I recently shared with you a first look at the Big Top Souvenirs merchandise location which is now open in theStorybook Circus area of New Fantasyland. The other merchandise location coming to New Fantasyland is called Bonjour! Village Gifts. Located in Belle’s Village, the shop is just a few steps away from Gaston’s Tavern and the fountain of Gaston and LeFou. This quaint village store will house a variety of “Beauty and the Beast”themed items including some that were inspired by the details found in New Fantasyland.
Three of my favorite items were inspired by details found outside of Beast’s Castle and the Be Our Guest Restaurant (you may recall seeing some images in my fellow author Jennifer Fickley-Baker’s “All the Details”article). The Minotaur candle holder is genius, and I intend to carry my gargoyle chalice everywhere I go! And when I get a photo of me holding my chalice, I will display it in an amazingly detailed frame featuring the beasts found outside the entrance to the restaurant.
Be Our Guest Restaurant also inspired an elegant dishware collection of plates, coasters and stemware. Look for a Gaston’s Tavern stein and light-up castle-themed chalice also in the location.
The Enchanted Tales With Belle experience inspired several new Belle shirts for kids and women. The location will carry an assortment of fine decorative items, home goods, costume accessories and more. As we approach the December 6 grand opening of New Fantasyland, there will be a few additional items (and quantities of items shown in this article) offered for guests.
Like Big Top Souvenirs, I was again impressed with the details found in the shop. The use of warm colors, rustic lamps and wood beams gave the shop a nice, cozy feeling. You can see a few additional images from my visit in the gallery.
detailed scale model
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train where guests will take a journey through the diamond mine of the Seven Dwarfs in a new ride system designed by Walt Disney Imagineering. The ride system allows each mine car to swing back and forth individually as the train twists and turns along the track. But don’t take my word for it – see for yourself.
Here the official sneak peek of two new restaurant additions in EPCOT
The Pizzeria (there is no official name yet) @ Italy Pavilion, a 300 seats restaurant with outside dining and vaulted-ceilings.
and the renovated Cantina de San Angel @ Mexico. There will be 400 seats – both al fresco and air-conditioned seating for lunch and a coveted spot for dinner and viewingIllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.
“I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.”—Walt Disney
“Mickey Mouse is, to me, a symbol of independence. He was a means to an end.”—Walt Disney
“When people laugh at Mickey Mouse, it’s because he’s so human; and that is the secret of his popularity.”—Walt Disney
“He popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad 20 years ago on a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood.”—Walt Disney
“Born of necessity, the little fellow literally freed us of immediate worry. He provided the means for expanding.”—Walt Disney
“We felt that the public, and especially the children, like animals that are cute and little.”—Walt Disney
“The life and ventures of Mickey Mouse have been closely bound up with my own personal and professional life.”—Walt Disney
“It is understandable that I should have sentimental attachment for the little personage who played so big a part in the course of Disney Productions and has been so happily accepted as an amusing friend wherever films are shown .”—Walt Disney
I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship – The Fox and the Hound
Is something supposed to happen? – Mary Poppins
If it’s not boroque, don’t fix it. – Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast
Me no likey – Kuzco in The Emporer’s New Groove
Also cute and fluffy! – Stitch in Lilo and Stitch
Let’s make some magic! – Genie in Aladdin
In every job that must be done there is an element of fun – Mary Poppins
This is you. This is your badness level. It’s unusually high from someone your size. – Lilo in Lilo and Stitch
You don’t want to be doing that, mate. – Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean
Pin feathers and… gollyfluff!- Archimedes in Sword in the Stone
In the words of Walt Disney:
“Fantasyland is dedicated to the young at heart and to those who believe that when you wish upon a star, your dreams come true.”
Model of the new expansion