*headdesk* Welcome to America! :lol:
*headdesk* Welcome to America! :lol:
I think Disney could fudge history a bit and have a Mulan restaurant in Fantasyland that serves both English and Chinese items similar to how the Yak & Yeti in Disney's Animal Kingdom serves dim sum and hamburgers. Many tea houses in Asia actually do serve a mix of English and Chinese food due to colonial influences. There's actually a pretty good place in Brea about 10 minutes away from Disneyland that does a tea service with sandwiches, baked goods, and eggrolls. The old Skyway area is located far enough away from the rest of Fantasyland that it won't stand out too bad. Maybe they could plant some Mulan flowers (the pink flowers see in the movie that are often confused with cherry blossoms). The accessibility issues could be addressed by opening up a lower level area that is accessible by ramps.
The other theme I could see fit would be Cinderella. Maybe they could have animatronic Jac and Gus similar to the Ratatouille from Disney Cruise Line and Epcot.
If they decide to do one in DCA, I like the Hollywood Chinese restaurant idea; maybe one modeled after Formosa Cafe. Another idea I'd love to see would be for Mulan to take over Ariel's Grotto and turn it into a Chinese style seafood restaurant similar to ones found in the San Francisco Bay area. I'd pretty much be open to anything that gets Ariel out of there. Ariel lending her name to a seafood restaurant is just so wrong!
OK here's a quick and dirty mock up of how the old Skyway station could have some tables and chairs -- and just imagine a coffee/tea "bar" with a pastry case up along one of the walls....and thanks to the wonderful Daveland for the original image.
^^^ good job!
OMG, Werner, that would totally work. I wonder how feasable it would be to add an elevator to the old skyway building, to help bring it into compliance with ADA.
A nice tea house in DL is a great idea, one of the best I've read on MC in a long time. About 10 years ago I wandered around MK at WDW looking for a cup of tea and some of the CMs asked if I were a Brit. Eventually I found "hot tea," and it was pretty bad.
Thanks for the interior view, Werner! For some reason in my mind the interior size was closer to your typical garden shed, LOL.
It would be cool if the area weren't so covered w/trees so we could see the 'lay on the land' on Google Earth.
With so many MC'ers talking about wanting a good cup of tea, maybe we should have a 'meet-up' where we all plug in our electric kettles and whip out our teapots and brew a good cuppa at the hub. I know, I know there's no place to plug the kettles in.
I imagine we could bring our own small teapots to a restaurant and just ask for hot water. I just wish I could afford to visit the resort more often than every few years, if there's to be a regular tea drinkers meetup.
Converting the skyway to a teahouse/cake/pastry shop would be awesome. If I was going to incorporate 101 dalmatians, I think the exterior would be either the train station in Twilight Town from KH2 or some elements from the first and second districts from Traverse Town from KH1. The interior would have elements from the 101 dalmatians apartment from KH1, with the addition of a big window looking out over Storybookland.
I love tea and would love to see a great tea house in Disneyland. With tea rooms becoming a rarity now a days it has become quite difficult to find a nice, casual tea room with great tea, and food. If a tea room were to be put in at Disneyland, I could definitely see myself drinking there quite often.
I would love to relax in a tea house in Fantasyland! I'm definitely more of a tea girl than a coffee girl...drink the stuff several times a day and it's really good for you.
Teavana coming in under Starbucks would make sense, and the old Skyway Station would be the perfect spot!
...and just in general, I would LOVE to be able to get something better than Lipton Tea (YUCK) from Disneyland. I know that Tazo can be find in some spots, but certainly not enough of them.
I would <3 a place for Tea & Cakes inside Disneyland (I was raised in the UK on PG TIPS brand tea) & Fantasyland is the perfect location ....