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A Glimpse Inside Be Our Guest
This morning on the second day of dress rehearsals for the New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, we get to see a glimpse of the new Be Our Guest Restaurant. Crowds rushed in to get a sense of what’s inside the mountain. While no food and beverage is being served, there was a great “taste” of things to come. Let’s take a look. We’ll start from the approach and go on into the mountain.
This is all they are showing at this point. While I have no inside scoop, I would suppose that they will start serving lunches soon, though I sense it’s still a few more days from being ready. Meanwhile, if you really want to get a sense right now of how this is all going to work, especially around lunch time, then don’t hang out here. Where you need to go is around the corner to Pinocchio’s Village Haus. Unbeknownst to everyone, this is ground zero for figuring out how to accommodate everyone. It began some time ago with locking access from the outside to just one door and funneling everyone into the restaurant through a single line and then directing them to a kiosk to order. However, in the case of Be Our Guest, you won’t proceed to a counter once you make your order and pay. You’ll likely be directed by Cast Members to an available table much like they are currently doing at Pinocchio’s, only I suppose that rather than following someone with a Monstro sign to your table, you’ll be following someone with a Gaston sign.
I mentioned in my review of The Little Mermaid that what I looked forward to most in this was the place making being done in the queue to that attraction. I really had reservations (not literally) around this restaurant. I saw this experience as being crowded in a crazy manner during lunch, and being overly expensive at night. However, based on what I saw today, I am much more optimistic. They have continued creating a consistent, themed experience of a quality just as high as anything you will see at Radiator Springs in Disney California Adventure. I think it will be a memorable experience for all who visit. And I think it’s an important component to the new Fantasyland.
What are your thoughts? Excited to see this new restaurant? Which meal would you rather attend? Which section of the restaurant would you rather sit in? Or maybe you’ll finally be able to get into Cinderella’s Royal Banquet? Share us your thoughts.