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New Fantasyland Marks First Anniversary at Magic Kingdom Park

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Happy one-year anniversary to New Fantasyland! The area, which is the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom Park history, enjoyed its grand opening ceremony exactly a year ago today.


New Fantasyland, which brought about the addition of Storybook Circus and dedicated “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Little Mermaid” areas to the park, was officially dedicated December 6, 2012, in a ceremony that featured “Once Upon a Time” actress Ginnifer Goodwin, pop star Jordin Sparks and Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs. Guests could now participate in a retelling of Belle and Beast’s love story at Enchanted Tales With Belle, have a snack at Gaston’s Tavern, dine inside Beast’s Castle at Be Our Guest Restaurant, or explore the caverns below Prince Eric’s castle to take a journey under the sea with Ariel.

Over the course of the past year, work has continued on the remaining two attractions in the New Fantasyland expansion. One of these, Princess Fairytale Hall, opened its doors in September as the go-to place to meet Cinderella and Rapunzel, who each greet guests daily alongside one of their other royal friends. The interior of the hall was inspired by design elements – and even specific props – seen in the films “Cinderella” and “Tangled.” The result was a truly regal look, with high ceilings, rich wood-paneling, handpainted princess portraits, themed wallpaper, glittering stained glass windows and more.

The final attraction in the New Fantasyland expansion is Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, which is set to debut in 2014. The mine train, which is currently under construction, will tell the story of Snow White through the eyes of the Seven Dwarfs. Be sure to watch the Disney Parks Blog in coming months for more on this attraction.

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  • Is there a ‘set’ date for the Mine Train opening? I will be back in the park ‘probably’ in January or February and then again in July.

    Also- any further developments with “Tangled” or “Frozen” theming in #NewFantasyland? I love the tower, restrooms, etc next to “Its a Small World” that’s themed to “Tangled” Would love to see much more done with that as well as “Frozen”.

  • Going in August 2014 with my great grand daughter and grand daughter. Can’t wait to see the New Fantasyland!

  • I’m very proud and blessed to have been part of the Opening Team for New Fantasyland- specifically the Enchanted Tales with Belle location- as an Entertainment cast member. I’m still there to this day, and love every moment of it. Seeing the delight on the families’ faces as they enter and leave the area always raises my spirits no matter what other things are on my mind.

    Happy Anniversary, New Fantasyland!

  • One year already? Wow! We were there opening day and have been mesmerized every since.Great place to watch the evening fireworks or to just sit on a bench and watch the world go by.

  • And it marks one year since I was there :o( Can’t wait to go back when the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is finished. Looking forward to riding it.

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