Today’s Foodie Friday will be slightly different. Rather than talking about food, I’m going to give you some tips on how to increase your chances of securing a reservation at Be Our Guest – because if you can’t get a reservation, you can’t eat there!
Be Our Guest officially opened in December, 2012. Like all new attractions at Walt Disney World, the restaurant opened to immense popularity. It’s yet to lose any momentum. A dinner at Be Our Guest is the most sought-after reservation at Walt Disney World. As a Quick Service during lunch, guests would wait hours to be seated. The restaurant’s wait time surpassed many of Magic Kingdom’s most popular rides – a problem Disney addressed by implementing a reservation system.
The new lunch ADR made Be Our Guest the only Counter Service on Disney property to accept dining reservations. While lunch at Be Our Guest is considered a Quick Service, it is treated like a Table Service within Disney’s Advance Dining Reservations. Guests may begin booking a lunchtime reservation for Be Our Guest when their 180-day window opens.
Let’s start with the reservation process. Guests staying on-site may begin booking reservations 180 days from the start of their trip. The 180-day window includes the check-in date and up to ten days thereafter. This, in Disney terms, is known as “180+10.” Guests staying off-site may book reservations up to 180 days before the day they wish to dine. Because of the 180+10 rule, staying on-site gives guests the best chance of securing a reservation at Be Our Guest.
When making reservations, start by targeting the most popular restaurants and dates. If you’re going during a random week in August or during an off-peak time, the date should not play too much of a role in your reservations. But, if you’re visiting during Christmas, you’ll want to start by booking Christmas Day.
Save the hard-to-get restaurants for the end of your trip. Since off-site guests won’t have access to those dates yet – the later your date, the better your chances of securing a reservation. The 180+10 also puts you against a smaller pool of guests. Last year, my family was able to get a reservation at Be Our Guest on December 30th. Staying at Walt Disney World from December 24th through January 1st, we had a solid amount of dates to choose from. We immediately eliminated Christmas Eve, Day and New Year’s Eve. We wouldn’t be in Magic Kingdom for New Year’s Eve, and knew that Christmas Eve and Day would not be available. From there, we tried to get the latest possible date within our trip and 180+10 day window. Here’s the breakdown:
December 24th: Competing with guests checking in December 14th
December 25th: Competing with guests checking in December 15th
December 26th: Competing with guests checking in December 16th
December 27th: Competing with guests checking in December 17th
December 28th: Competing with guests checking in December 18th
December 29th: Competing with guests checking in December 19th
December 30th: Competing with guests checking in December 30t
As you can see, we’d be competing with a much smaller sample size for December 30th than the previous days. And, for those visiting during Christmas – many guests visit for Christmas OR New Year’s Eve. Many guests who visit Walt Disney World for Christmas leave by December 27th or 28th, when guests visiting for New Year’s Eve begin to file in.
If you can’t get a reservation for dinner, try lunch. Did I enjoy my dinner at Be Our Guest? Yes – but the food was not my favorite. The biggest draw of Be Our Guest is the theming and decor. Be Our Guest is one of the most gorgeous restaurants on property and is intricately designed and themed. You actually feel like you’ve stepped foot into Beast’s castle. Adding to the spectacle of the restaurant is the sense of prestige. You can’t enter the restaurant without a reservation. Guests with reservations check in and wait in front of two large wooden doors. They magically open to a dark vestibule, and swiftly close behind the guests before onlookers can steal a glance inside. It’s kind of like Disney World’s version of Club 33, minus the expensive membership.
Overall, persistence is key in securing a reservation at Be Our Guest. If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. Sometimes people drop their reservation due to scheduling conflicts or are forced to cancel their trip. By checking the Disney website, you may just stumble upon a time that works for you!
The Disney website “opens” up at 6am ET, and you can begin making reservations by phone (1-407-WDW-DINE) at 7am ET. I’d recommend using the website, as it gives you a one-hour jump on the phone line. I would not recommend using the My Disney Experience app to book reservations.Follow @survivedisxmas