The expanded Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom includes the Beast’s castle, Belle’s village, Maurice’s cottage, and Gaston’s tavern from Beauty and the Beast. The restaurant Be Our Guest is inside the Beast’s castle and is always available for lunch, while dinner is by reservation only.
It is not a full service lunch, but rather orders are put in through an automated queue after which guests can take seats in one of the castle’s three beautiful dining rooms – the ballroom, the West Wing, and the Rose Gallery. The rose gallery has a music box of Belle and Beast revolving in the centre of the room and this is where we sat down to lunch.
The menu options are plentiful and elegant, while the prices are reasonable. I chose the braised pork with vegetables and mashed potatoes. It was so tender and tasty – definitely the right choice. For dessert, we sampled the passion fruit cream puff and the ‘grey stuff’ cupcake. The ‘grey stuff’ (of “Be Our Guest” song fame) used to only be available for special occasions, until the cupcake was created. The ‘grey stuff’ is a kind of cookies and cream crème mixture, which is very tasty.
There is a mosaic of Belle and Prince Adam near the exit, which rivals the Cinderella mosaics on the ground floor of Cinderella Castle. There are also tapestries hung all over the dining rooms and front halls, and a portrait of Adam morphing into the beast in the West Wing, giving the room a magical (if slightly ominous) feeling, staying true to the film.