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Princess Fairytale Hall Opens in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

The new character greeting location for Cinderella and Rapunzel (as well as their princess friends) officially opened its doors earlier this morning at the Magic Kingdom!  According to the hall’s storyline, Princess Fairytale Hall is a gift from the King to Cinderella, and acts as a place where she and other princesses can greet subjects.

Princess Fairytale Hall Opens in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

Located in the New Fantasyland, guests can choose to meet either Cinderella and a visiting princess, or Rapunzel and a visiting princess.

Princess Fairytale Hall Opens in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

Princess Fairytale Hall Opens in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

The new hall is filled will small touches and details that pay honor to all the Disney princesses.

Princess Fairytale Hall Opens in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

Princess Fairytale Hall Opens in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

Princess Fairytale Hall Opens in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

Cinderella has even graciously allowed Walt Disney World to display one prized slipper for guests to enjoy.

Princess Fairytale Hall Opens in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

The New Fairytale Hall is open daily at the Magic Kingdom.  The easiest way to tell which princesses will appear at the hall on the day of your vacation is to check the My Disney Experience app or pick up a Times Guide on the way into the park.

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New Fantasylant Project Team Members Receive Key Piece of a New Attraction

According to the Disney Parks Blog, Walt Disney Imagineering just shared a photo of a very special delivery they received here the Walt Disney World Resort earlier this week.

New Fantasylant Project Team Members Receive Key Piece of a New Attraction

The very first mine train car was delivered at Walt Disney World this week for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction. The car, which can be seen above, will now be taken to a backstage area where it will receive a themed paint job and get ready for the 2014 debut in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park.

Does this get you excited for the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Attraction?

Top Ten Walt Disney World Resort Summertime Favorites

Top Ten Walt Disney World Resort Summertime Favorites

It’s Summertime and that means we need to countdown all the great things to to this Summer at Walt Disney World Resort!  Drum roll please…

10 –Walt Disney World Resort will be kicking off Monstrous Summer with an all-nighter at Magic Kingdom Park. On May 24 and help Disney charge up with scream energy to power Magic Kingdom Park for an entire 24 hours!

 9 -If all-nighters aren’t your thing, don’t worry. A lot of the Monsters University students will be setting up shop around Disney’s Hollywood Studios to meet their biggest fans all summer long.

 8 -Amid all this monstrous excitement, look for the “Monsterail” as it zips around in scare-riffic style. Text your favorite joke and see if it gets into the show at the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor at Magic Kingdom Park. And make a note to see Disney•Pixar “Monsters University,” premiering June 21 at the AMC Downtown Disney 24 Theatres at Downtown Disney West Side!

 7 -Get ready to take a swim without setting foot in the water! Visit New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park and check out Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid. You’ll be delighted with a lineup of familiar characters and favorite nautical songs.

 6 – Since you’re already in Magic Kingdom Park, make sure to track down a secret frosty treat, the Dole Whip! Dating back to when Walt first opened Disneyland park, the Dole Whip is an elusive pineapple-flavored ice cream concoction that you can only find in a few locations worldwide!

 5 – Sometimes summer weather is best served inside a relaxing (and not to mention air-conditioned) lounge. Soothe away your stresses with one of the many spa treatments at Senses Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort to conquer the dog days of summer.

 4 – With the kids’ summer break looming, a night out at Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Downtown Disney is the perfect escape. Roll your way through a few frames and some fresh sushi in this beautifully styled restaurant, lounge and bowling alley.

 3 – What fun would summer be without a trip to Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park? Enjoy steep drops and adventurous water rides. Sometimes a lazy river can’t match the huge thrill of a plunge down Summit Plummet!

 2 – Make some time in your schedule for a lap around Test Track Presented by Chevrolet at Epcot. You’ll cool off with speeds up to 65 mph and the gusts that come with them as you tear through the newly re-imagined track.

And our Number 1 Walt Disney World Resort Summertime Favorites…

 1 – The perfect way to end a perfect summer day is with a perfect summer night! Visit one of our nighttime fireworks spectaculars that you’ll find in Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot.

That’s our list…what would YOUR Top Ten be for a MONSTER-ous Summer at Walt Disney World?

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.”

 

 

 

All in the Details: The Theming of Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid at Magic Kingdom Park

Last week we gave you a look inside the Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid attraction, which opens December 6 in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park. Many of you have asked exactly how this attraction is different from The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure attraction at Disney California Adventure park. Well, feast your eyes on the photos below to get the answer – it’s the attraction’s amazingly detailed exterior.

