Dress Rehearsal of New Fantasyland ~ My Experience!

I was at Walt Disney World last weekend strolling with my family from Tomorrowland to Fantasyland when I noticed an opening in some shrubbery and people going into the New Fantasyland. I asked a Cast Member if we could go in and when he replied, “of course”, I just about exploded into Pixie Dust on the spot! They were conducting a Soft Opening of the brand new land!! The best part of it all, you ask? My parents happened to be in town from Seattle so they got to be a part of it!!

As we walked under the gates, the detail, as you can only imagine, was absolutely gorgeous. We decided not to go into the Enchanted Tales with Belle experience this time as there was a bit of a wait and we were on a time constraint. As we were heading back into the Enchanted Forest, we could see some of the beautiful creations emerging and getting bigger as we came closer. It was such a magical feeling and we were all so excited for the new experience!

We walked over to Gaston’s Tavern first as it was open and there were lots of people about. It felt as though we were walking right into the scene from Beauty and the Beast as we walked into the Village. Gaston was standing there boasting about his strength right next to a gorgeous fountain in front of his tavern. My friend Ashley [who is a server at the Carthay Circle Restaurant in Disney’s California Adventure] captured this fabulous picture showing all three…

When we walked into the Tavern, it was even more amazing! The detail that the Imagineers put into each and every piece of their projects is phenomenal, really. I quickly snapped these pics of one of the menu boards where you can see antlers and beer mugs hanging, as well as the fireplace that was as grand as could be! So cool!

We tried Le Fou’s Brew, and I have to say, it was FABULOUS!! The official description of the Brew is “Frozen Apple Juice with a hint of Toasted Marshmallow and topped with All Natural Passion Fruit Mango Foam served in a Souvenir Stein or Goblet”. Wow!! This stuff was delicious! My parents, who don’t like anything sweet, absolutely LOVED it too! What a faboulously refreshing treat on a hot day! The Goblets are completely adorable, and notice the little touch of Mickey too?

As we walked out of Gaston’s Tavern, there was Maurice’s Amazing Popping Machine where they sold refreshments and we decided that we needed a Mickey Bar…after all, the six of us shared two Brews, so we needed more of a snack! ;)

While my family was getting Mickey Bars, I decided to go wait in line to meet Gaston myself. He was just a hoot with every set of guests he met as I waited in line…so authentic and exactly true to his character in the movie! I wouldn’t expect any less, but it was pretty awesome. I got to the beginning of the line just as my mom and my daughter came over so all of us girls posed for a picture with the stud muffin! LOL! Can you believe how tall he is?

After meeting Gaston, we walked over to see if the Under the Sea, Journey of the Little Mermaid attraction happened to be running. Much to our delight, IT WAS!!! I’m going to give you a picture tour of this attraction and I will tell you that it was amazing, breathtaking, exactly true to detail, and we felt like we’d stepped right into the movie. I can’t think of enough adjectives right now to describe how amazing every detail was…truly a feast for the eyes!

Ariel left guests a note with instructions for the interactive ride queue game…

There were gadgets and gizmos a-plenty…

and whozits and whatzits galore…

A quick pic of the interactive game you can enjoy while waiting in line to get into your Shell!

Just one example of the completely AH-MAZING artwork on the ceilings as you walk through the ride queue.

Ariel as she’s going through the change

My VERY FAVORITE scene from the whole ride…

Together at last and getting her voice back…

And the grand finale…because every magical day should end with fireworks!!

I sure hope you’ve enjoyed my photo tour and that you are planning a visit to the New Fantasyland at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL real soon! Remember, the Enchanted Forest officially opens to the public on December 6, 2012! Be sure to keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for updates!

Disney Princess Ribbon Hair Clippies!

Tink, Cinderella, Snow White, and Ariel

Aurora, Belle, Rapunzel, and Tiana

Disney Princess Ribbon Hair Clippies!


Do you like to dress your little girl in fun boutique-style clothing when you go on a Disney Vacation? Well, you’re not the only one! Brenda from Beyond Adorable has a talent like no one

I’ve ever seen! She has some of the cutest, personalized, hand-made Disneyesque clothing that is simply to die for!

This morning while I was poking around Facebook to see what was new with my friends and family, I came across her new Disney Princess Clippies. If my 9 year-old daughter was still in to wearing this kind of thing, I would have every single one of these babies!

I’ve got some great news for you too! These clips are normally priced at a reasonable $6.50 each but today only, she is selling them 2 for $10.00!! If you’re interested in today’s sale, just send an email to brenda AT beyondadorable DOT com. Get ’em while they’re hot!

Brenda was featured on the Disney Driven Life as Neurotic Disney Person-of-the-Month a few months back and I highly recommend that you read her story! Don’t forget to go look at her photo albums to see all of her amazing creations!

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DisneySMMoms Celebration 2011: Our First Event – Disney’s Fairytale Weddings & Honeymoons Platinum Soiree {Part 3 The Gowns}

DisneySMMoms Celebration 2011: Our First Event
Disney’s Fairytale Weddings & Honeymoons
Platinum Soiree {Part 3 The Gowns}


After the completely amazing candy buffet and tour of Franck’s Wedding Studio, we made our way over to the Wedding Pavilion. We were able to see the Disney Princess inspired wedding gowns by Alfred Angelo placed strategically (on mannequins) around the pavilion. They were gorgeous!

The Cinderella Platinum Anniversary Gown was revealed to us live for the 20th anniversary! It was breathtaking!

I bet you’re wondering about that handy little flash drive I talked about a couple posts ago? Well, below are some of the pictures we were given to share with you that showcase each of the gowns. My own pics of the REAL ones hardly do them justice, so, while I wait for the professional ones to come from Disney, I figured I’d share these with you instead of holding you in suspense! Remember, click on the pics to enlarge them.






Snow White


Let me know in the comments which one is your favorite!

Disclosure: I paid to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. In exchange for my registration fee, I received deeply discounted rates on hotel, park tickets, events, meals, and swag. I am not required nor was I asked to write about the events by Disney or any other party affiliated with the event. Thoughts are 100% my own.