Sunday Brunch: Culinary Cabaret (Part 4) - A
Waltz through the Rooms
18 November 2012
Editor's Note: Due to the hectic schedule of
helping open up a restaurant, Reuben couldn't make it here this week
so I'm taking over this week's Sunday Brunch. While I don't know
much about food, I do know details so let's get to it!
Just this past week I had the great honor to
interview Don Hahn on the W.E.D.nesday Show! During the interview I
asked him what his favorite attraction was in the Disney parks that
was based off of his films. His response? Be Our Guest Restaurant. I
don't blame him, the amount of detail added to this restaurant is
unbelievable and truly makes guests feel like they are within the
movie. Today we will be taking a look at the three dining areas and
their connections to the film.
Who could ever forget the famous scene where Mrs.
Potts sings Beauty and the Beast while our two lead characters dance
through the extremely detailed ballroom? It is one of the highlights
of the film and the ballroom is recreated here in an unbelievable
Guests are transported into the movie almost
instantly when they walk into this grand room, but let's take a look
at some of the details of the area beginning with the chandelier in
the picture above. While I was there, our waitress was talking about
the massiveness of all three chandeliers, but mainly the one in the
center of the room. The chandelier was so large, it had to be
disassembled into several pieces just to bring it into the building.
It was then reassembled to be placed in the center of the room.
It's tough to miss the cherubs found on the ceiling
in this room. The faces of these may seem a little old for a child's
body, and you would be right! They are actually the faces of the
One of my favorite details found at this dining
location in the restaurant is the snow fall outside. While the snow
helps guests remember the snow scenes of the film, there is actually
more to the snow than Disney lets on. In fact, the snow falling is
the same animation used for the snow falling in the film!
Who can forget the famous scene when Belle first
steps into the West Wing (which the Beast told her never to go to)?
For the first time ever, we can physically go inside the West Wing.
While the weather conditions here have changed to rain, the theming
has once again made guests feel as if they are in the film. Upon a
table in the back of the room you can find the Enchanted Rose which
is welting away.
Above the fireplace a portrait of the Beast in human
form can be found. Every time you hear lightning outside, the
portrait transforms into the Beast in Beast form and then right
My favorite room of all is the Rose Room. The Rose
Room is a room that is never actually seen in the film, but just in
the restaurant. The centerpiece of the room is an amazing music box
of Belle and the Beast.
The music box actually has a tie to Enchanted Tales
with Belle. While in Maurice's cottage guests can find the
blueprints for this invention of his which he has created for Belle
and Beast as a wedding present!
All around the room are different portraits and
tapestries of Belle, Beast, and the rest of the castle staff:
In addition to the details you can see, there are
details guests can't see while going through the restaurant. For
instance, all three rooms play different music from the film at the
same time (so if Human Again is playing in the Ballroom, the other
two will be playing the same song on the same note), but each room
plays the music in a different tone of music. While in the Ballroom
it sounds like an orchestra playing, while the Rose Room's music
appears to be coming out of the music box (in a very music box like
tone) and the West Wing features songs in a more melancholy way.
In addition to the music, I was told that there are
sprinklers in case of a fire found within the entire restaurant, but
to keep with the theme that you are in an old castle which wouldn't
have sprinklers, all of the sprinkler systems are hidden from guests
These are just a few of the details found throughout
Be Our Guest Restaurant. The restaurant begins it's soft opening
seating on November 19 so if you want to dine here, make sure to
book your reservations far in advance! Until next time, thank you
for being our guest!