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  • News Fantasyland Project Tracker

    Join us as we track the most up to date information available regarding the WDW Fantasyland Expansion. It will include information from the beginning of the project through its construction. As new information becomes available, we will update this first post. Please join in the discussion and add your own information and photos.

    Updated January 18, 2011 - Disney is about to announce some changes to the New Fantasyland project. As first reported here, the Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty meet and greets will be replaced with a Seven Dwarfs Mine ride. The current Snow White's Scary Adventures darkride will become a princess meet and greet. Goofy's Barnstormer will be given a circus theme as will Mickey's ToonTown. Photos and information below has been updated with the newest information. The Beauty and the Beast restaurant, Little Mermaid ride, and dual Dumbo's will remain as previously scheduled.

    Here's the revised artwork

    Initial project blueprint from March of 2010

    Initial plans called for a major new attraction, four major meet and greet areas, a new restaurant, and significant rethemeing of some existing attractions and public areas.

    In this plan, backstage areas, former 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea areas, and Mickey's Toon Town would be claimed for Fantasyland expansion.

    As originally planned, the Fantasyland expansion would be the largest expansion in the park's 40-year history and would almost double the size of the existing Fantasyland.

    Areas in red have been removed from the plans above

    After much public outcry that the expensive Fantasyland expansion project contained too many meet and greets and little girl attractions, plans were revised to remove Cinderella, Aurora and Pixie Hollow meet and greets. This freed up plenty of room for a Seven Dwarfs Mine ride and an expansion of Dumbo's Circus land. The revised plan is a much more balanced approach than the initial girl-centric draft announced at the D23 Expo in 2008.

    New Fantasyland Rides:

    • Little Mermaid - On schedule as planned - This ride is a clone of the attraction first planned for Disney California Adventure. Though it will have a significantly different exterior. The California version is inspired by the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. The Florida version is based upon Prince Eric's palace.

    Guests will board clam shell omni-mover vehicles and begin their musical journey under the sea. This attraction will contain densely themed show scenes and have complex audioanimatronics of a sophistication never before used in a Fantasyland attraction. Even Ariel's hair is said to be animatronic, simulating underwater movement.

    The Disneyland and Magic Kingdom versions of the ride look very different on the outside but will be identical on the inside. The Disney Parks Blog has posted a video of their progress on the Disneyland version, including show scenes, props, animatronics and more.

    Here are a few screen captures from the video that will allow you to take in the details.

    Here is a shot from the beginning of the ride as the track enters a sunken galleon.

    WDI artwork of this scene depicts what riders will see before going under the sea.

    This piece of art depicts the dry for wet effect developed by WDI

    An overview of the ride model.

    A look at the major "Under the Sea" scene.

    "Kiss the girl" scene.

    And here's some video of Ariel and her animatronic hair

    Ursula moves into her lair

    The music of the Little Mermaid
    • Seven Dwarfs Mine Ride - Announced 2/18/2011

    Long rumored to replace the highly criticized princess meet and greet cottages, the Seven Dwarfs Mine ride will use a new technology which allows the cars on each train to sway to the curves of the track. The track will feature indoor show scenes as well as outdoor terrain section.

    The layout takes up a large portion of the center of the new Fantasyland expansion. The ride will feature music from the classic film Snow White and will have animatronic characters.

    • Dumbo Expansion - On schedule as planned

    Dumbo's Circus will add a 2nd spinner to double the capacity of the attraction. The new Dumbo complex will be revolutionary, not in the addition of a second spinner, but in the use of a virtual queue and interactive entertainment options prior to riding the attraction. In fact, the ride may become secondary to the entertainment offered while you are waiting for it.

    Guests will become part of Dumbo's circus environment with clowns, performances, games, and other interactive elements. It is rumored that guests will be given a virtual place in line and then allowed to play games and experience interactive entertainment options. When it comes their time to ride, they'll be placed in a short queue for Dumbo.

    The former ToonTown tents and area will be completely rethemed as a StoryBook Circus land.

    • Great Goofini Coaster - Confirmed

    Current attraction, Goofy's Barnstormers, will be given a circus theme and renamed "The Great Goofini". The attraction will be part of an expanded Dumbo's circus themed land which is taking over the former ToonTown.

    Initial Meet and Greets Announced:

    This model is an overview of the initial project. While many of the meet and greets in this image have been removed from the initial plan, the level of detail, including castle walls and increased green area and foliage can be seen. Belle's cottage can be seen in the upper left of this image with Dumbo in the lower right.
    • Princess Fairytale Hall - Confirmed

    The current Snow White's Scary Adventures attraction will give way to a princess meet and greet area. However, Snow White and the Dwarfs will take up residence in a brand new attraction (see above).
    • Belle - Unknown status - Guests will take a magical journey from Belle's cottage to the Beast's castle to meet Belle.

