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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Apr. 17, 2011

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Beast Castle: Behind the Scenes With Walt Disney Imagineers

This week, we shared exclusive photos of the progress Walt Disney Imagineers have made on Beast’s castle at Magic Kingdom Park. It’ll sit on top of what will become the Be Our Guest Restaurant. The “Beauty and the Beast”-inspired restaurant, which is set to open in late 2012, will offer a lavish dining experience in the castle’s elegant ballroom, gallery and mysterious “west-wing.”

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Be sure and check the Disney Parks Blog this week for a video tour of the area from Walt Disney Imagineering.

And this was a treat – a front row seat in a session with well-known musical arranger and orchestrator Danny Troob and a 65-piece orchestra, as they recreated the amazing Little Mermaid music we all know and love.

Now, check out some of the other stories we worked on this week:

Things That Spin in the Night – A Different Perspective at Disneyland Park – Disneyland Resort photographer Paul Hiffmeyer takes one last “spin” at Disneyland park, revisiting the Astro Orbitor to share a unique perspective.

Backstage Tours Offer Insider’s Look at Disney Parks – Take a sneak-peek at what you can expect to see on a backstage tour at Walt Disney World Resort.

Muppet News Flash – Vinylmation Series 2 at Disney Parks – “Piiiiigs in Spaaaace!” Link Hogthrob, Dr. Julius Strangepork and Miss Piggy are just a few of your favorite characters appearing in the newest Muppets Vinylmation series.

This Day In Disney History: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Turns 10 – One of the only resorts outside the continent of Africa to offer guestrooms with a view of animals roaming an open savanna – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – celebrated its 10th anniversary this week.

Galactic Offerings Await You at The Star Trader at Disneyland Resort – We share a quick look at the galaxy of new Star Tours and Star Wars inspired-apparel, toys and more coming to Disneyland Resort next month.


  • Can not wait!!! The music is amazing! and the Beauty and the Beast is really going to be something magical!

  • My all time favorite disney movie coming to life! I think I replayed that video over 5 times already. Which makes me wonder how many times I’ll be going on that ride when it opens!? 🙂

  • Music is the soul. While enjoying such beautiful melody, I am seemly watching the show of the Little Mermaid now.

  • I’m really excited about The Little Mermaid ride and Star Tours opening at the Disneyland Resort!

    And I can’t wait for Cars Land!

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