But we have not, as of yet, been to the Beast's Castle and Be Our Guest restaurant!
I KNOW - I can hardly believe it either! I think we'd better fix this right away, don't you??
I think I took more photos of my surroundings than my food when we were at Be Our Guest, because there's so much to look at!! SO - shall we step into the Beast's Castle and explore its rooms and details and décor? Just be careful in the West Wing! ;)
You will almost certainly find yourself waiting in line on the bridge before you can actually get into Be Our Guest. We went to lunch on a busy, just-after-New-Years day, but the line did move pretty swiftly. The castle is pretty, and there are plenty of tables!
This is the sign that greets you as you enter the bridge! I noticed that crest/shield with the rose, the lion, and the fleur de lis all over the restaurant. The next time I watch the movie I want to notice if it's in there - because they used it a lot in the décor!
...though I do like the mosaic over the door!
I wasn't sure how I felt about the gargoyles at first, but I've grown rather fond of them. :)
What you'll see when you first step inside. Wonder what that lady is taking a photo of?
The Beaut and the Beast mural is just off to the left! Sorry about the random people in the pic - there was a constant stream of photo-takers - plus the mural is right next to the exit, so it's difficult to get an unobstructed view! You pass the mural once you're done with your meal - when you first enter, the line leads you off to the right...
...down a very medieval-looking hallway!
You'll find suits of armour and electronic menu boards as you pass through the hall. The carpet is nice and regal-looking, although it somehow felt a little flat. But then I have unreasonably high expectations when it comes to Disney carpets, so it may be that... ;)
Soon you'll reach the room where you order! It's draped in sumptuous purple and mauve and gold.
I love the fireplace in here - and is it just me, or does that look like it must be the Beast's chair??
This is when you'll get the magical rose! You'll take it to one of several ordering stations around the room. Some are self-serve and some have cast members that you order from.
All of the stations are numbered, and many of them have corresponding characters as well!
Once you've placed your order and paid, you'll find yourself stepping through into the ballroom...
I know, I'm kinda overloading on the photos in this post, but I can't help it! And that ballroom looks so lovely from just about every angle...
We sat by the windows on the far side and watched the snow falling gently on the mountaintops...
The big windows are just gorgeous, as is the ceiling! As I passed by the silverware cart, though, I was sad to see the flatware was not all that entertaining...but then maybe they were taking a rest. ;)
The décor in the ballroom is very refined, but as in Belle's village and at Enchanted Tales, some elements felt a little...generic. I'm not really sure why. It's a gorgeous space as a whole, but I feel like when you look at individual elements more closely, you should find that Disney-something-special. And somehow I didn't.
But I did love sitting in the ballroom because...well...IT'S THE BALLROOM! I do have to second the opinion you'll find a lot on the internet: it was quite dark and VERY loud and crowded. I know they want to fit as many guests as possible in, but this would be a more magical experience if they took out just a few tables.
I think the cast members would like a more open space better too, because it would be easier to maneuver the carts! THIS part of the Be Our Guest experience is super cool. Your waiter finds you magically using the magic rose that you put on your table.
All the food comes to you on one of these awesome carts. The hot items are up top, and on the bottom shelves you can see the soups and desserts!
With all the excitement over the new space, it was hard to pay attention to what I ate! I split the croque monsieur with Mama Snob. It was very tasty!
It took me about five tries to get a photo that wasn't entirely blurry - the light in here is SO LOW! This was the potato leek soup...nice, but a little bit chunky.
The chocolate cupcake and cream puff I've already talked about...they were lovely. That ganache!
The drinks (at lunch at least) are self serve - every seating room has its own soda station wall.
So we've covered the ballroom and the food. But there are still TWO MORE rooms in the castle to discover!
...like the WEST WING! This is even darker than the ballroom, but in spite of the beast growling overhead every so often, it's a little less loud and echo-y and crowded than the main ballroom.
I love the glowing embers in the fireplace - and it looks like the Beast knocked over that candelabra. But the rose is safe and sound!
My favorite room was not the West Wing...and maybe not even the ballroom...I loved the ROSE ROOM:
This room feels like Belle and the Beast's portrait gallery - there are paintings and tapestries covering the walls with scenes from the castle, and OF COURSE there's that lovely life-size spinning Belle and the Beast in the center!
LOVE LOVE LOVE - and with the rose light? There were roses everywhere...
I'm not sure if this room is officially called the Rose Room, but if it's not, it should be!
I love that picture of Belle in her library! And the Beast in the bottom hat appears to be playing dress-up.
Possibly my favorite tapestry...I'm so glad the Belle in these portraits is the classic/old-school Belle rather than the modern re-design!
Overall, I loved Be Our Guest. Just standing in that ballroom for the first time made me feel like I had stepped into the movie - I couldn't stop grinning. Although it would be nice to go back another time when it's not so crowded. That may not happen for a few years though - I'll have to wait for the novelty to wear off, if it ever does!
Or maybe I'll just have to wait until I strike it rich...wouldn't it be awesome to hire out the whole restaurant and have your wedding reception in the ballroom??? Ahhhh...I can't even think about it, it would be way too epic. But hey, a girl can dream!