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Fantasyland News to keep you prepared for your trip. The New Fantasyland has given us a lot to talk about in the last few months. It being the largest expansion in Disney history it is not yet completed and things are still being added. Below are a few new pieces of information about what is going on for your upcoming trip.
The Enchanted Forest to Storybook Circus access opens for the busy spring period. The walkway between Storybook Circus and New Fantasyland is now open to allow easier access through that area. Located just by the Little Mermaid attraction, the pathway opens daily at 10am through to 10pm in the evening and is expected to remain open to guests through the busy Spring period in mid April 2013.
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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Can’t attend Disneyland’s opening of the new Fantasy Faire? Sorcerer Radio’s got your covered!
Join Sorcerer Radio’s Disneyland corespondent Vincent “Big Bubba” Alvarez as he will be on hand for the preview opening and grand opening of Disneyland’s new Fantasy Faire Attraction starting this weekend!
Follow Vincent on Twitter.com/Big_Bubba_B for real time video, pictures and visitor feedback live from Disneyland and listen to his reports on Sorcerer Radio’s Disneyland Magic show with Will Hershey. Highlights will also be available as well on Sorcerer Radio’s Weekend Expedition Podcast available on iTunes.
You can also check out more Disneyland news with our partners at the DisGeek Podcast, a proud member of the Sorcerer Radio Network!
Take a few minutes to enter the Disney Store’s sweepstakes and you could win a wonderful trip to Walt Disney World to see the New Fantasyland yourself…oh and stay a night in the Cinderella Suite. What? Could it be? Yes, it could! Someone is going to win a great trip on behalf of the Disney Store and a wonderful trip (including a night in the Cinderella Suite). What else could you win (as if that is not enough, well when you read the details you will find it is so much more!) Where do you go to enter? We have all the answers here at Chip & Co.
Sometime between now and midnight on March 3rd, 2013 you should click HERE to enter to win this sweepstakes.
You could win the grand prize which consist of:
New Fantasyland was the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history. As a regular to Disney World, I was super excited to see this new expansion come to life. This expansion brought many magical additions such as the new Little Mermaid ride, Gaston’s Tavern, Prince Eric’s castle and Ariel’s Grotto. My kids loved these new areas of Fantasyland, but one of the highlights is the new restaurant called Be our Guest.
Tucked insides the Beast’s castle, you can find this French-inspired restaurant. Be Our Guest is a quick service restaurant during lunch and becomes a table service restaurant for dinner. If you love the Beauty & the Beast movies, this is the ultimate restaurant for you. Are you ready for a tour of Be Our Guest?
As you approach the castle, you walk over a bridge where you can see a stream and forest beneath you. You then enter the castle through double doors and proceed through a hallway of knights where you can find menus displayed on screens for lunch. This hallway leads into the study where, during lunch, you are given a rose by a host or hostess which then records the order you place at a touch-screen terminal. You can then enter the ballroom which is straight from the Beauty and the Beast movie. The room is adorned with beautiful chandeliers and you can even see the snowy evening through the windows in the back of the ballroom. To the left is the West Wing of the castle which is dimly lit and displays the rose in the corner of the room. If you have younger kids, be sure you skip this section. It is a little scary for kids! To the right of the ballroom is the Rose Gallery which features a beautiful dancing display of Belle and the Beast dancing in the center of the room. You place your rose on the table and magically, a server brings you your food. The drinks are self-service, but as a result, offer free refills!
The most important thing to know, though, is how the food tastes. Even if you don’t think you’re a fan of French cuisine, the food is fabulous! In my opinion, this is one of the best options for a quick service meal at the parks- quality food in a magical atmosphere for a reasonable price.
For lunch, your options are a tuna or quinoa salad, croque monsieur, a turkey or steak sandwich, vegetable quiche, or braised pork. You can choose from salmon, steak, pork, shrimp, chicken, and vegetarian pasta for dinner. Don’t miss out on the best part of the meal, either! For dessert, they serve three different cream puffs and three different cupcakes. If you’re a chocolate-lover, the chocolate cream puff is wonderful. However, the strawberry cream cheese cupcake is an equally delicious choice (and my personal favorite!).
Be Our Guest is super popular, so arrive early for lunch. For dinner, be sure to book an Advanced Dining Reservation. For restaurants at Disney World, Be Our Guest is quickly becoming the most popular restaurant to book and dine during a vacation. Be sure you experience it during your vacation!
Have you experienced Be Our Guest yet? Do you prefer lunch or dinner? Be sure to let me know in the comments what you’ve thought about this addition to New Fantasyland!
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