Monday, October 8, 2012

New Fantasyland!!

As I'm sure everyone knows, "New Fantasyland" is preparing to open - the official Grand Opening is December 6th (and Noah's 3rd birthday!) with previews and soft openings in mid-November.

I mentioned that my goal is to avoid pictures - I'm excited to actually have something new to see.   Okay, in my life, EPCOT center opened (I was 1), MGM turned Hollywood Studios opened as did the Animal Kingdom.  But, something major and new at the Magic Kingdom?  I am very excited.

Construction of New Fantasyland as seen in January 2012
So, what is there to see?

Storybook Circus now open
  • Home to the new and improved Dueling Dumbos - I've seen pictures of this attraction at night - Dumbo now flies over a fountain with stunning lights.  I can't wait to check this one out!
    • Dumbo has an interactive queue - an indoor playground!  The visuals take you into the circus tent, though I have been warned - don't climb in!  It's definitely not big enough for the adults!
    • Casey Jr. Splash and Soak - Casey Jr's Circus Train from Dumbo has a splash play area - I've heard you will get soaked! 
    • Elephants walking?  Look down to see elephant foot prints and peanuts stuck in the ground!
  • The Barnstormer featuring the Great Goofini - a re-theming of an old 1st Coaster (height requirement only 35" - the shortest in all of WDW)
  • Pete's Silly Sideshow:
    • Character Meet and Greets -
    • Hosted by Pete, everyone's favorite big grumpy cat - you'll find Daisy, Donald, Minnie, and Goofy.  I'm guessing Mickey will stay in Town Square without Minnie?  Anyone know more details on that?
Enchanted Forest opening Dec. 6th
  • Prince Eric's Castle - home to...
    • Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure - a new dark ride (to WDW) - this has been at Disney's California Adventure since 2011.
  • Ariel's Grotto...
    • Home to an Ariel Meet n Greet
  • Belle's Village
    • Walk through Belle's Village, just steps from..
    • Have a snack or a drink at Gaston's Tavern - no alcohol - just a quick service/snack stop!
  • Beast's Castle
    • Home to the Be Our Guest Restaurant - a fancier counter service for lunch and table service at dinner - selling alcohol for the first time ever in The Magic Kingdom during dinner
    • Enchanted Tales with Belle - in the Library at the Castle - a "lively retelling" of a tale as old as time...
  • The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train - won't be open until 2014, but this new style of roller coaster looks AMAZING - a swaying mine car!  I can't wait to see it!
From what I've heard, this area is going to be stunning - I mean, it has two new castles, neither of which will take away from THE castle (Cinderella Castle, of course), but should add some extra special magic to a day at the park.  Be Our Guest is filling up for dinner reservations as soon as they open, but luckily it is walk up for lunch, so don't worry if you miss your 180 day mark!

What part are you most excited for?


  1. I seriously can't wait to see all of this! Thank you for the post. :)

  2. My pleasure! I won't be there until February, but when I return in March, there will be a LOT of posts!