12/21: River Belle Terrace re-opens, Dream Suite, new merch round-up, +MORE
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 MENUSignature 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
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-Way Potato Salad with Carmelized Pecans
Seasonal Fresh Fruit
A look at the Rosemary Turkey display salad
River Belle Prime Rib display salad:
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:
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!