Sunday, June 17, 2012

Fantasyland Expansion

Have you heard about the New Fantasyland expansion?  Parts of it are now open to the public!  The Barnstormer, which has been re-themed with "The Great Goofini" is open now.   "Dumbo the Flying Elephant," with a new interactive queue and a second Dumbo ride will be opening this summer, and "Casey Jr.'s Splash 'N' Soak" is open now.  All of this is part of the "Storybook Circus" area of the New Fantasyland.

Opening later this year, a new section called "Fantasyland Forest."  "Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid" is being crafted to look like Erik's castle on the outside.  Inside, the ride will operate with an omnimover system with clam cars like the ones at The Seas with Nemo and Friends.  The ride will highlight scenes from The Little Mermaid.

Next, in "Belle's Village," there will be a quick service restaurant called "Gaston's Tavern," and "Enchanted Tales with Belle" in Beast's library.  You will access the library through a magic mirror in Maurice's Workshop, just through Belle's Cottage.   And the part I can't wait to see is the "Be Our Guest Restaurant" inside Beast's castle.

And as of May 31, 2012, "Snow White's Scary Adventures" is no more, making way for "Princess Fairytale Hall," where guests will have a chance to meet and greet the princesses.  This is scheduled to open late 2013.  The plan is for it to be castle-like, with stone walls and stained glass windows.  I am sure it will be a must for all the parents of little princesses!

Coming in 2014, the "Seven Dwarfs Mine Train" coaster will be a highlight of the New Fantasyland.   The plan is for an entrance through the dwarfs' cottage, moving along to a ride through the mines with the seven dwarfs.  It sounds pretty interesting, with free-hanging cars that will move back and forth during the ride.

I am already planning my trip for 2014 to see this when it's all finished!  It is going to be spectacular, no doubt!  Are you excited about the New Fantasyland?

Until next time...
Disney Diva

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