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Magic Kingdom Update: Be Our Guest Restaurant, Enchanted Forest, Former Skyway Station, Country Bears Pre Refurb, Grand Floridian Water Playground – Photos and Video

Hi everyone!

Yesterday we went to the Magic Kingdom to see the last shows of Country Bear Jamboree before it went down for refurbishment. There is talk that several minutes might get cut from the show, so we wanted to make sure to capture it in photos and video just in case. But first, we took a look at New Fantasyland progress, and found that the sign for the Be Our Guest Restaurant is now up! Behind it appears to be a griffin (below, left). The Be Our Guest sign (below, right) features a rose and several symbols.

The Gaston and LeFou fountain is harder to spot now that new lighting fixtures are up (below, left). And this fence sits near the entrance to the Be Our Guest Restaurant (below, right). Be Our Guest Restaurant opened up for bookings this past week, and quickly sold out most of this year’s reservations.

Video #1 – Be Our Guest Restaurant Sign – New Fantasyland Enchanted Forest, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World – The sign and entrance of Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Enchanted Forest section of New Fantasyland! Reservations started being accepted to Be Our Guest August 20th for November 19th and beyond. This is the Magic Kingdom at Walk Disney World.

Turrets rise above Fantasyland (below, left), with Pinocchio’s Village Haus behind them. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (below, right) ride building is still being enclosed and is currently due to open sometime in 2014

Prince Eric’s Castle (below, left) can be seen – barely now (below, left). Rain clouds (below, right) threaten behind the castle walls.

Video #2 – Fantasyland Construction 8/21/12 Disney World – Be Our Guest, Enchanted Forest Entrance, Mermaid – It’s just a few months until the new Fantasyland opens up to guests! Here is a look at Be Our Guest Restaurant, the entrance to the new Fantasyland near the Carousel, Little Mermaid/Prince Eric’s Castle and more!

The Yankee Trader (below, left) is behind a giant scrim as work in this area continues. In the location of the former Fantasyland Skyway Station (below, right), new restrooms are being built – as should a Tangled Tower.

Video #3 – Fantasyland Former Skyway Station Area Construction  – Restrooms, Tangled Themed Tower – Here is a look at construction at the former Fantasyland Skyway Station! This area is set to become bathrooms and have a Tangled themed Tower.

We enjoyed 4 showings of the Country Bear Jamboree with friends (below, left). There was a small crowd for the final show, which started at 9pm. Wendell (below, right) sings a song in front of the city park that is rumored to be cut “Mama Don’t Whip Little Buford”.

 

Bonnie, Bubbles and Beulah make up the Sun Bonnets, who sing the sad song,  “All The Guys That Turn Me On Turn Me Down”.  Trixie (below, right) seems tearful that changes might be made to the Country Bear Jamboree.

Denise and I (below, left) enjoyed watching the last Country Bear Jamboree before refurbishment, though I think she was pretty much done after 4 showings! Melvin, Max and Buff provide some comic relief during the show (below, right).

Video #4 – Country Bear Jamboree Final Show Before Refurbishment 8/21/12 Devilish Mary Clip Disney World – The Country Bear Jamboree went down for refurbishment today. This clip of Devilish Mary was shot last night at 9pm before it closed for 2 months!

Halloween merchandise (below, left) is now appearing at the parks and resorts. I have my eye on this set of 3 small tombstones in a pack (below, right). It includes Master Gracey and Leota!

At Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, the Alice in Wonderland themed water activity area is supposed to open next week (below, left). A teacup sits on the ground (below, right). In the first photo, there is also a Beach Pool Bar that is scheduled to open on August 24th, as Gasparilla Grill & Games goes down for refurbishment through December 17th.

A giant Mad Hatter hat is ready for water, providing the “bucket” in this play area (below, left). A teapot also is ready to pour water into a cup. “Curiouser and Curiouser” says this sign (below, right).

Video #5 – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort- Alice in Wonderland Themed Water Playground, DVC Villa Construction – Here is a look at the Grand Floridian Resort DVC Villa construction, including a new water play area themed to Alice in Wonderland! Behind it is a quick-service restaurant that should be open this month.

For many more great photos, please check out MouseSteps latest update HERE!

All-New Release – Journey Into Imagination with Original Dreamfinder Ron Schneider: Exclusive Signed Edition

Journey Into Imagination with Original Dreamfinder Ron Schneider: Exclusive Signed Edition

Join Ron Schneider as he chronicles his journey from the early days of Disneyland to his years at EPCOT Center’s Journey Into Imagination – including a previously unreleased ride-through of the classic original attraction!

The Ron Schneider Story (2012) – Ron shares in exciting detail the creative challenges he faced in bringing EPCOT Center’s only characters to vivid life. Anyone who’s a fan of Disney theme parks – or has ever held the dream of performing for an audience of millions – will enjoy these behind-the-scenes tales, told by a talented storyteller and theme park legend.

Journey Into Imagination with Commentary by Ron Schneider (1997) Ron offers up his thoughts and remembrances while you watch this never-before-seen footage from the original Journey Into Imagination!

Journey Into Imagination (1997) Enjoy this previously unreleased 1997 ride-through of the classic Journey Into Imagination. This version features the exterior, queue and complete ride including all of your favorite original scenes with Dreamfinder and Figment!

Running Time: 70 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Epcot’s Journey Into Imagination Collectors Edition 2-Disc Set

Celebrate Spring – Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2012:

Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2012

Celebrate spring at one of Disney’s most anticipated events of the year: The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2012.

