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12/21: River Belle Terrace re-opens, Dream Suite, new merch round-up, +MORE

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by , 12-20-2007 at 06:52 PM
Welcome to this week's Dateline Disneyland. This week we'll take a look at the newly re-opened River Belle Terrace restaurant in Disneyland's Frontierland, Disneyland Dream Suite work, Toy Story Mania!, and loads of new merchandise and collectibles.

Let's get to it!
RIVER BELLE TERRACE RE-OPENS
After a lengthy refurbishment, the River Belle Terrace Restaurant in Frontierland has re-opened. The location no longer serves its BBQ ribs and chicken, but now signature sandwiches and salads. It also features some pretty steep prices, too.

The entire restaurant, inside and out, has been completely refurbished and shines once again.








The outdoor patio seating is no longer painted slurry, but is paved in stone. It looks great.




The inside of the restaurant has been majorly re-worked as well. Previously, guests would enter the queue, order with the cashier, and then pick up their food at the counter. Now guests order their entree and fountain drinks with a host or hostess and pick up their food in the same location, and then pay at the cashier after choosing their own side(s) and bottled beverages from a cooler.


The new lunch and dinner menu is as follows:
RIVER BELLE TERRACE - LUNCH/DINNER MENU
Signature Sandwiches
Served on a soft baguette with southern baked beans and choice of one cold side dish.
River Belle Prime Rib $12.99
Mississippi Turkey Breast $12.99
Tennessee BBQ Pork $11.99
Vegetable Po' Boy $11.99

River Belle Entree Salads
Served on top a field of greens with red and yellow bell peppers, radishes, carrots, Parmesan cheese and tossed with our signature dressings:
Plantation Prime Rib Salad with southern ranch dressing $12.99
Rosemary Turkey Breast Salad with citrus terragon vinaigrette dressing $12.99
Aunt Polly's Harvest Medley with choice of dressing $11.99

Munch Inc. (Children's Meals - Ages 3-9)
Served with red flame grapes, sliced apples, a fun straw, and choice of small low fat milk, small low-fat Nesquik chocolate milk, small Minuite Maid juice, or small Dasani water.
Little Carver's Turkey Sandwich $5.99
Little Carver's Prime Rib Sandwich $5.99
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich $5.99

Cold Sides
Choice of one cold side comes with Signature Sandwiches. Cold Sides a la carte are available for $2.59 each.
Country Vegetable Pasta Salad
Three-Bean Salad
Down-Home Coleslaw
Lentil Salad
Three-Way Potato Salad with Carmelized Pecans
Seasonal Fresh Fruit


A look at the Rosemary Turkey display salad


River Belle Prime Rib display salad:


Hand-carved meat




A new condiment and fixin's bar is available for guests.















I tried the turkey sandwich when I visited. All-in-all, the food is pretty good, but the only sandwich I'm willing to pay that much for is the Monte Cristo. I mean, that was a good turkey sandwich - but for $13? I'd rather go on a 15 minute walk out of the park to the new Cheesecake Factory at the Anaheim Garden Walk and get better (and more) food for about the same price, if not less.



DISNEYLAND DREAM SUITE
Nearby at the former Disney Gallery (upcoming Disneyland Dream Suite), work has begun on the staircases leading up to the entrance of the former Disney Gallery. At first it appeared that the stairs might be getting removed completely, but now it seems like they may stick around and are just getting some TLC.









The rooftops of the building is getting refurbished as well.









The Gallery/Dream Suite's elevator is progressing...



TOY STORY MANIA!
Toy Story Mania continues to progress daily. I've said it before, but it bears repeating - the facade for this attraction is really truly remarkable amidst the lackluster stucco and vinyl jumble of the rest of Paradise Pier. If this is a look at what's to come in the rest of the $1 billion California Adventure make-over, then we're in for an exciting future for the park.










What appears to be the beginnings of a new fountain in front of the attraction's entrance are visible from the Sun Wheel:




Details inside:












MERCHANDISE ROUND-UP
The new line of 2008 Resort merchandise has arrived. Here's a small taste of the new merch for 2008.
If you'd like to see the rest of it, please visit this thread on MiceChat: PHOTOS - New 2008 Merchandise Round-Up

If you want to purchase any of the items pictured here but are unable to visit the parks, you can always call Disneyland DelivEars and they will deliver your order directly to your home. 1-800-362-4533








There are a lot of new Christmas and holiday collectibles over at Disneyana as well

























They've released a petite print of the daytime rendering of Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle:



And the new big fig for Main Street, U.S.A. is now available. Priced at $195, it has some great details and nods to the past and features street lights that actually light up.











