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Opening the Music Box of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Aboard the Disney Dream

Opening the Music Box of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Aboard the Disney Dream

Disney Cruise Line‘s all-star creative team is hard at work on the new production of “Beauty and the Beast” coming to the Disney Dream this November.

In the new film, Belle’s father, Maurice, is an artist who creates intricate music boxes. His musical masterpieces are unique with special meaning behind them, particularly one that is a re-creation of where Belle was born in Paris. This same music box propels Maurice to sing “How Does a Moment Last Forever,” the new heartfelt song about holding onto memories by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Tim Rice.

In Disney’s stage musical, the theme of the music box will guide the audience through the story. A combination of high-definition projections, dynamic scenery and a little bit of Disney magic will open the music box to reveal the captivating details of Belle’s journey. To learn more about how Disney Cruise Line’s new interpretation of “Beauty and the Beast” will create this outstanding visual panorama, one that reaches beyond the stage, check out this behind-the-scenes video.

 

There’s much more to share about this incredible new production before it debuts in the Walt Disney Theatre aboard the Disney Dream.

Five Can’t-Miss Experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Summer 2017

Five Can’t-Miss Experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Summer 2017

Are you a Disney movie buff? If so, there’s never been a better time to visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The live-action “Beauty and the Beast” released earlier this spring was a smash success, while discussion around Star Wars: The Last Jedi (December 2017) and even “Frozen 2” (November 2019) are already buzzing online!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios offers movie-themed entertainment experiences and attractions based on guest favorite films. Check out our suggestions for your summer visit below.

1. “The Music of Pixar Live!” – Set to debut May 26, this brand-new, limited-time concert event will showcase memorable music from Pixar Animation Studios films, complete with a live orchestra and appearances by beloved Disney•Pixar characters. The show will be presented three times nightly at Theater of the Stars at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Check the park’s Times Guide for more.

Five Can’t-Miss Experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Summer 2017

2. Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks – Excited for the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in December 2017? Celebrate the Star Wars saga in this state-of-the-art show that features fireworks, projection effects, dynamic lighting, lasers and pyrotechnics that light up the night with an unforgettable finale.

3. For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along – Did you catch this week’s news that “Frozen 2” will be released in theaters November 27, 2019? Celebrate the heart (and songs) of the original “Frozen” film by checking out the park’s For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along.

Five Can’t-Miss Experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Summer 2017

4. “Beauty and the Beast – Live On Stage” – Did you catch the live-action “Beauty and the Beast” in theaters this spring? If you loved the film, don’t miss Belle and Beast’s love story played out live on stage at the park. “Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage” is performed multiple times each day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Five Can’t-Miss Experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Summer 2017

5. Classic Attractions – Of course, many must-do guest favorite attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios have been inspired by beloved films, including Toy Story Mania!, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Star Tours – The Adventures Continue.

Beauty and the Beast-Inspired Red Rose Taverne Opens at Disneyland Park

Recently, Disney shared exciting details about the limited-time experiences inspired by “Beauty and the Beast” coming to Disneyland® Park. Over the next few days, you will see Village Haus Restaurant magically transforming into Red Rose Taverne, a lively tavern with décor inspired by the beloved film. It officially opened on February 24th, and this is a limited-time offering.

red-rose-taverne

Menu options include slow-cooked beef poutine, Beast’s Burger, Enchanted Cauliflower Sandwich, Chicken Sandwich à la Lumière and more. You can quench your thirst with Gaston’s Famous Brew, an apple-mango punch topped with passion fruit foam. Dessert options include Grey Stuff Gateau, a white chocolate mousse and red velvet cake and a sweet raspberry center.

Red Rose Taverne is a limited-time offering, so be sure to experience this restaurant soon!

Step Into the Magical New Fantasy Faire at Disneyland Park

Listen, all princes and princesses throughout the land – Fantasy Faire is now open at Disneyland park!  We’ve been telling you all about the Royal Hall (where Disney princesses will meet guests each day), the Royal Theatre (featuring the tales of “Tangled” and “Beauty and the Beast”) and Maurice’s Treats (serving new delicious delights). Take a look at all the fun and magic waiting for you in the video below.

In this fascinating new world within Fantasyland, “once upon a time” begins the moment you arrive — and “happily ever after” happens every day.

A Brand New Experience

The boundaries of Fantasyland are expanding! Right next to Sleeping Beauty Castle, the Carnations Plaza Gardens Stage is being reimagined into an enchanting village where the stories of Disney’s fairy tale heroes and heroines are brought to life.

