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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Jul. 15, 2012

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Prince Eric's Castle in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

This week, Disney Parks Blog readers were the first to see the amazing Prince Eric’s Castle at New Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom Park. Our exclusive series, “All in the Details,” shared the complete view of the castle, which will top off the new Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid attraction.

Check out Jenn’s original post and let us know which New Fantasyland castle you’re most looking forward to seeing – Beast’s Castle or Prince Eric’s?
Desktop Wallpaper Featuring the Great Goofini, Star of the Barnstormer in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

And did you see our latest exclusive desktop/smartphone wallpaper? It was inspired by old circus posters of the 1940s and the enhanced Storybook Circus attraction The Barnstormer – Starring the Great Goofini. Be sure to check out our terms of service prior to downloading.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week:

Imagineer Q&A: Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park – Some of the Imagineers who worked on Cars Land answer questions about the area’s attractions and the guest experience they strove to create.

Downtown Disney’s Planet Hollywood Hosts Bon Voyage Party for U.S. Olympic Team Member – Last weekend, U.S. Olympic Diving Team member Brittany Viola got a patriotic send-off to the 2012 Summer Olympics from family, friends, and hundreds of Planet Hollywood guests at Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney Alaska Cruise: A Ship Off the Old Glacier – Jimmy Lynett, cruise director on the Disney Wonder, shares tips for making the most of a Disney cruise to Alaska.

Cool Ear Hat Ornament Collection Expands as Summer Heats Up at Disney Parks – Disney’s product developers have put an amazing level of creativity and detail into these new ornaments, inspired by everything from Disney villains to WALL-E and Eve.

Spend Some Time with Five & Dime at Disney California Adventure Park – Read about the origins of Five & Dime, the innovative sextet of maverick musicologists performing every day down on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure park.

Exploring Disney Parks After Dark – Our new “Disney Parks After Dark” series will showcase nighttime photography of various attractions at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. This first post in the series offers a colorful shot of the newly “doubled” Dumbo the Flying Elephant attraction in the Storybook Circus area of New Fantasyland.


  • Like everyone else, just wondering what the expected opening date of Be Our Guest is. I will be visiting the park the first week of December and hoping it will be open then.

  • Im excited with all the new changes at Magic Kingdom, I hope a lot of them are opened by December.

  • I have a couple questions? First is the train in fantasyland actually a ride or just for looks? Second specifically what castle is open in fantasyland as of August 25?

  • Same here… I am going in September and REALLY want to book in to the restaurant. I’m sure it’s going to be full the day reservations open. Anyone have a more specific reservation date than “August”? Liz

  • I Can Not Wait Until Beast Castle Opens!!! My Husband And I Go To WDW Every Fall. I Want To Book My Vacation For This Year But I Really Need An Opening Date For Be Our Guest Restaurant. When Will We Find Out?

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