This past week, Colin and I had the honor to attend the grand opening of the New Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom. This is huge – HUGE. If you haven’t seen the New Fantasyland, you haven’t see Fantasyland! Its just incredible. This is the largest expansion in the history of Magic Kingdom park, offering more immersive enchantment and interactive experiences in the Enchanted Forest and Storybook Circus!! And we had a special sneak peek the night before it opened! It was AMAZING! I want to show you everything – and if I did this post would be like three days long – so I got all fancy and made a gallery! Click through the gallery to see the whole scoop!
Basically, Fantasyland is now double the size, with tons more opportunity for rides, fun, princess and character meet-and-greets… and gives you more bang for your buck at Magic Kingdom when you have young kids!
Storybook Circus area of New Fantasyland includes Dumbo, the Flying Elephant, now with two Dumbos and circus-themed activities and play areas while you wait, and the Barnstormer Featuring the Great Goofini,a family-style roller coaster.
For princess lovers, become part of Ariel’s world with the Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid ride. Go “under the sea” in clamshells and watch the story play out amid colorful characters, scenery from the movie and favorite songs. While riders wait, they can check out Prince Eric’s Castle. After the ride, you can meet Ariel herself in Ariel’s Grotto. The classic “Beauty and the Beast” film also comes to life with the Enchanted Tales With Belle. Guests are able to take part in a live storytelling experience with Lumiere and Belle that includes costumes, props and interactions. Trust me – not to be missed – even for non-princess-crazy little ones!
The Be Our Guest Restaurant is truly breathtaking. You’ll feel like you’re in the movie as you sit under gorgeous chandeliers and see a magical “snowfall” in the ballroom, or venture into the Rose Gallery and West Wing of the Beast’s Castle. It features French-inspired cuisine is served: two items you must try are the Grey Stuff (It’s delicious! Really! But you have to sing when you eat it!) and the Lasseter wine, created by John Lasseter’s family’s winery in California (Also delicious, though you can’t sing it. Well, maybe you can!). Be Our Guest Restaurant offers quick-serve meals during the day and full-service table dining at night. Definitely make a reservation for this one-of-a-kind experience.
Up next for Fantasy land is the Princess Fairytale Hall set to open in 2013. This new home for the Disney princesses will be feature princess meet-and-greets and photos with guests in the Castle Courtyard at the center of Fantasyland. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster is set to open in 2014 – this is will also be a family-style coaster, but will be using new technology to take you into the world of the dwarfs, complete with mine train cars that swing back and forth as they take you through a storytelling ride experience. Very cool!
Overall, I cannot believe the incredible job Disney has done on this expansion – and its all so fantastic that it will be a part of Disney Legend before long!
disclosure: i attended this media event and received tickets to the park and many perks to experience new fantasyland. as always, all opinions are my own.