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Any Chip and Co fans born after 1990 are going to have no idea what I’m talking about. So I’m going to get you all ready for the Double Jeopardy Question. When Disney World opened in 1971, the restaurant in Cinderella Castle was… If you guessed Cinderella’s Royal Table you would be wrong. The answer is…
King Stefan’s Banquet Hall
Yes, the restaurant featured in Cinderella Castle was named after Sleeping Beauty’s father. It only took until 1997 for Disney to get sick of answering all the questions and change the name to Cinderella’s Royal Table. Apparently the Disney Imaginers wanted to give the restaurant a regal name to match the dozens of Coat of Arms on the wall. Since Cinderella’s father isn’t named in the movie, they decided on King Stefan. Hence 25 years of confusing tourists and Cast Members.
The menu was known for its Beef and Barley Soup and Fried Brie. The Fairy Godmothers Vegetarian Plate was a gnocchi and vegetable combination, a favorite among diners. The Kid’s menu resembles a fast food chain “crown” and joins other King Stefan’s Banquet Hall collectibles on Ebay. Check here for recipes of old favorites from the original Royal Table.
As my first Disney visit was as an adult, I never knew King Stefan’s Banquet Hall. Please share your stories, menu items and collectibles with Chip and Co in the comment section below.
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I grew up watching the Muppets. I loved Sesame Street with Kermit and Big Bird to the Muppet Show that would come on tv on the weekends. If I wasn’t watching cartoons I would be watching something with the Muppets in it.
With the flood of Christmas shows that came out (nowhere near what the kids have today) one movie stood out for me growing up and that was Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas. For me it is not really Christmas till I can watch this classic tale.
This movie stars a little otter named Emmet who grows up in a poor family consisting of him and his Ma. His Ma is a widow and works her fingers to the bone to provide for herself and Emmet. It truly is a sad tale and reminds me of my mother, as a single mom she would work all the time to provide for me and my sister.
Here is the official Synopsis:
The story tells of Emmet Otter and his Ma, a widow who scrapes by on the small amount of money she gets from doing laundry and that Emmet gets from doing odd jobs around their home of Frogtown Hollow, despite both of them often being cheated, notably by Old Lady Possum and Gretchen Fox, the mayor’s wife. As Christmas approaches, they hear of a talent contest in the nearby town of Waterville, and separately decide to enter to buy nice presents for each other — a nice guitar for Emmet, or a piano for Ma. However, in a twist on The Gift of the Magi, they must sacrifice each other’s livelihood for the talent contest — Ma hocks Emmet’s tools for dress fabric, while Emmet turns Ma’s washtub into a washtub bass for a jug band.
Emmet and Ma each do an excellent job (despite Emmet’s jug band having to frantically change songs after another contestant performs their song, Bar-b-que), only to be defeated at the last minute by a rock and roll band called The Nightmare (most likely due to the nasty Gretchen Fox on the judging committee), which comprises a hoodlum gang from the fairly distant town of River Bottom. However, as Ma and Emmet’s jug band sing a song together on the way home (more accurately, both of their talent show songs together after Ma realized they fit together), they are overheard by Doc Bullfrog, owner of a local restaurant, who hires them to sing for his customers, thus granting them the bigger prize.
It is somewhat of a dark tale but has many lighter moments. For me one of the parts I remember the most was the Riverbottom Nightmare Band! They really rawk even by today’s standards. For something fun head over to youtube and punch that in and see some of the tribute bands.
I think this year I am going to introduce this to my little one and see if she loves it as much as her daddy does. It’s a shame that Disney pulled out Kermit the Frog narrations when they bought out the Muppets. I hope they give this movie a facelift like they do with so many other movies. I have one of the original copies from 1977 with Kermit added he does a great job as narrator.
It makes you really appreciate what you have and shows you that not everyone is as fortunate as we are. The Mother and Son relationship really pulls on my heart strings and makes me get a little something in my eyes a few times thoughout the film.
I give this movie a 10 out of 10 and one of just a few movies I like around Christmas.
So if you remember this film let me know what you thought in the comment section below. You can find this movie on DVD but I won’t image you will be seeing it on tv again.
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Whatever happened to Disney DuckTales? You remember the cartoon series that had such characters as Uncle Scrooge, Huey, Dewey, and Louie. It ran on TV from 1987-1990 usually in the afternoons after school.
