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Disney's New Fantasyland adds whimsical, personal touches

11:03 AM, Nov 9, 2012   |    comments
  • A glimpse of Be Our Guest restaurant. David Roark
  • A stone bridge leads guests among rocky cliffs, a majestic waterfall and gargoyles (that can also be found in the gift shop) to Beast's Castle, the star attraction of New Fantasyland. David Roark, Disney
  • Pete's Silly Sideshow grabs visitors' attention from afar. Gene Duncan
  • Decorated with a portrait of the prince slashed by the claws of the beast, the West Wing conveys the dark design seen in the film. David Roark
  • Decorated with a coffered, 20-foot ceiling with clouds and cherubs, the ballroom at Be Our Guest Restaurant features chandeliers designed to convey the elegance of the Beast's Castle in Beauty and the Beast. David Roark
  • Flanked with suits of armor, this hallway leads Magic Kingdom guests into Beast's Castle for quick-service lunch cuisine at Be Our Guest restaurant. David Roark
  • Disney expanded this attraction to include two Dumbo stations, allowing guests to get to their flights faster. Ali Nasser
  • Play while you wait: the New Fantasyland's take on Dumbo, The Flying Elephant offers an air-conditioned "big top" amusement area with slides and circus-themed games. Gene Duncan
  • Those who have visited Storybook Circus will find new features await them, including a double dose of Dumbo, the Flying Elephant, the Barnstormer coaster, Fantasyland Train Station, Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station water play area, Pete's Silly Sideshow and a stop on the Walt Disney World Railroad. Gene Duncan
  • Set in one of the tents in Storybook Circus, Pete's Silly Sideshow character greeting shines the spotlight on The Great Goofini, Minnie Magnifique (Minnie Mouse as a circus star), Madame Daisy Fortuna (Daisy Duck as a fortune teller), and The Astounding Donaldo (Donald Duck as a snake charmer). Gene Duncan
  • The Barnstormer ride immerses riders in the storyline of Goofy as circus-stunt pilot, The Great Goofini. Disney
  • The ride allows guests to control -- via joystick -- how high or low they'd like to fly. Disney
  • Featuring a large music-box centerpiece nearly 7 feet tall with Belle and the Beast slowly twirling atop, the Rose Gallery is one of three dining rooms at Be Our Guest Restaurant. Adorned with rose accents, paintings and tapestries, the Rose Gallery features French-inspired cuisine for quick-service lunch. David Roark
  • Tucked into the rocks beyond Prince Eric's Castle, visitors continue their journey at Ariel's Grotto. The new character greeting location is part of New Fantasyland. Kent Phillips
  • Guests encounter playful sea life as they descend through the grottos and caverns to meet Ariel. The latest example of Walt Disney Imagineers using technology to create interactive queues, these mischievous little crabs engage guests in games of 'trash' or 'treasure', in which guests help the crabs fill their treasure chest. Matt Stroshane
  • At the shoreline of Prince Eric's Castle, guests see waterfalls, cliffs and even a shipwreck as they descend through the grottos and caverns to meet Ariel and friends in 'Under the Sea -- Journey of The Little Mermaid.' Matt Stroshane
  • Orient yourself in the New Fantasyland with a glance at this scroll map. Disney
  • The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a family-friendly coaster that will serve as the centerpiece of the Fantasyland expansion. Spanning over 1,900 feet of tracks, it will give visitors a glimpse inside the Dwarfs' cottage. Disney
  • Rendering of New Fantasyland -- the largest expansion project in Magic Kingdom history -- which began opening in March 2012 at Walt Disney World Resort. Disney
  • In Belle's Village, Gaston donated a fountain of himself for visitors swinging by Gaston's Tavern to admire. Inside his tavern, guests can enjoy cinnamon rolls, croissants, fresh fruit and other treats, such as Le Fou's Brew. Matt Stroshane
  • Tucked in a meadow just beyond the forest's edge, a winding stone pathway leads guests to Maurice's Cottage, Belle's childhood home, for an inside look into her father's workshop. Kent Phillips
  • Each portraying a character from Beauty and the Beast, guests join Belle and Lumiere at 'Enchanted Tales with Belle.' Kent Phillips
  • Prince Eric's Castle will take guests through scenes featuring classic songs from the animated feature film, The Little Mermaid. Gene Duncan
  • Everyone's favorite guy in Magic Kingdom, Gaston shows guests that he's 'got biceps to spare.' Matt Stroshane. Disney
  • Le Fou's Brew is a no-sugar-added frozen apple juice with a hint of toasted marshmallow, topped with all-natural passion fruit-mango foam in a souvenir goblet. Matt Stroshane
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The New Fantasyland at Disney World's Magic Kingdom is opening Dec. 6, after a massive expansion project that nearly doubled the acreage. Take a look at some of the new attractions including Beast's castle, Prince Eric from the Little Mermaid's castle and a second Dumbo ride.

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