Fantasyland at Walt Disney World opens after a long renovation, which includes new rides and attractions at the Magic Kingdom and Cinderella Castle.
The almost completed expansion and rebuild has doubled in size, swallowing up the old “Mickey’s ToonTown Fair” area and using the old 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea attraction that had been dormant for years since its closing.
“Fantasyland is the most popular land in the most popular theme park in the world,” Disney spokeswoman Kim Prunty said. “It makes perfect sense that this is where we would look to expand the guest experience.”
A new castle, themed after “The Beauty and the Beast” has been built to anchor the New Fantasyland that includes, Gaston’s Tavern restaurant, which will serve beer and wine for the first time in the Disney park.
One of the newest rides includes a dark ride called “The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure” which is a ride similar to Peter Pan’s Flight, Snow White’s Scary Adventures and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. The ride however, has an updated Omnimover and will take guests through an undersea adventure.
Another new ride, that will be completed by 2013, is a new family-friendly steel roller coaster called “Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.” The Snow White’s Scary Adventures, was permanently closed on May 31, 2012 and replaced by Princess Fairytale Hall, a new Disney Princess meet and greet.
A new Storybook Circus area has been built in the old Toontown Fair area which houses the new bigger Dumbo ride which has double the capacity of the old Dumbo ride. It also includes a in-line children’s play area. “It’s more relaxing than keeping the kids standing in line and trying to keep them entertained,” said Tim Dixon, 41, of Racine, Wisconsin.