The admission started at 5:00 PM, but first you needed to get your wrist band at the Ticket and Transportation Center. I found this to be a complete pain in the butt! I was staying on property so took a bus to the Magic Kingdom and then had to take the Monorail to the T&TC to get a wrist band and then took the boat back to the Magic Kingdom. Of course all of the transportation was running slow adding to the frustration.
But once there everything went smoothly.
My first order of business was to get a reservation for Be Our Guest. While waiting for the bus I heard people talking and saying that had gotten same day reservations for the restaurant so once I saw the line at the entrance to the restaurant I jumped on it and got an 8:15 reservation. I also did the walk through of the quick service ordering area, which was really cool. You walk through a hallway with armor, and the "knights" talk to each other. The room where you order is a room from Beast's Castle, which is of course the whole theme of the restaurant.
|Hey, she's kinda cute!|
|The room where you order during lunch|
Enchanted Tales with Belle. This is a very different attraction, it was fun and interactive and I think will have VERY long lines when this section opens to the public. After waiting 30 minutes you get to Belle's house, which is decorated in the typically well themed style that you would expect from Disney, including lots of Belle's books. The pre-show has 2 stages. The first stage you are you Maurice's work room and get an introduction to the experience. From there you go to another room with Wardrobe. Here a Cast Member assigns roles to members of the audience, I would estimate about 1/3 of guests are assigned a role, such as Mrs. Potts, Chip, a guard, or the beast. Mostly they use kids, but some adults were used too. The benefit was that anyone who participated got a picture with Belle after the show (and any little kids who were in the audience.)
Be Our Guest. My waiter was Chris and other then the service being on the slow side for a single person dining alone, it was a great experience. I was seated in the ballroom section of the restaurant, which was themed after the, you guessed it, the ballroom! There is also a West Wing (the one Beast flips out in) and another room that I couldn't place the themeing of, but looked very nice. One of the waitresses there said that they weren't going to use that room for dinner, only for lunch. I had the grilled strip steak, which was delicious and the strawberry cream cheese cupcake which was good but had a weird wrapper.