On my last trip to Walt Disney World, I was able to score reservations (in Disney lingo: ADRs or Advance Dining Reservations) to Be Our Guest for both breakfast and lunch. I had two very different experiences and wanted to share them with you guys (and gals). We’ll cover lunch today and the new breakfast later this week!
A little over a year ago, I ate lunch at Be Our Guest for the first time using what they called a FastPass+ reservation that was only available if you were staying on Disney property. I had a great experience (read about it here) and ended up going back on several trips, loving it every time.
I was really excited to learn that Be Our Guest was joining the ADR system so that it would be easier to get lunch reservations, especially if you’re staying off site or at the Swan and Dolphin. I was thrilled to get a lunch ADR for the Sunday that Eli and I arrived. Unfortunately, we had a less than magical experience this time.
Our reservation was at 11:40, so we got in line to check in at 11:20 (typically, most Disney restaurants recommend that you arrive 15 minutes early). They scanned our magic bands and then notified us that we’d have to wait until 11:35 before we could check in. I wasn’t thrilled that they had different rules than the other ADR restaurants, but we stood to the side and waited in the Florida sun. I snagged a menu from them to review while we waited to check in. I watched other guests come up and ask about walk-ups. Most were told that they weren’t seating walk-ups, but every now and then (presumably based on the length of the line to order inside), they’d let a party (ranging from two guests to seven guests) without reservations go ahead and go into the restaurant. I have to admit that I was a bit annoyed that I had to wait to check in because I had a reservation while they were seating guests without reservations who walked up after we did.
Finally, 11:35 rolled around and we were able to check in and walk over the bridge to get in line to order. If you haven’t been for breakfast or lunch before, it’s a different method of ordering. You wait in a line to have a hostess direct you to a kiosk. Some are self serve, where you use the touch screen and your magic band to order and then you can pay with your magic band or credit card. Some are staffed by a Cast Member who enters your order for you and accepts payment by magic band, credit card or cash. We placed our order and found a table in the gorgeous ballroom which is still breathtaking, no matter how many times I see it. The servers find you and bring you your food either by tracking your magic band or a plastic rosette they give you if you don’t have a magic band. Because it was crowded and it was just me and Eli, I didn’t want to leave our table to get our drinks and silverware until after our food was delivered which seemed to take a bit longer than normal (about ten minutes).
While I ordered the same thing I usually do (a grilled ham and cheese), I was really disappointed with it on this trip. The sandwich was cold and soggy. Eli got the kids grilled cheese which he loved but when I took a bite I thought it was stale and just gross. On the plus side, the Master’s Cupcake was absolutely divine (the grey stuff is always delicious!).
Luckily, just two days later, I had a wonderful breakfast at Be Our Guest! We made reservations for 8am on a Tuesday that the Magic Kingdom didn’t open until 9am. I’d never actually been able to do pre-park opening ADRs before. Stay tuned for that review!
- Breakfast and lunch are still counted as Quick Service (QS) meals if you’re on the dining plan.
- If you have an ADR, plan to arrive no more than five minutes early.
- If you don’t have an ADR, it never hurts to check to see if they can seat you. Generally it seemed like guests had a better chance of getting in without reservations if the lines to check in were short (the crowds seemed to rise and fall periodically). If it’s important to you, stop by and check a few times during lunch hours.
- If you’re the only adult dining with young children, try to pick up your silverware and drinks before you find your table.
- If you have young children that are sensitive to spooky/dark settings, you’ll probably want to eat in the main ballroom and not in the West Wing (but definitely take a walk through or peek in if you can!).
- Try the Master’s Cupcake!
I’m linking up with run.geek.run(Disney) because we all need a little magic in our Monday!