« November 2007 | Main | January 2008 »

December 2007 Archives

December 1, 2007

New Contemporay Gift Shop - Fantasia Shop

Note to my readers: I've got company coming for a couple weeks so will be taking a break from blogging. I will return the week of December 10th.

The new Fantasia Shop on the fourth floor (Grand Canyon Concourse) of the Contemporary Resort has opened!

The Fantasia shop fills the center floor space between Bay View Gifts and the Arcade. The shop has a modern yet whimsical look. It's very attractive and fits well with the new décor Disney is using throughout the resort. The Fantasia Shop sells toys and other children's items. For the most part, it's the same merchandise that used to line the shelves when shops were located under the monorail tracks - the new home of the Arcade.

Fantasia Shop Contemporary Resort

Fantasia Shop Contemporary Resort

Fantasia Shop Contemporary Resort

Fantasia Shop Contemporary Resort

Fantasia Shop Contemporary Resort

Fantasia Shop Contemporary Resort

Fantasia Shop Contemporary Resort

Fantasia Shop Contemporary Resort

Fantasia Shop Contemporary Resort

If you'd like to see the construction progress, here are links to previous blogs with photo updates:

From Fellow Blogger, Linda Mac - November 11, 2007

October 19, 2007

September 13, 1007

August 22, 2007

December 5, 2007

Epcot Changes

Over the last several years, Disney has tried several concepts at Epcot to best implement baggage check as you enter the park. It appears that they have finally hit upon a design that works. Temporary stanchions have been replaced with stainless steel fences. Even the flowerbeds now have security fences running through them. This looks much better (and I'm sure is much more secure) than the temporary stanchions that have been used during this testing period.

Two new, permanent quick-service structures have been built along the promenade around World Showcase. The first, Promenade Refreshments, is located just to the right as you enter World Showcase (across from the Port of Entry shop).

The second eatery is located to the left of the American Pavilion. Both serve turkey legs, hot dogs, popcorn, pretzels, ice cream, and smoothies.

Epcot%20Gates%201.jpg

Epcot%20Gates%202.jpg

Epcot%20Gates%203.jpg

Fife%20%26%20Drum%201.jpg

Fife%20%26%20Drum%202.jpg

Promenade%20Refreshments%201.jpg

Promenade%20Refreshments%202.jpg

December 13, 2007

Crystal Arts - Main Street Magic Kingdom

Earlier this year (or maybe even last year), the Bakery on Main Street needed to expand its seating area. To do this, Disney displaced the Arribas Brothers glass shop that shared this area.

Shortly after the expansion was complete, the Market House next door was closed and remodeled. It reopened several months later and was renamed Crystal Arts. Arribas Brothers has moved into this location and the shop is substantially bigger than their previous home. But more changes were on the way.

Crystal Arts Store Main Street Magic Kingdom

Adjacent to the Crystal Arts store, facing onto Center Street, were two other shops. These formally sold children's items and other Disney merchandise. These two shops have also been closed for a number of months. Last week, they reopened and are now a part of the Crystal Arts shop. This has almost tripled the amount of merchandise Arribas Brothers sells. In essence, all of their goods that were once sold in Cinderella Castle (now Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique) and their former shop next to the Bakery have been rolled into one.

Crystal Arts Store Main Street Magic Kingdom

Crystal Arts Store Main Street Magic Kingdom

Crystal Arts Store Main Street Magic Kingdom

In the back of the store is a special area featuring a new highlight. Although not quite complete, soon an artisan will be stationed here. Like the glass-blowing area in the front of the shop, here another artist will fashion larger pieces of art while guests look on. Three large kilns are clearly visible in this area and it should be interesting to see the items before and after their baking.

Crystal Arts Store Main Street Magic Kingdom

Crystal Arts Store Main Street Magic Kingdom

Crystal Arts Store Main Street Magic Kingdom

A cast member told me that the new creations would be similar to the vases pictured here.

Crystal Arts Store Main Street Magic Kingdom

Crystal Arts Store Main Street Magic Kingdom


My only regret" There once was an old-fashioned telephone in the Market House. You could pick up the receiver and hear a mock 1890's party-line conversation between a mother and daughter. It was very amusing and always brought a smile to my face. Sadly, this phone was removed during the remodel - another Disney detail has died. I know this was a very small attraction - very few people were even aware it was here. But it's these small details that make Disney parks so special. Luckily, you can still find these old phones in the Market House store at Disneyland in California. Let's keep our fingers crossed that they aren't removed too.


December 26, 2007

Por Favor

I do not speak Spanish, but I have ridden the monorails at Disney World so many times that I've memorized the saying "Por favor manténgase alejado de las puertas." (Please stand clear of the doors.)

Disney is now selling a T-shirt sporting this saying along with a picture of a monorail and castle and the words "Walt Disney World." However, if you look closely, it's a picture of Disneyland's castle, not Disney World's. Oops!

Por favor Tshirt

Return to Blog Central

About December 2007

This page contains all entries posted to The “World” According to Jack in December 2007. They are listed from oldest to newest.

November 2007 is the previous archive.

January 2008 is the next archive.

Many more can be found on the main index page or by looking through the archives.