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Gaston offers a moment of his valuable time.

Recently, I had the opportunity to interview none other than the great Gaston. He was quick to inform me that no one is admired as much as he in this village. People seem impressed with large necks and dimpled chins in France.  I asked if we could begin the interview with a spitting match, but he said he hadn’t been drinking enough water lately and is a little cotton-mouthed.  He said to be careful of the popcorn cart made by Belle’s father.  He said to focus on “real man’s food” at his Tavern.

Only true fans understand the deep contemplications and ponderizings of Gaston.
Only true fans understand the deep contemplications and ponderizings of Gaston.  When I asked him what books he had read lately, he said he prefers the movie over the book.  “Books are for bakers to help them cook delicious cinnamon rolls.  Have you tried one of my cinnamon rolls.   They are almost as large as my brain!”

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Ariel and I in her new grotto

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I met Ariel at Magic Kingdom on 10-18-2012/03:43 PM using @kennypirate’s app. Download http://tinyurl.com/9vu9db2 What a sweet mermaid. And I ran into two character attendant friends too!

Ariel

Ariel meets in the Magic Kingdom. You can find her schedule HERE

She may be found at Cinderella’s Royal Table and Akershus.  Eric no longer meets regularly.

New Grotto 2012
New Grotto 2012
New Grotto 2012
New Grotto 2012
New Grotto 2012
New Grotto 2012
New Grotto 2012
New Grotto 2012
Eric with Ariel in Magic Kingdom 2011
Eric with Ariel in Magic Kingdom 2011
Eric with Ariel in Magic Kingdom 2012
Eric with Ariel in Magic Kingdom 2012
Eric with Ariel in Magic Kingdom 2012
Eric with Ariel in Magic Kingdom 2012
Old Grotto 2005
Old Grotto 2005
Akershus Royal Dining 2005
Akershus Royal Dining 2005
Old Grotto 2005
Old Grotto 2005
California Adventure 2007
California Adventure 2007
Enchanted event at El Capitan 2007
Enchanted event at El Capitan 2007
Old Grotto 2008
Old Grotto 2008
New Grotto 2012
New Grotto 2012
Magic Kingdom 2011
Magic Kingdom 2011
Magic Kingdom 2012
Magic Kingdom 2012
Disneyland 2012
Disneyland 2012
Magic Kingdom 2012
Magic Kingdom 2012

Ariel returns to fins and Gaston moves in.

Ariel in fins photo @crushinator twitter feed.

Ariel has moved into her new Grotto today (officially soft opening) and Gaston began meeting guests in New Fantasyland as well.  The new Little Mermaid ride is open as well as Gaston’s Tavern.  The only portion of New Fantasyland that isn’t open, but is complete is Be Our Guest restaurant.  It will be quite a while before the Seven Dwarves Mine Train opens and the new Princess Hall will not open until 2013.

With Ariel relocating and Gaston beginning to meet day guests, Eric is no longer meeting guests at Walt Disney World.

Walt Disney World news in brief

I thought I might start a simple Disney news in review column that I’ll feature from time to time to keep everyone informed on of all the goings on in the Disney blogosphere.  I’ll pick out information that could assist you with your planning or enhance your experience.

1.  Gaston confirmed for New Fantasyland

As I announced earlier today, Gaston has been confirmed to begin meeting in New Fantasyland.  The Disney Parks blog announced that his first offical day will be November 19th, but he may appear sporadically prior to that date.

2.  Test Track to reopen December 6th

The all-new Tronesque Test Track complete with “sim cars” will reopen to the public on December 6th. The new version will feature an interactive queue that allows guests to design their own car before taking it out on the track.   Attractions like this typically undergo soft openings to allow for a test and adjust period and train the new Cast Members.  That typically begins a week or two before the announced opening.

3.  Upcoming attraction Refurbs

Splash mountain to undergo refurb.  According to the Disney Parks calendar, it appears that Splash mountain will be closed from February 1 – March 19, 2013 in order to undergo it’s annual refurbishment.

Studio Backlot Tour – Closed For Refurbishment [ Monday, October 08 – Friday, November 16 ]
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin – Closed For Refurbishment [ Thursday, October 18 – Thursday, October 25 ]
Country Bear Jamboree – Closed For Refurbishment [ Monday, October 01 – Tuesday, October 16 ]
The Boneyard – Closed For Refurbishment [ Wednesday, October 24 – Thursday, October 25 ]
Typhoon Lagoon – Closed for Refurbishment  [ Sunday, October 28 – Saturday, January 05 ]

4.  Fantasyland Passholder Preview sign up date changed. 

Annual Passholders were supposed to be allowed to sign up for previews of the new Fantasyland area on Monday, October 8th, but the date for sign ups was delayed until Monday, October 15th at Noon EDT.

