After seeing last week’s post about the Tables in Wonderland dinner at Disney World’s Great Movie Ride, @janettwokay shared with me some photos from her recent Disney Fairy Tale Weddings vow renewal celebration held in the same venue! Here’s a great way to get a good idea of what dining inside the ride might be like!
This is also a good way for those of you contemplating using the GMR as a venue for your private celebrations to see what could await you…
Gangster Scene: Appetizers
Guests began the evening in the Gangster Scene, where cocktails were served and appetizers were passed. Tables were set up simply: black and red linens and rope adorning the chairs. In the background, you can see a pianist tickling the ivories — he played throughout the cocktail service.
A bartender was set up over to the side. There’s a great photo of a still set up behind him! Even the service was themed: beer cans were served in paper bags, wine was served in coffee mugs, and mixed drinks were served in mason jars.
The cocktail hour included various appetizers, including:
Assorted Passed Vegetarian Sushi
Assorted Passed Canapés and Hors d’ Oeuvres
* Miniature Calzones
* House Cured Salmon with Caviar
* Arancini with Spicy Italian Sausage
Assorted Passed Crostini
* Gorgonzola and Hazelnut
* White Bean
Gangster-themed Streetmosphere characters entertained guests throughout the appetizer portion of the evening.
Cowboy Scene: Plated Dinner
Guests headed next into the Cowboy Scene, where a plated dinner was about to be served.
The table for the plated dinner was long and had space for all guests. The table was set with black linen and burlap with metal chargers; Chairs were decorated with burlap bows, raffia ties, and real daisies as accents. Each place setting had a name card with a Mickey rice krispie treat and a menu card.
According to Janet, “We kept the table decorations simple: small wooden barrels, ceramic moonshine jugs, rope lariats, driftwood frames, bundles of corn, bundles of twigs, bundles of leaves, bales of hay, and small hurricane lamps.”
The menu included:
Ale and Molasses Marinated Quail with Chervil and Bacon Wrapped Shallots. In her caption of this photo, Janet mentioned that this dish was wrapped inside crispy noodles that looked like a tumblin’ tumbleweed. Disney certainly knows how to theme a dish to a venue. Note: The children had the option of homemade macaroni and cheese served inside in a crispy beggars purse.
A sorbet intermezzo was served. Looks delicious!
Also on the menu, Venison with Sundried Cherry and Zinfandel Reduction; Parsnip, Sweet Potato, and Yukon Gold Potato Tarte; Braised Greens; Moros Orange and Honey Glazed Duck.
Here’s the full Western Scene menu card:
Western Streetmosphere characters and a western band entertained guests during the dinner.
The Land of Oz: Dessert
The guests walked through the rest of the ride (past Casablanca and the Temple) until reaching the Land of Oz, where dessert would be served among the munchkins! But look out for that witch…
The tables were in “technicolor,” as Janet says! Tables were named for the Wizard of Oz characters, and centerpieces contained spiral lollipops amid the bright flowers.
Each place setting held a miniature wedding cake — with Mickeys of course, a small box of runts candy, and a pair of edible ruby slippers!
Glinda, the Good Witch, and Lars, a Hollywood Movie Producer whom the guests had met at the beginning of the evening, entertained during the dessert service.
Dance Party and Dessert Buffet Under the Hat
The guests finally moved to the last section of the evening, a dance party under the giant Sorcerer Mickey Hat in the middle of the Studios. Guess who showed up to get the party started!
There was also a dessert buffet during the Dance Party.
And the happy couple ended the evening with a private fireworks show!
Thanks and More Info
To see more from Janet’s fairy tale vow renewal, including photos from the planning, check out her flickr page! Janet, thank you for sharing these amazing photographs with us!
If you’re interested in having your wedding or vow renewal…or some other celebration…at Disney World, you can check out DisneyWeddings.com. Disneyland more your style? Here you go: Disneyland’s Wedding Page.