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November 27, 2012

More Experiences, Innovative Ideas Bring New Fantasyland to Life at Walt Disney World Resort

By Christi Erwin Donnan, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
UPDATE (December 7, 2012): Yesterday, we celebrated a milestone event with the grand opening of New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World Resort. Ginnifer Goodwin, who plays Snow White on the hit ABC-TV drama Once Upon a Time, joined pop star Jordin Sparks and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs in grand opening ceremonies. Check out event photos and videos on the Disney Parks Blog.

We’re getting very close to the big day at the Walt Disney World Resort, where a new chapter will soon begin for our most popular land at our most popular park. We've made a significant investment that marks the largest expansion in the history of the Magic Kingdom park — and next week, guests will enter New Fantasyland and be connected to their favorite Disney characters and stories like never before.

Fantasyland has always been home to some of our most iconic attractions, and now it’s even more memorable. This summer, the first phase of New Fantasyland was completed as Storybook Circus debuted with The Barnstormer, Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station and a double dose of Dumbo.

And starting in December, we’ll enhance those experiences by taking guests to the Enchanted Forest. Here’s a taste of what awaits:

Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid allows guests to travel with Ariel and her friends against a musical backdrop of songs from the classic film.

Be Our Guest Restaurant features lavish dining in an elegant ballroom. With seating for 550 guests, it will offer quick service by day and full table service dining in the evening.

Enchanted Tales With Belle transports guests via a new kind of storytelling as they join Belle and Lumiere in a lively, interactive, re-telling of the “tale as old as time.”

Beyond 2012, Guests will also be able to experience the Princess Fairytale Hall, scheduled to open next year, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, planned for 2014.

New Fantasyland has been several years in the making and has involved thousands of cast members and Imagineers. The results are extraordinary … and showcase what Walt Disney Parks and Resorts does best: push the boundaries of creativity, innovation and imagination.

This summer, the first phase of New Fantasyland was completed as Storybook Circus debuted with The Barnstormer, Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station and a double dose of Dumbo.
Set in one of the tents in Storybook Circus, Pete's Silly Sideshow character greeting shines the spotlight on Minnie Magnifique (Minnie Mouse as a circus star), Madame Daisy Fortuna (Daisy Duck as a fortune teller), The Great Goofini (Goofy as a stunt pilot) and The Astounding Donaldo (Donald Duck as a snake charmer).
This summer, the first phase of New Fantasyland was completed as Storybook Circus debuted with The Barnstormer, Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station and a double dose of Dumbo.
Under the Sea -- Journey of the Little Mermaid allows guests to travel with Ariel and her friends against a musical backdrop of songs from the classic film.
Located in Magic Kingdom, Prince Eric's castle is home to Ariel and her friends in Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid.
Enchanted Tales With Belle transports guests via a new kind of storytelling as they join Belle and Lumiere in a lively, interactive, re-telling of the “tale as old as time.”
Magic Kingdom guests join Belle and Lumiere in a fun-filled storytelling adventure at Enchanted Tales with Belle.
Be Our Guest Restaurant features lavish dining in an elegant ballroom.
Decorated with a portrait of the prince slashed by the claws of the beast, the West Wing at Be Our Guest Restaurant conveys the dark and mysterious design seen in Beast's Castle in "Beauty and the Beast."
Everyone's favorite guy in Belle's Village, Gaston donated a fountain of himself for guests visiting Gaston's Tavern to admire.