#1: Be Our Guest
Be Our Guest is one of the best themed areas in Disney World, even outside of the themed dining scope, which is why it places top on my list. It is located in Fantsyland, Magic Kingdom and fits in perfectly as you already feel like you’ve been dropped into a fairytale with The Seven Dwarve’s Mine Train and Ariel’s Undersea Adventure nearby. The attention to detail is impeccable and longer you look around, the more you notice. When you’re in here you feel like you were dropped into the scenes where Beauty and the Beast took place. In fact the Beast himself makes an appearance like clockwork through all dining areas.
There are three main dining areas:
1) Castle Gallery – themed after Belle’s personal library
2) Ballroom – themed after the ballroom where the classic scene of Belle and the Beast dancing takes place
3) West Wing – themed after the Beast’s personal study which Belle was not to enter.
Personally, the West Wing is my favorite room because the Beast’s portrait is there and switches from him as Prince Adam to the Beast. Claw marks and ripped pieces of cloth add to the atmosphere. However, I’d say the part of this room that won me over was the rose
It was my dream to come here and because my family planned our trip on such short notice there were no reservations available. I had to check in daily to see if anyone had dropped their reservation (which was luckily the case) since guests tend to book reservations at the 30 day mark. My expectations were high since I had hyped up this place in my head and it did not disappoint! The food is up to par with the atmosphere. My family shared meals here multiple times and BOG has never failed us. In addition, this is the only place you can get beer or wine in the Magic Kingdom.
Grilled Strip Steak with Garlic-Herb Butter and Pommes Frites
Thyme-Scented Pork Chop with Potatoes Au Gratin
I was wearing my birthday button and my waiter noticed without me having to say a word. At dessert he prompltly served me some birthday grey stuff. If you are celebrating an occasion, don’t forget to mention it because who wuoldn’t want the grey stuff? After all it’s delicious.
Birthday Grey Stuff
However, if you decide against it you can have a look at the dessert tray and decide what you’d like instead.
Don’t forget to take a picture with the beast before you leave! CMs are more than happy to take pictures on your phone for free.
Reservations Required? Yes, they fill up quickly
When to go: dinner, it’s the best meal here. Lunch might feel like it’s an overpriced cafeteria and the ambiance doesn’t seem as special for some reason.
#2: 50’s Prime Time Café
Within Echo Lake, Hollywood Studios lies this gem of a restaurant. This restaurant brings you back in time to the 1950’s era and truly makes you feel like you’re sitting down for a family dinner at your mom or dad’s house. It has everything from the black and white checkered floors to small TV’s on top of the counter in the corner to eclectic, brightly colored wallpaper patterns.
American comfort foods that would be typically served in a home at the time such as lasagna, pork chops and chicken soup is served here.Their most popular and delicious include fried chicken, meatloaf and chicken pot pie. As far as drinks go, you have to order a PB & J milkshake. It’s a right of passage if you will.
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If you come here, you must absolutely have a sense of humor because the servers here will surely taunt you! And in all truthfulness, it’s the cherry on the sundae in terms of ambience and interactivity. Servers acts as moms and dads and truly aren’t afraid to take the liberty to correct you! Customers have reported receiving their veggies back for dessert with whipped cream on top because they failed to eat them during their meal or being airplane fed them! Other encounters include getting jokingly scolded at for putting their elbows on the table, chewing with their mouth open and being grounded for excessively using their phones!
The thoroughly thmed dining area in conjuction the exceptionally unique service provided lands 50’s Prime Time Café a #2 spot.
Reservations required? Yes, they fill up quickly.
When to go: Lunch or dinner
#3: Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant
Located on Comissionary Lane in Hollywood Studios, this restaurant is designed after a 1950’s drive-in movie theater with an all-American menu to match. The lights are dimmed and there are convertible booths and tables spread throughout the dining floor along with picnic styled tables, all of which face toward the screen which features Sci-Fi movie clips. The backdrop features hills, palms trees and stars. So hop on in and enjoy some black-and-white clips. Your car hop will be over soon to take your order, some in rollerblades and others not.
They are well-known for their classic American burgers and milkshakes. You can’t go wrong when ordering those!
Overall the food is pretty good and fairly cheap. The ambiance makes this place a must visit at WDW. The slightly inferior server interaction is what ultimately causes the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant to land a spot as #3.
Reservations Required? Yes, they fill up quickly. Make sure to request a car if you don’t wasn’t to be put at a picnic table.
When to go: Lunch or Dinner