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Weaving Costumes into the Storytelling Fabric of New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

Shawn Slater

by , Senior Communications Manager, Disney Live Entertainment

Some of the first areas of our New Fantasyland expansion at Magic Kingdom Park will be opening by late March, featuring a re-imagined version of The Barnstormer and a relocated Dumbo the Flying Elephant attraction. When they debut, cast members working in these areas will be wearing new costumes inspired by the “Big Top” setting of Storybook Circus.

The Creative Entertainment Costuming team worked with Walt Disney Imagineering to develop these designs to bring the environment of Storybook Circus to life. The bold colors evoke the spirit of the ringmaster or sideshow barker, while the tails and detailing provide a period look of the 1930s.

In this video, you’ll see how the partnership between Walt Disney Imagineering and Creative Entertainment has produced an entire collection of unique costumes to be worn by cast members in each area of New Fantasyland, creating a rich sense of place and community.


  • One of the things I always look forward to when a new ride or attraction opens up is seeing the new costumes. A big high five to the designers for what they created. The “look” of the Cast Members throughout the parks adds to the magic.

  • These costumes are really fantastic. I know they will really enhance the experience for us guests. Can’t wait for the new Fantasyland expansion to open!

  • I’m so excited for the new expansion to be finished. These costumes look fantastic. Well,done as always Disney.

  • My daughter has been working on the new part of Fantasy Land. She tried on a couple of the costumes for us last night. The are really cute. I love the circus one so much.

  • As a former cast member of Fantasy Land I look forward to seeing the innovative costumes that will add to the Magic the New Fantasy Land it will be a wonderful addition of Magic Kingdom.

    In the meantime stop by some of the shops at main street east and enjoy the ambiance of small town America.

  • As a CM costume-spotter, I like all the Belle’s Village costumes…
    But what about Snow White, Little Mermaid and the Princess building?–Will they just get versions of their Disneyland equivalents?

    • Eric, the beautiful costume designs we previewed today will be seen throughout the New Fantasyland area, including locations like Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

  • So I’m a former CP who was lucky enough to get an AWESOME costume during my program, but these are beautiful!! I want to own the Gaston’s Tavern Costume, and like wear it every day of my life.

  • Can’t wait to visit the new fantasyland. It will be so exciting. Thanks for all the sneak peeks.

  • Your attention to detail is just amazing.
    The costumes look wonderfull!
    I also like to hear a bit more about the sounds and music in the new expension.

  • I’m currently a CP, and I know a lot of girls who are uncomfortable wearing dresses but have to for their roles. Its great to see that these new costumes offer pants rather than the customary Fantasyland dresses. I wish some of these were my costume!

  • I love this post and video! It gets me so excited and makes me feel so creative! Thank to everyone who took the time to make the outfits so perfect!

  • Wow, these look fantastic! I saw the construction here when I was at the Princess Half-marathon–the new scenery reminds me so much of my adventures in Europe. I’m really excited to see this art up close.

    Looks like I’ll have to come back for another run so that I can see the new work! 🙂

  • In 2003 I was an CP Cast Member in Fantasyland. I worked the snack stands… I would have killed to wear these cool costumes. These are amazing costumes. Way to go disney Costume Dept. Very Disney Fairytale Worthy.

  • These are awesome! I hope they look as good in real life as they do in the concept art! I’m pretty jealous of the Storybook Circus lady costume.

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