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A Royal Night at the ‘Be Our Guest’ Disney Parks Blog Meet-Up

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Over the weekend, a few hundred Disney Parks Blog readers gathered at the Be Our Guest Restaurant in New Fantasyland for one of our most unique (and most anticipated) meet-ups of the year.

'Be Our Guest' Meet-Up at New Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom Park

We kicked the night off with an amazing Be Our Guest meal and the chance to mingle with Chef Michael Deardorff and the other geniuses behind the delicious dishes. During the meal, Walt Disney Imagineering’s Chris Beatty, Diego Parras and Diedra Ashley offered one-of-a-kind tours of the West Wing and Rose Gallery dining rooms.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Disney Parks Blog Meet-Up without a surprise guest. Beast made a special appearance at the restaurant and greeted the crowd as the dinner service wrapped up.

Before the night ended, everyone received a few surprises, including an exclusive Disney Parks Blog poster created by Jeff Maurer and a Disney FASTPASS to enjoy Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid.

This was one of my favorite meet-ups of the year – thank you to everyone who helped make the night so special. If you didn’t get a chance to attend, please keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for information about our next meet-up opportunity.


  • I can’t thank everyone who put this evening together enough! What a wonderful evening it was, and my husband and I are so thankful that we were able to attend. The food surpassed all our expectations and we can’t wait to book a reservation to dine again!

  • We had such a wonderful evening. The food was delicious especially dessert. We truly had a magical time. Thank you so much for the souvenirs and the memories.

  • I had a magical pixi dust filled treat on our recent trip 11/8/12 during and got to dine at BOG for dinner! It was so magical I didn’t want the evening to end. We sat in awe in the ballroom staring out the windows. I can’t wait to go back on our next trip. Disney has truly stepped up their game!

  • How fun to relive the evening through this video. The Disney Parks Blog Be Our Guest Meet-Up was such a delightful event. This is probably the most beautiful restaurant on Walt Disney World property. I’m sincerely honored to have been able to meet the chefs and Imagineers behind this Magical Masterpiece! Merci!!

  • Thank you so much for a magical evening!! This was my second meet-up and I will definitely be looking out for meet-ups coming soon! 🙂

  • I felt like Belle herself in that ballroom. I’m so thrilled that my first Disney Parks Blog meetup was so well thought out with so many nice touches and surprises. -Kristen H.

  • This was SUCH an amazing opportunity. My family and I had a blast!! My favorite part was getting to sit down with Imagineer Chris Beatty! Thank you so much Disney Parks Blog!!!

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