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Be Our Guest Restaurant Big Winner at National Restaurant Association Innovations Awards Ceremony

posted on May 30th, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Like the Academy Awards of the restaurant industry, the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Operator Innovations Awards go to the crème de la crème of restaurant operators who drive advancement in the food service industry. And at the second annual ceremony last week in Chicago, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts took home one of five top honors for Be Our Guest Restaurant in New Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort.
The National Restaurant Association (NRA) Operator Innovations Awards Ceremony Presented in Chicago
Be Our Guest Restaurant is delighting both guests and cast with a personalized approach to “fast casual” lunchtime dining. Guests order at state-of-the-art kiosks and the food “magically” appears at their tables, thanks to amazing behind-the-scenes technology merged with fantastic cast service. While the system utilizes automation, radio frequency technology and some pretty sophisticated electronics, at the end of the day it’s about serving great food in an elegant environment in a timely and welcoming manner.
Be Our Guest Restaurant in New Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom Park Big Winner at National Restaurant Association Awards
“It is a fantastic accomplishment for our leadership team to be recognized by our peers,” says Maribeth Bisienere, vice president Food & Beverage and Merchandise Line of Business for The Walt Disney Company. Selected by an independent panel of expert judges, the award winners were honored during the NRA’s Destination: Celebration gala at the 2013 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show.
Be Our Guest Restaurant in New Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom Park Big Winner at National Restaurant Association Awards
Recognized in the categories of food safety, health and nutrition, menu development, sustainability, and technology, the winners “have found solutions for their businesses with programs and initiatives that combine creativity and hard work,” says Jeffrey W. Davis, convention chair for NRA Show 2013. “The 2013 Operator Innovations Awards winners redefine how the industry views innovation and will serve as the benchmark for other operators to apply the same innovative spirit within their own operations.”

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1

Philip on May 30th, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Well done! We’re hoping to experience this restaurant at the end of this year as long as we can get a reservation in.

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Jodi on May 30th, 2013 at 4:28 pm

If you go for lunch you do not need a reservation :)

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Andy on May 30th, 2013 at 5:28 pm

simply beautiful

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Margo on May 31st, 2013 at 10:36 am

I and my group got to experience the Be Our Guest restaurant for dinner back on January 4th our first day in the parks. The food was great!! Our table was in the ballroom and they did a great job!! Making you feel you were sitting right in the movie. Down to the snow fall in the windows. Well done Disney!!

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david on May 31st, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Ahhhhhhh…..my Family and I cannot wait to eat there!

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tom on June 1st, 2013 at 6:22 am

Cant wait we will be there in September for our second Disney holiday from the UK celebrating my two daughters birthdays absolutley love Disney and cant wait to be your guests

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Emily on June 5th, 2013 at 1:22 pm

The restaurant is AMAZING! Just ate there last night and all these accolades are well deserved! A fantastic menu and truly excellent wait staff. Meeting the Beast wasn’t bad either. :)

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sam on June 11th, 2013 at 10:32 am

been trying to get in for dinner for one year now

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