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New Fantasyland Grand Opening: Avoid the Magic Kingdom December 6th

I’m not sure who is excited about the “Grand Opening” of New Fantasyland at this point because some elements have been available for weeks or even months.  Perhaps you haven’t had a chance to see the amazing new areas, I’m not negating that.  However, I would AVOID the MAGIC KINGDOM at all costs on December 6 just because many people will attend just for the “Grand Opening”.  Many people will want to be in the Park on the 6th for the “Grand Opening” and it’s an Extra Magic Hour day which automatically increases crowd sizes.  Park operations will change dramatically for the two days of this event.   If you can visit the Magic Kingdom December 7th or after, do so.  Operations will return to normal and lines will as well.  Disney is stating that New Fantasyland is closed on December 5th and that it will be open at 8:00am for Extra Magic Hours on the 6th.

Crowds may be lighter than normal on December 5th, but some things are closed and others close early.

Here’s some of what you can expect those days.

December 5
  1. Magic Kingdom operating hours are from 9:00-7:00
  2. The Enchanted Forest area closed to guests all day.
  3. Storybook Circus will only be open from 9:00-3:00
  4. Mickey’s PhilharMagic will be CLOSED.
  5. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and the Carrousel will only be open from 9:00-6:00
  6. Wishes will be offered at 6:00pm.  (Great view of this early show from the Polynesian beach!)
 December 6
  1. Magic Kingdom operating hours are from 9:00-7:00 (8:00 am opening for Resort Guests with Extra Magic Hours priveledges, creating a bigger unnecessary mess).
  2. Grand Opening Ceremony to be held on the Castle Stage at 10:00am.
  3. Be Our Guest Restaurant will be CLOSED ALL DAY
  4. The Enchanted Forest and Storybook Circus are said to open for guests at 8am for morning Extra Magic Hours.
  5. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is 7:00pm to 12:00am (Could this party become a sell out?)

What’s the deal with the Beast?

Beast used to meet regularly in Epcot.  Some sets were solo, some were together with Belle, like the meet above.  There was a great demand for Beast in Epcot.  The lines were usually so long that the meet was closed long before Beast even appeared.  The Cast Members would often form a second line of people willing to meet only Belle and often Belle would walk the line pre-signing autograph books to accommodate the long line and help it move quickly.  Some guests even planned their day in Epcot around meeting Beast.  Beast was unceremoniously retired from regular in-park meet and greets.

I had mentioned rumors for several months that Beast would leave Epcot in order to move to meeting ONLY dinner guests at the new Be Our Guest Restaurant that wouldn’t open until today (November 19, 2012).  One would be required to have a dinner reservation in order to take a quick photo with Beast.

Gaston to offer meet and greets in New Fantasyland Enchanted Forest (August 7)

Walt Disney World Character Rumor Round-up. Much to discuss today!

Beast – I’ve been hearing chatter that Beast may appear for photo opportunity during dinner ONLY.  Beast would not be moving table to table, but he would have a stationary location somewhere in the general dining area.  It wouldn’t be billed as “character dining.”

 In July Belle and Beast met totally exclusive of one another for a short time as a test to gauge guest reaction.

Did Belle and Beast file for separation?

Belle and Beast did break up from meeting one another.  Beast left Epcot and Belle only offers regular meets in Epcot along with Enchanted Tales with Belle in the Magic Kingdom which is not a regular meet and greet.  Gaston even moved into the New Fantasyland area.

Recently, the Disney Blog offered a meet-up that hosted a number of prominent bloggers, as well as other guests.  During the meet-up, the host explained that “We are saying that this character appearance is a special appearance. It’s only for the Blog meet-up tonight.”  Of course, all the kind and loyal fans and bloggers accepted that this meant that Beast would not be meeting guests before dinner after all.

Well, when the first “Official” dinner guests with Advance Reservations, not merely those in previews, arrived tonight they found…BEAST meeting guests after dinner!  Confusing?  Deceptive?  Attempting to keep a “surprise” that everyone knew about for months?

I had been able to confirm that Beast would offer a photo-op with dinner guests on many fronts.  Daily CMs, those with an understanding of the budgets etc… All would agree that Beast was a definite.  Then there was that odd announcement that certainly sounded like Beast wouldn’t be there after all, which left me saying, “Huh, what?”  So, I remained silent on the matter.

Well, Beast IS meeting every night after dinner at Be Our Guest restaurant.  He’ll offer a brief, yet organized photo op for any willing family/guest inside the restaurant.  They will ask that you try to take your photo as a group in order to keep the process moving quickly and not create a backlog or wait line.  He does not meet outside the restaurant.  The photo op is ONLY for those eating dinner at the restaurant.  It isn’t a traditional meet and greet where the character moves from table to table either.

Beast is meeting guests at his new restaurant…SURPRISE!!!

Annual Passholder preview dates for the New Fantasyland project details

(Registration begins October 8 @ Noon Eastern)

Preview Dates and Times

Dates and times for Passholder Previews are as follows:

Saturday, November 3, 2012
8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 10, 2012
8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 11, 2012
8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Preview Itineraries:

You can experience one of the following itineraries during your Passholder Preview:

Enchanted Tales With Belle Itinerary, which lets you:
Take a tour of Be Our Guest Restaurant
Ride on Under the Sea Journey of the Little Mermaid
Experience Enchanted Tales with Belle

The Ariel’s Grotto Itinerary, which lets you:
Take a tour of Be Our Guest Restaurant
Ride on Under the Sea Journey of the Little Mermaid
Take photos and receive autographs from Ariel

Important Registration Information

Registration for this event is limited. You may register up to 8 Guests total; every member of your party must be a valid Passholder at both time of registration and time of event.

If you are on the Annual Pass Monthly Payment Program, you must be current with your payments at both time of registration and the time of the event for which you register. If you have questions about your Annual Pass payments, please call (888) 701-4100.

Valid Magic Kingdom admission is required for all registered Guests in order to attend the event. Epcot after 4 and Weekday Select Passholders: please note that your Annual Pass is not valid for admission to Magic Kingdom park on the Passholder Preview dates. If you wish to register for a Passholder Preview, you may visit any theme park ticket window to inquire about an upgrade or to purchase a ticket.

Passholder Preview event registration is limited to one event per Passholder.  (You must choose)
In order to register, you will need the names, dates of birth, and Annual Passes for each member of your party.

When you have completed your registration you will receive a confirmation via email. You must print the confirmation page and bring it to the event check-in location in order to be admitted to your Passholder Preview. Confirmation pages on cell phones, tablets or other electronic devices cannot be accepted for this event.

Beast will meet at Be Our Guest restaurant

Beast will be meeting guests prior to having DINNER ONLY at the new Be Our Guest Restaurant beginning in November.  He will be available for a brief photo opportunity for families before they are seated. Beast doesn’t provide autographs.

I haven’t received confirmation if he will remain in Epcot or not.