The Royal Hall

One of the main attractions in this quaint storybook village is the Royal Hall, where beloved Disney Characters eagerly await your visit. Meet them inside this truly special place, filled with rich layers of detail: a beautiful gothic interior with wondrous wallpaper, handsome wood finishes and breathtaking chandeliers.

The Royal Theatre with 2 New Shows

Other princesses are performing in our theatre, a beautiful gothic tent structure with a stunning new entrance, portals and beautiful gothic banners and shields. Enjoy 2 unique shows — one with Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and the other with Flynn and Rapunzel from Tangled.

Shops and Dining too!

Discover all kinds of princess dresses and gifts at the charming Fairytale Treasures. And stop by Maurice’s Treats, a little food invention wagon where Belle’s father offers a signature drink and savory and sweet twisted bread sticks.

What do you think of the New Fantasy Faire at Disneyland??

Merchandise Events at the Walt Disney World Resort for April 2013

Put some spring in your step and plan your trip to the Walt Disney World Resort during April, because we have a lot of events taking place!

April 5: Disney Design Group Artist Tyler Dumas will be appearing at D Street in Downtown Disney Westside from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. to sign the latest pin, Vinylmation and D Tech release in the 2013 series.

Disney Design Group Artist Tyler Dumas will be appearing at D Street in Downtown Disney Westside from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. to sign the latest pin, Vinylmation and D Tech release in the 2013 series.

April 4: ACME Archives Artist Annick Biaudet will be appearing at Uptown Jewelers in Magic Kingdom Park from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. to sign her newest releases inspired by “Beauty and the Beast.”

ACME Archives Artist Annick Biaudet will be appearing at Uptown Jewelers in Magic Kingdom Park from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. to sign her newest releases inspired by “Beauty and the Beast.”

April 5-7: Spring is in the air and the 2013 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is in full bloom. Take time to join us for Art in the Garden Weekend, taking place from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. each day along the promenade in Epcot. Throughout the weekend, artists Larry Dotson, David E. Doss and Noah, along with ACME artist Annick Biaudet will be on hand for artist demonstrations and signings. Note: Noah will appear April 6–7 only.

Art in the Garden Weekend, taking place from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. each day along the promenade in Epcot. Throughout the weekend, artists Larry Dotson, David E. Doss and Noah, along with ACME artist Annick Biaudet will be on hand

April 6: I guarantee this next event is not a figment of your imagination, it’s in fact a signing with Sculptor Bruce Lau at Art of Disney in Epcot from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3 p.m.-4 p.m. Bruce will be on hand to sign his latest sculpture Magician Figment, while Disney Design Group Character Artist Monty Maldovan will be joining in the excitement to sign his latest Figment-inspired piece, Mickey and His Pal Figment. Look for Monty at the Art of Disney in Epcot as well, from 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Sculptor Bruce Lau at Art of Disney in Epcot from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3 p.m.-4 p.m. Bruce will be on hand to sign his latest sculpture Magician Figment, while Disney Design Group Character Artist Monty Maldovan will be joining in the excitement to sign his latest Figment-inspired piece, Mickey and His Pal Figment.
April 10–11:
 This next event is literally an open book. World renowned author Ridley Pearson is returning to the Walt Disney World Resort for a special appearance and signing April 10-11.

April 8–12: Check out the latest releases from David E. Doss, who will be appearing daily at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace.

April 18–22: Be on the lookout for Larry Dotson who will be appearing at Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., each day.

April 19-22: Rounding out the month is a special Disney’s Animal Kingdom park Earth Day celebration with artists and vendors such as Just Plumerias, Elemental Nursery, Photographer Carlos Cuba, Silver Designer, Tim “Bushman #1” Adebule and ACME Archives artist, William Silvers. Looking for something special merchandise to commemorate the day? Keep an eye out for more information to be released shortly.

Disneyland’s Fantasy Faire Gives the Princesses a Land of Their Own

Disneyland Park in California will debut Fantasy Faire in March, a new interactive experience that gives guests a more personal experience with all the Disney princesses, all in one place. A natural expansion of Disneyland’s Fantasyland, the addition has Disney princess fans excited for the March 12, opening, now less than a month away. Like sister-park Walt Disney World in Florida, a big emphasis is on getting park guests involved in the story, rather than sitting by passively, listening (or not) to a story being told.

Disneyland Park in California will debut Fantasy Faire in March, a new interactive experience that gives guests a more personal experience with all the Disney princesses, all in one place.

