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Old 01-25-2013, 10:17 AM   #1
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Question BOG Counter service

Does anyone know if you stand in the same line to get into the counter service part of the Be Our Guest restaurant as you do the sit down part? I was there when it first opened and line was across the bridge! Thanks
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1) Yes, the line is long.
2) And, usually well beyond the bridge.
3) After all, counter service is first-come-first served.
4) People start lining up about 9:45am for the 10:30am opening.
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:32 PM   #3
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Does anyone know if you stand in the same line to get into the counter service part of the Be Our Guest restaurant as you do the sit down part? I was there when it first opened and line was across the bridge! Thanks
It's all one line. Your party cannot sit down in the restaurant until your order has been placed and paid for.
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:44 PM   #4
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Are you asking whether the line for counter service and the line for table service are the same?

Lunch at BOG is counter service only. The line that typically extends beyond the bridge is the line you'll need to enter in order to eat at BOG for lunch. It looks long, but it moves pretty efficiently. I entered the line when it was beyond the edge of the bridge and had my food at my table 25-30 minutes later. All three dining rooms are open during lunch. You pick where you'd like to sit.

Dinner at BOG is table service only. I am not aware of people lining up for dinner as there are basically NO walk-up slots at this time. When the restaurant was in early previews in the fall, people were lining up because there were no ADRs yet and and openings were somewhat random. Two dining rooms are open during dinner--the Ballroom and the West Wing. Although I have heard limited reports of the Rose Gallery also being open.
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Old 01-25-2013, 02:10 PM   #5
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we were there on Tuesday, very very light park crowd (like a "3") and that line for lunch counter service was in place at 9:15 AM...at least 50 people in line then, even though the place would not open for another 75 minutes. By 11:45 there were several hundred people in line. And this on a day when the other counter service places in MK had just a few people in line at that point, and no trouble finding empty tables, etc.

Monday night, we had reservations...they were turning away lots of people trying to do walk-ups (and also telling people they couldn't "peek in" at the restaurant...had to have reservations to get in for dinner time.)

I think Disney is missing out on a lot of $$$ by not having breakfast available in there...even if it was just offered a "continental breakfast" of fruit, a croissant or a sweet pastry, and coffee...they would pack the place from 9:00 AM on because people would buy breakfast just for the chance to get in there and see the place.
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I think Disney is missing out on a lot of $$$ by not having breakfast available in there...even if it was just offered a "continental breakfast" of fruit, a croissant or a sweet pastry, and coffee...they would pack the place from 9:00 AM on because people would buy breakfast just for the chance to get in there and see the place.
Perhaps. But it is always difficult to determine how much additional revenue can or will be generated by opening up a "new" spot in a "closed" environment. Disney guests are a captive audience. Every person who opts to check out BoG for breakfast might be a person who was going to grab fruit, a croissant, a sweet pastry, and/or coffee somehwere else on property. It can be a zero sum game. There is a chance that all you would be doing is redirecting traffic away from the Main Street Bakery (which would be a financial wash), or worse, away from the Crystal Palace or CRT which would be a financial loss. Plus, there is the extra labor cost to consider which can eat into any profit. Not saying that there wouldn't be some added revenue from people who might want to check it out and who would spend dollars that otherwise wouldn't go to WDW. (For example, we hardly give a penny to WDW for breakfast, as we stock up our room at Publix. So we would be good candidates for a little extra revenue). But just because one location might be filled to the rafters is not proof that there is extra revenue being generated. There might be crickets at some previously well-visited locations in response to the new venue. Now, if they did a character breakfast at BoG for $35....then look out. I'm sure they could fill it in addition to filling Crystal Palace and CRT without cannibalizing any other high-priced venue.
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