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Behind the Scenes: Decorating New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on December 18th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This year, more than 15 miles of garland, 1,300 Christmas trees and 1,314 wreaths brightened up Walt Disney World Resort for the holidays – with one area, New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park, decorated for the season for the first time.

Check out our behind-the-scenes look with Holiday Services Decorator EJ DeYoung, who shares how new decorations were created just for this area.

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New Fantasyland Marks First Anniversary at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on December 6th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Happy one-year anniversary to New Fantasyland! The area, which is the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom Park history, enjoyed its grand opening ceremony exactly a year ago today.

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New Fantasyland, which brought about the addition of Storybook Circus and dedicated “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Little Mermaid” areas to the park, was officially dedicated December 6, 2012, in a ceremony that featured “Once Upon a Time” actress Ginnifer Goodwin, pop star Jordin Sparks and Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs. Guests could now participate in a retelling of Belle and Beast’s love story at Enchanted Tales With Belle, have a snack at Gaston’s Tavern, dine inside Beast’s Castle at Be Our Guest Restaurant, or explore the caverns below Prince Eric’s castle to take a journey under the sea with Ariel.

Over the course of the past year, work has continued on the remaining two attractions in the New Fantasyland expansion. One of these, Princess Fairytale Hall, opened its doors in September as the go-to place to meet Cinderella and Rapunzel, who each greet guests daily alongside one of their other royal friends. The interior of the hall was inspired by design elements – and even specific props – seen in the films “Cinderella” and “Tangled.” The result was a truly regal look, with high ceilings, rich wood-paneling, handpainted princess portraits, themed wallpaper, glittering stained glass windows and more.

The final attraction in the New Fantasyland expansion is Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, which is set to debut in 2014. The mine train, which is currently under construction, will tell the story of Snow White through the eyes of the Seven Dwarfs. Be sure to watch the Disney Parks Blog in coming months for more on this attraction.

Join the conversation online with the hash tag #NewFantasyland on Twitter.

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Tweet & Win a Little Mermaid Vinylmation to Celebrate the First Anniversary of New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on December 6th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


One year ago today, we officially officially opened New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World Resort and to celebrate the first anniversary, we’re offering you a chance to win a “Little MermaidVinylmation.

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Here’s how it works: Between 9:00 a.m. (ET), December 6, 2013, and 4:00 p.m. (ET), December 6, 2013, we’ll be sharing a #NewFantasyland RT-to-Win tweet on our @WaltDisneyWorld account. When you see it, simply tweet or retweet the entire message along with “#Sweepsentry,” and you will be entered for a chance to be one of 40 people who will win one “Little Mermaid” Vinylmation. For your entry to be valid, you must follow @WaltDisneyWorld on Twitter.

We just launched our first tweet at @WaltDisneyWorld. We’ll notify potential winners after 4 p.m. on December 6, 2013. Here’s a link to the sweepstakes rules. Please read them before you enter.

Good luck.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void outside the U.S. and where prohibited. Open only to persons, who are, as of Entry, legal residents of, and physically located within, the 50 U.S. or D.C. and who have reached the age of majority in their primary state of residence. Sweepstakes starts 9:00 AM (ET) on 12/06/13; ends 4:00 P.M. (ET) on 12/06/13. Click here for Official Rules.

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Imagineers Add a Piece of Snow White’s Scary Adventures to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on December 5th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Who’s ready for a Seven Dwarfs Mine Train update?

Our friends at Walt Disney Imagineering recently reached another milestone in the construction of the attraction with the overnight addition of a few scenic elements guests will encounter at the top of the mine train’s first lift. When mine cars pull out of the load area, they’ll travel up the track to the top of the mountain, where a jib crane sits topped by two ominous vultures, the latter of which originally appeared in the park’s original Snow White’s Scary Adventures attraction. This is the last stop before the mine train’s cars plunge into a mine shaft.

Check out the photos of the recent overnight install below.

