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Disney's Magic Kingdom answers Universal's Butterbeer with "Le Fou's Brew" at Gaston's Tavern

Le Fou's Brew

Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom will serve up a new drink dubbed "Le Fou's Brew" at its new Gaston's Tavern restaurant, with some viewing it as Disney's answer to Universal's Butterbeer.

Gaston's Tavern will form part of the park's expanded New Fantasyland, which will officially open to the public on December 6, 2012. Based on the tavern seen in animated classic Beauty and the Beast, it will serve up the new drink, which consists of frozen apple juice with a hint of toasted marshmallow, topped by passion fruit-mango foam.

Disney is likely to have been inspired by Universal Orlando's success with Butterbeer, which is served at Islands of Adventure's Wizarding World of Harry Potter. However, it unlikely to replicate the success of a drink that was already well-known after featuring heavily in the Harry Potter books and movies.

Le Fou's Brew already exists under a different name at Disney California Adventure's Cars Land, where it is served at the Cozy Cone Motel. On the West Coast, it is known as Red Apple Freeze, and is one of a number of unusual items on sale from the various cones that make up the "motel".

Gaston's Tavern will be a quick-service dining outlet, and will be located in the Beauty and the Beast-themed Belle's Village area of New Fantasyland. Its signature dessert will be warm cinnamon rolls.

Belle's Village will be dominated by a recreation of the Beast's Castle, which will host the Be Our Guest restaurant. The area will be home to a retail outlet called Bonjour! Village Gifts and the Enchanted Tales with Belle meet-and-greet attraction.

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