FINALLY!! News on Fantasyland Forest released!

Great news!! finally, new information about the new Fantasyland have been released by the Disney Parks Blog!!! Read it all here, from the official Disney Parks Blog:

Update on New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

The Updated Fantasyland

As many of you know, we’re in the midst of the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history, which will nearly double the size of Fantasyland. And we’re thrilled about the expansion because it’ll allow us to tell our treasured stories in new ways and give you the opportunity to interact with some of our beloved characters like never before. Today, we’d like to give you a first glimpse of the progress we’re making in bringing these stories to life and a look at some of the art will be sharing with the media later tonight.
Under the Sea: Journey of The Little Mermaid

First, work is already well underway on many of the experiences we’ve already told you about, so let’s start with Under the Sea: Journey of The Little Mermaid. In this attraction, Ariel and all her friends will entertain you in a ride-through adventure featuring favorite songs from the popular animated feature.
Not too far from Ariel’s new home, construction is underway on Beast’s castle which will stand majestically upon a hill. You will cross over a stone bridge as you arrive at Be Our Guest Restaurant. Set in the halls of the Beast’s Castle, this location will seat up to 550 guests and offer “great food fast” service by day and full table service dining in the evening. Just outside the restaurant, you will also be able to explore Belle’s Village, which includes Gaston’s Tavern and Bonjour! Village Gifts.
Nearby at Belle’s cottage, a magical mirror is the doorway to a captivating new kind of experience, where Belle, Lumiere and guests participate in a lively re-telling of the “tale as old as time.” In Enchanted Tales with Belle, the adventure begins at Maurice’s cottage, where you’ll step through an enchanted mirror that magically transports you to Beast’s library for an interactive storytelling session with Belle.

Additions to Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Just across the way is the brand new Storybook Circus, where we’re doubling the fun by adding another carousel to Dumbo the Flying Elephant. While you wait to board this Fantasyland favorite, you’ll have a chance to join the circus and step inside the Big Top for fun-filled interactive experiences for kids of all ages. Alongside Dumbo the Flying Elephant, the existing Barnstormer is getting a new look as well, featuring Goofy as The Great Goofini. This exciting attraction will take you on a twisting, turning, daredevil, roller coaster “flight” high above the circus fun.

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

As with any project of this scale, we’ve also continued to look for additional ways to surprise and delight our guests and I think you’ll be pleased. One opportunity we’re especially excited about is the chance to tell Snow White’s story in a fresh new way. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will take you on a rollicking, musical ride into the mine “where a million diamonds shine.” The coaster will feature a first-of-its kind ride system with a train of ride vehicles that swing back and forth as they whisk along the track. The journey will be accompanied by music from the classic Disney film and animated figures of Snow White and the Dwarfs.
Our other Disney princesses will also be getting a new home (actually, they prefer to call it a castle) in the all new Princess Fairytale Hall. Aurora, Cinderella and other Disney princesses, such as Tiana and Rapunzel, will greet you in an elegant royal court at the location where Snow White’s Scary Adventures is today. This new experience will be in place of some of the earlier plans we shared regarding opportunities to interact with your favorite princesses.
And Tinker Bell and her fairy friends will be joining the cast at Epcot where they will have special roles bringing the flora and fauna to life during the Flower and Garden Festival.
The New Fantasyland will be constructed in phases with most new experiences open by 2013. We look forward to sharing more with you as our work progresses.

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So, isn't this exciting??


  1. Better than the original plans.

  2. Right!! This looks so exciting! More news may come soon...

  3. so no more pixie hollow? and what r they doing to the side of the castle?

  4. Ugh... Theyre keeping the tent theme -.-

  5. the Tea Cups is still getting a redesign???

  6. Wow, the company that brought us Pirates, The Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain, and this is the best they can do? A restaurant, a family coaster, princess meet and greet, a dark ride, and carny games with a circus theme? This is the biggest expansion in Magic Kingdom history? Would someone tell me where the innovation, bar raising effort is here? This will be an exciting attendance draw . . . yawn.

  7. It is sad...but could be worse.
    Could be getting Cars Land, like California Adventure.
    Phew...thank god WDW dodged that bullet.

  8. Wow, I see many negative approaches to the New Fantasyland... I really think it's going to be fantastic..

  9. Everyone who thinks this terrible really needs to take a step back and look at the bigger picture here. From all of the artwork I've seen and all of the descriptions I've read, I can honestly say this the Fantasyland I've been waiting for. I am impressed with the amount of theming that's going in and I can't wait for the new Snow White roller coaster to open. Let's be honest, ever since Disneyland re-themed their entire Fantasyland, it made Magic Kingdom's look like crap. The Imagineers are raising the bar here and I'm sure once this opens you all will change your opinions.

  10. This is nuts. I can't believe people are actually telling themselves this is a brilliant expansion. Seriously? It's as if they're afraid to say what they actually see in fear their visions of Disney will be shattered. I love Walt Disney World and Disneyland but come on, face reality.

    "Circusland," using carnival games and the same tents from Toontown Fair, ?The Great Goofini? with the same ride vehicles, and not one but two Dumbo rides? You really think this will draw people in?

    A moderate family coaster with "ride vehicles that swing back and forth as they whisk along the track? This may be presented in as a new version of this idea, but it is not a new idea or a first. A D-Ticket Mermaid (no arguing here, this will be no Haunted Mansion or Pirates of the Caribbean), a restaurant, Belle's village consisting of a 'Tavern' and two shops (look at the rendering), a Belle meet and greet along with a separate Princess meet and greet with a repainted tent facade?

    No matter how you guild this lilly, there is no innovation here, raising the bar, or pushing the envelope within Disney's own confines and certainly not raising the bar or pushing any innovation in the theme park industry. This expansion no matter how hard you look is simply okay. If this is the Fantasyland of your dreams than you've forgotten how innovative and visionary the dreams of Walt Disney were.


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