A list of the Character Meal Options

I have so many people ask me about the various Character Dining options in Walt Disney World. I have compiled a list with descriptions for each to make deciding easier for you! I have previously written about my favorites if you want to take a look. This is a basic list that tells you the facts, not my opinions of each (which I have many).

Character meals

(Organized by Character type)

Mickey & Friends Continue reading

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Brave and Merida

We got in line at 8:30 in the morning on an extra magic hour day. Why would we waste precious ride time at Magic Kingdom to stand in line?! 8-9 on EMH is the best time to ride everything in Fantasyland!!! It was worth it to see our newest  favorite princess (and her mischievous brothers), Merida from Brave. We were in the first group to be allowed into the interactive meet and greet. Unlike the other characters, they only allow a finite number of people to enter the pavilion and then close the curtains. A giant table in the middle of the area for the kids to color a Brave themed picture. Continue reading

I’m Back…

Sorry, I haven’t blogged in quite a while. We just got back from the most magical place on Earth and then school started 2 days later. Talk about cutting it close! On top of all of that is the fact that this was our longest Disney vacation yet (7 nights/8 days) and we were all exhausted. I had planned on writing while there but let’s face it, spending time with the family was more important.

It was such a magical trip! We did almost everything on our Disney bucket list and still had time for swimming and some great meals. Here are the highlights and I will post more details on everything later: Continue reading

Be Our Guest Restaurant…Make your Reservations!

Today is the day to make your reservations for the Be Our Guest Restaurant for dinner starting November 19th. Don’t bother with trying online, as of today they are only taking phone reservations at 407-WDW-DINE. Online reservations should be forthcoming, I assume they didn’t want to take down their system for the day! If you are traveling within 180 days, you should try to get a reservation! This is opening a few weeks before the rest of the new Fantasyland which tells me that you will possibly be having “soft” openings of attractions as well.

For those of you who don’t know what I am talking about…Be Our Guest is the new restaurant inside the Beast’s Castle in the Fantasyland expansion. It will be a quick service during lunch and a sit down for dinner.  There will be 3 themed dining rooms, The West Wing, Ballroom & Rose Gallery. If you are a Beauty and The Beast fan, this restaurant is a must for you.

Opening Date Set for New Fantasyland!

The main section of the new Fantasyland expansion will open on December 6. This will include Under the Sea – Voyage of the Little Mermaid Ride, Be Our Guest Restaurant, Enchanted Tales with Belle, Ariel’s Grotto, Gaston’s Tavern adn Bonjour Village Gifts. Previews and soft opening are set to begin November 19. Will you be lucky enough to be there to ride? If you are, make sure you make your reservations for Be Our Guest in late August!

Storybook Circus already opened in July and contains the new double Dumbos, Casey Jr. Splash and Soak Station & Barnstormer – Starring the Great Goofini.

 

New Dumbo!

The new Dumbo is soon to be up and running! There will be 2 Dumbo rides in Storybook Circus of Fantasyland. Fastpass will be available as well as the standby line. The standby line will have pagers similar to restaurants that will buzz you when it is your turn to get in line. The area where you wait with your pager is an air-conditioned, circus themed tent with a play area for the kids. Parents get a break while the kids can cool off and run around. I have read many complaints about this being against Uncle Walt’s vision of his parks, but I for one am looking forward to it! Here is a video of new Dumbo Queue Continue reading

Dates Announced for New Fantasyland Expansion

The dates were recently announced for the openings of the new Fantastyland expansion.

July 2012:

  • Second Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Casey Jr. Splash n’ Soak Station
  • Air Conditioned Interactive Queue

Holiday 2012: (this can be any time up til 12/20)

  • Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • Be Our Guest Restaurant (quick service lunch, sit down dinner)
  • Gaston’s Tavern

2013:

  • Princess Meet and Greet (in former Snow White Scary Adventures)

2014:

  • Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train (dark, tame roller coaster)