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The Origins of the Disney Dragon?


Flying DragonThere had been rumors of a dragon making its way to Walt Disney World for some time. Though it was unconfirmed most sources thought it would probably head towards New Fantasyland, what with all the princesses and castles and such. Everyone knows dragons love those things!

Well the rumors have been confirmed! A dragon did indeed make an appearance at the Magic Kingdom. Unfortunately it flew over on December 5th, 2012 at a VIP only event and Disney is not releasing any details of when or if it will make another appearance.

The only good news is that the entire search for the dragon has been chronicled on video. So take a look for yourself at what may be the origins of the beast, the search for the beast and what we hope (really, really hope!) will be the first of many appearances. Read the rest of this entry

Flying Dragon Invades New Fantasyland


Most of us were not excpecting a Dragon to fly over Cinderella Castle at Watl Disney World’s Magic Kingdom as part of the festivities surrounding the December 6th grand opening of the New Fantasyland. Unless you had been hiding under a rock you had heard about the new castles being built and the new rides but you had to be a true Disney nerd to even suspect a dragon might invade the Magic Kingdom.

But as you can see from this video it did!

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Under The Sea~The Voyage Of The Little Mermaid Video


Haven’t made it to the new Fantasyland yet? Neither have I. So obviously we are both left out of the new Under The Sea~The Voyage Of The Little Mermaid. But that doesn’t mean we can’t see Ariel’s story at all does it? Check out the video below.

Grand Opening of the New Fantasyland


A little late I know but here it is

Be Our Guest Video


They day is fast approaching for the opening celebration for the New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida. The official date is December 6th, 2012 but news, pictures and videos continue to leak out to great joy of those of us who cannot wait. There has even been a bit of a test run, called a soft-opening, to let guests get an idea of what to expect.

One of the highly anticpated new features of the New Fantasyland is the Be Our Guest Restaurant. Themed, as you might guess, with details from Beauty and the Beast, this new dining establishment will be in the Beasts Castle, one of the two new castles that are part of the Fantasyland expansion.

As you will see from the video below Be Our Guest will certainly be an immersive experience. There are three areas to dine in, the Ballroom, the Rose Gallery and the West Wing. Each area is filled with detail from the movie, from an actual rose that drops petals to snow falling outside the windows. Guests will truly feel as though they are in the movie.

Be Our Guest will offer two dining experiences.  During the day it will be a counter service restaurant but at night it will offer table service amenities. All of the meals will offer a french flaire. The menu will include:

  • Sandwiches and salads at lunchtime, including the classic croque monsieur (ham and cheese sandwich), tuna Niçoise salad and grilled steak sandwich with garlic butter spread—plus, of course, pommes frites (French fries)
  • Heartier fare at dinner, including braised pork, grilled strip steak with pommes frites, French onion soup and vegetable quiche, accompanied by a selection of wine and beer that complements the French-inspired cuisine

For a full menu check out this great post by the wondeful team at the Disney Food Blog. Another thing to note for those who enjoy adult beverages, this will be the first restaurant in the Magic Kingdom to offer alcohalic beverages.

Be sure to watch the video!

Do You Feel Like A Hero?


The official opening date of the Fantasyland expansion at Walt Disney World is coming.  On December 6th, 2012, it will open up and though everything planned will not be open, there will certainly be enough to be worthy of a Disney celebration!

The New Fantasyland is divided into two parts, Storybook Circus and Enchanted Forrest.

The Storybook Circus is already making magic happen for guests and includes the Fantasyland station of the Walt Disney World Railroad, Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station, the new double Dumbo The Flying Elephant and the Barnstormer.

The Enchanted Forrest will include Ariel’s Grotto, Enchanted Tales With Belle, Be Our Guest Restaurant, and Under The Sea-Journey of the Little Mermaid.

Of course there are a few things still under construction that we cannot wait for (but I guess we will have to!) but these additions, available in full on December 6th, are well worth the trip. Well who are we kidding, Disney World is always worth the trip!

