Sunday, November 11, 2012

Tour of Gaston's Village in The New Fantasyland

During the recent dress rehearsal look at the New Fantasyland in Walt Disney World we were able to take a tour of Gaston's Village and Gaston's Tavern from "Beauty and The Beast."

So, let's take a quick tour of the village:

When you first enter the small village, the first thing you notice is the large fountain statute of Gaston in the square. The burly, narcissistic "town hero" steps on his sidekick Le Fou.

Gaston statue
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The tavern is adorned with antlers, which we can only assume are from the animals hunted by Gaston.
Gaston's Tavern sign
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Upon entering the tavern, you come upon the bar where you can order the Roasted Pork Shank (which many believe will replace the Turkey Leg as the "it" food in Disney) and Le Fou's Brew, which is frozen apple juice with a hint of toasted marshmallow topped with all-natural passion fruit-mango foam. You can purchase the drink in a souvenir plastic stein or goblet. Be aware, the Brew is cold and it is possible to get brain freeze.

Menu items
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To the left of the bar is a sitting room with tables and chairs. The walls are adorned with animal trophy heads. One wall has a dart board and shows Gaston beating Le Fou.
Closeup of dartboard
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Animals on the wall in Gaston's Tavern
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To the right of the bar is another room with chairs. This one has a fireplace with a painting of Gaston and more trophy heads on the wall.

Gaston on the wall
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Next to the tavern is the Village Gifts store containing Beauty and The Beast merchandise.

Village gifts
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As we return to the square and the fountain, don't forget to take a closer look at the figures, and have your picture taken.
Top of Gaston's Statue
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Bottom of Gaston's statue
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