Celebrating one of the most beloved animated films by Disney, Belle’s Village in the New Fantasyland area of Disney World’s Magic Kingdom transports guests to scenes from “Beauty and the Beast”. Of course, we are especially fond of the dancing flatware*!
During a New Fantasyland “Dress Rehearsal,” some incredible Disney Food Blog readers and a few of our favorite colleagues captured the photos in the dazzling display below. A huge thanks goes out to Alison Durkee (who also writes over on DisZine.com), Matt Hoskins, Suzannah DiMarzio at Zannaland, Missy Rosenberg and Franklin Khamvongsa, Kelly Tressler, @CoreyPatterson, @Leah679, and @CookingGuys for these incredible photos! Let’s take a peek…
Be Our Guest Restaurant Pictures
Guests have been able to enter Be Our Guest Restaurant for the first time over the past couple of days! Even though they’re not yet serving food at Be Our Guest, there is still a LOT to take in… . You can see the Beast’s Castle from anywhere in Belle’s Village, and it looks particularly ominous from Maurice’s Cottage!
Once you make the trek to the castle, you’ll have to cross the bridge! This makes the anticipation even stronger…
Sad Gargoyles line the bridge to the Castle, guarding this incredible vista of rocky waterfalls!
Don’t forget that you can purchase goblets with this Sad Gargoyle on them at Bonjour! Village Gifts!
As we approach the Beast’s Castle, Disney Imagineers have placed lots of enticing detail to tell the story! The Beast’s Coat of Arms adorns this castle gate…
And other gates stand ready to repel intruders!
A castle entrance should be nothing less than enchanting! Check out the fun gargoyles and menacing lions (with ram antlers?) guarding the entrance!
Of course, let’s not forget what’s important around here…
Once inside, the castle comes to life with satin flags and suits of armor! (By the way, once the restaurant is open, those suits of armor are supposed to interact with guests as they order!)
And check out the fun lunch counter-service ordering kiosks in the middle of the aisle!
The castle details are extraordinary. From the carvings and gargoyles to the tapestries decorating the palace, the Imagineers have outdone themselves.
(Those are some SERIOUS abs on those gargoyles, my friends… . Apparently holding up beams in castles is some wicked core work.)
And don’t forget to look UP!
To see a close-up of a very familiar face…
The tapestries add a softness to this otherwise cold, stone decor. This one seems to depict winemaking. How appropo!
And here’s another tapestry you’ll find hanging in Beast’s Castle. More lions. And bunnies?
Now, as we move toward the restaurant, be sure to check out the menu!
But the rooms of Be Our Guest Restaurant are what guests will truly find enchanting!
Entering the ballroom, it’s that magnificent ceiling that draws our attention! Here are a few shots that we got from our friends!
Of course, every fairy tale has a happy ending! These mosaics around Be Our Guest Restaurant add both color and story to the decor!
Whew!! Well, I’m even more excited to visit this place now, aren’t you?? Be sure to check out the Be Our Guest Restaurant Menu and Be Our Guest Restaurant Food Pictures posts as well as the Be Our Guest Restaurant Kids Menu news!
We’ve got all the info you need about Be Our Guest Restaurant on our Be Our Guest Restaurant Page!
Gaston’s Tavern Pictures
Gaston’s Tavern is located in the Enchanted Forest area of New Fantasyland, right under the watchful eye of the Beast’s Castle!
Coming upon the tavern in the middle of the village, you’ll surely be impressed by the massive fountain…which was a gift to the town…
…from Gaston, himself. 😉
Once you’ve checked out that fountain, it’s time to head closer to Gaston’s Tavern!
Be sure to check out the details on the exterior of the buildings in Belle’s Village — here’s where you pick up your Hunting Equipment!
Of course, since the place is small, there may be a line to get in during these “dress rehearsal” days…
But once inside, you’ll be on antler overload!
I love the detail on the curtains!
I especially love this photo from the evening at Gaston’s! Kind of looks cozy!
…what with the fireplace and all!
Once you’re ready to eat, it’s time to head up to the…bar?
Now, remember, the Gaston’s Tavern menu‘s been updated since yesterday! Check out the patch job next to that Pork Shank!
Most folks at Gaston’s will pick up LeFou’s Brew — a no-sugar added frozen apple juice with a hint of toasted marshmallow. You can get it in a souvenir Beast stein or Belle goblet (or pay less and get it in a cup). 😉
Here’s a close-up of the goods! In this photo, reader Missy Rosenberg filled her Belle Goblet with Diet Coke. She says you aren’t allowed to get the goblet or stein filled with anything other than LeFou’s Brew by the cast members, but you can buy the souvenir cups and a soda separately and then combine!
I LOVE the hidden Mickey on the bottom of the stein!
As a reminder, here’s what the LeFou’s Brew looks like out of the cups…
Now, if you want some hearty eats to go along with your Brew, it’s time for the “Shank du Jour!” …Which will pretty much always be a Pork Shank.
And just like the turkey legs, those Pork Shanks are a mouthful!!
Now, we’ve gotta talk Cinnamon Buns!! These look a lot like the mouth-watering (and HUGE) cinnamon buns at Main Street Bakery! Check it out…
According to DFB reader Leah, this is “Different from a normal cinnamon bun. Less white frosting and more of a maple glaze. Still cinnamon-y but different than usual. More like french toast.”
OK!! Are you as full as I am?!? I’m eagerly awaiting my opportunity to descent on Gaston’s Tavern and Be Our Guest Restaurant (c’mon November!!), but until then, I can’t wait to hear your reviews!
What will you try first at Gaston’s Tavern or Be Our Guest Restaurant? Have you been? Share your thoughts!
*No, there probably ISN’T going to be dancing flatware at Be Our Guest Restaurant, but we’ve learned to Never Say Never!