A few readers have recently commented that they’re new to the Disney Parks Blog and need a bit more information on what the New Fantasyland expansion is all about. If you fit in this category, this post is for you!
First of all, Walt Disney Imagineers are bringing the stories of “Beauty and The Beast,” “Dumbo,” “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” and “The Little Mermaid” to life at Magic Kingdom Park in the form of new attractions, interactive queues, character greetings and one-of-a-kind dining experiences in an expansion called New Fantasyland. This is actually an expansion of the existing Fantasyland, where so many of the attractions you’ve loved in the past, such as Peter Pan’s Flight and “it’s a small world,” are still in place.
When New Fantasyland opens December 6, “Beauty and The Beast” fans will able to explore Beast’s Castle (yep, they built it), which is the setting for Be Our Guest Restaurant. This place was inspired by Belle’s fun dining experience in the film, and will offer quick-service lunches and table service dinners (check out the lunch and dinner menus now), and the Disney Dining Plan will be accepted. This restaurant is expected to be extremely popular, so book dinner reservations now!
“Beauty and The Beast” fans can also spend time with Lumiere, Madame Wardrobe and Belle at Enchanted Tales With Belle, a character greeting that truly has to be seen to be believed. Get a sneak peek here! Guests can also visit Belle’s “provincial town” to grab a LeFou’s Brew punch drink at Gaston’s Tavern or shop at Bonjour! Village Gifts.
And now onto “The Little Mermaid.” Prince Eric’s Castle will house the Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid attraction, where guests can travel through an impressive queue that features rushing water, rocky cliffs, and a few surprises. Once inside, they can travel “Under the Sea” to join Ariel on her journey to meet Prince Eric and battle Ursula the evil sea witch.
All of New Fantasyland will be in preview phase beginning November 19, which means some of these attractions will be open for very limited operating hours. For guests who can’t wait until then to start their journey in New Fantasyland, the Storybook Circus area of the expansion is already open, which includes the “doubled” Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Casey Jr. Splash N Soak Station, and The Barnstormer – Starring the Great Goofini. Guests in this area will also soon be able to enjoy Pete’s Silly Sideshow character greetings and visit Big Top Souvenirs.
For more news and updates on New Fantasyland, including the addition of Princess Fairytale Hall in 2013 and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in 2014, keep watching the Disney Parks Blog.
See more of New Fantasyland in the posts below: