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Walt Disney World Resort Looking Forward to Royal Guest Rooms, New Fantasyland and More in 2012

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Happy New Year, everyone!

The year 2012 is finally here, which means that the debut of some exciting new guest offerings are only a few months (or even just a few weeks) away! Here’s a round-up of some of the upcoming openings and milestones we’ll be excited to share here on the Disney Parks Blog in 2012.

  • Exotic Driving Experience – Later this month, the Richard Petty Driving Experience will debut a new guest offering that allows guests to experience riding in supercars from Ferrari, Lamborghini, Audi, and Porsche.
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  • Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom – This new interactive experience will debut at Magic Kingdom Park early this year (exact date TBA). The quest, which is included in the price of park admission, recruits guests to become apprentice sorcerers, and find and defeat villains in their hiding places within the park.
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  • The debut of Royal Guest Rooms – The newest offering in the line of Disney Story Rooms will open at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside this spring. A total of 512 themed rooms will feature regal accents, magical fireworks, and other nods to royal characters from favorite Disney films.
  • The debut of the Disney FantasyDisney Cruise Line’s newest ship will set sail in March, and bring with it a host of exciting new cruising experiences, including an interactive quest called “The Case of the Stolen Show,” starring The Muppets.
  • A 24-Hour Leap Day Celebration – For the first time ever, Magic Kingdom Park will stay open for 24 hours of fun as a part of a bicoastal event called “One More Disney Day.” The event will take place from Feb. 29 at 6 a.m., through March 1 at 6 a.m.
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  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The first phase of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is set to debut in May. This resort will honor Disney’s milestones in animation with wings themed after “Finding Nemo,” “Cars,” “The Lion King” and “The Little Mermaid.”
  • The first openings in New Fantasyland – Magic Kingdom Park is undergoing a major expansion of Fantasyland that includes the addition of several exciting new attractions, restaurants and more.
  • Splitsville – A new 50,000-square-foot entertainment center will open in the West Side of Downtown Disney later this year to feature bowling, billiards, and dining.

Which are you most excited to read about?


  • We are coming to Disney with our 4 year old daughter April 25-30 and I want to know if any of the old or new attractions will be open in Fantasyland. I just found out it’s closed and I was very dissapointed since a lot of attractions for that age were there.

  • My family and I are coming your way May 27th for a week. I know there is no way for you to see the future or anything, but I was just curious if you could tell me what you think might be open in the new Fantasyland section. I know I can ride “Dumbo” and get a view of it, but I just wanted to know if you could tell me anything. Please and thank you!


  • we are coming this august to disney world. Will the new fantasy land be open by then? We are really hoping so. We can not wait to come!

  • When is Fantasyland scheduled to open?

  • We will be coming April1st to Disney for our kids first trip! Is the new fantasyland going to be open by then?

  • Is anything new scheduled to open by March 6th?

  • I am excited for the Fantasyland to open. Will it be open by July.

  • So when does the new fantasyland open?

  • I am planning a big family trip in Dec. My daughter will be turning 12 this year, and I have promised her a trip to celebrate her birthday in Disney World. I am excited to see the New Fantasy Land. We were in Disney the summer of 2010 when the construction was in the early stages. I am hoping to take my daughter and my two nieces on the Little Mermaid Ride.

  • Just joined DVC! Going to Aulani in April and AK in Nov. Would love a tentative schedule of new ride openings at Fantasyland and when dining reservations will begin for Be Our Guest restaurant.

  • Jennifer, will any fantasyland attractions be open by October?

  • We’re planning to come the first few days of September, any standard rooms available in Art of Animation by then? No family yet
    First time Disneyworld!!! This European is VERY excited 😉

  • I am extremely excited about the opening of New Fantasyland! I can’t wait to walk around the area beyond the construction wall!

  • I´m traveling on the week of the 14 of february. Any chance I catch some of the new Fantasy Land?

  • Yay!! Hopefully some of the new Fantasyland will be open by August!! 🙂 Bringing my boyfriend for his first Disney trip!!

  • I am so excited to be going back to Disney World this year, we are bringing a lot of new family members, which it will be their first time there, with all the new additions, it is going to be the best trip there ever, I can’t wait until November to get here

  • We will be bringing our 4 yr old back on Feb 17-20. Will any of the New Fantasyland be open then? Looking forward to our 2nd great visit to Disney World!

