Over the weekend, you may have seen the buzz about the Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland opening up with a “Dress Rehearsal” of its completed areas. I’ll have many more photos to come if you missed some of my Instagrams on Twitter or Facebook, but I thought I’d start with some of the Be Our Guest Restaurant, since it is such a highly anticipated new dining location and boy, does it live up to its hype as far as appearances go.
The Walt Disney Imagineers have done an amazing job of bringing the classic Beauty and the Beast animated movie we all know and love, to life. We see familiar creatures and architectural details as well as some new interpretation of how Beast’s home would look. The details and tiny surprises are just perfect and will provide hours of enjoyment as something new is discovered each visit.
Be Our Guest Restaurant opens to the public on November 19. You can find menu info and more over at The Disney Food Blog.
See the wonder for yourself:
Be Our Guest Restaurant sign – you can see Gaston’s Tavern on the background on the right
Be Our Guest Restaurant menu board outside – this was for lunch items
A hunched gargoyle offers a sharp contrast to the beautiful waterfall and vistas behind him. All part of the amazing envelopment into the Beast’s enchanted castle area.
The mountains and cascading waterfall are just breathtaking.
Beast’s coat of arms on the gate to the restaurant
Amazing Be Our Guest Restaurant entrance, carved into the mountain-side and guarded by mythical beastly creatures
The door guards at Be Our Guest Restaurant
Close-up of the door guards outside of Be Our Guest Restaurant
These windows flanking the front doors are really the only stained glass in the restaurant, but it casts a lovely glow as the sun streams in.
Be Our Guest Restaurant archway to the dining area
More Be Our Guest Restaurant details – the top of the hallway leading to the West Wing
An unhappy minotaur keeping the columns up
Another unhappy-looking minotaur holds up a column in the entryway
I absolutely love this interior window in the entryway, which offers a lovely view of the elegant hallway inside the “ballroom” of the dining area. One of my favorite details.
The ballroom does not disappoint with its chandeliers and windows to the snowy French mountainside (yes, it’s really snowing back there!)
Another view of the dining room with painted ceiling and chandeliers
Be Our Guest Restaurant hallway – see the doorway to the right?
A sneak peek into the Quick Serve counter area in Be Our Guest Restaurant
Another look at the Be Our Guest Restaurant menu boards
The Quick Serve hallway, the screens will show menu items before you go through the doorway to order
The Belle and Beast mosaic tile work in this alcove is a perfect photo opportunity, and ties in with the mosaics inside the Cinderella Castle walkway down the road a piece.
I hope you enjoyed the photo tour, I’ll have many more photos of New Fantasyland to come in the next few days. The photos above are free to share, but if you do, please provide a link back to zannaland.com. Thank you!