Fun Fact Friday- Beauty and the Beast

Here is a fun fact related to a Disney Park AND and treasured Disney Movie!

Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage opened at “Theater of the Stars” along Sunset Boulevard at MGM Studios (now Disney’s Hollywood Studios) on November 22, 1991.  Okay so I get it, you’re thinking what is the big deal… well the unique piece of trivia is that November 22, 1991 was the exact same day that the movie Beauty and the Beast opened in theaters across the United States.  This was the first time ever that a stage show opened the same day as the movie that inspired it.

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The 25 minute stage show has been running multiple shows daily for nearly 26 years now!  If you’re a Beauty and the Beast fan be sure to check out the show next time you’re at Hollywood Studios.

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Musical Monday- Beauty and the Beast Throwback

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Okay, the long awaited Live action version of Beauty and the Beast FINALLY hit the theaters this weekend (and broke some records doing so…largest opening for a PG rated movie ever)!  I haven’t seen it YET, but am definitely going soon.  Beauty and the Beast has always been one of my favorite Disney movies from you childhood (in fact it made #7 on my top ten favorite animated Disney movie list)

So today’s Musical Monday shall honor the original movie.  In the movie, Mrs. Potts (voiced by Dame Angela Lansbury) sings the title track.  So below is the scene from the movie with Mrs. Potts performing the song.

Disney songs being recorded by pop artists is almost a “tale as old as time.”  The song “Beauty and the Beast” was recorded by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson for the radio and the end credits of the movie.  I’m sure that this song was played on the radio and annoyed my parents much like “Let it Go” annoyed me, but it is a classic, and one of my all time favorite Disney songs!

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Musical Monday- “Evolution of Disney” with Todrick Hall

Oooh do I love Todrick Hall!  He’s gained his popularity as a YouTuber, and many of his videos are disney themed… some are more appropriate (family friendly) than others lol!  “Evolution of Disney” is definitely one of his family friendly works.

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In watching his “Evolution of Disney” video, I definitely enjoyed the musical arrangements and quality of the performance.  One slight detail that bothered me is that not all of the music is 100% chronological order of movie/show release date (and it really is in order for the most part…) .  While this bothers me in the “evolution” sense, as a musician, I understand for arrangement purposes why some of the music is out of order.

Enjoy- Todrick Hall’s “Evolution of Disney”

Below is the list and order of the movies/shows that the music is from (pretty proud… I knew all but 2 of the songs!)

Steamboat Willie (1928)

Snow White (1937)

Pinocchio (1940)

Dumbo (1941)

Cinderella (1950)

Alice in Wonderland (1951)

Peter Pan (1953)

Lady and the Tramp (1955)

Sleeping Beauty (1959)

101 Dalmatians (1961)

Mary Poppins (1964)

The Jungle Book (1967)

Aristocats (1970)

Oliver and Company (1988)

The Little Mermaid (1989)

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Aladdin (1992)

The Lion King (1994)

Hocus Pocus (1993)

A Goofy Movie (1995)

Pocahontas (1995)

Toy Story (1995)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

Hercules (1997)

Mulan (1998)

Tarzan (1999)

High School Musical (2006)

Zenon Girl of the 21st Century (1999)

Hannah Montana (2009)

Cheetah Girls (2003)

That’s so Raven (2003)

Enchanted (2007)

The Princess and the Frog (2009)

Frozen (2013)

Song of the South (1946)

Tangled (2010)

The Wonderful World of Color (1954)

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Musical Monday-One Man Disney Movie

For today’s Musical Monday, I would like to share Nick Pitera as my featured artist.  Nick is SOOO talented and has an absolutely amazing range!  When you watch this video and find yourself wondering is that really him singing the high parts, yes it is!  His falsetto range is just incredible!  I think this video is so wonderfully creative!

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So enjoy Nick Pitera’s One Man Disney Movie, featuring songs from Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Lion King, Little Mermaid, Enchanted, Hercules, Mulan, Jungle Book, and Pinnochio.

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My Top 10 Disney Animated Films

Bear in mind as you read this, it is merely my opinion of my 10 ten favorites!  Feel free to disagree!  This list will also exclude Pixar.  It’s not that I don’t LOVE Pixar (let’s be honest, I’m a mouskaholic, so DUH I love Pixar!).  So here it is, my top 10 favorite animated Disney films.

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10. Oliver and Company

I’m going with this one because I remember it being one of my favorites as a kid.  I remember the little Chihuahua “Tito” smoking a cigar and saying “If this is torture, chain me to the wall”.  It always made me laugh, and I loved the Billy Joel song “Why Should I Worry.”  I would sing a long at the top of my lungs as a kid!


