to watch out for. I hope by now you realize I really love breakfasts here but a few things to remember.
- Do not get anything involving the chicken apple sausage!!!! Haha okay, this could just be me and everyone I know who’s had it but we were NOT fans. We ordered the Feast a la Gaston and I must say, Gaston would not be amused. It was a very small serving (I would not recommend sharing it if I was going to recommend it for taste) and really just not anything at all special. I’ve heard and experienced great things about almost everything else on the menu so I have to advise you to order pretty much anything else!
- The wait can be quite long. Once it’s time for your reservation they will give you a menu (trying to speed up the process) and send you into the line to wait to get into the castle. Once you get inside there’s another line to get to the kiosks. This part of the wait can actually be fun since you get to go through a hallway with living coats of armor (bonus points if you find the hidden Mickey, hint, look up!). But if the people in front of you are very indecisive this line really can drag on for a while.
- The setting is absolutely stunning, really, the rooms are incredibly detailed and beautiful. BUT… they’re also dim with very little natural lighting. In other words, getting great pictures inside is always a challenge.
- Because the place is so large but also so airy it can get chaotic. It’s always very loud and sometimes the wait to use the beverage dispensers at the beverage sections can be long. Also because you seat yourself if it’s busy you’ll want to grab a table first thing then leave one person behind to hold your table.
So really, the downsides in my opinion are pretty minimal. Even though it’s bustling and we occasionally get in a traffic jam or two trying to order food, it always comes out in a timely manor and we always enjoy our experience. I DEFINITELY recommend trying it out for a pre-park opening breakfast because it gives you a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the just waking up park.