Of course, being Disney, they need a hero to open the place up for the rest of us! At least that is what their add implies (See the video below to know what grumpy means!) Could you be that hero? I sure would like to be!

For more information on the Fantasyland expansion check out our New Fantasyland Page.

Belle Tells A Story And You Can Help!


The Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland expansion continues to be a source of excitement and speculation for Walt Disney World fans. It seems Disney gives a little more information all the time but they never give us enough! They just let it trickle out enough to keep our attention focused but always hungry for more.

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When Disney announced they were going to be adding some new attractions to Fantasyland they also mentioned they would be taking some away. One of those things that was destined to leave was Storytime with Belle. But have no fear Belle isn’t done telling stories and sharing her love of books. And now she is telling them in a whole new way and you can help. Well if you are a kid in body and not just heart.

Recently they released a video introducing Enchanted Tales With Belle. That video really focused on the pre-show.  If you missed it check it out here.

This week they have gone a step further and taken us inside the show itself.

Maurice Has A Magic Mirror?


At Walt Disney World anytime something is added there seems to be, unfortunately, something that has to go away. While sometimes this leaves us a little sad because a beloved attraction goes away, like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, it is a necessary part of making room for something that is new (and hopefully better!)

When WDW Imagineering announced the huge Fantasyland expansion two of the things they noted that was destined for the used to be were Snow White’s Scary Adventure and Story Time With Belle.

But neither Snow White nor Belle were going to be completely forgotten. Snow White was going to be remembered through the Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train and Belle was getting an expanded and much improved story telling gig called Enchanted Tales With Belle.

Videos of the Seven Dwarf’s have already been featured here at grumpymickey.com but today we bring you a glimpse of Belle’s new venue. Enjoy the show!


A Dinner Fit For A Beast!


While Disney may not encourage you to eat like the Beast, they are proud to announce that you can eat with the Beast! Well maybe not exactly with him but in his castle. To that end they developed the soon to be opened Be Our Guest Restaurant  in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

This eatery is part of the new Fantasyland Expansion and will be opening on November 19, 2012.

Guests will eat in one of three scenes from the classic movie: the West Wing, the Rose Gallery or the Ballroom. Each room will be decorated with all the attention to detail that guests have come to expect from Disney over the years from chandeliers, falling snow and life size representations of the Beast himself as well as Belle.

The restaurant itself is counter service during lunch and table service at night.

The menu is inspired by the movie and includes:

Lunch Menu:

  • Tuna Niçoise salad
  • Croque Monsieur sandwich with carved ham, Gruyere cheese, béchamel and pommes frites (French fries)
  • Carved turkey on a warm baguette with Dijon mayonnaise
  • Grilled steak sandwich with garlic butter spread
  • Braised pork
  • Vegetable quiche
  • Quinoa, shallot and chive salad.

Dinner Menu:

Appetizers

  • Charcuterie plate with cured meats and sausages, mussels steamed in white wine
  • French onion soup
  • Potato leek soup
  • Salad with champagne vinaigrette
  • Salad trio with three mini tastes of roasted beet, raisins and orange; green beans, tomatoes and roasted shallots; and watermelon, radish and mint.

Entrées

  • 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
  • Oven-baked ratatouille

Dessert

  • Cupcakes – Strawberry cream cheese or Triple chocolate
  • Chocolate cream puff and a Passion fruit cream puff.

Kids 9 and under will have their own menus:

Lunch

  • Carved turkey sandwich
  • Roasted pulled pork
  • Mickey meatloaf
  • Seared mahi mahi
  • Whole-grain macaroni topped with marinara and mozzarella

Dinner

  • Grilled steak
  • Grilled fish of the day
  • Whole-grain macaroni

You can reserve your spot now by calling 407-WDW-Dine but a credit card is required. The credit card will not be charged at this time though. It is just to secure your spot. Cancellations that are not made the day before reservations will be charged a $10 per person fee.

Online reservations will not be available until August 22, 2012.

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