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Disney World Is Getting an Upscale Beauty and the Beast Bar

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A rendering of the new bar
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Disney World whips up a new movie-themed bar

Soon, Disney fans will be able to get sloshed at a bar inspired by the live action 2017 remake of Beauty and the Beast. An old cocktail lounge at Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort is being turned into an upscale new drinking den that will include a big chandelier that will look like Belle’s gown. The bar will also have a library room as well as a garden and terrace that will channel the vibe of the Beast’s castle, and, per Food & Wine, “a motif of the Beast’s magical rose will appear throughout the room.” Disney already opened a pricey restaurant inspired by the film, dubbed Be Our Guest, as well as a movie-themed bar inside the amusement park called Gaston’s Tavern. But those were both inspired by the animated version of Beauty and the Beast, and not the remake that featured Emma Watson as Belle and, memorably, Sir Ian McKellen as a talking clock. The new, as yet-unnamed bar is slated to open in Fall 2019.

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