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Old 04-23-2013, 12:23 PM   #1
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BOG - Why so great?

My favourite movie is Beauty and the Beast but I don't know if that is reason enough to try to get an ADR for BOG. My family doesn't really care for French food and if I am reading correctly then Belle and/or the Beast aren't even there. So, besides looking inside the Beast's castle and the fact that it is new, what is drawing everyone there?

I am really just curious.
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I don't think the food is particularly French, but maybe French-inspired.

Most of the time the Beast is there at dinner for a photo op, but he doesn't visit tables.
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:43 PM   #3
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I think the fact that it is a new restaurant in the new part of the park, also the food is somewhat different than the usual offerings, and the setting and atmosphere are immersive.

Btw, Beast does greet at dinner. You go into a separate room when you are finished your meal for pictures. It is not considered a character meal , though since there are no characters circulating in the dining room.

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I wouldn't call the food french hardly at all. I suppose it's not American, but they still serve fries with just about everything. I also like that unlike a character meal, it's not a fixed price, so you can order whatever you want when you go.

I wanted to avoid a long wait for lunch with a 2 year old, and the M&G with Beast after dinner was definitely a bonus, since you can't meet him anywhere else anymore.

I expect the newness, and the beautiful theming is probably what draws most people there. Also...the alcohol. Hopefully, eventually the novelty will wear off and it will be easier to get a reservation.

I went into the reservation thinking that we may end up just ordering dessert, since it was at 9:05PM, and I figured we'd get hungry for a real meal long before that. We didn't eat before, and ended up ordering entrees too. The food was fine. My steak was pretty much on par with most of the steaks I've ever ordered. The fries were good, but I think I prefer the standard Disney variety.
DH didn't like then cornish game hen (and he's not picky). My sister only ordered a salad, which was awful.
The desserts were good, but most of them can be ordered at lunch too.

I expect we'll be more likely to go for lunch before we go back for dinner.
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:56 PM   #5
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In a way you can say that about all the WDW restaurants. Overall the food is just average and there are so many restaurants other places that are better, but you are in Disney and part of the magic is eating in magical places. To me, that is a magical place b/c I love Beauty and The Beast and while I have no expectations of the food really being the best food I've ever eaten anywhere in WDW, it is the atmosphere I want. I also want an ADR there because I will not wait in line for a long time to eat with my family somewhere when I am already waiting in line for rides...but that is just the way I feel, I know there are lots who will say to do the lunch.
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I mentioned to our server at 50's Prime Time that I had tried to get an ADR for BOG (but I had only tried looking 1 month prior to our trip) and couldn't get one. He said do you like French food? And I said no. And he said well the food there is awful. This was a DISNEY server telling me this. SO I was kind of glad we didn't go there after that.
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I would love to tell you but I haven't been able to get in yet. Last time I tried they were lining up at 10:00 am for lunch. And I thought that was a little ridiculous and moved on. Maybe once the newness wears off a little I will be able to go.

I would really like to know myself how dinner is. The podcast review made it sound great.
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There is a link in my signature to a thread called "Everything you ever wanted to know about Be Our Guest." It includes lots of info and pictures to help you decide. Personally I think it's absolutely worth it for a BatB fan! The restaurant is just breathtaking and it's amazing to be in THE ballroom.

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Atmosphere is 60% of it. The cupcakes were a strong second.

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Old 04-23-2013, 03:55 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by ses1230 View Post
I think the fact that it is a new restaurant in the new part of the park, also the food is somewhat different than the usual offerings, and the setting and atmosphere are immersive.
I think you are right. It's human nature to gravitate towards things that are new.

There is so much hype around this place I keep wondering if I was wrong to not try and get an ADR here at my 180 + 10 mark. Then I remind myself that every restaurant in the park will be new to me and there are places where the theming and food appeal a whole lot more.
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Old 04-23-2013, 04:12 PM   #11
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I think it's several things.

It is VERY expensive to eat in Cinderella's castle, so this is a great alternative, you get to eat in a castle, and especially at lunch, the cost is much lower.

People want to go because it's super hyped up, it's on tv, all over these boards, ect. It's marketing at it's finest.

Personally, i <3 BaTB and want to eat in the castle - even more so than Cinderella's, because I didn't really like that movie haha.
Plus I bought into the hype a little.

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Old 04-23-2013, 04:47 PM   #12
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Just ate there last week for lunch and dinner. Save yourself the stress of trying to get an ADR and go for lunch. The food at dinner was just okay, nothing special. I enjoyed lunch much more. I agree with the PP, the cupcakes are seriously the best part of both menus. I will say, the restaurant is gorgeous, they did an excellent job.
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:02 PM   #13
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I think the main draw is that it's so gorgeously themed, right down to the napkins folded to look like roses. The inside of the Beast's castle is what I imagined Cinderella's castle would look like before I ate there--that place was a bit of a letdown. If you're a BatB fan it's truly a must see experience, even if just for lunch, which is all I've had there so far. The food is French inspired more than really French, and it's a cut above other CS restaurants, particularly if judged against places like, say, ABC Commissary. And yes, the cupcakes are magnifique!

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Old 04-23-2013, 07:18 PM   #14
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I think I'm gonna have a salad (which of course will cancel out my desert Cupcake) LOL : )

Just want to see the cool room more than french inspired food.
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:40 PM   #15
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Ate there for dinner for a soft open in 11/2013 loved everything about it!!

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