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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is set to debut in 2014 in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park. Got questions? Be sure to check out our previous blog posts on the attraction.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Prince Eric’s Castle in New Fantasyland at Dusk

posted on November 28th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Have you visited New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park yet?

That’s where tonight’s “Disney Parks After Dark” image was taken, specifically at Prince Eric’s castle, which serves as the exterior of the Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid attraction.
Prince Eric’s Castle in New Fantasyland at Dusk

Is this one of your favorite nighttime sights in New Fantasyland?

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Photos: Belle, Beast & Gaston Ready New Fantasyland for the Holidays at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on November 6th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This year, the New Fantasyland area of Magic Kingdom Park is getting dressed up for the holidays for the very first time – and we just received some amazing photos of the area’s first decorations to share with you.

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As you can see, each wreath, holiday tree and strand of garland that has been designed for the area keeps with the theming of the attraction, shop or restaurant it highlights. For example, the tree within Be Our Guest Restaurant sports ornaments inspired by the castle’s enchanted staff and exquisite chandeliers.

Can you guess where the wreath in the first photo appears in New Fantasyland? Tell us in the “Comments” section below. We’ll update the post later today with the answer.
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Download the Free ‘Fantasyland: Break The Curse’ iPad App from Disney Parks

posted on October 17th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Beginning today, there’s a new way to explore the magic of New Fantasyland with the “Fantasyland: Break The Curse” iPad app, available now on iTunes.
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In it, the story of Fantasyland comes to life in the form of a magical interactive pop-up storybook inspired by the New Fantasyland expansion at Magic Kingdom Park. In it, families can compete in challenging quests at Prince Eric’s seaside castle, Maurice’s workshop, Beast’s lair and Storybook Circus, with the goal of discovering secrets and unlocking enchanted symbols to restore magic to the land.

The app is free to download in the iTunes store. It’s currently available only for the iPad.

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‘Little Mermaid’ Voice Actress Jodi Benson Visits New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on October 1st, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Earlier this year, we shared a video of “The Little Mermaid” voice actress Pat Carroll (Ursula) visiting Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park. Another actress from the film, Jodi Benson, who voiced Ariel, recently stopped by with her children McKinley and Delaney to experience the new attraction.
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During her visit, Jodi and her children shared what they love about visiting New Fantasyland. This clip is a part of the special features that are included on the new “The Little Mermaid: Diamond Edition” Blu-ray that hits stores today.

 
What do you love about Under the Sea ~ Journey of The LIttle Mermaid? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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Behind the Scenes: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Car Completes Drop Test at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on September 23rd, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


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Earlier today, Imagineers and Design & Engineering marked a milestone in the construction of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park.

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Last week, the team completed the car’s first push/pull test, and today marked the first time the train ran under its own gravity and completed its first drop out of the station.

As a reminder, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is set to debut in 2014.

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Celebrate Princess Fairytale Hall Grand Opening with Disney Artwork

posted on September 18th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


UPDATE: Click here for a list of recipients.

UPDATE: Thank you for the wonderful greeting messages. We’ve reached our limit and are no longer taking emails for a chance to receive Princess Fairytale Hall-inspired posters.

Today is the official debut of Princess Fairytale Hall at New Fantasyland and to celebrate, the Disney Parks Blog is offering readers a chance to win two beautiful posters created especially for us.

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Disney artist Julie Mittel created both of the Princess Fairytale Hall-inspired posters exclusively for the Disney Parks Blog. The first image features Cinderella and the second, Rapunzel. And you’ll be able to meet both during a visit to the attraction.

To enter for your chance to win both posters, email us the “Celebrating Princess Fairytale Hall” greeting of no more than 50 characters in length to WDW.Sweepstakes@Disney.com and include your full name and mailing address in the email. Once the potential winners are determined, we’ll send notifications to the potential winners via e-mail. See the sweepstakes rules and eligibility requirements by clicking here.

Sweepstakes open only to persons who, upon entering, are not deemed minors in their jurisdiction of primary residence and are legal residents of, and physically located within, the 50 United States or D.C. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Ends 9/18/13.

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