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October 27, 2012

Save those Disney Dollars! New Fantasyland merchandise is in Magic Kingdom stores

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For many Walt Disney World visitors, shopping for souvenirs is an integral part of the vacation experience. Who doesn't like to have a reminder of a special trip, especially to the Most Magical Place on Earth?

The hunt for that perfect T-shirt, cap or photo frame can be as enjoyable as the product itself with all the beautiful and creative merchandise displays that engage shoppers. The window displays at The Emporium in the Magic Kingdom and at World of Disney at Downtown Disney are certainly worth a pause as you rush by to the main attractions.

Recently, new merchandise has arrived in the Magic Kingdom to coordinate with the "dress rehearsal" for New Fantasyland attractions and the opening of Storybook Circus. If you have Belle and Beast, Little Mermaid or Dumbo fans at your house, start saving your money!

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The new BonJour Village Gifts carries mostly Belle and Beast merchandise, which makes sense since it is located near Gaston's Tavern and Be Our Guest restaurant. There you'll find new Belle T-shirts for girls and women and Gaston's Tavern T-shirts for men, as you might expect.

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Some of the more unusual items for sale, though, are the light-up castle goblets; gargoyle frames and candle holders; a Jim Shore statue of Belle; and a collection of dishes and stemware and pillows inspired by the Be Our Guest restaurant.

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For younger guests, there are foam shields, swords and crowns -- in both girl and boy versions. So cute! Before the grand opening on Dec. 6, there is a limit of four per guest on some of the items, such as the dishes and frames. New merchandise continues to arrive in preparation for the big celebration.

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Need a dinglehopper? You can find one for sale -- seriously! -- at Sir Mickey's, which is located behind Cinderella Castle. That gift shop now carries Ariel merchandise themed to the New Fantasyland ride, Under the Sea -- Journey of The Little Mermaid. The Disney Parks Blog recently revealed the new line, which also includes T-shirts for kids and women, hoodies, cups, mugs, dolls and plush characters.

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Carla Lewandowski, senior franchise and brand manager with Disney Theme Park Merchandise, explained, "For this new assortment, we were inspired by the many colorful scenes found in the actual attraction. We really liked the scene with Sebastian and the undersea band, and you'll see many moments from that scene on the new items."

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Moving into Storybook Circus, guests will find colorful displays of Dumbo merchandise when they enter Big Top Souvenirs across from the namesake attraction. It's mostly T-shirts, mugs, plates and plush that are themed to the new area of the park, and they are located at the entrance.

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This store is huge and has a very wide assortment of merchandise. It even houses two embroidery stations for personalizing mouse ear hats and the center of the "tent" is a kitchen where delicious treats are made and sold.

Steven Miller, merchandise communications manager at Disney World, shared with me that some of the first items created for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, which is set to open in 2014, will be pins in upcoming mystery pin sets.

October 25, 2012

Gaston's Tavern in New Fantasyland serves up LeFou's Brew, pastries and even healthy snacks

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After hearing so much about LeFou's Brew -- which some call Disney World's answer to Universal Orlando's uber-popular Butterbeer -- my family and I couldn't resist the opportunity to sample the drink during the recent "dress rehearsal" of New Fantasyland. Also, this gave us the perfect reason to stop by Gaston's Tavern for the first time.

The signature drink is made from frozen apple juice (no sugar added), has a hint of toasted marshmallow and is topped with all-natural passion fruit-mango foam. Sounds perfect for kids who have been raised on apple juice, right? I sure thought so.

My children, who are ages 8 and 10, disagreed, however. They were not fond of the concoction. Perhaps it's an acquired taste, or maybe it's meant more for adults. After all, it is served in a so-called pub -- Gaston's Tavern. And I've read lots of comments from adult guests who did enjoy the drink. (Rest assured, I did not take my children into a bar; Gaston's actually is a restaurant and it does not serve alcohol.)

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Still, families might want to purchase one LeFou's Brew and allow everyone to try a sip before investing in a round. Each drink costs $4.49, or $9.99 with the souvenir stein or goblet. Of course, if you have children, each is going to want his or her own cup decorated with Belle and a rose or Gaston and Beast, so be prepared.

If you've visited Disney's California Adventure, you may have already tried LeFou's Brew, which is named after Gaston's bumbling sidekick. It's the same recipe that is sold at the new Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land.

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Gaston's also serves a limited menu of roasted pork shank, pastries, and fruit and vegetable snacks. When we visited, our family couldn't resist the warm cinnamon roll. One serving, which costs $3.99, was plenty for each of the four of us to have a decent-sized serving. The cinnamon roll is topped with a gooey glaze, rather than just the traditional white frosting. There were no complaints from our crew -- and no crumbs left behind either.

Parents looking for healthier choices will find apples with caramel sauce, a mixed vegetable cup with dip, and hummus and chips. Drink options include fountain Coca-Cola products, bottled water, milk (including soy and chocolate), orange juice, coffee, hot tea and hot chocolate. See the full menu on AllEars.Net's resource page.

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Gaston's Tavern is designed to look like it does in the film: a hunting lodge with plenty of antlers. At Walt Disney World, it's a small counter-service restaurant with a dining room off to each side of the registers. Though it may be small in size, the restaurant accurately represents Gaston's larger-than-life personality and gives diners a sense of being in the French countryside.

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The man himself greets guests outside near the statue he dedicated to himself.

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