Beauty and the Beast

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Based on a French fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast was released by Disney in 1991. A live action version is schedule to be released in March of 2017. Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom was recently expanded, so guests can now visit Maurice’s cottage and be magically transported to the Beast’s castle for Enchanted Tales with Belle. Beast’s Castle is also open to guests through the Be Our Guest Restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Gaston’s Tavern is a quick service restaurant serving snacks and drinks and themed around the tavern Gaston frequents in the movie.

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Character meet and greets include the Beast at dinnertime in Be Our Guest Restaurant, Belle at Enchanted Tales with Belle and Epcot: France. They are also seen in the daily parade.

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  • In honor of Belle’s love of reading, check out storytime at the Austin Public Library
  • Ballet Austin’s Belle Redux: February 10-12, 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, 78704

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Mulan

Mulan was released in 1998 and was followed by one sequel and an upcoming live action version. Based on a historical figure, Mulan tells the story of a young lady who takes the place of her father to fight for China against a Hun invasion. Mulan (and sometimes Mushu) can be visited in Epcot China by guests.

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  • Sweet and sour chicken
  • Rice castles
  • Fortune cookies
  • Pop Rocks (like fireworks)

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Local Attractions/Experiences:

  • Chinatown Center: Chinese New Year 2017 (Year of the Rooster)February 5th 10am-6pm. 10901 N. Lamar Blvd Austin, 78753

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Sleeping Beauty

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Released in 1959, Sleeping Beauty is based on 2 fairy tales: The Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault and Little Briar Rose by the Brothers Grimm. It is the tale of a princess cursed by a vengeful fairy to die on her 16th birthday by pricking her finger on a spinning wheel. However, the curse is transformed from death into a deep sleep only to be awoken by true love’s kiss. Sleeping Beauty (or Aurora) can be met by guests in Disneyland and Disney World. Additionally, the castle in Disneyland is officially referred to as Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Maleficent’s dragon is seen daily in the Festival of Fantasy Parade in the Magic Kingdom

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  • Tiny Pies: This lovely little shop sells both sweet and savory pies and empanadas. 5035 Burnet Road Austin, 78756

Local Attractions/Experiences:

  • McKinney Falls State Park: Take a stroll through the wood and trails at this lovely state park located in Southeast Austin. 5808 McKinney Falls Pkway. Austin, 78744
  • Pay a visit to a local craft/yarn store like Me and Ewe and learn how to spin yarn, knit, and weave. Try to avoid those pesky spinning wheels! 4903 Woodrow Ave. Austin, 78756

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Swiss Family Robinson

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Swiss Family Robinson is a 1960 film based on an 1812 novel by Johann David Wyss, about a shipwrecked family’s survival on a deserted tropical island. Visitors to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom can explore the Swiss Family Treehouse nestled in Adventureland.

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Local Attractions/Experiences:

  • Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch: In the film, the Robinson family have a race while riding exotic animals. While that isn’t possible here in Austin, guests can experience the next best thing in this drive through safari. Natural Bridge Caverns Rd.
    San Antonio, 78266

Activities/Crafts:

  • Island coconut races: Each player needs a coconut and a broom. The object is to just use the broom to navigate your coconut around a race course.
  • Make sand castles: Use a simple plastic bin and sand you can buy at a hardware store t create your own sand castles without going to the beach.
  • Make your own treehouse.
  • Dress up as castaways: Grass skirts, coconuts, and other tropical items are usually available at your local Dollar Tree or other dollar store.

 

Frozen

 

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Based on Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Snow Queen”, this is the story of how Princess Anna searches for her sister Queen Elsa, who has the gift of ice powers. Helping Anna on her journey are ice cutter Kristoff and his pet reindeer Sven. Guests to Disney World can meet Anna and Elsa in their summer palace located in Norway, Epcot.

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New in 2016 is the ride Frozen Ever After also located in Norway, Epcot.

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  • Ice Skating at Chaparral Ice: 2525 West  Anderson Lane, Austin 78757

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Image: (Viking) By Eliedion (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

A Christmas Carol

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Based on Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale, this film was released in 2009 and is a faithful retelling. There is currently no presence of the film specifically in Disney parks however guests can visit Epcot’s United Kingdom Pavilion.

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  • Listen to the BBC radio broadcast of A Christmas Carol
  • Make Scrooge’s Money Bags – fill brown paper lunch bags with gold-foil chocolate coins. Tie bags with twine or string.
  • Emulate Scrooge’s spirit of giving and donate to a charity/choose to help a person in need from a school/church/community giving tree, or even just donate a few canned or shelf-stable items to your local food pantry.
  • A Christmas Carol Coloring Pages

Image: John Leech [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Lady and the Tramp

 

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Lady and the Tramp was released by Disney in 1955. In Disney parks, guests can dine at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom, Orlando. Upon request, Lady and the Tramp will “sign” guest autograph books. Simply ask the wait staff at Tony’s and give them your autograph book. It will be returned with paw prints from both dogs! Take a look at the sidewalk outside the restaurant, and you may see a sign that the happy couple had recently made their mark in the cement. Guests who stay at Disney’s Pop Century Resort will notice large Tramp and Lady statues outside certain buildings.

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  • Spaghetti and Meatballs
  • Mickey mouse ravioli (found at Kroger)
  • Bread sticks
  • Tomato and mozzarella salad
  • Lady and the Tramp Puppy Chow
  • Tiramisu

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Local Attractions/Experiences: 

  • Take your dogs for a stroll around lovely Zilker Park
  • Volunteer at a local animal shelter to give lonely animals some love and attention

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