Must Do’s for Beauty and the Beast Fans
Beauty and the Beast has been a part of the Disney family for decades. Making many generations of fans of everything Belle, Beast and enchanted objects. So whether you’re a fan yourself or have young ones who love this film, make sure to take in the following things during your Disney vacation to enjoy all things Beauty and the Beast.
Enchanted Tales with Belle
This attraction is truly magical. It’s an immersive experience which features Belle and has children and a couple parents participate in the reenacting of Belle’s tale. Guests will travel through Maurice’s cottage to be transported to the Beast’s castle magically through a mirror. The wardrobe, along with the help of a cast member will choose children to be a part of the story telling. From here, everyone will head into the library to surprise Belle. Belle enters in her beautiful ballgown and interacts with the children in the group. During this attraction children will have a chance to get their picture taken with Belle and receive a bookmark with her signature on it. FastPass + is available for this experience. Enchanted Tales with Belle closes at 8pm so make sure to head here before then.
Dine at the Beast’s castle at this Magic Kingdom restaurant. It’s the most unique restaurant in all of Walt Disney World. You get to be in the movie you know and love. When you dine at Be Our Guest restaurant, either for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you can eat in one of three areas of the Beast’s castle. There’s the ballroom, the West Wing, or the Castle Gallery. It’s the ultimate dining experience for the Beauty and the Beast fan. It’s extremely popular so be sure to reserve ahead of time. Be aware that breakfast and lunch are quick-service meals and dinner is a signature dining experience. So if you’re on the dining plan, breakfast and lunch requiring 1 quick service meal credit, dinner is 2 table service meal credits.
In Fantasyland there is a whole area that puts you right in the middle of the Beauty and the Beast film. In this area you’ll find Gaston’s Tavern, step inside and order up Lefou’s Brew or the well sought after Cinnamon Roll. Inside you can sit in Gaston’s famous chair from the scene that take place in that very tavern. And of course there’s the massive picture of Gaston above the fireplace. Even if you don’t grab something to eat here, sit in the famous chair and get some iconic shots. Gaston’s Tavern is open from park open until 7pm. A great place to grab breakfast or lunch at the Magic Kingdom.
Meet the great villain himself in front of the Tavern by his statue. He appears here periodically throughout the day from 10am until 4:30pm. There’s no FastPasses for this meet and greet so you may be waiting a long time, or you may not have to wait long at all. You can expect to be able to banter back and forth with this hot headed scoundrel.
Bonjour Village Gifts
Find some really beautiful pieces in this little gift shop across from Gaston’s Tavern. They sell plates and dishes, glass ware and mugs, you can also find plush Beauty and the Beast toys, clothing for every member of the family. It’s a must stop for someone who loves this film. The shop is open from 9:30am until park close.
Belle Meet and Greet
Throughout the day from 11am until 5pm, Belle will appear in the France Pavilion, by the bridge, in her classic blue and white outfit. Here’s your chance to get an autograph in your autograph book and a picture up close and personal. She is known to have the Beast at her side every so often. So you may just luck out. There’s no FastPass + for this character experience. For specific times on the day of your visit be sure to pick up a daily times guide on your way into the park.
Dine at this restaurant in the Norway Pavilion and meet Belle, along with three other princesses. She’s the token character at this character meal. You will meet her upon arriving at this restaurant. Getting a picture and an autograph, if you wish. This restaurant is a buffet-style restaurant for breakfast and then a menu for lunch and dinner. If you have pickier eaters, choose breakfast because the other meal times feature Norwegian cuisine. This meal is a flat rate. If you dine for lunch or dinner, you’ll be dining on appetizers, entrees and dessert. It’s only a 1 table service meal credit for those on the dining plan. Because it’s one of two character meals found at Epcot it’s very popular. So be sure to book ahead of time with advanced reservations.
Beauty and the Beast- Live On Stage
Experience Beauty and the Beast in this live performance. All the best songs are featured in this stage show, with Broadway caliber choreography and exquisite costumes. The show lasts approximately 25 minutes and is performed in a large amphitheatre. Even though the large theatre holds plenty of audience members if you want to be up close for this performance book at FastPass reservation or be there at least 20 minutes ahead of time. They typically perform the show 5 times a day. The majority of the performances happen in the afternoon. On our last vacation we managed to grab some seats 5 minutes before the show started but we were way up in the rafters and would have gotten soaked if it was raining or cooked if we had been visiting during the summer months. A large section of the seats are covered, but there are stands at the far back that are not. For those who love this film, you’ll thoroughly enjoy this stage show.
Eight things that are MADE for the Beauty and the Beast fan. Use these to help make up your itinerary and you’ll have a truly magical vacation. Happy Planning, Friends.