  • We will be there on the 7th of March and cannot wait we look at the site everyday and my 5 year old loves to watch every video on it with finding out Fantasyland will be opening soon we are hoping something will start to open when we visit so will anything be opened by the time we are there ?

  • Really want to know more about the Cars Land at Disneyland Anaheim and when that will be opening? I hear ‘summer 2012’, but is there more specific time yet?

  • I am very excited about the new Fantasyland. Several new attractions and dining!!!!!!! Looking forward to it1

  • When will the new Fanasyland be open? My girlfriend and I are planning a trip in mid May this year and are really looking forward to seeing it.

  • Yes, please bring back Spectro!

    Also, dates for New Fantasyland openings, please!

  • My best friend got engaged at Disney just a few weeks ago and is talking of doing a Disney World wedding. I’m hoping that she does and that it will be after the new fantasy land expansion is open!

  • Honestly, I’d be more excited to read about the return of Spectromagic than any of the above. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

  • We’re booked on the Fantasy cruise for Dec. We have to trips scheduled for WDW so I’m excited for the Sorcerer’s game. I don’t think the little Mermaid section of the AoA, will be open when we arrive in December so I’ll save that for 2013.

  • OUR FAMILY REUNION IS COMING UP FEB. 29 TH to March 11 . Our excitement went over the top when we heard New Years Eve that Magic Kingdom will be open for an amazing 24hrs. on the 29th!!!!!! We are celebrating 2 Birthday’s and 1 first time at Disney, there will be 17 of us who will be lucky enough to see the sun come up on March 1st. Sadly 7 will miss it as they are flying in late that morning!! Of course we will take enough pictures and ride enough rides to be able to tell them about our wonderful time!!

  • That all sounds amazing, but I’m most looking forward to getting married in Walt Disney World in June!

  • I cant wait for any of it Just to visit Disney in general we Look forward to it every year! this year we are going during Epcots flower festival and are excited! I am very excited for the NEw fanasyland it should be wonderful, we hope its open by the time we go!

  • the Disney Fatasy!!! We will be going back for our 4th trip on the Disney Dream in 2 weeks and are very excited to have a whole week booked in June for the Fantasy!
    My 8 year old daughter is most excited about the new mine cart ride in Fantasyland. She was telling me on New Year’s Day that this is the year that the mine cart ride opens and she is soooo excited!

  • I´m looking forward to the strangly calles “New Fantasyland”. How is the current Fantasyland going to be calles, Old Fantasyland?
    I´m also looking forward to hear news about Hyperion Wharf that was proposed at Downtown Disney and anouncements from the Avatar team.

  • We have been trying to go every year possible (7 times out of the last 10 years) and I am hoping to surpise the family with a stay at one of these resorts this year! We have only managed to stay on site 2 times and it is was the BEST TIMES WE HAVE EVER HAD! Thank you DISNEYWORLD!

  • My family will be visiting from May 13th – 21st. Any chance that Splitsville or Be Our Guest restaurant will be open?

  • Looking forward to the new Disney Fantasy ship…and finally going on a Disney cruise this year. We live close to Port Canaveral and I was on hand for the Disney Dream Christening ceremony. I hear that distinctive horn each weekend and long to be on it!

  • Is anything new scheduled to open before Feb. 2nd?

  • It’s great to hear about the new types of rooms (invariably, the most dissappointing part of a vacation anywhere is shelling out for a fancy hotel and finding the same sort of room you could have gotten at the motel down the street… you’d think I’d learn by now). However, the thing I’m most interested in is the Sorcerors of the Magic Kingdom. I usually find talk of making the parks “interactive” kind of weird because they’re tactile, physical environments, how much more “interactive” can they be?!? But a parkwide game with collectable cards and things? Cool! I hope it has a good trial in WDW and makes its way a little closer to me at Disneyland.

  • Which am I most excited about? All of the above! It’s going to be another GREAT year in the world of Disney. (Though Sorcerers, Fantasyland, and the Fantasy ship should be something really special…)

    Ricky B
    Inside the Magic

    • Good to hear, Ricky. Happy New Year!

  • I am SO excited about the Art of Animation Resort – I want to stay in a Nemo room! My daughter is going to flip out over the Royal Rooms too – how fun! I’m also hoping to come visit for Leap Day! Yay for a fun 2012!

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