Provided by Walt Disney Imagineering, these photos show exactly how guests will become immersed in the tale of “The Little Mermaid” the instant they arrive at the attraction. Its marquee was just installed and features Ariel on the bow of a shipwrecked boat. From here, guests walk through a detailed queue that takes them over a shoreline that has scattered pieces of the ship and into the rocky cliffs below Prince Eric’s castle, with the sound of rushing water all around.

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!

New Signature Images Released of New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

We sure have a treat today for those of you who just can’t get enough of New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park. New signature images have just been released that I think sure put the “fantasy” into New Fantasyland.

view of New Fantasyland in detail from the very top turret of Cinderella’s Castle

This first signature image shows a view of New Fantasyland in detail from the very top turret of Cinderella’s Castle. The landscape stretches from Maurice’s Cottage on the left, all the way to the colorful Storybook Circus on the right.

 Belle enjoying a book right outside Maurice’s Cottage

Another photo depicts Belle enjoying a book right outside Maurice’s Cottage, with Beast’s Castle high up on the mountains in the background.

Ariel gazes at Prince Eric’s Castle while the tide rushes in

Here, Ariel gazes at Prince Eric’s Castle while the tide rushes in. Can’t you just hear her singing “Part of Your World?”

Which pic do you like best?

Just a reminder – these two areas of New Fantasyland will open in a preview phase for all Magic Kingdom Park guests November 19, with a grand opening December 6.

Be Our Guest Restaurant Menus are Here: Lunch & Dinner

Now that we know reservations for the new at Be Our Guest Restaurant in the New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park will be opening up beginning at noon August 20, it’s time to take a look at what choices you will have to feast on. Take a look at both the dinner and lunch menus below available for download.

Which one do you think you will enjoy tasting more?

Reservations for Be Our Guest Restaurant in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park Open on August 20

UPDATE: Time change! Reservations will now open at 7 a.m. Eastern on Monday, Aug. 20 (not noon as previously reported)

Ready, set, make your reservations beginning August 20 at Be Our Guest Restaurant in the New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World. You can make reservations up to 180 days out – the very first seating will be for dinner on November 19. Be sure to contact your Kingdom Magic Personal Travel Planner to let them know you would like to eat here.

Be Our Guest Restaurant in New Fantasyland

On the Disney Dining Plan, Be Our Guest is one quick-service entitlement for lunch, and one table-service restaurant entitlement for dinner.

Lunch is quick and casual, with guest-activated terminals that make ordering a snap (there also will be traditional cashiers for cash orders and special dietary requests). You order, take a seat and lunch is delivered to your table – on china, not paper. Dinner is table service.

Cuisine is French-inspired to match the hit animated film’s theme, with three themed dining rooms: the mysterious West Wing with the “enchanted rose”; the Rose Gallery with twirling, larger-than-life figures of Belle and Beast; and the elegant Ballroom with domed ceiling, twinkling chandeliers and glimpses of softly falling snow outside.

Initial sneak peeks (and tastes) are amazing! We’ll share more details and photos of the restaurant and food soon.

VIDEO: Imagineers Add Character to Belle’s Village in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

This week, we’ve got a video twist thanks to our friends at Walt Disney Imagineering, who recently installed the centerpiece of Belle’s Village – an elaborate bronze statue of Gaston and his sidekick, Lefou.

As Imagineers Ted Robledo and Chris Kelly explain here, the statue’s design of Gaston and Lefou juggling leaky barrels and mugs was inspired by both Gaston’s boisterous temperament and the fountain Belle visits early in the film as she is reading. Ted and Chris also walk us through the detailed process it takes to create such an elaborate bronze statue – from building a clay maquette to choosing specific shades of bronze for the piece.

For reference, the fountain sits in the center of Belle’s Village in New Fantasyland. The building that appears behind the fountain is Gaston’s Tavern, while the structure directly across is Bonjour! Village Gifts.

And as we shared last week, each of these experiences will grand open December 6 (with general previews beginning November 19).

Meet the Chefs from around the Disney Parks

What’s your favorite restaurant at Disney Parks? Whether it is the new Carthay Circle Restaurant in Disney California Adventure park or the upcoming Be Our Guest Restaurant in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park, there is a chef behind the scenes working to perfect your Disney dining experience. Learn more about Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort chefs below.

