New Fantasyland at Magic Kindom, Walt Disney World Officially Opens

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Disney Parks & Resorts chairman Tom Staggs & Mickey Mouse

In the largest expansion project in Magic Kingdom theme park history, Walt Disney World officially opened it’s New Fantasyland this morning 6th December 2012 and we were there to see it.

The official opening was timed around Walt Disney’s 111th birthday and marks the largest expansion project in the park’s 41-year history, doubling the size of the original Fantasyland. Disney Parks & Resorts chairman Tom Staggs was joined by “Once Upon a Time” actress Ginnifer Goodwin and “American Idol” singer Jordin Sparks first for a small ribbon cutting outside Gaston’s Tavern in Belle’s Village for the media, then in a far grander grand opening on the Cinderella Castle forecourt stage with all park guests invited to watch.

Tom Staggs, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jordin Sparks and Mickey Mouse open New Fantasyland

The new Fantasyland is located near Cinderella Castle. It contains two sections: Enchanted Forest, where visitors will find Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” as well as Ariel from “The Little Mermaid,” and Storybook Circus, which is inspired by the Disney film “Dumbo.”

Among the highlights: a ride called Under the Sea-Journey of the Little Mermaid, which tells Ariel’s story, and Enchanted Tales With Belle, a walk-through experience that features a magical mirror and costumed characters.

Tom Staggs, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jordin Sparks and Mickey Mouse open New Fantasyland

The Be Our Guest Restaurant is also new. Lunch time guests will be served at the counter, while dinner guests will be served table side. The restaurant will also serve wine and beer with dinner, which is the first time alcohol will have been sold at the Magic Kingdom.

Additionally, some of the old favorites have been improved. An additional Dumbo ride has been added, two new castles built and the Barnstormer roller coaster remodeled.

The new area came together after more than five years of development and construction and Staggs commented “Walt Disney once promised that Disneyland, and by extension all of our parks, would never be complete as long as there is imagination left in the world,” Staggs said. “New Fantasyland is a spectacular addition to the Magic Kingdom that delivers on Walt’s promise. We’re thrilled to take guests beyond the walls of Cinderella Castle to discover new worlds featuring iconic Disney characters and stories in ways that are more imaginative, more interactive and more immersive than ever before.”

New Fantasyland features attractions, dining, shopping, character interactions, recreation and more – laid out fairy tale-style amid waterfalls, grottoes, arched bridges, forests and circus big tops. A multiyear expansion project that doubles the size of the existing Fantasyland, the sprawling new area lies just beyond the existing Fantasyland in the shadows of Cinderella Castle. We’ll be reporting back with more on the new attractions at the New Fantasyland over the coming days so do check back often!

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