Located next to Disneyland’s existing Fantasyland and Sleeping Beauty Castle, new half-acre Fantasy Faire will be an enchanting, immersive environment with fairy-tale buildings placed around a main square. Individual elements of Fantasy Faire have guests informally cast in roles, making for a more memorable experience. It’s a dream come true for princess fans that will now find all the Disney princesses in one place.

Disneyland Park in California will debut Fantasy Faire in March, a new interactive experience that gives guests a more personal experience with all the Disney princesses, all in one place.

Royal Hall is the main attraction where three princesses will be on hand to meet, greet and pose for photos by Disney photographers; guests can also take their own pictures. Separated into three different rooms, groups of guests are small allowing for more interaction.

The Royale Theatre is an outdoor audience participation venue doing six, 15- to 20-minute shows a day. The premise is a live action vaudeville-like show where Mr. Smythe and Mr. Jones along with Rapunzel and Belle tell the stories of “Tangled” and “Beauty and the Beast” in a fun way with music and dance. Guest have a role here too, sneering at villains and cheering the good guys. After the show, stars of the show mingle with the crowd too.

Fairy Tale Treasures will be selling princess dresses and other merchandise.

Maurice’s Treats a food cart resembling the gypsy wagon owned by Belle’s father, which sells bread twists (cheese, chocolate, strawberry and almond cream) and the Boysen Apple Freeze, a slushy drink that looks suspiciously like the grog-like beverage at Disney World in new Fantasyland.

Disneyland Park in California will debut Fantasy Faire in March, a new interactive experience that gives guests a more personal experience with all the Disney princesses, all in one place.

Look for plenty of Disney’s signature attention to detail too.

Fantasy Faire takes the space formerly used for the Carnation Plaza Gardens. Not to let that venue be forgotten, a special crest is being put above one of the ornate doorways in the Fantasy Faire area with the initials C, P and G for Carnation Plaza Gardens and a carnation flower carved underneath.

Guests Will Soon Meet the Disney Princesses at the new Fantasy Faire at Disneyland

Beginning March 12, 2013, Disney Princesses will greet Disneyland Guests at the new Fantasy Faire in Disneyland

Beginning March 12, 2013, Disney Princesses will greet Disneyland Guests at the new Fantasy Faire, a storybook world that brings timeless tales to life. A highlight of Fantasy Faire is the Royal Theatre, where Guests will be treated to two different shows: the tales of Rapunzel (“Tangled”) and Belle (“Beauty and the Beast”)!

Which princess do you want to meet?

All in the Details: My What a Guy, Gaston! Exploring Gaston’s Tavern in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

The preview period for New Fantasyland is now underway, which means more guests than ever are already experiencing fantastic new Magic Kingdom Park attractions that bring stories such as “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Dumbo” to life.

Exploring Gaston’s Tavern in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

One of these locations is Gaston’s Tavern in Belle’s Village, where Gaston has made a few appearances so far, no doubt enjoying all of this excitement and attention.

A centerpiece of the village, which appears right in front of Gaston’s Tavern, is a fountain of Gaston and his sidekick, LeFou. According to the storyline of this area, the statue was a gift to the village from Gaston himself.

in front of Gaston’s Tavern, is a fountain of Gaston and his sidekick, LeFou

When you visit, don’t miss the inscription on the dedication plaque, which suits Gaston perfectly. Here, you find out that this “gift” is actually titled “A Tribute to Gaston” and bears the following inscription: “An extremely generous gift to the humble people of my village, from me, Gaston.”

 

 

 

New Magic in the Making at Walt Disney World Resort

From flying over Never Land to taking a spin in a tea cup, Fantasyland has been home to some of our guests’ favorite experiences at Walt Disney World Resort since opening day. So when Disney set out to reinvent the most popular land at our most popular Disney destination, they knew that it had to be something truly spectacular – and it is true to say that New Fantasyland is exactly that.

Last Friday, Tom Staggs,  chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, toured the construction site as Disney completed the finishing touches for their official opening on December 6, and while the entire expansion is extraordinary, there are a few aspects in particular that should think will be huge hits with guests.

Enchanted Tales with Belle - New Magic in the Making at Walt Disney World Resort

Part of what makes Disney Parks so special is our ability to connect people with the Disney characters and stories they love. With Enchanted Tales with Belle, we’re doing that in a magical new way. Guests will enter Belle’s cottage, step through an enchanted mirror and be transported to the world of “Beauty and the Beast,”where they’ll help Lumiere, Belle and The Wardrobe recreate “the tale as old as time” by becoming part of the story themselves. Our Imagineers have brought these characters to life in ways that are sure to delight guests both young and old.

