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New Fantasyland Grand Opening Set For December 6 at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

For more than a year now, we’ve shared updates on the New Fantasyland expansion at Magic Kingdom Park and we’re just as excited as you are to experience these magical new attractions for ourselves.

New Fantasyland Grand Opening Set For December 6 at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort

Today we’re thrilled to announce that the grand opening of New Fantasyland will take place on December 6, 2012. Attractions included in this opening are Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid, Be Our Guest Restaurant, Enchanted Tales with Belle, Ariel’s Grotto, Gaston’s Tavern and Bonjour! Village Gifts.

Previews of these attractions will begin November 19.

As previously planned, the New Fantasyland expansion will continue with the opening of Princess Fairytale Hall in 2013 and the debut of a new Disney “mountain” in the form of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in 2014.

The Storybook Circus section of the New Fantasyland expansion, which includes Barnstormer – Starring the Great Goofini, the Casey Jr. Splash & Soak Station, and Dumbo the Flying Elephant, opened to guests in July.

How soon will you visit? And which New Fantasyland attraction are you most excited to experience?

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and follow @WaltDisneyWorld on Twitter for the latest on the New Fantasyland expansion. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #NewFantasyland.


  • Can’t wait…My family and I will be DW the preview week..my grands are going to be so excited….Will the restuarant areas be open then for run throughs?

  • Let the countdown commence! 104 days for previews and 121 days until the grand opening. Can’t wait to walk over the waterways and among the Fantasyland Forest.

    • 🙂

  • 9/15/12 and 12/12/12

  • Oh shoot, thought the restaurant would be open for our Halloween visit! Just means we need to get back in 2013!!

  • Leaving on the day it opens…so sad. 🙁

  • Will November 19 be the same day the Annual Passholders get to preview Fantasyland also? I’m so mad we’re going to miss the previews by 9 days 🙁

  • Jennifer, do we have any idea on the passholder previews and the registration will open?

    • I do not know…let me look into it.

  • So sad…we will miss the opening by 4 days, we are heading back home on December 2nd 🙁

  • I’m visiting in 13 days!!! But also the week after the new fantasyland opens! So excited!!!!

  • The Grand Opening date is the day we are leaving : ( However what are the preview dates? Will Little Mermaid, etc all be open to ride after November 19th for everyone? Or just certain people? We will still have a great time as always, but we’ve been counting down for this new Fantasyland so long we will be bummed if we miss it this time around – though that means we’ll just have to come back again : )

  • Who can go to the previewing? How will that work?

    • The preview period allows guests a chance to experience the new area/attractions prior to the grand opening. During a preview period, attractions and experiences may have limited operating hours.

  • Jennifer are the November previews open to the general public?

    • Yes. The preview period will give park guests a chance to experience the new area/attractions prior to the grand opening. During a preview period, attractions may have limited operating hours.

  • Ughhh!! We will be there till december 2nd 🙁

  • Jennifer

    So happy with this news.
    We will be in WDW between 06 to 17 december and more precisely in the Magic Kingdom 08 and 11.
    The best of this visit is that we will know new fantasyland
    My daughter is jumping with excitement.
    I´m so glad.

    • I don’t think I’ve ever written a blog post that made someone jump with excitement before!

  • I can’t wait we will be there for 8 days starting December 8th!! Looking forward to the quick service dinning for lunch time at Be Our Guest! And our Little Mermaid room at Art of Animation Resort!

    • LOVE Art of Animation!

  • As it turns out, we *leave* on the morning of Dec 6th to return home. So my question is: Are the previews you speak of only for annual passholders or is there any chance that a regular guy like me (and his family, including 2 little girls who would *love* to see the new stuff) could get in on the preview goodness?

  • Right around Christmas is the PERFECT time of year!! 😀

  • I’m SO EXCITED!!! We are going to be there! We head home in the evening on the 7th. This is going to be the best birthday ever for me!

    • That’s good to hear. 🙂

  • We will be coming at the end of January. Do you know if the princesses will still be out for us to see even though the place for them to go will not be done yet?

    • Yes, you can find them at Town Square Theater at the front of the park. Always pick up a Times Guide when you enter the park in order to find your favorite character.

  • We are going 11/27-12/4. What attractions will be open?

  • So cool. I was there at WDW when the expansion was announced in Sept ’09 and now will be there in January!

  • Oh Jennifer Thanks so much for the info! I’m so excited the 6th is the last night of our trip and it is also my DS birthday so this is so cool. Belle is our families favorite so can’t wait for the “Enchanted Tales”.
    We have Cinderella’s Royal Table booked for that morning but don’t want to miss anything, can you tell us a time for the Official Opening or anything like that?
    Thanks again 🙂

  • Our next trip is first week of Dec so hopefully we catch a soft opening. If not we will be there in January as I can’t wait to see this new area!! Glad there is finally a date 🙂 Happy Happy Joy Joy

  • When you said there will be FP available for Mermaid, were you speaking of the ride, or the grotto meet and greet? Or will it be available for both? My girls are so excited to meet Ariel with her tail – we were there 2 years ago two weeks after the grotto closed for the expansion, and they were so disappointed!

    • The attraction itself.

