Once a year, we slip away to the land of fantasy.
Marathon Weekend at Disney World~~after our races are run~~
ends in a visit to one of the Disney parks.
This year, Magic Kingdom was our pick,
perhaps because of the Fantasyland revamp we heard would be there.
It was my chance for capturing a bit of Disney's re-creation of medieval arhcitecutre,
thanks to the new venue provided by the Beast of Beauty and the Beast.
He now invites people into his private castle if they care to dine with him
in the Ballroom, the West Wing, or the Rose Room.
OK, we had no beast-y lunch reservations but I satisfied my appetite with shots of new
abbey-style building blocks, Gothic arches, groin ceilings, iron lanterns and
a "strip mall" of shops outside the entry gate to the Beast's castle.
Across the street from Gaston's Tavern,
I ducked inside the Bonjour Village Gifts shop for the thrill of leaded glass windows.
Someone set a medieval table behind an arched window.
No horrifying gargoyles support these column caps...bunnies with lop ears go medieval here.
Thirsty? Stop in at the Friars' Nook.
Not everything was finished in Fantasyland...they're still digging the ground and building the scaffolding for the Barnstormer.
We took a dip Under the Sea where the Little Mermaid found Prince Eric
but missed the cottage where Belle told her story about meeting the Beast.