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A Birds-Eye View of New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Up for another look at New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park?

Walt Disney Imagineering just shared this time-lapse video that shows the amazing progress that’s been made so far on the expansion. More importantly, this clip gives you an idea at exactly how large the expansion will be. I know I’ve said it before, but it’s the biggest expansion in Magic Kingdom Park history!

Just for your reference, the left side of the construction represents the future area of Be Our Guest Restaurant, Maurice’s Cottage, and Gaston’s Tavern. The large building on the right side will house The Little Mermaid. (Storybook Circus, which is not included in the frame, will begin at the far right of this attraction).

The attractions and other guest offerings in New Fantasyland will open in phases beginning in late 2012.


  • This is amazing! I applied for a job at WDW in attractions about a month ago and am currently on the wait list, any idea when Magic Kingdom will begin the hiring process for the new fantasyland?

  • Are there any plans to add some of the classics like Pinocchio, Lady & The Tramp, Bambi, Alice in Wonderland, 101 Dalmatians, Sword in the Stone, Jungle Book and etc? While I love Peter Pan, I feel it can use an upgrade. Maybe create the interactive areas like the new one at Haunted Mansion and Winnie the Pooh for the rides, to give you the feeling of being in the movie/book.etc. I feel the Haunted Mansion is a perfect example, it was updated but kept all that was good about it.

  • Will it be open by August 2012? We like to take our trip in the summer.

  • I’m so excited! I can’t wait to see the finished product. We are waiting til the end of ’12 to come visit just for this reason!

  • We are visiting the weekend before Christmas this year, is there going to be things for 2 year olds to do?? The expansion looks GREAT!!

  • Jennifer, I know this is off subject….but, can you tell me the new restaraunt opening over in frontier land…no one seems to know. It is currently under construction as well, but, we want to be pro-active as we are coming in Dec and want to try new things. I would appreciate any tips or help you can give me. We were just there 2 weeks ago and it said it would be open for the end of the year…. hmmmm….HELP!!! :-/

  • @Alain
    You are completely right! We could see it all from up there.

    I’m so excited for the expansion. Keep us posted, guys.

  • @melissa, the only confirmed closings is Dumbo from Jan 9 thru Feb 17 Disney’s site says closed for refurb but seems like this is when it will be relocated to the new section. Snow White isn’t supposed to close until summer 2012 possibly later though not confirmed, nothing else is affected in Fantasyland.

  • @melissa I don´t think you need to worry to much. This is realy a extantion for the larger part and nothing in Fantasy Land needs to be closed because of it. I heard even the dombo ride will be operating until the “other” dombo is installed. Only then the current dombo will make it´s way to it´s new location.

  • The best place to see changes happening is from the top of Dumbo. We were there in Aug.

  • Just amazing! Can not wait to see it finished. We are going back in late 2012. My kids are looking forward to seeing everything finished.

  • What an amazing transformation! I can’t wait for the new Fantasyland to open. So excited for The Little Mermaid attraction!

  • From what I am reading there is no solid dates for anything opening and I cant find a “closed” list of stuff in fantasy land. We will be there “early 2012” for the marathon weekend, since we only have a 2 year old I am a bit nervous about what fantasy land will have open when we go. Any place I can get that information?

  • I think the new Fantasyland is going to be amazing. I just recently returned home from Orlando and was able to see a little bit of the new area being produced. Beast’s castle looked fantastic. I’m getting ready to visit the Orlando area again for a PR conference and we’re visiting Magic Kingdom for a day! I can’t wait to see the progress that has been made.

  • When is this due to be done? so many trees were lost. I do hope they replant some.

    • New attractions are set to begin opening in late 2012.

  • That was so cool! Do you know what the start date of the time lape is? We were there last Oct. Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  • That is extrememly awesome. We will be there in May of next year, so I don’t think it will be open yet. Looking forward to our trip in 2013 to see all the new fun stuff! Will it be open by Christmas 2012? mabye I can talk my husband into a second trip next year. 🙂

  • oh my gosh i cant wait for the new section to be open

  • I noticed the earthcam watermark, so they DO have a live webcam pointing to the construction! anyone knows how to find it???

    • We do not.

  • Amazing! It’s simply incredible what they’ve accomplished and I am looking forward to more posts of progress and more importantly opening 😀 Looks great and can’t wait!

  • That was so cool! I can’t wait to see the finished Fantasyland.

  • This looks amazing! I can’t wait to go back next year for this! 🙂

  • Awesome! I can’t wait to see in November of next year when we come to visit!

    • It really is going to be a huge area, isn’t it? Much bigger than I expected.

  • Thanks!

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