If you are a Disney fan, unless you’ve been living under a rock, chances are you’ve probably heard about the Fantasyland expansion: a multi-million dollar (buzz word baby, yeah) expansion of the most oh so magical of lands situated at the Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World.
Announced back in 2009, this new project will dramatically alter the look and feel of the entire park. Let’s get started by taking a look at a footnote to the project, situated in the area formerly occupied by Mickey’s Toontown Fair . . .
Storybook Circus. Capturing all the excitement of the day the circus comes to town, Storybook circus will feature a kids play area themed to Casey Jr. from Dumbo as well as . . .
a newly themed and improved version of the fan favorite Dumbo ride, and a retooled version of Goofy’s Barnstormer themed to the daring exploits of the circus’ sideshow magician . . .
the Great Goofini! This one is geared towards younger kids, but around the corner will be its upscale cousin . . .
the Seven Dwarves’ Mine Train Coaster (that one’s a mouthful). It features plenty of nifty theming and a neat-o ride system that will allow the mine trains you sit in to roll side to side as you explore the inner workings of the dwarves’ mine. There is a downside to this attraction though: supposedly, Disney will be shuttering Snow White’s Scary Adventure so that they can replace it with . . .
a princess meet n’ greet !@?! Oh well, don’t fret, there’s plenty of fun right around the corner in . . .
the world of Beauty and the Beast, where you can . . .
have a drink at Gaston’s Pub . . .
or explore Belle’s cottage. Once you get bored of this provincial town you’ll be able to . . .
visit Belle and friends at Beast’s castle or . . .
sit down to a meal at the Be Our Guest restaurant. This corner of the park is sure to provide a cozy retreat from the hustle and bustle the Magic Kingdom has come to be known for. Let’s not stop now though because we’ve saved the best for last . . .
The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. This is an all new attraction in the grand tradition of the classic Disney Dark ride. Think Peter Pan meets Spaceship Earth and boy oh boy, this one’s gonna be something.
Here’s a nice little video previewing this attraction as well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bWbUG6S15NQ
Parts of the new Fantasyland are rumored to begin opening in just a few weeks with almost all of the attractions being opened by September of this year (all save the Seven Dwarves’ Mine Train Coaster.)
So if you’re not a big Little Mermaid or Beauty and the Beast fan, you better get with it pal. Might I recommend, if you haven’t seen it, the fantastic documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty (trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyeoyRjEiUU) Fan or not, this must-view for Disney fans, will surely renew your enthusiasm for these films. If that’s no help, there’s always Cars Land coming to Disneyland this summer. But that, my friends, is a story for another day . . . See ya!