Actual preview dates will be
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.

Enchanted Tales With Belle Itinerary:

  • Take a tour of Be Our Guest RestaurantBe Our Guest Restaurant
  • Ride on Under the Sea — Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Experience Enchanted Tales with Belle

Ariel’s Grotto Itinerary:

  • Take a tour of Be Our Guest RestaurantBe Our Guest Restaurant
  • Ride on Under the Sea — Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Take photos and receive autographs from Ariel

5.  Characters in Flight is aloft again.

The new Characters in Flight balloon is aloft again taking guests high in the sky over Downtown Disney.

The cost is:
$18 Adult (including tax) – ages 10 and up
$12 Children (including tax) – Guests ages 3 – 9
Free –  2 and under

6. Pete’s Silly Sideshow opens to park guests.

You can now meet Daisy/Minnie or Donald/Goofy in their circus attire on a daily basis from park open to close each day.  Fastpass distribution for Dumbo and Barnstormer Goofy were relocated into the 3rd tent next to Pete’s.  Pulling a Dumbo Fastpass will also get you a “Surprise Fastpass” for Philharmagic.  One can retrieve a Dumbo Fastpass, and immediately  get a Fastpass for Barnstormer as well.  Lines for the female characters is longer than their male counterparts.

7.  FREE Wi-Fi continues roll out at Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios became the third park to offer free guest in-park Wi-Fi.  The Animal Kingdom is currently the only park of the big 4 that doesn’t offer free Wi-Fi.  I prefer my Verizon 4G Razr Maxx, but hey their Wi-Fi doesn’t ding your data plan.

8.  New room only and package discounts released.

Room Only

Save up to 35% on stays at select Disney resorts, most nights January 2 – March 7, 2013(Excluding January 18-20)

  • Value resorts 15%-25% off
  • Moderate resorts 30% off
  • Deluxe and Deluxe Villa resorts 25%-35% off

Package discounts

“Play, Stay and Dine” is being offered for  select dates between January 2 and March 7, 2013.  The word Dine is included in the offer, but it is NOT the typical Free Dining offer.

Gaston confirmed for New Fantasyland and our interaction

Gaston at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party – September 2012

The Disney Parks blog has confirmed the news that we’ve been reporting since August. Gaston will be meeting in New Fantasyland near Gaston’s Tavern.  When my daughter and I met him at the Villains Bash, we asked him how he prefers his eggs.  He told us he loves a good egg smoothie with a hint of cinnamon.  But it must contain 5 dozen eggs.  His new tavern will be selling cinnamon rolls, be sure to ask if they offer the 5 dozen egg smoothie!  Tell ’em KtP sent you.

Gaston at the Villains Bash – September 2012
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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.

Does this ring a Belle? Belle leaves CRT and TST

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With Belle working toward relocating to New Fantasyland, she will no longer meet soon at Cinderella’s Royal Table for any meals.  Jasmine is now taking her place on a regular basis.
Belle will soon be leaving Town Square Theater and Aurora will fill her spot leaving three blondes in TST, Rapunzel, Aurora, Cinderella. I’ve heard this could occur as early as later this week.  When this occurs, one will only be able to meet Belle at Epcot for standard meet and greets with autograph opportunities.

Revised date for Pete’s tent and Ariel’s grotto

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The revised soft opening date for Pete’s Silly Sideshow character meet tent is Thursday, October 4. This will feature Minnie & Daisy together from one line and Donald & Goofy together from another line.  Chip n Dale will move to Frontierland and the characters in the tent will cease their other meets at Magic Kingdom. 

Ariel’s Grotto soft opening date is tentatively set for October 12th.  You’ll be able to see her in her fins, but Eric will not be present.

Cast Member previews for New Fantasyland are scheduled for October 22-November 2. 

Annual passholder previews should be the two weekends following.

Marie to join the Magic Kingdom

Marie from the movie “The Aristocats” will be moving from Epcot to the Magic Kingdom on Sunday, September 30th.  Her last day at Epcot will be Saturday, September 29th.

Marie will take Daisy’s spot at the flag pole as Daisy leaves to join the circus in the all new Pete’s Silly Circus in the Storybook Circus area of New Fantasyland.