Disney World began taking reservations for its new Be Our Guest restaurant, located in the Fantasyland expansion of Magic Kingdom, as of Aug. 20.
The first available dinner slots for Be Our Guest will be on Nov. 19, the date Disney has said that there will be soft openings of some new Fantasyland attractions. Reservations can be made 180 days in advance by calling 407-939-3463.
The restaurant will be "quick and casual" during lunchtime, when no reservations will be taken. For dinner, it will transform into table service.
The restaurant is modeled after Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" film, with three separate dining areas: Ballroom, West Wing and Rose Gallery. Seating preferences will be handled when groups check in at the restaurant, which is built beneath Beast's Castle.
Expect French cuisine. Lunch items include tuna Niçoise salad, Croque Monsieur sandwich, carved turkey on a warm baguette with Dijon mayonnaise and others. Dinnertime entrées will include pork rack chop with au gratin pasta, rotisserie rock hen with roasted fingerling potatoes, pan-seared salmon in leek fondue, sautéed shrimp and scallops with veggies in puff pastry with creamy lobster sauce and others. There will also be a kids' menu.
The official grand opening of the next phase of the Fantasyland expansion is set for Dec. 6. That will include Be Our Guest, Gaston's Tavern, Enchanted Tales with Belle, Bonjour! Village Gifts, Ariel's Grotto and the dark ride Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid. The expansion, the largest in Magic Kingdom history, will continue into 2013 with Princess Fairytale Hall, a regal meet-and-greet, and culminate with the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster in 2014.