UPDATE: Please note that as of February 25, 2015, Be Our Guest Restaurant began to accept Advanced Dining Reservations for lunch. For further information, please click here.
Have you been caught in the forever-line that is lunch at Be Our Guest Restaurant?
Then you’ll love the news we are reporting today!
The SUPER popular Magic Kingdom restaurant has instituted a new Standby Policy for guests who show up for lunch without a FastPass+ reservation.
We’ve got all of the details right here!
Be Our Guest Restaurant Standby Lunch Policy
Guests at Magic Kingdom who would like to dine at Be Our Guest Restaurant in New Fantasyland may be able to skip the crazy long lines going forward — even if they don’t score a FastPass+ reservation.
And if you’re thinking this looks a whole lot like the old FastPass system for attractions that used cards, you are on the right track.
Basically, if you’d like to eat at Be Our Guest Restaurant for lunch, which continues to be a quick-service affair, head over to New Fantasyland to the entrance of the restaurant.
You’ll be greeted by a Cast Member, who will give you a card like the one above. The card will provide a window with a time for your party to return to Be Our Guest. Once the cards are all passed out for the day, signs are set out that no more guests can dine at lunch for the day.
And the super awesome news? It means that lines like THIS will hopefully be a thing of the past!
After all, who wants to spend half their day in Magic Kingdom waiting in a line for lunch??
We were on hand this morning to get all of the details. The Cast Member explained the process to us in terms of “it works like a FastPass”. So be sure that you return during the window of time printed on your ticket. Note that the window is only 15 minutes! If you plan to use the Standby Policy, you’ll want to plan accordingly.
It’s also important to note that each member of your party must have a ticket, or they will not be admitted.
And since you’re coordinating paper tickets with FastPass+ reservations for attractions, the Cast Members confirm that the time will work for your party before giving you the tickets. In other words, there may be a little wiggle room in choice of time if you get there early enough.
So, who will this cool new policy benefit the most? Well, since FastPass+ reservations are only available to guests who are staying in Walt Disney World hotels, the standby tickets will be especially helpful for non-resort guests. However, anyone can obtain the tickets on a first come, first served basis.
Dinner continues to be a table service offering, so be sure to snag an Advance Dining Reservation if you’d like to eat at Be Our Guest in the evening.
As usual, this policy is subject to change. But hooray! We are so happy to see Disney taking steps to eliminate the line craziness for a restaurant that hasn’t slowed down since the day it opened!
Are you excited to see this new Lunch Standby Policy at Be Our Guest Restaurant? Leave a comment and tell us what you think!