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A quick monorail ride to the Magic Kingdom. The center area of the turnstyles are being refurbed to accommodate the new MyMagic+. Cast members were on both sides of the walled off area directing resort guests to the right and everyone else to the left.
Walking down Main Street the Bakery is now closed for rehab and folks are directed to the Tomorrowland Terrace for "bakery type items".
The Hall of Champions apparel store is now covered in scrims for refresh.
As I headed over to check out the Tomorrowland Terrace menu, I couldn't help but notice how peaceful this area by the Plaza Restaurant looks.
Now that the New Fantasyland has officially opened, focus is shifted to the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction. Kind of hard to miss it since it's right in the midst of the new and "old" Fantasyland!
There are even areas where guests can look inside the walls at the construction going on!
The Beast's Castle was looking great against the bright blue sky!
Keep in mind that the Fast Pass Distribution for Little Mermaid is next to Mickey's Philharmagic!
And the Fast Passes for Dumbo and the Barnstormer are in the Yellow Tent next to Pete's Silly Sideshow in the back of Storybook Circus!
Casey's Splash Zone wasn't getting much action despite the beautiful warm day!
I think this is a cute kid's t-shirt.
According to the Times Guide, the Giggle Gang was to perform at 10:30am, so I began waiting in the show area. However, I soon learned that their morning performances are more like walk-arounds in the Storybook Circus area and the afternoon shows are more traditional "shows".
I exited the Fantasyland near Pinocchio Village Haus. A cast member was out front with a marionette of Pinocchio. I went inside and noticed that you can't walk straight in but are being directed to the side of the restaurant to get to the seating and ordering areas.
And my last stop was at site of the Princess Fairytale Hall, opening sometime this year!
The walls came down this morning (October 12, 2012) for the New Fantasyland expansion that's been underway in the Magic Kingdom. The new Little Mermaid attraction was running, and new restaurant Gaston's Tavern was serving.
Deb Wills was in the Magic Kingdom and explored the new area, sharing lots of photos and random observations along the way.
There's a new Magic Kingdom archway when you reach the theme park!
Love the snow-covered trees atop Beast's Castle in Fantasyland expansion.
Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid
Ariel is in a great location to right of Under the Sea!
There was a 40-minute wait for Ariel's!
Clamshell vehicles for Under the Sea
They kiss "Under the Sea."
Great photo op!
Gaston meet and greet in front of his Tavern.
There's a PhotoPass photographer stationed in front of Gaston's fountain.
Inside Gaston's Tavern, which is serving brew, pork shanks, pastries, snacks and beverages
By the way, we have the new menu for Gaston's Tavern HERE.
Gaston's tavern exterior
Also in the area, Maurice's Amazing Popping Machine snack cart
Be Our Guest Restaurant - Special In-Depth Preview
Recently I attended a special media preview to learn more about the new Be Our Guest Restaurant located in the Fantasyland Expansion at the Magic Kingdom.
The room was set up with large artwork, most of which had already been published on the Disney Parks Blog.
However, we were able to see the dining room set ups for the Ballroom and the West Wing.
The restaurant has three distinct dining rooms:
The mysterious West Wing, featuring an enchanted rose,
The Rose Gallery with twirling, larger-than-life figures of Belle and Beast (this dining room available at lunch only); and
The Ballroom, elegantly styled with a domed ceiling, twinkling chandeliers and views of softly falling snow.
All three dining rooms will be open for lunch, but only the West Wing and Ballroom will be open during the dinner hours.
Chris Beatty, Senior Concept Designer-Director, Walt Disney Imagineering, details what guests will experience as they cross the bridge into the restaurant..
When asked if there would be enchanted objects in the restaurant, Chris responded "Well actually there are some enchanted objects in the restaurant but I will hold that surprise for when we open."
I asked Chris to describe the 3 dining rooms in the Be Our Guest Restaurant.
In addition to hearing from Imagineer Chris Beatty, the Food and Beverage team had a big announcement!
Maribeth Bisienere, Vice President Food & Beverage and Merchandise Operations Integration, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts told us Be Our Guest restaurant will serve wine and beer at dinner. This is a first for a the Magic Kingdom during regular operating hours.
"Food and Beverage has become an immersive part of the guest experience. When it opens you will be fully immersed in the story. We need to tie together WDI and Food and Beverage and entertainment and merchandise together so we can make sure the entire story is told."
Jason Cha-Kim, Beverage Manager, Food & Beverage Line of Business, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts shares the wine and beer details:
The wine list is focused around the great wine growing regions in France. We will feature the leading French beer which is Kronenberg 1664. No North American beers will be offered. About 20 wines are on the list, almost all available by the glass.
There is a signature non-alcoholic beverage for Be Our Guest that is called the L'Amour Vrais which means True Love in French. Will be served in a light up castle cup, over ice, topped with a fruit foam topping. All natural fruit juice punch, made up of pomegranet, blueberry, wild berry, apple juice.
Lenny De George, Executive Chef, Food & Beverage Concept Development, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts tells the rest of the food concept story.
Menus are themed around French foods. While the items may sound fancy, they are very comfortable foods.
We will sneak some vegetables in the food. There will be a Mickey shaped meatloaf for kids (with hidden vegetables in it). Sweet potato fries instead of regular fries. Carrots in the ketchup.
First we were given the Charcuterie Plate - assorted cured meats and sausages served with cornichons, pickled onions, and toasted whole grain bread.
I really enjoyed the salad trio: Three Individual Bowls of Roasted Beet, Gold Raisin and Orange Salad; Green Been, Tomato and Roasted Shallot Salad; and Watermelon, radish, and mint salad.
Roland Muller, Chef de Cuisine, Food & Beverage Concept Development, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and Michael Deardorff, Chef, Be Our Guest Restaurant, described the main course of pan-seared Salmon on Leek Fondue - served with creamy saffron-crushed potatoes. This was a King Salmon from Oregon.
Totally honest here, I really enjoyed the salmon. I don't like salmon and never have it (other than a taste) but something about this salmon was delish!!!
Chef Michael added: "When you see the dining room you will be absolutely amazed at the detail. I suggest you watch the movie before you dine."
Of course, we all had to taste the "gray stuff" and it was delicious! I had to find out what it really was and the chefs explained it was oreo cookie panna cotta that is whipped! YUM!
Stefan Riemer, Pastry Chef, Food & Beverage Concept Development, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts was next to tell us all about the special Dessert Trolly and what we can expect!
Lots of cupcakes and cream puffs to choose from. Everyone seemed to love them. Dessert is currently planned to be included with the cost of your meal.
This is the Gluten Free - No Sugar Added: Lemon-raspberry cream puff -filled with lemon custard. I liked it. Certainly different than the regular no-sugar added bland desserts served at most places.
So there you have it. An in-depth look at Be Our Guest, officially in soft opening on November 19, 2012!