Some other notable characters I remember are:
- Duckworth the butler & Mrs. Beakley the nanny.
- Launchpad McQuack & Doofus Drake
- Fenton Crackshell and his alter ego Gizmoduck (my favorite charcter)
- Magica De Spell, Flintheart Glomgold & the Beagle Boys. I remember Magica De Spell and the Beagle Boys were always after Scrooges Number one Dime..
If you look at the picture above you can see the complete cast from Duckberg. DuckTales was a great show and to this day I can still sing the intro song. DuckTales ooooh ooooh..
Thinking back I also remember a movie they released after the TV show called DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp. It was good and from reminiscing I am going to have to see if I can find it for purchase. Amazon has the complete series on DVD available here. Which would be a good birthday present to myself
The last bit of Disney Merchandise I remember from Duck Tales was the Nintendo Game. From what I remember it was quite challenging and took up many of my afternoons after school. No cheat codes or Nintendo Power for me.
Here is the video from ScrewAttack:
DuckTales was Disney first attempt at Syndication and luckily it worked out well and opened the door to many classic cartoons from my childhood. I think Disneyworld needs to open a store with all the classic merchandise from these old cartoons and movies for the nostalgic people like myself.
Many of these classic cartoons, tv shows, and movies contributed to my Disney Addiction today.
If you remember DuckTales let me know what you remember in the comment section below.
Some of you might remember this classic Disney movie, Flight of the Navigator. This movie is in my top 10 greatest movies of all time. Dare I say it is one of Disney’s finest non animated movies from the 80′s? Come along as we discuss this movie and I fill you in on some interesting news on a in the works remake of this treasured Disney Classic.
Here is the official Wiki in case you have never seen it:
Flight of the Navigator is a 1986 Disney science fiction film directed by Randal Kleiser and written by Mark H. Baker and Michael Burton, about a 12-year old boy, David, who is abducted by an alien space craft in 1978. David is gone for only a few hours, but when he is returned to Earth, it is eight years later in 1986. Everyone else on Earth has aged eight years, but David is still physically twelve years old.
On paper that sounds pretty dry but for me the highlight of the movie was Max and his Space Ship. Max was voiced by Paul Reubens or you might remember him as Pee Wee Herman. He really added a fun element to the movie and the banter between him and David was funny at least by 10 year old standards
The first person point of view flight scenes were very cool and kinda felt like you were on a ride. Secretly I think a lot of kids out there wished they were David and had an opportunity to fly in the space ship. I am sure a lot of big brothers could relate with the relationship David had with his little brother too.
The following year of when the movie released it was my first time going to Disney World and I didn’t see anything from the movie anywhere! I thought maybe I could see the ship or they might have a ride or something. I am sure I wasn’t the only kid that was disappointed.
Presently one of ships underwent refurbishment and is currently used as the Cool Ship in Tomorrowland of Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. The other hull can today be seen on the backlot tour at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. This hull is now in a state of disrepair however, with extensive weathering and discoloration of the paintwork.
I posted an article last year when I heard Disney was remaking this movie. Brad Copeland has been hired to write the screenplay. He brings quite an interesting resumé to the project, having produced scripts for “Arrested Development,” “My Name Is Earl” and “Grounded for Life,” as well as for the movie “Wild Hogs.” It is also worth mentioning that original “Navigator” exec producer John Hyde will fill the same role for the remake. No director has been hired and no other news has been published as of yet.
I hope Disney does a good job at bringing back this classic film. This movie had such a great impact on me growing up this movie ranks up there with Back to the Future, The Last Starfighter and Wargames. If you have never seen it go out and rent it or buy it for a couple of bucks on ebay. This is a classic piece of Disney Film that brings back a lot of memories for me. I hope you enjoyed it too..
Whatever happened to Figaro Fries? You know… Disney World fries, topped with bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and drowned in ranch sauce. Figaro Fries are one of the the many secrets of the Magic Kingdom, and could only be found at PinocchioVillage Haus in Fantasyland.
One our last trip I was surprised to find out that the Figaro Fries were removed from the menu on May 1st, 2008 and replaced with loaded fries, consisting of fries topped with cheese and bacon.
It’s just not the same.. I understand wanting to give people a choice to order healthy and all, but these things were delicious and the the lettuce and tomato made them healthy am I right??
I am unsure if they are gone for good but making them at home is not the same
Disney please them back if not for me for the children