This past weekend I had the opportunity as a Disney annual pass-holder to preview the new Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. Getting the chance to preview the new area was quite a roller coaster. I had friends who were also pass-holders and the plan was for all of us to attend by signing up at a Disney website starting at a certain time a few weeks back. Lets just say that only some of us registered and had little to no luck getting the others registered Thankfully on the morning we had to check in for the event I used my irresistible charm and manly beard to get the rest of our group access.
- Be Our Guest Restaurant
Be Our Guest is a Beauty and the Beast themed restaurant. During the day it is a quick serve style and for dinner its a sit down restaurant. First you enter the restaurant through these great big doors carved into the side of a mountain with two lion statues on either side of you. Then as you are waiting in the queue a row of knight’s armor surround you. Just as you get caught up in choosing your meal options from the picture screens some of the knights start talking and interacting with each other. It spook one of my friends right out of her shoes. Once you get to end of line a cast member ask how many are in your party and gives you a red hockey puck with a rose etched in it. From there you take the hockey puck or “squashed rose” as the cast member called it to a touch screen computer. Basically you sync the puck with your order and the server use the GPS in the puck to find wherever you are sitting. You have one of three rooms to choose from to enjoy your meal. The main hall recreates the dance hall from the film with such details as chandelier, fresco ceiling, and snow falling outside (which you can see through the windows at the far end of the hall). The room we consumed our meals in recreated the west wing of the castle complete with dark mood lightning, shredded portrait of the prince, and cursed rose encased in glass. The food was great and server spoke mainly in french to maintain the atmosphere.
- Enchanted Tales with Belle and Ariel’s Grotto
Two areas the group decided not to visit was an interactive story time with Belle, primarily because the line was a 40 minute wait. For what I understand it is a chance for children to explore Belle and her father’s cottage then sit with Belle as she tells the story of her and the Beast’s love story. Ariel’s Grotto was where you could go and interact with a real life Ariel, fish tail and all. Since we had no children with us and I might be too tempted to hit on her we skipped seeing everyone’s favorite mermaid.