They've re-released the Sleeping Beauty Castle big fig that was available during the 50th Anniversary, but it no longer features the 50th Crowns atop the turrets.




It features lots of little lights





Some new Pirates of the Caribbean figurines from the Walt Disney Classics collection are now available. The Barbossa one is especially cool:




The 2008 collectible holiday plate featuring Dumbo is now available:





...And finally, the "Remember... Dreams Come True" attraction poster in the Disneyland entry tunnels has been changed to a "Believe... In Holiday Magic" poster. It's mostly the same as the "Remember" poster, but features a snowy Castle.



Alright, that's it for this week's Dateline Disneyland! Hope you all have a safe and very merry Christmas, or whichever holiday you and your family may celebrate. Cheers!

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Updated 12-20-2007 at 08:07 PM by Dateline Disneyland

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  1. Dustysage's Avatar
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    Amazing shots as always. You tell so much with your carefully chosen pictures.

    The River Belle Terrace looks great, as does Toy Story Mania. But I'm more than a little disappointed that they are turning the Gallery into a "Dream Suite."

    Thank you!

    -Dusty
  2. Steve DeGaetano's Avatar
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    The castle may not feature the crowns, but it still has that ugly gold railing in front! Ugh!
  3. disneyland255's Avatar
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    Wonderful Update! I really like the new Main Street Big Fig! Beautiful!
  4. peoplemover1's Avatar
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    Amazing as usual Andy!! Thanks for your hard work!!
    Love the shots of the 2008 pens!! hahaha I don't know why!

    I can't wait for some more construction to begin at DCA!! I want to see it get torn up!! hahaha

    I also liked the new menu at the River Belle. The turkey sandwich and the pasta salad (cold side) that came with it was tasty. I was very impressed with the fact that they included katamala olives and feta cheese in it! I would go back just to get some more of it! haha And I did ask if those could be purchased ala carte and they said yes at about $2.59 a side. They are small so it would have to be just a snack! I was happy with the fact that they offered so many side dishes and really liked the baked beans that came with the sandwich.
    (on a side note... this meal did not last very long in my tummy and I was hungry again in a few hours)

    Updated 12-21-2007 at 10:22 AM by peoplemover1 (addition)
  5. tod's Avatar
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    Are they putting a roof over the interior patio in the Dream Suite?
  6. JeffYardDog's Avatar
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    Isn't it about time that MiceAge got a Reconnaissance Drone to get closer-in pictures of new constructions and refurbishments ?
  7. MasterGracey's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffYardDog
    Isn't it about time that MiceAge got a Reconnaissance Drone to get closer-in pictures of new constructions and refurbishments ?
    Good idea. Christmas is almost here. Think it's too late to ask Santa for one?
  8. DisneyMickey's Avatar
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    They did an excellent job with the River Belle terrace. The Midway building is look incredible. I love it more and more each day. Paradise Pier is actually going to look good. I also love the Believe poster. Those little details make all the difference.
  9. BigThunder's Avatar
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    Nice job Andy. I'm asking Santa for 'Main Street'.

    $13.00 for a turkey sandwich? Yikes. Guess they have to make their money somewhere. I blame the APs.
  10. JiminyCricketFan's Avatar
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    Loved the report. The price on those sandwiches are HUGE! (but not the portions!) LOL I think I will look elsewhere for lunch.

    I loved the Christmas set of Main Street. WOW!
  11. Walt Thizzney's Avatar
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    A picture is worth a thousand words....thank you!
  12. xalesa's Avatar
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    Nice report. Thanks for the great photos! I agree; those food prices seem a little steep for a sandwich...
  13. disneyhound's Avatar
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    Thanks for the update. Great pictures!
  14. I Heart Disneyland's Avatar
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    Wonderful photos! I NEED that license plate holder. And, wish I could afford that Main Street big fig. That's amazing!!!!
  15. frank1822's Avatar
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    cool pictures


    [I]thanks[/I]
    Updated 01-03-2008 at 03:28 PM by Dustysage (Unrelated spam removed)
  16. whamo's Avatar
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    Thanks for the report. I wish they'd reopen the Disney gallery. It's my favorite spot in the park! The Jim Shore collectibles look cool. I wish the new restaurant had a vegetarian sandwich. It looks beautiful. I stayed at the Paradise Pier hotel in November, and wondered what they were building in the California park. Your photographs show they've made a lot of progress.