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Persistance Pays Off December 11, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Gratitude, Humor, Travel & Leisure.

Last week, during our last visit to the Magic Kingdom, we finally (after 3 failed attempts) had lunch at Be My Guest (from Beauty & the Beast fame) . . . without a reservation!

We had tried before with little success ~> the restaurant is booked six months in advance, so not many people get to enjoy lunch in the Beast’s castle . . . especially as “walk ins.”

We checked at the check-in kiosk at 1:30.  No cancellations.

And no getting past the armed guard.

The friendly hostess suggested we check back at 2:20.

We wandered around a bit, enjoying the holiday sites and sounds.

Including a quick visit to Gaston’s Tavern.

We returned to Be My Guest at 2:00.  No cancellations.

And still no way in.

The hostess suggested we check back in 15 minutes.  I said, “What if we just sit over there?  Will you call us over if you get a cancellation?”  She said sure.

The park was crowded, so we didn’t mind just sitting while watching throngs of people wander past.

Watching people is much better than being jostled by them.

After a few changes of the guard, BFF went up to make sure the folks on duty knew to call us over and he received a coveted rose ~> our admission ticket to lunch in the castle!

Without it, visitors never make it past the gargoyles and other guardians of the gate.


Our persistence paid off and lunch was good!  BFF had a delicious bowl of Onion Soup . . . with Pomme Frites for dipping.

I enjoyed an equally delicious Potato Leek Soup.

Before leaving the castle, we snapped more of the holiday decor . . .

Enjoyed the wall art . . .

Watched Beast take Belle for a spin around the ball room . . .

And I got special permission to sit in the master’s chair which, as it turned out, was Much Too Big for me!

Aah . . . that’s better!



1. Jill Weatherholt - December 11, 2017

Thanks for sharing your outing with us, Nancy. What a cute picture of you in the chair!

nrhatch - December 11, 2017

Thanks, Jill. I felt like one of the 7 dwarfs ~> not a bad feeling after feasting! 😀

2. Rainee - December 11, 2017

You look tiny in that big chair Nancy. I admire your perseverance while waiting to get a table 🙂

nrhatch - December 11, 2017

I’m glad we decided to just “park it” by the hostess kiosk ~ it was fun exploring the castle and lunch was delicious!

3. Tippy Gnu - December 11, 2017

Good thing you didn’t try to get past those armed guards. They look like they mean business.

nrhatch - December 11, 2017

Yes! And it was impossible to make eye contact with them!

4. Kate Crimmins - December 11, 2017

Christmas time at Disney is one of my favorites times there. The decorations are over the top and usually the crowds aren’t too bad. love the pic of you in the chair. that’s a Christmas card.

nrhatch - December 11, 2017

It’s almost as big as Santa’s chair!

It’s been fun seeing the parks all decked out for the holidays. We’re going to Epcot this week for Holidays Around The World.

5. L. Marie - December 11, 2017

Wow! I’m so glad you got in. What a great life lesson as well. 😀 😃
Lunch looks delicious!!

nrhatch - December 11, 2017

I’m glad we managed to get past the armed guards, the gargoyles, the mighty lions, and the friendly hostesses to sample the soups. They were delicious!

And it was fun to explore the castle a bit after we ate.

6. joyroses13 - December 11, 2017

Oh how very cool! I love Beauty and the Beast! Way to stay persistent!!
LOL about the chair! 🙂

nrhatch - December 11, 2017

There is a live Beauty and the Beast stage show at Hollywood Studios. We’ve seen it twice. Plus we saw the recent movie version with Emma Watson. It’s a great story.

I also took a photo of BFF in the chair . . . it’s a better fit for him since he’s 6’2″ tall.

joyroses13 - December 12, 2017

We saw rhe recent movie version too. Loved it!
I am sure that I would look even smaller than you do in that chair. 🙂

nrhatch - December 12, 2017

It would be a great chair for Christmas shots of tiny tots!

7. Barb - December 11, 2017

Wow. I had no idea this was such a highly reserved spot. I’m so glad you took us with you. Thanks. What a great way to spend the holidays.

nrhatch - December 12, 2017

It’s all about Location – Location – Location, Barb.

If “Be My Guest” was in a strip mall, the novelty would wear off at double quick time, but because it’s located between Cinderella’s castle and Ariel’s Grotto and Rapunzel’s Tower in the Magic Kingdom, there are a surplus of visitors who want to check it out. Now that I’ve seen it once, my curiosity is satisfied. 😀

That said, it’s been fun enjoying a bit of Mickey Magic as a prelude to the holidays. Once our passes expire in February, we’ll take a break from all things Disney.

8. Ally Bean - December 12, 2017

It’s been so many years since we went to Disney that this option wasn’t around. Or if it was, we didn’t know about it. I’m thrilled that you got in– and that you got to sit on that chair. It reminds me of Edith Ann from Laugh-In.

nrhatch - December 13, 2017

I loved Edith Ann . . . and (almost) all things Lily Tomlin!

9. Debra - December 23, 2017

So much fun! And your visits to the Magic Kingdom are making me really miss my Disney annual passes! LOL!

nrhatch - December 23, 2017

The parks become familiar . . . with warm fuzzy feelings!

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