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Disney TA Blog has just made an announcement that refrigerators will be removed from all rooms at Walt Disney World, Disneyland Resorts Aulani, and Disney Resort & Spa, Resort hotels due to a defect. Vacation Club and Fort Wilderness Campground will not be affect. Guests staying at one of the affected resorts will be notified via a letter in their room. A select number of replacements will be available by request.
The timeline to replace all of the affected rooms is expected to take several months. Grumpy will try to keep you updated.
Disney is offering you the chance to win a free trip to either Disney World or Disneyland. You can enter once per day in January. Click the link and get started before someone else wins your trip!
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!
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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:
- Carved turkey sandwich
- Roasted pulled pork
- Mickey meatloaf
- Seared mahi mahi
- Whole-grain macaroni topped with marinara and mozzarella
- 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.
No doubt you, like all other Disney loves the world over, have been anxiously awaiting the opening of the new Fantasyland attractions. Well they are not all open yet but Disney has set a date!
Mermaid lovers will finally get to go Under the Sea with Ariel. The little mermaid will also be featured in Ariel’s Grotto for picture taking opportunities.
For those with a Beastly appetite the new Be Our Guest Restaurant in Beast Castle as well as Gaston’s Tavern and Bonjour! Village Gifts will be open for business.
Unfortunately not everything will be ready to go on December 6th. We will have to wait till 2013 for Princess Fairytale Hall and 2014 for the Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train. But don’t look at it like a delay just an excuse for more trips to Disney World.
Before you get too excited you should know this is just an internet rumor at the moment which means it may be no more likely than a prince from Africa offering to make you rich if you send him money so he can get of his.
That being said the rumor is this: Cars Land will be recreated in some fashion at Disney’s H0llywood studios.
While this is certainly just a rumor at this stage there are come compelling reasons to think it might be true.
For example a certain wizard moved in down the road from Walt Disney World and though he might not be drawing away all of the crowds from Disney he is competition. One must wonder how much of the Fantasyland expansion and the announced Avatar land resulted from the addition of Harry Potter to Universal Studios. Adding Cars to Hollywood Studios could just be another step in the continual competition between these two theme park giants.
Like the Partners statue on Main Street there are something that just seem to go hand in hand with with Walt Disney World. Certainly some of the things that go hand in hand with Walt Disney World are dreams, wishes and magic. But there is another thing that is equally connected to the wonderful world that Walt envisioned: the rumor mill.
Disney rumors abound. This park is getting an expansion. This park is being shut down. A new park is opening. Like everything else you read on the internet you cannot put much trust in something that some body heard from a friend who has a cousin whose dog once stayed at the house of a cast member. But every once in a while the rumors are true.
One such rumor that was true was the one about Fantasyland getting a major update. On September 12, 2009 these rumors were confirmed at a D23 meeting.
The original plan called for a doubling of the size of Fantasyland and was heavily geared to showcase Disney princesses in their own environment. Sights, sound and magic would be heavily emphasized in true Disney fashion. Read the rest of this entry
Walt Disney World’s newest resort, The Art Of Animation, opens for its first guests today. Only a portion of the resort, the Finding Nemo Family Suites is open for business today, the other sections are starting to take reservations.
The resort falls into the value category which means it will not have all the amenities of the moderate and deluxe resorts but there is still plenty to offer guests including saving some hard money over the other resort classes.
The Art of Animation, when complete, will include standard rooms as well as family suites. Family suites will include two bathrooms mini kitchens and separate sleeping areas to accommodate up to six guests per room.
The resort has been divided into four distinct sections each based on a Disney or Disney/Pixar movie. Those four movies are The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Cars and Finding Nemo.
The rooms are decorated with each sections particular movie in mind from the bedding, carpet and the walls. Disney has done all it could to make the guest feel like they are part of the movie.
The exterior of each building has also been themed from paint schemes to statues designed to bring the movies to mind.
Like all of the resorts there is a food court, Landscape of Flavors. Offerings will include standard food court options plus some more interesting items such as buckwheat pasta, egg-white frittatas, low-fat smoothies, naan bread and roasted chicken, shrimp, sausage and acorn squash.
As with all resorts, transportation will be provided to the theme parks, water parks and Downtown Disney.
The resort should be great for those with smaller children and the family suites are a great bonus for parents who want some privacy and the option to do a little cooking for themselves.
I love almost everything about the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. But there are a few glaring exceptions that make me grumpy. One of those was Snow White’s Scary Adventure. Fortunately for me the Fantasy Land Expansion took that ride away. It will be replaced with a meet and greet of princesses which doesn’t exactly thrill me but nothing lost right?
But that would leave Snow White, arguably the movie that really got Walt rolling, unrepresented in the Magic Kingdom. Or maybe not? Part of the Fantasyland expansion includes a very exciting ride, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Coaster Ride.
This coaster promises to be closer to the Barnstormer than Expedition Everest meaning it will be thrilling but not frightening. Kid friendly in other words. Who would have guessed since it will be in Fantasyland right? There is a twist though, it will be a rocking coaster. Not like the Rockin Roller Coaster. The cars will literally rock back and forth. All too fitting for the dwarfs I think. Check out the video below for an idea.