Fantasyland Grand Opening Date Set for Dec. 6th, 2012

Who’s excited about this big news?

It’s official. The Magic Kingdom has set a grand opening date of Dec. 6th, 2012 for the brand new expanded Fantasyland. Previews of Fantasyland will begin on November 19th. I am DYING to see and experience the new attractions. December can’t come soon enough!

Magic Kingdom is my favorite park and I’m sure the expansion to Fantasyland is going to make it even more magical.

We’ve already rode the new Dumbo and it was fabulous. It’s also now officially my 4 year old son’s favorite ride.

Check out these photos & sketches to get a taste of the magic and what new rides and restaurants will be open come December 6th, 2012.

What attraction are you most excited about? I can’t decide.  I’m sure that my 1st look of the Beast’s castle will be majestic & magical, but I can’t wait to ride on these new attractions either.

Here’s Disney’s official PR scoop:

  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid  a major attraction where guests will travel with Ariel and her friends through their exciting adventures above and below the waves – all against a musical backdrop of songs from the film. The new attraction combines the enduring appeal of a classic Disney “dark ride” with wonderful technological innovations to offer guests a personal journey into the scenes of the film. Adventurers will feel as if they are descending below the ocean’s surface. Once “under the sea,” guests will find themselves immersed in the story of “The Little Mermaid,” sharing Ariel’s adventure through a magical cast of characters and a captivating musical score that will entice everyone to sing along.  The fun continues at “Ariel’s Grotto,” a meet-and-greet with the mermaid heroine herself.
  • The castle of the Beast stands majestically upon a hill across an old stone bridge from Ariel’s new home. The Be Our Guest Restaurant will feature a lavish dining experience in the elegant ballroom, gallery, and mysterious “West Wing” of the castle. With seating for 550, this magnificent facility will offer “great food fast” service by day and full table service dining in the evening. Nearby in Belle’s Village, guests will find the rousing Gaston’s Tavern and Bonjour! Village Gifts.
  • Just outside the village is Belle’s cottage and Enchanted Tales with Belle. The adventure begins in Maurice’s workshop, where a magical mirror is the doorway to a captivating new kind of storytelling experience: guests will be transported to the Beast’s library to meet Belle and Lumiere, and share in a lively, interactive re-telling of the “tale as old as time.”

Also, if you have a trip planned before December 6th, you’ll still be able to see lots of the new expanded Fantasyland.

Dumbo is already open – and remember now there are 2 Dumbo’s running side by side in Storybook Circus. And the Barnstormer Coaster is already re-themed to the Great Goofini, the Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station water play area will be open and the Fantasyland Train Station is brand new too.

So much to see and do. I can’t wait to visit Walt Disney World again.

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