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Disney Fantasyland Opening in 2012

Yahoo! Contributor
Walt Disney World Resort
April 30, 2012

Parts of the "New Fantasyland" at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom theme park are already on the official park map and openings of new attractions are scheduled through 2012. Fantasyland is one of the seven themed lands inside the Magic Kingdom and is currently undergoing a major expansion with the addition of new rides and attractions. Originally part of the courtyard around Cinderella Castle, the New Fantasyland will encompass an entrance with a castle wall and forest, the Storybook Circus featuring the Great Goofini rollercoaster, and a Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster ride.

Here are some exciting things to look forward to as the New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World in 2012:

New Attractions and Experiences at the New Fantasyland

The Hundred Acre Wood faced for The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is already complete and some new rides will be appearing around Fantasyland in spring 2012. According to the expansion opening timeline, half of Storybook Circus with double Dumbo, the Great Goofini coaster, the Fantasyland Train Station, and Casey Jr. will be complete in late March 2012.

Princess Fairytale Hall will replace Snow White's Scary Adventures by the beginning of June. New rides and attractions expected to open in late 2012 include: Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid; the Beauty and the Beast village. The new Cinderella Castle wall is expected to be complete by the end of the year. The Be Our Guest restaurant inside Beast's castle is slated to open in late 2012 and park visitors will have a chance to be among the first to participate in the Belle meet-and-greet.

According to sources, all phases of the New Fantasyland expansion aren't expected to be complete for 2.5 years.

Storybook Circus attractions are among the highlights of the openings at the New Fantasyland in 2012. The double-carousel Dumbo with the air-conditioned Big Top queue area is currently among the most anticipated developments of Fantasyland. A spur track will be added to the Fantasyland Railroad to make way for the Casey Jr. train that will unload the circus in Fantasyland. Dumbo will now be part of the circus show, along with Pete's Silly Sideshow and The Great Donaldo snake charmer.

Where is the New Fantasyland?

The New Fantasyland expansion will run all the way from the former Ariel's Grotto to the former home of Mickey's Toontown Fair. Since Fantasyland will be opened in phases, some older attractions and rides may be shut down completely during the transition. Still, it will be fairly easy to get around the construction sites and still enjoy the other themed lands around the Magic Kingdom. The final phase with the addition of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster is not expected to be complete until late 2013.