  • We are going to be there from Oct 28-Nov.14. Seventeen glorious days! Taking our 20 year old daughter and her bff this trip and possibly going back in March or so with our oldest daughter and her family. I so can’t wait! The last time we were there was 3 years ago. Too long! Would love to get into the Be Our Guest restuarant.

    • Wow, that sounds great!

  • We will be there the last week in January. I’M SO EXCITED!!!!!!!! Thanks so much for the update.

  • We’re going there on 12/18 and will stay for the holiday season, so this is great news! I’m really looking forward to seeing the new attractions!

  • Just a quick note. While I love the idea of Magic Kingdom continuing to refresh itself with new attractions replacing those that have seen better days and larger crowds, I am not a fan of these fixed character greeting areas. Remember fondly being surprised by just walking into Mickey, Donald or the seven dwarfs? Standing in an two hour line to let my two daughters meet Repunzel last fall was the epitome of frustration. Now the characters have FastPasses??

    Again, I love Disney and all of the joy that visits bring to me and my family, it just seems that planning a vacation is becoming like planning a week long business meeting. Bring back some of the wonder, cut down on the schedules!!

    Thanks for letting me vent.

  • Any word on if we will be able to ride Dumbo during the WDWMarathon? Do you run any of the runDisney events Jenn? You seem like a runner! Happy opening in November!

    • I’ll check on this. 🙂

  • We already have plans to be there Nov. 30th. We’re vacation club and annual pass holders. Can you please tell us if we can schedule a preview? Thanks!

  • I’m very excited to see Fantasyland after it’s been “unveiled!” Thinking about what used to be in Mickey’s Toontown Fair and Fantasyland prior to the expansion, I’m trying to determine how many new rides are going to be in the “New” Fantasyland. It seems that we’re actually breaking even (or maybe one new ride, after the Snow White coaster opens in a few years) with the expansion – is that right?

    From the artwork and what we’ve seen so far of the Storybook Circus, I know that the remaining areas are going to look fantastic!

  • Was there in 2011 and planning spring break 2014 trip with grandchildren. Can’t wait to take them to the New Fantasyland.

    • Grandparents are awesome!

  • SO GLAD this info was finally announced but SO SAD that I’ll be there November 3-10 and just miss the preview! @Jennifer– you do a great job with these blog posts! So excited every time I see you picture by a new post! Thanks for the information & keep up the sneak peaks for those of us whole won’t get to experience the New Fantasyland in person for a good many years!!!!

    • Thank you, Lisa. Don’t forget that there Storybook Circus is open and it looks wonderful. Plenty of fun to be had over there.

  • Who will be able to preview the new attractions? Will Be Our Guest Restaurant be open during the preview period?

  • Looks like we picked the wrong time to visit. We’re weeks too early for Fantasyland and we picked the only rooms in the entire resort not to get free dining. I can’t afford to let this first trip I planned be a dud, and we won’t be able to afford to come back for years… I guess this was a sign…

  • Do you know what they mean by “Previews of these attractions will begin earlier, on Nov. 19”? We were leaving to go home on the 17th and I am looking at changing our dates so we can enjoy the new fantasyland. Thanks.

  • We are going to be celebrating my son’s birthday at the parks on the week of the November 10th. Do you think we have any chance of catching a glimpse of the new FantasyLand Expansion?

  • Are any of the new restaurants in Fantasy Land character meals?

    • No word on this yet.

  • This is going to be such an amazing time for Disney World. My daughter and I are hoping to get the chance to see the new Fantasyland early with our annual passes.

  • I am so sad right now. I’m coming to WDW Nov 28th to Dec 5th. That’s right I’m leaving the day before the Grand Opening. I’ve been waiting for BOGR to open for so long. I can’t even believe that I’m going to miss it by 1 day. Jennifer, can you work your Disney Magic and move it up by a day or two?!!!

  • Hi Jennifer! How exactly do the previews work?

    • A preview period will give park guests a chance to experience the new area/attractions prior to the grand opening. During a preview period, attractions may have limited operating hours.

  • We will be there from Nov. 26 – Dec. 2. Are the previews of The New Fantasyland open to the public?

  • We planned an extra long trip in January to give ourselves time to explore New Fantasyland. Now that I see the date, I’m trying to figure out if I can do a quick weekend. I’m not local, so one might say I have “Mickey Madness!”

  • AHhh so Bummed! I know it was wishful thinking that the holiday season would include Halloween. O’well we will still have a wonderful time at Mickey’s Not so Scary Halloween Party! We did it 5 years ago and it was so much fun that we decided to go back to do it again this year. I suppose this is just another reason to come back to WDW 🙂

  • Oh no, we have reservations for Nov 2nd thru Nov 9th. Does this mean we miss it altogether ???

  • Just missing this since we will be leaving November 24th. Can’t wait for our next trip!

  • Thank you Disney! We have waited so long for this date. My nieces and I are packed and ready to go.

    • I’m happy we could finally share the date with you! 🙂

  • Can I get a free ticket to celebrate by birthday same day as opening? LOL

  • Just another one wondering about the “previews” … can’t wait to hear more!

  • We are coming in about 6 weeks! Super excited to see Storybook Circus. No need to be disappointed that we are going to miss the opening of everything else, just means that we get to plan another trip!!!!!

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