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A New Castle Emerges at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on April 11th, 2011 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Hi everyone. Today, we have a thrilling update for those of you who are excited to see the expansion of Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park come to life.

A New Castle Emerges at Magic Kingdom Park

Walt Disney Imagineers are currently piecing together the Beast’s castle, which will sit high atop what will become the Be Our Guest Restaurant. The “Beauty and the Beast”-inspired restaurant, which is set to open in late 2012, will offer a lavish dining experience in the castle’s elegant ballroom, gallery and mysterious “west-wing.” The restaurant and castle will eventually be flanked by Gaston’s Tavern, Bonjour! Village Gifts, and the cottage of Maurice (Belle’s father).

Be sure to check the Disney Parks Blog later this week for some exclusive photos of WDI’s progress.

The New Fantasyland Coming to Magic Kingdom Park

The castle construction is a major milestone in the expansion, which will nearly double the size of Fantasyland and include several new attractions, such as Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid, The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and enhanced versions of the existing attractions, Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Barnstormer.

The expanded Fantasyland is scheduled to open in phases, beginning in late 2012.

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Teresa on April 12th, 2011 at 9:19 pm

My family is Disney Maniacs….I knew Disney is the BEST place on earth to be !!! Now my 17 year old daughters are going to be the happiest 2012 Graduates on the planet!!!!! We are making plans right now !!!! Thanks WDI


Matthew on April 12th, 2011 at 10:40 pm

I can’t deal with this! Was not expecting this much progress!


Brandon on April 13th, 2011 at 8:38 am

Wasn’t planning on making a trip down any time soon but looks like I may have to make a trip down in the early months of 2013 to see the new changes. Hopefully by then I will have a child of my own to bring and share the experiences with them


Thomas from TX on April 13th, 2011 at 9:40 am

Very cool. Will have to try to catch a glimpse of this in May when I’m out there.

Might also have to start planning a 2013 trip as well…


Staci on April 14th, 2011 at 5:06 pm

I am glad that they are going to keep MK alcohol free. I’m not against drinking, there are other places at WDW for adult beverages, but MK is by far the most popular, and the place where the little ones love to be and see the magic. I respect WDW for restricting the sale of alcohol in this park.


Tiffany from NC on April 15th, 2011 at 8:52 am

My daughter’s biggest question is, will she be able to meet Dumbo in the new Storybook Circus area? That would be a dream come true for her!


sandra from WI on April 18th, 2011 at 1:40 pm

I just have to ask the new ride (I assume) Under the Sea-Journey of the Little Mermaid will it be a submarine ride? Growing up I use to love 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and I always reminisce when I go with the kids telling them about it only for them to ask the same question I have ‘why don’t we have that now?’ So before I get my hopes up or theirs is it going to be like that? That would be awsome- but if not I’ll still go!


Angel on April 19th, 2011 at 5:16 pm

We just returned from WDW and saw the progress that was going on!! I was disappointed with the crane in the background of my photos but knowing how wonderful it is going to be is well worth it!!! You can never have too many castles<3

Is there an opening date set yet? I would love to get this booked ASAP!!!