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D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is thrilled to announce a special theatrical performance, Broadway and Beyond. Thomas Schumacher, president and producer, Disney Theatrical Productions will host a musical journey into Disney’s history on Broadway and beyond at the D23 Expo: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event. The performance features an all-star line-up, including Heidi Blickenstaff (‘The Little Mermaid’), Ashley Brown (‘Mary Poppins’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’), Merle Dandridge (‘Tarzan’ and ‘Aida’), Josh Strickland (‘Tarzan®’) and Alton Fitzgerald White (‘The Lion King’), who sing beloved songs from the award-winning musicals they starred in as well as classic tunes from the Disney on Broadway catalogue.
Earlier today, the official Disney Parks blog held an internet chat with Walt Disney Imagineer Chris Beatty who is overseeing the New Fantasyland expansion at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. Featured in the chat was the reveal of the ‘forbidden’ West Wing inside the Beast’s castle which is represented in the New Fantasyland Fantasy Forest area as the ‘Be Our Guest’ restaurant.
The chat opened up with this video featuring Imagineers Tim Warzecha, Ted Robledo and Chris Kelly as they toured the restaurant, including the West Wing section, and gave an overview into the design and thought process behind the new dining location.
Walt Disney World has released these images of some of the art featured in the ‘Be Our Guest Restaurant’ which will soon open in the Fantasy Forest section of the New Fantasyland expansion at the Magic Kingdom. The restaurant features intricate works of art designed to convey the elegance of the Beast’s Castle in Beauty and the Beast, such as that seen here in close-up as well as an overall view.
Located in Magic Kingdom, the stylish restaurant will serve French-inspired cuisine for quick-service lunch and table-service dinner, becoming the first and as of yet only dining location to serve alcohol in the park. Part of New Fantasyland, Be Our Guest Restaurant will grand open Dec. 6, 2012 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Walt Disney World has just released this image of the Rose Gallery located inside the ‘Be Our Guest’ restaurant located in the Enchanted Forest section of the New Fantasyland Expansion at the Magic Kingdom.
Featuring a large music box centerpiece nearly 7 feet tall with Belle and the Beast slowly twirling atop, the Rose Gallery is one of three dining rooms at Be Our Guest Restaurant. Adorned with rose accents, paintings and tapestries, the Rose Gallery features French-inspired cuisine for quick-service lunch. Part of New Fantasyland, Be Our Guest Restaurant will grand open December 6, 2012.
‘Be Our Guest Restaurant’ in Walt Disney World’s New Fantasyland magically drops Magic Kingdom diners into the splendor, elegance and fairytale charm of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, with a setting right out of the hit animated feature film: the magnificent castle of The Beast, where guests dine in three richly appointed rooms that bring to the story to life.
“This is a whole new level of theming for a Disney restaurant,” said Maribeth Bisienere, vice president of Food & Beverage and Merchandise for The Walt Disney Company. “More than ever, we’re using storytelling and creativity as we develop our menus.”
Time is running out for fans to own two of Disney’s beloved animated hits on Blu-ray ™ and DVD Combo Pack. Beauty and the Beast: Diamond Edition and Bambi: Diamond Edition will return to the Disney Vault on April 30, 2012.
One of the most critically acclaimed animated films of all time, Beauty and the Beast is a favorite for all ages. The Diamond Edition was spectacularly restored using the latest digital technology, including the release of the film on spectacular Disney 3D, bringing the characters, sound and storyline to a whole new immersive dimension. The ‘tale as old as time,’ Beauty and the Beast continues to resonate with millions of adoring fans around the world, and is a story to be enjoyed time and time again.
Singer and former ‘American Idol’ champion Kelly Clarkson poses with Princess Belle and Beast from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast yesterday in the Rose Garden area of the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Photo by Todd Anderson, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort
Also visiting the Magic Kingdom was Grammy Award- and seventeen-time Latin Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Juanes who received a special welcome to the theme park from Minnie Mouse on Feb. 18, 2012. Juanes is expected to release a new album in May 2012, and he will be featured on MTV’s Tr3s network on March 6, 2012. During his career, the Colombian-born performer has sold more than 12 million albums. He was named Latin music’s “Artist of the Decade” by Billboard and one of TIME Magazine’s ’100 Most Influential People in the World.’
Walt Disney Animation Studios has just provided us with two hi-res stills from its upcoming animated short, Tangled Ever After, which will premiere before Beauty and the Beast 3D when it opens in theaters beginning tomorrow, January 13.
Tangled Ever After picks up where Tangledleft off. The Kingdom is in a festive mood as everyone gathers for the royal wedding of Rapunzel and Flynn. However, when Pascal and Maximus, as flower chameleon and ring bearer, respectively, lose the gold bands, a frenzied search and recovery mission gets underway. As the desperate duo tries to find the rings before anyone discovers that they’re missing, they leave behind a trail of comical chaos that includes flying lanterns, a flock of doves, a wine barrel barricade and a very sticky finale. Will Maximus and Pascal save the day and make it to the church in time? And will they ever get Flynn’s nose right?
This past weekend, Walt Disney Studios had a special celebrity screening for Beauty and the Beast 3D which roars into theaters this Friday, January 13. Walt Disney Studios have provided us with several photos of the guests attending the special screening which included stars from popular Disney Channel and Disney XD series and films such as: Olivia Holt (Kickin’ It), Mary Mouser (Body of Proof and Frenemies), Raini Rodriguez (Austin & Ally) and brother Rico Rodriguez (Modern Family), Kenton Duty (Shake It Up), Spencer Boldman and Billy Unger (Lab Rats, Billion Dollar Freshmen), Tiffany Thornton and Allisyn Arm (So Random), Aedin Mincks, Allie Deberry and Sierra McCormick (A.N.T. Farm) and Skai Jackson (Jessie). Other guests included Emily Alyn Lind (Revenge), Zachary Levi (Tangled Ever After, Chuck) and Raphael Sbarge (Once Upon A Time).