One of the hallmarks of a great Disney experience is the meticulous attention to detail that goes into the worlds we create, and the queue for Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid is another fantastic example of “the more you look, the more you see.” Before taking a voyage under the sea with Ariel and her friends, guests can explore the caves and grottos in and around Prince Eric’s castle, interacting playfully with Scuttle and a few of his friends along the way. The rockwork that’s been done is spectacular, and the paintings that adorn the vaults beneath the castle help draw visitors to New Fantasyland even further into the story of the beloved animated film.

One of the most gratifying aspects of this expansion is the way that our new attractions, entertainment, merchandise and food offerings all come together to create a singular experience that is a worthy addition to a park as iconic as Magic Kingdom Park. The result is only possible through the hard work and the collaboration from people across Disney Parks and Resorts, and I am extremely proud of what they have accomplished. We can’t wait to take guests beyond the walls of Cinderella Castle to discover the new stories, new adventures and new magic that will help them make shared memories that last a lifetime.

All in the Details: Suits of Armor at Be Our Guest Restaurant at Magic Kingdom Park

I have to say that of all the amazing photos we’ve run of Be Our Guest Restaurant in New Fantasyland over the past six months, this first shot is probably one of my top-five favorites.

Suits of Armor at Be Our Guest Restaurant

This pic shows a hall lined with suits of armor that guests will pass on their way into the lunchtime quick-service ordering area of the restaurant. This part of the restaurant totally reminds me of the scene in the film, “Beauty and The Beast,” when Belle first enters Beast’s Castle and passes through a hallway just like this. When she steps past one particular suit of armor, it turns its head, which is our first hint that this castle just might be enchanted.

Suits of Armor at Be Our Guest Restaurant Suits of Armor at Be Our Guest Restaurant Suits of Armor at Be Our Guest Restaurant

I was able to stop through New Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom Park over the weekend to see these amazingly detailed suits of armor for myself. And I have to say that when you walk down this hallway, there just might be a sign or two that indicate that Be Our Guest’s suits of armor might also be enchanted.

Discover More Excitement in New Fantasyland This December!

Deep in the depths of Magic Kingdom park in Walt Disney World lies a legendary world—New Fantasyland—that’s been long hidden from our view. As story has it, this is a place where mermaids sing, beauties tell tales, beasts roar and elephants fly.

Soon, these legends will become reality—when the wonders of New Fantasyland are revealed. Discover how you can become a part of the adventure!

The New Fantasyland Expansion
New Fantasyland is opening in phases for the largest expansion in the history of Magic Kingdom park, offering more immersive enchantment and interactive experiences!

Upon completion, Fantasyland will nearly double in size—so you can look forward to extensive additions of fun for the entire family. The expansion provides more Disney characters and stories presented in rich detail in 2 new themed areas—Enchanted Forest and Storybook Circus.

Enchanted Forest – Opening December 6, 2012!

Beginning in late 2012, you can meet some favorite Disney Characters in Enchanted Forest, where you’ll be immersed in the popular Disney films The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. Here, you can venture through lush landscapes, discovering roaring waterfalls and royal castles along the way.

Enchanted Forest attractions and experiences include:

  • Under the Sea~Journey of the Little Mermaid: Enter Prince Eric’s castle, board a giant clamshell and rock out on this new musical attraction. During your journey, you’ll behold a world teeming with color and characters as you enjoy high-energy songs and incredible effects that take you inside scenes from the animated Disney film The Little Mermaid.


    Under the Sea~Journey of the Little Mermaid

  • Be Our Guest Restaurant: Feast in one of 3 incredible dining rooms in the middle of Beast’s Castle. Savor the classic flavors of France coming soon to New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom park. Located at the base of the mountain below Beast castle, this themed venue transports diners to the magical world of the popular Disney film Beauty and the Beast. By day, Be Our Guest Restaurant serves up quick-service cuisine, so you can enjoy a short break from your park festivities. By night, it becomes a traditional table-service restaurant where you can reconnect with family and friends over satisfying fare.


    Be Our Guest Restaurant

  • Enchanted Tales with Belle:  Take a trip through the world of the popular Disney film Beauty and the Beast during this captivating storybook adventure in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom park! Your journey begins in Maurice’s workshop, where an enchanted mirror becomes your doorway to an unforgettable experience. After stepping through the mirror, you’ll find that you’ve been transported to Beast’s magnificent library, where Belle and Lumière invite you to become part of a lively retelling of the “tale as old as time.”