9. The Lion King

The only reason this one is towards the end of the list is because gosh darn it, it’s sad!  I know everything ends up happy and Simba becomes who he is supposed to be because of the adversity, but yikes, can we say Shakespearean tragedy?!?!

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The Lion King

8. The Little Mermaid

Of course this is in my top 10!!!  What little girl growing up in the 90’s didn’t swim around her pool pretending to be a mermaid after seeing this movie!

7. Beauty and the Beast

I remember being just stunned with the beautiful animation in this film!  Even though the plat may have various holes (like why would an enchantress punish a 10 year old boy for not letting a stranger into the house, and um where were his parents?!?!)  Anyway, still a favorite.  Plus Gaston is just one of those villains that I love to hate!

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Beauty and the Beast

6. Wreck it Ralph

While this one is rather new to the Disney library of animated features, it in my mind is an instant classic!!!  I loved the story line, the magnificent animation, and the heartwarming nature of this one.  I thought the entire thing was clever, and the voice actors were simply brilliant!

5. Hercules

This one takes the number 5 spot for two reasons.  I grew up with a slight obsession with learning about Greek Mythology (yes I know that this is a cartoon movie and that not all the myths are necessarily correct), and the song “Go the Distance”  (The movie version, NOT the Michael Bolton version) This sticks with Disney’s rich tradition of musicals and I love love love the music in this film!

4. Emperor’s New Groove

I think this is one of my favorites just because it’s quirky, quotable, and just funny!  So many great parts of this movie!

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3. Tangled

This like Wreck it Ralph to me was an INSTANT classic!  I loved to see Disney returning to it’s musical roots.  I know that I may be speaking blasphemy but I honest to goodness feel that Tangled is WAY better than that movie about the two icy sisters… If you disagree, just let it go!  This was another Disney film that gave us a new unique princess who wasn’t afraid to take matters into her own hands!  She knew what she wanted and she pursued it!  I love it all!  (Oh and hello… the smolder!!!)

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Rapunzel and Flynn during the 2012 WDW 1/2 Marathon

2. Mulan

Okay, I’m pretty sure that Mulan might be the most kick butt heroine that Disney has ever put out there.  She loved her family, and stood up to protect them, knowing full well that if she was caught she would be put to death.  She made a huge sacrifice, and not only saved her family, but her entire nation.  Oh and the music is great, and the comedic value is pretty spectacular as well!

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1. Lilo and Stitch

I cannot say enough good things about this movie.  I love that it’s quotable, I love that it’s funny, and I love the incredible story line.  Even though it’s a story of a struggle of a broken family, it shows the importance of sticking together.  And even though I’m not a young orphan, I relate to Lilo.  Somehow we both have a slightly twisted sense of humor!

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Be Our Guest Restaurant- Explained by Imagineers

Happy Wednesday fellow Mouskateers!

Craig and I are just 6 days away from our Disney vacation!  I am excited about the inspiration for new blog topics that will come, fulfilling blog topic ideas, and taking pictures for the blog that will happen next week!  Today though I am happy to share with you a video that I ran across about one of Disney’s newest restaurants- Be Our Guest Restaurant.  BOG is located in “New Fantasyland” in the Magic Kingdom. New Fantasyland is a MASSIVE expansion that started in the Magic Kingdom in 2011, and began opening in stages in 2013.  The final piece of the New Fantasyland puzzle opened in June 2014- The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, officially completing the expansion.

Be Our Guest is one of two restaurants in New Fantasy Land, both with a Beauty and the Beast theme.  The first, Gaston’s Tavern is as it suggests a small tavern where you can grab a snack or a quick service meal.  Be Our Guest is the much grander of the two.  The unique part about Be Our Guest is that it is both a quick service restaurant and a table service restaurant.  At lunch time (10:30-2:30) it serves as a quick service location, where you can grab a “Croque Monsieur on Millet Bread” (Grilled Sandwich of Carved Ham, Gruyere Cheese and Bechamel on Millet Bread with Pommes Frites) or Braised Pork – (Eight Hour Slow-cooked Pork with Mushrooms, Onions, Carrots and Bacon served with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans Jardiniere).  At Dinner (4:00-9:30) it becomes a table service restaurant serving up Herb-crusted Lamb Rack, Pan-seared Salmon on Leek Fondue, and Grilled Strip Steak.  If you want to get reservations for dinner, plan on selecting the 180 days out with the Advanced Dining Reservations.  Like I said, this is one of the hottest new restaurants on property.

Craig and I will be having a quick service lunch at BOG on the final day of our trip.  We lucked out and scored some fastpasses for lunch, where we were able to preorder our meal and come at a reserved time for lunch.  I am excited to experience it and to take photos of the ornate detailing that went into this restaurant.

Check out this video and get a view of the restaurant from the perspective of the imagineers who created it!