The popular Magic Kingdom restaurant “Be Our Guest,” located in Fantasyland, is undergoing exterior refurbishment in time for the 50th Anniversary.
The restaurant, inspired by the 1991 classic Disney renaissance film Beauty and the Beast, opened on December 6th, 2012 as part of the Fantasyland expansion. The location is meant to help transport you to the world of Beast’s Enchanted Castle where you see the ballroom, dining hall and even the forbidden west wing. Every so often you may even encounter one of the characters from the classic film as they come to your table.
When the dining experience opened one of the glaring flaws wasn’t a badly made dish or poor service, but it was arguably the exterior.
On top of the façade, made to look like a mountain, was Beast’s Castle. Disney was attempting the illusion of distance as you travel through a secret passage into the castle. Sadly the castle size was too noticeably out of scale as it is simply too close for guests to see and ruins the illusion.
For years this blunder has been on Top 10 Worst Lists for failed illusions and many have wondered if Disney will ever attempt to fix it.
Well right now Disney Imagineers have erected a number of platforms for a “Touch Up” ahead of the upcoming anniversary of the park. The scaffolding is noticeable as you come across the bridge to the restaurant and appears to take up a large amount of the rock formation leading up to the castle.
It is currently unknown what kind and how many “Touch Ups” are being made, but it’s possible they may be rethinking the illusion and attempting to try and make some fixes. If so I’d say it’s about time due to being up for almost 10 years already. If not it could be a simple paint job to the castle prop.
What do you think they are doing? Are they finally going to fix the illusion?
Source: Blog Mickey
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