  1. Meet Disneyland Resort ‘Pie Man,’ Chef Jean-Marc Viallet – Executive Pastry Chef Jean-Marc Viallet shares his latest creations served at Flo’s V-8 Café in Cars Land. [peekaboo onshow=”” onhide=””][peekaboo name=”one”][peekaboo_content name=”one”]
    “Eat dessert first” is our mantra, especially when we’re at the Disneyland Resort and we have the opportunity to dig into any sweet created by Executive Pastry Chef Jean-Marc Viallet.mini-pies served at Flo’s V-8 Café His latest creations are the fabulous mini-pies served at Flo’s V-8 Café in Cars Land – we love the strawberry-rhubarb, but won’t pass up the apple-cheddar or chocolate mud pies. Chef Jean-Marc confesses that creamy chocolate desserts are his favorite to prepare, and that his mom’s gooey chocolate cake is one of his favorite childhood memories. He says he remembers helping her in the kitchen in Paris, France, when he was just eight years old, and he started culinary school and working in a pastry shop by age 16.His sweet career has taken him around the globe and he landed at Disneyland Resort in 1999 as executive pastry chef. His very first sweet for the parks was a Mickey cookie – and the rest is history, as that cookie was the springboard to a job that includes design, development and production of 90 percent of the desserts and baked goods at the Disneyland Resort (except for Napa Rose Restaurant and some catered events).
    ‘Pie Man,’ Chef Jean-Marc Viallet
    Now he and his team (of 100!) at the Disneyland Resort Central Bakery use more than 90,000 pounds of flour, 80,000 pounds of sugar, 80,000 pounds of chocolate, 165,000 fresh eggs and 66,000 pounds of fresh butter each year to create everything from those bite-size pies at Flo’s V-8 Cafe to elaborate wedding cakes.By the way, Chef Jean-Marc tells us if he wasn’t a chef he’d be an actor or singer – but for now he lets his delicious sweets play the starring role.What’s your favorite sweet at Disneyland Resort?[/peekaboo_content]
  2. Chef of Be Our Guest Restaurant in New Fantasyland Shares His Favorites from the Menu – Chef of the new Be Our Guest Restaurant in New Fantasyland, Michael Deardorff, shares his favorite lunch and dinner dishes. [peekaboo onshow=”” onhide=””][peekaboo name=”two”][peekaboo_content name=”two”]
    Braised pork for lunch and a grilled strip steak for dinner – Chef Michael Deardorff had a hard time choosing, but says those are two of his favorites from the new menu for Be Our Guest Restaurant in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park.Guests can start making reservations in late August (we’ll let you know the exact date as soon as we can), with the restaurant to be open for the holidays.Be Our Guest Restaurant Chef
    Chef Deardorff has been at the helm in Disney kitchens for 25 years, most recently as part of the opening of the restaurants at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai’i. Now he’s back to open Be Our Guest, inspired by “Beauty and the Beast,” with three dining rooms and seats for over 500 guests.“Lunch is quick service, but not traditional counter service,” says Deardorff. Guest-activated terminals make ordering a snap (there also will be traditional cashiers for cash orders and special dietary requests). You order, take a seat and lunch is delivered to your table – on china, not paper.Back to the menu. “It’s all about simple, fresh ingredients,” says Deardorff. “Just like your favorite quick-service restaurants across Magic Kingdom Park, you’ll be able to enjoy sandwiches and salads at Be Our Guest Restaurant for lunch, but all with a twist that transports you to the French setting of ‘Beauty and the Beast.’”There’s a little French bistro flavor with tuna Niçoise salad and a Croque Monsieur sandwich with carved ham, Gruyere cheese, béchamel and pommes frites (a fancy term for French fries). Or go for the carved turkey on a warm baguette with Dijon mayonnaise, or the grilled steak sandwich with garlic butter spread, both with pommes frites. Heartier fare includes braised pork that’s cooked for eight hours, and for vegetarians, there’s a loaded vegetable quiche or quinoa, shallot and chive salad.Be Our Guest Restaurant in the New FantasylandDinner is table service, with diverse starters such as a charcuterie plate with cured meats and sausages, mussels steamed in white wine, French onion or potato leek soup, and a salad with champagne vinaigrette. We’re intrigued by the salad trio with three mini tastes of roasted beet, raisins and orange; green beans, tomatoes and roasted shallots; and watermelon, radish and mint.Entrées include a thyme-scented pork rack chop with au gratin pasta, rotisserie rock hen with roasted fingerling potatoes, pan-seared salmon in leek fondue, grilled strip steak with pommes frites, sautéed shrimp and scallops with veggies in puff pastry with creamy lobster sauce, and an oven-baked ratatouille.Oh, and dessert – we vote for the cupcakes, strawberry cream cheese or triple chocolate. If cupcakes aren’t your favorite sweet ending, there’s a chocolate cream puff and a passion fruit cream puff.For kids 9 and under, the lunch entrées include a carved turkey sandwich, roasted pulled pork, Mickey meatloaf, seared mahi mahi, or whole-grain macaroni topped with marinara and mozzarella. For dinner, it’s grilled steak, grilled fish of the day, whole-grain macaroni or grilled chicken breast.“We think guests will be pleasantly surprised with the menu and the value,” says Deardorff.[/peekaboo_content]
  3. Meet Chef Gloria Tae at Carthay Circle Restaurant in Disney California Adventure Park – If you’re a fan of Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, you already know a little about Gloria. Learn more about her career at the Disneyland Resort. [peekaboo onshow=”” onhide=””][peekaboo name=”three”][peekaboo_content name=”three”]
    Fans of Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa already know Chef Gloria Tae, who has worked side-by-side with Chef Andrew Sutton at Napa Rose for four years (you also may remember her from The Vineyard Room at Disney California Adventure park). With Andrew as executive chef of both Napa Rose and Carthay Circle Restaurant, he’s confident as she takes the helm in the new Carthay Circle Restaurant kitchen.