    • Cinderella - Canceled

    Attraction would have had little girls helping Cinderella's prepare for the royal ball.
    • Aurora/Sleeping Beauty - Canceled

    Guests would have helped Aurora celebrate her birthday.
    • Pixie Hollow - Canceled

    This large meet and greet themed to Tinkerbelle and her Pixie friends has been scrapped but Tinkerbell and Company may take up more temporary residence at Epcot and Disney Hollywood Studios.

    Initial Restaurants Announced:

    • Be Our Guest/Gaston's Tavern - Still in the plans - The restaurant complex will contain three unique dining rooms inspired by the Disney animated classic, Beauty and the Beast. The centerpiece of the restaurant will be the Ballroom where Belle and Beast danced together for the first time. Although a single building, it will appear as two separate entities from the outside. You'll take one path to enter the Be Our Guest restaurant which is under the Beast's castle and another path to reach Gaston's Tavern.

    The Beast's Castle is now visible on top of the building which will house the restaurant.
    (updated 4/11/2011)

    In the News
    • New Popcorn Cart has been spotted in Fantasyland with a much richer eye to detail and theme. This is a very good sign for things to come.
    • Winnie the Pooh's new queue has opened with lots of interactive elements. If this is a hint at the larger interactive elements coming to Dumbo, folks should be very excited. Here's a video from Disney followed by one from our friend Jeff Lange

    • ToonTown Tents to stay - [Rumor] - The tents in ToonTown may stay as part of an expanded Circus area. The former Goofy's Barnstormer kiddie coaster would also receive a circus theme.
    • Mickey's ToonTown to close February 11th to make way for Fantasyland expansion project. [Confirmed] - Disney Blog:
      That doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten about some of your favorite characters. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and the Disney princesses will move to Town Square in the location currently known as Town Square Exposition Hall in spring 2011. Until that location is ready, they will continue to greet guests throughout Magic Kingdom. Meanwhile, Tinker Bell will relocate to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and her other fairy friends will appear later in the spring at Epcot. The Walt Disney World Railroad will stay open, but the Toontown station will remain closed during construction.
    • 03/12/10 - Disney to start construction of princess sets in Fantasyland expansion | from

    Please post your news, rumors, photos and information about the New Fantasyland and we'll do our best to keep this first post updated.
    Last edited by Dustysage; 04-11-2011, 05:44 PM.

  • #2
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    Nicely done!
    Last edited by Dustysage; 01-18-2011, 02:18 PM.


    • #3
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      Love it. SOOOOOO much better than the little girl land originally planned. Well done Disney!
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        new concept art for the new Fantasyland expansion

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          well done! I am sooooo excited!
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          • #6
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            I think its a good start. I am glad they are getting what appears to be two major attractions in Little Mermaid and the snow white coaster, I still dont know if this is the best way to counteract Harry potter. I am hoping snow white will really have a wow factor. I also hope in dumbos circus area, it isnt like midway games at dca and they charge people to play games while they wait in line.
            Last edited by Dustysage; 01-18-2011, 02:19 PM.


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              Oh my god. I'm SO friggin excited. Decades of the MK having the poorest Fantasyland in the world - this is the most exciting thing to happen here in so long. Oh my god oh my god. 2012 is pencilled in for a WDW trip, definitely.

              The Snow White mine coaster looks so well done! Classic, immersive, exciting, rich, detailed Disney themeing. Ahhhhhh!!!

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                Originally posted by lighttragic View Post
                I I still dont know if this is the best way to counteract Harry potter. I am hoping snow white will really have a wow factor
                From what many people have been saying, this was never meant to counteract Potter, but was requested by the higher ups to increase capacity.
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                • #9
                  Re: new concept art for the new Fantasyland expansion

                  Looks better.


                  • #10
                    Re: Disney World - Fantasyland Project Tracker

                    New additions sound fantastic; only hope that they have some of it ready by December this year; kinda annoying that my trip will miss both this on the east coast and the DCA expansion on the west coast!

                    Better start saving now, for another one!

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                    • #11
                      Re: new concept art for the new Fantasyland expansion

                      If you click the link you will see that they are definitely keeping the Toontown tents.


                      • #12
                        Re: new concept art for the new Fantasyland expansion

                        The art looks really great and I think the mine train fits beautifully into the space. Maybe move Snow White's wishing well over there?
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                          So hopefully with this shot people can get a real idea of the size.
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                          • #14
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                            I'm much more excited about this version of the new Fantasyland than the previous lackluster one with a ton of character meet and greets that I had zero interest in. The mine coaster looks really interesting. It looks like its retained all of the great concepts from the original version (beautiful, lush theming, more character interaction, new eating areas, a fantastic new ride) and added an extra ride to meet an even larger demographics needs. Having two new rides come with this as well as the other new theming areas makes this a homerun, on paper at least. I'll wait to see what it looks like after the inevitable budget cuts, but if its done as well as it seems it may be then its a great, great addition.


                            • #15
                              Re: new concept art for the new Fantasyland expansion

                              yeah I haven't been this excited about a WDW announcement since........................Animal Kingdom
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