    Enchanted Tales with Belle

  • Ariel’s Grotto: Take photos and get autographs with everyone’s favorite undersea princess. Now you can visit everyone’s favorite undersea princess at her new home in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom park! Ariel’s Grotto is nestled in a picturesque cove along the rocky shoreline of the Under the Sea~Journey of The Little Mermaid attraction. Here, Ariel is excited to meet new friends, sign autographs and pose for photos.

    Ariel's Grotto

Enjoy all this—and so much more—beginning December 6, 2012.

First Look at New Fantasyland Pins Coming to Walt Disney World Resort

First Look at New Fantasyland Pins Coming to Walt Disney World Resort

With the opening of New Fantasyland only a few months away, I’m beginning a series of articles to reveal merchandise we’ve created for this exciting area. I figured I’d start with Disney pins, which have been a part of major openings since the introduction of Disney Pin Trading in 1999. For New Fantasyland, the pin team created a variety of pins to collect, including open and limited edition pins, boxed sets, multi-pin sets, and some pins designed especially for Annual Passholders. Today, I’m highlighting just a handful of favorites.

New Fantasyland will officially open on December 6 at Magic Kingdom Park. On that day, we will release several limited edition pins that commemorate the grand openings of different experiences. The image above also shows the awesome opening day “I Was There” pin, featuring Belle.

 collect all the pins in a particular mystery set

People have often asked me which pins they should collect. I recommend pins that have a special meaning to the collector. I also suggest mystery sets, as they are a collection with an ending. Once you collect all the pins in a particular mystery set, you can focus on a different collection.

We are releasing a few different mystery sets for New Fantasyland. One set is a limited release and will feature pins inspired by the “Beauty and the Beast” experiences. Another is a limited release “reveal / conceal” set with 10 known pins featuring images from New Fantasyland. This set will also have 10 mystery pins. Each box contains one pin you can see, while the other pin is a mystery. Also look for a similar “reveal/conceal” set for The Barnstormer.

 pins created for Storybook Circus

I like some of the pins created for Storybook Circus. The Dumbo-themed set contains one of my favorite images from the film – storks flying over Florida. Five of the eight Dumbo pins in this set will be sold individually, but the boxed set contains the complete collection. I was also happy to see Humphrey the Bear included in the five-pin character set (more Humphrey merchandise, please!).

 super jumbo pin that will measure approximately six inches by five inches

Finally, to celebrate one of the largest expansions in Magic Kingdom Park’s history, we will have a super jumbo pin that will measure approximately six inches by five inches. Now that’s a pin!

 

A Sip of ‘LeFou’s Brew’ from Gaston’s Tavern in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

We think this signature beverage will be a big hit at Gaston’s Tavern when New Fantasyland opens later this year – LeFou’s Brew, named after Gaston’s sidekick in “Beauty and the Beast.” It’s no-sugar added frozen apple juice with a hint of toasted marshmallow, topped with all-natural passion fruit-mango foam. We bet the souvenir steins and goblets are going to go fast. (And, yes, if it sounds familiar, guests at Cars Land at the Disneyland Resort may have tasted the frozen concoction at the Cozy Cone.)

‘LeFou’s Brew’ from Gaston’s Tavern

The quick-service restaurant, created to look like a comfy lodge in the French countryside, will be a great place to escape from the Florida sun. Outside is a statue of Gaston hoisting two kegs of his favorite brew; inside he’s center stage in a big portrait over the fireplace.

The signature sweet at Gaston’s, by the way, is warm, gooey cinnamon rolls, served all day.

All in the Details: Step Inside the World of Belle Through Her Magic Mirror at Magic Kingdom Park

We’ve hinted before on the Kingdom Magic  Blog that Enchanted Tales with Belle, in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park, will be no ordinary character greeting. Today, we’re excited to share more details about this special experience. As you’ll see from the video below – provided by Walt Disney Imagineering – the goal of this attraction is not just to give you a place to meet a Disney character, but to completely transport you into the world of “Beauty and The Beast.”

 

The journey begins at Maurice’s Cottage, where they’ll walk through the whimsical garden and find inventions created by Belle’s tinkerer father, Maurice. Inside are books, pictures and other symbols that define the home of Belle and Maurice and their lives there, including leftover gadgets and artifacts from experiments gone awry. But guests also will see a mirror that magically becomes a portal into Beast’s Castle…

To be continued!

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