The Grand Opening is the 21st episode of the seventh season of Apple Bloom the Cutie Mark Crusader and Friends, and the 177th episode overall. It is a parody of the Thomas & Friends episode of the same name.


  • Applejack (From MLP:FIM) as Skarloey
  • Spike (From MLP:FIM) as Rheneas (Cameo Role)
  • Rainbow Dash (From MLP:FIM) as Peter Sam
  • Fluttershy (From MLP:FIM) as Rusty
  • Pinkie Pie (From MLP:FIM) as Duncan (Cameo Role)
  • George Hautcourt (From The Aristocats) as Sir Topham Hatt
  • Madame (From The Aristocats) as Lady Hatt
  • Buzzy (From The Jungle Book) as Harold the Helicopter (No Talking Role)
  • Various Animators as Various Crews


Narrator: "The ponies in the Ponyville were excited. They were helping to build a new road.

It would take visitors to even more beautiful places on Equestria.

George Hautcourt arrived with important news."

George Hautcourt: "The grand opening is this afternoon. I want to see the new line from the air. Madame and I will arrive on Buzzy."

Narrator: "Just then, Applejack chugged in."

George Hautcourt: "You're late for the announcement."

Narrator: "Complained George Hautcourt."

George Hautcourt: "Really useful ponies are never late."

Applejack: "I'm sorry, Sir."

Narrator: "At Buzzy's nest, there was another problem."

Buzzy's Animator: "Wing trouble."

Narrator: "Said the Animator."

Buzzy's animator: "Buzzy's not going anywhere today."

Narrator: "Madame was most upset."

Madame: "But I've been looking forward to the grand opening all week!"

George Hautcourt: "And I, my dear, will find a solution."

Narrator: "And he did."

Madame: "George, you cannot be serious. WE ride in this?"

George Hautcourt: "The wind direction is perfect. We'll be there in no time."

Narrator: "Soon the hot air balloon rose into the sky.

But Applejack was upset."

Applejack: "All this extra work is going to make me late again!"

Narrator: "The hot air balloon was floating peacefully though the sky.

Madame was enoying herself."

Madame: "The new road looks splendid."

Narrator: "She said."

George Hautcourt: "Thank you, my dear."

Narrator: "Replied George Hautcourt.

Down the road, the animators were still loading their ladders."

Applejack: "Hurry up, hurry up!"

Narrator: "Applejack puffed."

George Hautcourt: "If Applejack doesn't hurry,

Narrator: "Sighed George Hautcourt."

George Hautcourt: "She'll be late again!"

Narrator: "All the ponies were ready for the grand opening."

Fluttershy: "Where's Applejack?"

Narrator: "Fluttershy asked."

Rainbow Dash: "She promised to be on time."

Narrator: "Said Rainbow Dash.

At last, Applejack was on his way.

Then, there was trouble. The balloon's flame suddenly went out. The air in the balloon cooled, and the balloon started to fall."

Buzzy's Animator: "Hold tight."

Narrator: "The Animator called."

Madame: "I want to get out!"

Narrator: "Demanded Madame."

George Hautcourt: "Not now, dear."

Narrator: "Said George Hautcourt."

Applejack: "The balloon's going to land in the tree!"

Narrator: "Cried Applejack."

Narrator: "And it came down, right in front of Applejack."

Applejack: "There's George Hautcourt!"

Madame: "My hat is ruined!"

Narrator: "Cried Madame."

George Hautcourt: "So is mine."

Narrator: "Said George Court."

Applejack's Animator: "Don't worry!"

Narrator: "Called Applejack's Animator."

Applejack's Animator: "We'll soon have you down."

George Hautcourt: "Am I glad to see you, Applejack."

Applejack: "Thank you, Sir."

Narrator: "Before long, George and Madame were safely on the ground. They followed Applejack and set off at once.

Everyone was waiting as Applejack brought his important passengers to the grand opening.

George Hautcourt declared the new road open."

George Hautcourt: "With special thanks to Applejack."

Narrator: "He said."

George Hautcourt: "For helping us get here."

Narrator: "Everyone cheered."

Fluttershy: "Even so, you were still late."

Narrator: "Teased Fluttershy."

Applejack: "I know."

Narrator: "Said Applejack."

Applejack: "But because I was late, George Hautcourt was right on time!"

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  • Footage Copyright: Walt Disney Company and Hasbro

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