Walt Disney World’s Fantasyland Expansion “An Overview of the Construction Model”

by Christopher Rainville
On a recent trip to Walt Disney World I visited the Fantasyland expansion model located inside the attraction “Walt Disney, One Man’s Dream”. I have been doing my best to peer over the construction walls at the Magic Kingdom during the expansion but it’s difficult to get a feel has to how the land is laid out in relationship to current attractions. The Fantasyland model however, gives you a very good view of how the new section of Fantasyland connects to the existing part.

The model for the new Fantasyland expansion is located inside “Walt Disney, One Man’s Dream” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

At the center of the new expansion is the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train which won’t open until the second phase. It is expected to be completed either late 2013 or the beginning of 2014. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train To the left of the model will be a princess meet and greet area called Princess Fairytale Hall. This character greeting area will occupy the Snow White’s Scary Adventure attraction space. Guests can enter the new Fantasyland expanded area through an entranceway that makes it appear they have left the castle courtyard. This main thoroughfare leads directly to an area featuring Beauty and the Beast.

guests leave the castle courtyard and into the new expanded area

In this area, guests can hear Belle tell a “tale as old as time” while visiting her cottage. Guests can also dine in the Be Our Guest Restaurant or visit Gaston’s Tavern. Continuing behind the seven dwarfs mine train guests will encounter Prince Eric’s Castle which houses a ride through attraction featuring The Little Mermaid. These sections of Fantasyland are scheduled to open just before the Christmas holiday 2012.

Another new section of Fantasyland can be accessed from a walkway located past the teacups and leads behind the Tomorrowland Speedway track. This location is almost identical to the previous entrance to Mickey’s Toon Town Fair. This path leads to the Storybook Circus area of Fantasyland. Although it is currently shrouded in construction walls, part of this area is currently open. Storybook Circus houses a dual

Dumbo

two Dumbo rides are located in Storybook Circus

version of the Dumbo flying elephant attraction. When I was there last week they still only had one of the Dumbo rides operating. At this time, Dumbo is currently operating like it did when it was located behind the carousel in the middle of Fantasyland. Guests queue up in front of the ride and wait for their turn but when both Dumbo’s are running Disney will be operating a virtual queue. If you look at the model you will see a large yellow tent in the center and to the rear of both rides. When guests enter the tent they will be presented with a pager that will alert them when it is time for their ride. Also in this section is the old Goofy’s Barnstormer Coaster which has been somewhat rethemed but the track

layout remains the same. Storybook Circus also contains a new Fantasyland train station, a children’s splash area called Casey Junior’s “Splash ‘N’ Soak” as well as the Pete’s Silly Sideshow which will be a character meet and greet location similar to Mickey’s judges tent. There is a bit of a twist with this character greeting location. The characters will be dressed has circus performers. As I mentioned before, the Storybook Circus area is open and guests can arrive by train or the pathway behind the teacups.

Once you have seen the full expansion model it is easy to go back to Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom and make more sense of what’s going on as you watch the construction taking place.

When completed, the new Fantasyland expansion will double the size of the current Fantasyland footprint.

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One Response

  1. I’m really looking forward to the new Fantasyland. Glad at Disney is upgrading to keep things new at the parks. I go to the parks all the time, so it’s great to have some new things to experience there.

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