Just saw this on another blog...The NEW Fantasyland Expansion will consist of The Bueaty and the Beast area, Little Mermaid area, Circusland(Dumbo and Goofy's Coaster, AND the most exciting part is that Snow White and The Dwarfs Mine Coaster will replace the princesses area in the center to be opened Fall 2012! Snow Whites Scary Adventures attraction will close to make way for The Princesses Fairytale Hall(meet 'n greet area)There will be a media event tonight 1/18/2011 to make the former announcement!
Exciting news! IF the area will indeed be open in Fall of 2012, that means I will get to exoerience the NEW Fantasyland area on my trip! YEA!!!!!!
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The largest expansion in Magic Kingdom Park history is underway, a project that will nearly double the size of Fantasyland and deliver a new home for Ariel, new ways to interact with favorite Disney princesses, an exciting new family coaster, a double dose of Dumbo and more.
Scheduled to open in phases beginning in late 2012, the new Fantasyland will immerse you in Disney stories as never before.
Among the highlights planned:
Under the Sea: Journey of The Little Mermaid, a major, all-new attraction during which guests will travel with Ariel and her friends through their exciting adventures above and below the waves all against a musical backdrop of songs from the classic film.
The castle of the Beast, standing majestically upon a hill just across an old stone bridge from Ariels new home. The Be Our Guest Restaurant will feature a lavish dining experience in the elegant ballroom, gallery, and mysterious West Wing of the castle. With seating for 550, this magnificent facility will offer great food fast service by day and full table service dining in the evening. Nearby in Belle's Village, guests will find the rousing Gaston's Tavern and Bonjour! Village Gifts.
Just outside the village is Belles cottage and Enchanted Tales with Belle. The adventure begins in Maurices workshop, where a magical mirror is the doorway to a captivating new kind of storytelling experience: Guests are transported to the Beasts library to meet Belle and Lumiere, and share in a lively, interactive, re-telling of the "tale as old as time.
But thats just the beginning of what you will discover when the multi-phase project is completed. Heres more of whats in store:
The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will take guests on a rollicking, musical ride into the mine where a million diamonds shine. The coaster will feature a first-of-its kind ride system with a train of ride vehicles that swing back and forth, responding to every twist and turn of the track. The journey will be accompanied by music from the classic Disney film and animated figures of Snow White and the Dwarfs.
In Princess Fairytale Hall, Aurora, Cinderella and other Disney princesses, such as Tiana and Rapunzel, will greet guests in their new home, an elegant royal court on the site where Snow Whites Scary Adventures stands today.
The sound of the calliope will lead guests to the brand new Storybook Circus and not one but two circling carousels of airborne pachyderms on Dumbo the Flying Elephant! Before taking to the skies on this Fantasyland favorite, guests can experience an array of fun-filled family games and interactive wonders for kids of all ages inside the Big Top.
Next door in Storybook Circus, the classic Barnstormer gets a bright new look as well, featuring Goofy as The Great Goofini. Its a twisting, turning roller coaster flight high above the circus fun.