With all this talk about the dragon that flew over New Fantasyland during a media event in 2012 – it was bound to happen. Conversation reemerged about about this video of the Splash Mountain gator. My first thought? Of course there are gators in Splash Mountain! They sing, dance and play the fiddle!
But this gator is not the singing kind – or even the University of Florida kind. I thought this story couldn’t possibly be true – so I had to see for myself.
The guests weren’t in any danger since the gator was not IN the Splash Mountain attraction itself. He was actually in the Rivers of America (where the riverboat and the rafts are) safely separated from guests on the ride by a dividing wall. I can’t believe people on the bridge were feeding the thing popcorn, however. That is just asking for trouble.
How did the gator get in to Magic Kingdom without a ticket? Well, this body of water he is enjoying is said to lead to a waterway – that then leads to Seven Seas Lagoon and finally empties in to Bay Lake. I’ve lived in Orlando my entire life so I can tell you from experience that Gators abound in Florida lakes. Man made or natural bodies of water can attract them, they do not discriminate. It is not unusual to see news stories about gators that have found their way to the backyard pools of Florida homeowners!
However…this is Disney after all…and this was filmed way back in 2003. I imagine some sort of precautions have been taken since then that would prevent anything like this from happening again. Unless of course…this is actually a baby dragon. I have heard that 9 years is about how long dragons take to mature into adults.
Maybe this guy just wanted to get a good spot for the parade or fireworks like the rest of us. What do you think?
Sure, I’ll admit it. I am one of THOSE people. I LOVE the Little Mermaid. I know what a snarfblat is, I love Ariel, and I love little singing crabs with Jamaican accents. At the risk of keeping Disneyways family friendly…I think Prince Eric is kinda confident and sexy. I can’t think of another prince who wouldn’t get all embarrassed if you asked about his dinglehopper.
I remember all the lyrics to “Part of Your World” and have been known to sing them on demand. So when it was revealed that there would be a Little Mermaid attraction added to the new Fantasyland – well – let’s just say it was kind of a big deal to me. This may explain why I believe in my heart that Scuttle saw me and actually SPOKE to me (ala Turtle Talk with Crush) on one of my first rides through the attraction. I was alone…and it has not happened since…so it could just be that I had a little too much Le Fou’s Brew that morning.
Anyway, it is in this spirit of love for Princess Ariel, and the grand opening of the New Fantasyland on December 6th, that I wanted to share with you this video from Attractionsmagazine.com. Here you will find footage of the full ride and queue line preceding it. I hope you can come see the real thing for yourself very soon.
Oh – and if you hear singing from the clam shell behind you – that just might be me – so lean over and say hi before covering your ears.
I searched for a long time. I wanted to find just the right video to give you a feeling of what it was really like in the early days of previews for the Be Our Guest Restaurant in the New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom. The first time I saw that waterfall outside I almost cried. You read about something so historical in Disney history (like the opening of New Fantasyland), see pictures, read some more, look forward to it…and once you get there in real life…well…it was hard for me not to be overwhelmed. Even though I have probably been there 20 times since then, and even got to have dinner in the new restaurant, I am still like a little kid and totally impressed none the less! This video is special because it is from those early days when it was so new – it hadn’t been seen by much of the public. It may never be this quiet and empty again during opening hours, so this is a special memory for me. Thank you wdwmagic.com for sharing. Enjoy!
My husband, some family members, and I were able to enjoy dinner at the brand new Be Our Guest Restaurant on November 18, 2012. It was a beautiful, cool night! Everyone at the table really enjoyed their food and the overall experience. I would have to agree with the consensus that this is the best food I have ever eaten in the Magic Kingdom. I shared many pictures of our meal on facebook and instagram so today I wanted to share the thoughts and photos with you from some other great bloggers!
By far…one of the most creative write ups I have seen so far was from my friend Wendy. Read it here at mymagic100.wordpress.com! Join in her experience – synchronized to the lyrics of the song! Doubtful that you will see this anywhere else!
For all of you detail oriented foodies out there – check out AJ over at the Disneyfoodblog.com. AJ has posted photos of everything on the menu, all 3 dining rooms…and even some of the first alcoholic beverages ever to be served inside the Magic Kingdom. Tired of those nasally sounds you may have heard from your kids all day? Have some wine with your whine. You will only find these libations inside Be Our Guest!
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I was super excited to see the photo and review posted over at the DisneyFoodBlog.com today!
Here it is – the ever famous “Grey Stuff”! Photo credit Faith Gagliardi
The gang over at DFB said the taste was subtle. They took turns at guessing the flavor but were finally told the grey stuff is actually cookies and cream flavored. The decorative topping had a Rice Krispie type of flavor – and they said it was delightful. I just had to share! Have a magical day!