Disney to add prix fixe dinner at Be Our Guest

February 21, 2018, 11:45 AM · If there was anyone out there among theme park fans who thought that Walt Disney World wasn't offering enough options at the Magic Kingdom's Be Our Guest restaurant, Disney has come through for you by throwing yet another consideration into the mix.

Disney announced today that it will begin offering a three-course prix fixe menu at dinner at the Magic Kingdom's most popular restaurant. Be Our Guest is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, offering advance online or in-person quick service ordering at breakfast and lunch and traditional table service at dinner. The Beast from Beauty and the Beast greets diners, but only during dinner hours. The lunch and dinner menus are different, and now there's the prix fixe menu to consider, as well.

Disney hasn't been clear whether the prix fixe menu will replace the current a la carte selections or be offered in addition to them. Even if it is presented as an option, it's not hard to imagine that if a strong percentage of guests opt for the prix fixe that Disney won't make it the default at the restaurant. A prix fixe menu can mean more predictable operations and revenue for a restaurant, but you've got to have a clientele that's willing to pay what's typically a higher per-person price in order to support it. With Be Our Guest reservations typically booking out each day within moments of becoming available six months out, Disney can afford to price out a ton more of its guests while still keeping the house filled every night.

The new prix fixe menu will offer a selection of appetizer, main course, and a "personal dessert platter." From Disney's press release,

The appetizer menu will include favorites like the French Onion Soup in addition to rich new offerings like Charred Octopus with citrus-laced fingerling potatoes, pickled hearts of palm and red pepper coulis; Escargot with herb garlic butter and toasted gremolata; and a selection of assorted meats and artisanal cheeses such as chicken liver pate, chorizo sausage Manchego, and truffle tremor.

For the main course, feast on mouth-watering entrees such as Grilled Center-Cut Filet Mignon with potato au gratin, Romano beans, Cipollini marmalade and a cherry-laced red wine reduction or the Smoked Black-Eye Pea Tortellini with roasted seasonal vegetables, tomato relish and basil-scented tomato water. Other enticing dishes include Poulet Rouge Chicken, Saffron-Infused Seafood Bouillabaisse, Roasted Lamb Chops and Kurobuta Pork Tenderloins.

Disney will begin serving the prix fixe menu on July 27. Reservations for it open Feb. 23 via +1-407-WDW-DINE and the DisneyWorld.com website.

Replies (5)

February 21, 2018 at 12:00 PM · Sounds like they're streamlining the BOG dinner to be more like what's being offered at Cinderella's Royal Table. Makes sense, since both are similar experiences and decidedly different from the character buffets.
February 21, 2018 at 12:05 PM · Just going straight prix fixe at dinner makes so much sense for Disney. But I fear that it would make getting into lunch even tougher, as people priced out of dinner opt for the mid-day meal.
February 21, 2018 at 12:21 PM · Yeah, I do know a lot of people make ADRs at BOG planning just to get some soup or dessert so they can get that character interaction. I don't think that will shift people to lunch though, because there are no characters at lunch, so guests would be going just for the food. I think most guests that go to BOG at dinner are doing so for the characters, and the food is secondary.
February 21, 2018 at 1:52 PM · I would take the Enchanted Tales with Belle meet-and-greet over the hassle of booking a Be Our Guest dinner any day... then go eat at the Skipper Canteen.
February 22, 2018 at 12:22 PM · I don't know about any other 'characters' besides the 'Beast' strolling around and a photo op on the way out.

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