    Gloria was born in Seoul, South Korea, and worked in Los Angeles restaurants before joining the Disneyland Resort, where she has been working in culinary for nine years. “With no formal culinary education, I was fortunate to have on-the-job training with some very patient chefs,” says Gloria with a smile. Her biggest inspiration is the diverse cultures of Southern California, making her a perfect fit for Carthay Circle Restaurant, where the light, fresh flavors of Southern California are celebrated.
    The menu, for example, offers five varieties of sustainable fish, both wild and farmed, such as sushi-grade yellowtail grilled with jerk spice and topped with a tropical salsa of pineapple, mango, black beans and lime, and Sierra Golden trout roasted with couscous, lemon and oil. The lunch menu includes tastes like an udon noodle bowl with red Thai curry broth, and an Angus burger with Tillamook cheddar.
    Vegetables are hand-selected, with visits to the Santa Monica market and to local farms seeking the best-of-the-best local produce. Desserts, too, honor the seasons, with summer desserts including “Peaches In All Their Glory” and seasonal county pie with whipped brown sugar sour cream.
    Gloria describes her style as “California rustic with Asian accents,” and she loves making anything with handmade pasta, so we can’t wait to try her creations.[/peekaboo_content]
  4. Two More Disneyland Resort Chefs Achieve Notable Culinary Ranking – Meet Disneyland Resort chefs who have earned the distinction of Certified Executive Chef through the American Culinary Federation. [peekaboo onshow=”” onhide=””][peekaboo name=”four”][peekaboo_content name=”four”]
    Earning the distinction of Certified Executive Chef through the American Culinary Federation (ACF), Disneyland Resort Chefs Chris Faulkner and Marcel St. Pierre recently joined Chefs Bill Orton and Chris Justesen, who also have been awarded this prestigious ranking that requires considerable education and work experience.
    The ACF is the nation’s largest organization of professional chefs and has been considered the authority on cooking in America since 1929.
    Faulkner is the chef at Storytellers Cafe at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, and graduated from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. His biggest inspiration in the kitchen? “Discovering new ingredients,” says Faulkner.
    St. Pierre is chef at Club 33 in Disneyland park, and graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. “I am a true believer that hard work pays off, “ says St. Pierre. “I wanted to give back to the culinary industry while hopefully being an inspiration to my team.”
    Justesen is area chef at the Disneyland Resort and also graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. His biggest culinary inspiration? “My two grandmothers,” says Justesen.
    Orton heads Disney’s Culinary Academy and graduated at the top of his class from the French Culinary Institute in New York. Originally certified in February 2007, Orton is an advocate of continuing education, and says that his students are his biggest inspiration. “They get so excited about cooking, and their excitement is contagious,” says Orton.[/peekaboo_content]
  5. Every Role a Starring Role – Disneyland Resort Chef – Meet Chef Janine Ruozi of Jolly Holiday Bakery Café on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park. [peekaboo onshow=”” onhide=””][peekaboo name=”five”][peekaboo_content name=”five”]
    Next time you stop by the Jolly Holiday Bakery Caféon Main Street, U.S.A., keep your eyes peeled for Chef Janine Ruozi (and the Matterhorn Macaroons). Chef Janine is the new bakery’s head chef and her creations are guaranteed to make you hungry!
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