Experience these unique panoramic displays throughout Epcot’s Future World and all around World Showcase!

Running Time: 64 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2011, Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2010, Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2009, Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2008

All New – The Very Best of Disney’s Nighttime Fireworks Spectaculars!

Jeff Lange Presents: Walt Disney World Nighttime Fireworks Spectaculars

Jeff Lange takes you to Walt Disney World to experience the very best of Disney’s Nighttime Fireworks Spectaculars!

Featuring: Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky, Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams – 40th Anniversary Special Edition, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, Let There Be Peace on Earth Finale, Fantasy in the Sky New Years Eve Fireworks and BONUS: The Magic, The Memories, and You! (Romance Segment).

Running Time: 66 min

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Remember Christmas: Holiday Treat 2011 DVD – Available Now:

Jeff Lange’s Holiday Treat 2011 (Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2011)

Seasons Greetings from Jeff Lange! Celebrate the holidays with this new DVD featuring the 2011 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World.

Features yearly favorites such as: “Cinderella’s Holiday Wish (Castle Lighting)“, “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade“, The Magic, The Memories and You! (Holiday Segment),Holiday Wishes Fireworks – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season“, “Celebrate the Season Show“, Very Merry Party Scenes, and much more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Halloween at Walt Disney World (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2011) – Available Now:

Jeff Lange’s Trick or Treat 8 (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2011)

Jeff Lange presents this all-new DVD from the 2011 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World!

Featuring: Br’er Rabbit’s Laughin’ Place Candy Patch, The Headless Horseman, Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, Happy HalloWishes Fireworks, Villains Dance Mix and Mingle, Not So Scary Party Scenes, Haunted Mansion at Midnight and more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available: Trick or Treat vol 1 – 8 (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties 2003-2011) – Click HERE

Halloween Time at Disneyland (Mickey’s Halloween Party)

Jeff Lange’s Disneyland Trick or Treat (Mickey’s Halloween Party 2010)

Jeff Lange presents this all-new DVD from the 2010 Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland!

Featuring: Spooky Halloween Party Scenes, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Mickey’s Costume Party Cavalcade, Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy, Halloween Screams – A Villainous Surprise in the Skies Fireworks, Haunted Mansion Holiday and more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available: Halloween Titles (Including Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties 2003-2011) – Click HERE

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Jeff Lange’s Magic Kingdom Summertime 2011

Celebrate the summer of 2011 in style, as Jeff Lange brings you the newest offerings from Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom!

Featuring the following 2011 summertime favorites: Entrance Scenes, Haunted Mansion Interactive Queue, Haunted Mansion Ride, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Magic, The Memories, and You! plus BONUS: Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky Fireworks Spectacular !

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available: Jeff Lange’s Magic Kingdom Summertime 2010 (Featuring SpectroMagic, Summer Nightastic! Fireworks Show, Main Street Electrical Parade and more!)

Recent Releases – Frontierland Classics, Adventureland Classics and Liberty Square Classics:

Jeff Lange Remembers: Frontierland Classics

Take a trip back in time to experience classic Walt Disney World “Frontierland” attractions. This fifth volume in the series features the following: Splash Mountain (1992), Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade (2006), Country Bear Jamboree (1992), Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (1997), Tom Sawyer Island (2006) and more!

Running Time: 65 min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Fantasyland Classics

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Jeff Lange Remembers: Adventureland Classics

Take a trip back in time to experience classic Walt Disney World “Adventureland” attractions. This fourth volume in the series features the following: Adventureland Tour (1992-1997), Jungle Cruise (1993), Enchanted Tiki Birds Tropical Serenade (1992), Pirates of the Caribbean (original version including Barker Bird 1992), Pirates of the Caribbean (1997) and more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available

Jeff Lange Remembers: Liberty Square Classics

Take a trip back in time to experience classic Walt Disney World “Liberty Square” attractions. This third volume in the series features the following: The Hall of Presidents (Original Version – 1993), Mike Fink Keel Boats (opening day attraction – 1992), Haunted Mansion (original version – 1992), Haunted Mansion Bonus Ride (my final recording of the original version with some special surprises – 2006)!

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Tomorrowland Classics

Epcot Center Historical DVDs – Available Now:

For fans of classic Epcot Center, I present my Epcot Center Historical Collection!

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Walt Disney World Vintage Footage:

Jeff Lange DVD Presents: Bob Welbaum’s Walt Disney World 1986 DVD

 

Jeff Lange turns back the clock to 1986, where you will experience Walt Disney World through the eyes of Disneyana documentarian Bob Welbaum. This incredible vintage footage includes select narration from Mr. Welbaum, who shot this video before recording was commonplace.

Walt Disney World 1986 contains clips from the following: Walt Disney World Resorts, Original Disney Shopping Village, Epcot Center, Discovery Island, Magic Kingdom, Seven Seas Lagoon and much more!

Running Time: 65 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Fantasyland Classics and Jeff Lange Remembers: Tomorrowland Classics

Disneyland Vintage Footage (5 Volumes Available):

Jeff Lange Remembers Disneyland Classics Vol 5

Jeff Lange takes you on a trip back in time to experience classic Disneyland attractions. This fifth volume in the series features the following:

Aladdin’s Royal Caravan (1993), Disneyland Railroad(1992) including the burning settlers cabin, Big Thunder Ranch and more, Beauty and the Beast Show (1993),Pinocchio’s Daring Journey (1993), Alice in Wonderland (1993) andFantasy in the Sky Fireworks (1993)!

Running Time: 66 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Disneyland Classics Volume 1 – 4.

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