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New Fantasyland Receives a Royal Welcome at Magic Kingdom Park

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

New Fantasyland is now officially open, which means the adventures and dreams of Belle, Beast, Ariel, Prince Eric, Dumbo and more are now officially ours to explore.

Minutes ago, a truly royal welcome was held for this new area, with “Once Upon a Time” actress Ginnifer Goodwin, pop star Jordin Sparks and Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs leading a grand-opening ceremony that featured Disney characters, fireworks and more.

New Fantasyland, the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom Park history, has doubled the size of the existing land, with the addition of new attractions, restaurants and character greetings, including: Be Our Guest Restaurant, Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Enchanted Tales with Belle, Gaston’s Tavern, Pete’s Silly Sideshow, and Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid.

As Tom Staggs shared during the grand opening, the addition of these new adventures – which were brought to life by our Walt Disney Imagineers – were inspired by Walt Disney’s vow to keep our parks fresh.

“Walt Disney once promised that Disneyland, and by extension all of our parks, would never be complete as long as there is imagination left in the world,” Staggs said. “New Fantasyland is a spectacular addition to the Magic Kingdom that delivers on Walt’s promise.”

Be sure to check back later today for more photos from New Fantasyland’s grand opening. In the meantime, check out this video of our guests reacting to one of the area’s new attractions, Enchanted Tales With Belle.

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


  • Oh the excitement and the anticipation! I can’t wait to be there in person! I am kicking off WDW Marathon Weekend with a trip to Fantasyland!

    Do you want to join us for dinner and Be Our Guest Jenn? Our table for 3 could always be a table for four!!! Come dine with some excited runners on Thursday night!

  • I was as close as you could possibly get without having a Press Pass and it was GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!! The Ceremony was amazing!!!!! I will be proudly telling my friends and family how cool it was for the rest of my life!!! The highlight of the show was Dumbo’s appearance, that was the greatest!!!!!!!

  • Can’t wait to see it myself next month!

  • When will you have it ready to see, seen bit’s from other sites aut I’m sure you filmed it. So when can we see it. soon please

  • I agree with Courtney! I would LOVE to see video from the ceremony!!

  • Will there be a video from the ceremony? I’d LOVE to see it!

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