A lot of information concerning the Fantasyland expansion is trickling down the pipeline. There is a press conference tonight in Mickey’s PhilharMagic in the Magic Kingdom, where many of these details will be publicly discussed for the first time. The Disney Parks Blog just posted an update that confirms the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, the closure of the current Snow White’s Scary Adventure, and plans to continue with many of the previously talked about attractions, including the “Dual-Dumbos,” “Under the Sea: Journey of The Little Mermaid,” “Be Our Guest Restaurant,” “Beast’s Castle (quick service/table service hybrid),” “Belle’s Village,” and the re-theming of the Barnstormer to include “The Great Goofini (Goofy).”
The biggest announcement is the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, which “will take you on a rollicking, musical ride into the mine “where a million diamonds shine.” The coaster will feature a first-of-its kind ride system with a train of ride vehicles that swing back and forth as they whisk along the track. The journey will be accompanied by music from the classic Disney film and animated figures of Snow White and the Dwarfs.”
You can read the full post on the Disney Parks Blog, here.
And here is the “leaked” press release:
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) – Walt Disney World released artist renderings of the expansion of Fantasyland Tuesday. The project is the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history. More details will be released tonight during a media event.
The project which is currently under construction will include a new home for The Little Mermaid Ariel, new ways to interact with favorite Disney princesses, an exciting new family coaster, a double dose of Dumbo and more.
It will open in phases beginning in late 2012.
Among the highlights planned:
Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
-A major, all-new attraction during which 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 classic film.
The castle of the Beast
-Standing majestically upon a hill just 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 are 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.”
The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
-It will take guests on a rollicking, musical ride into the mine “where a million diamonds shine.” The coaster will feature a first-of-its kind ride system with a train of ride vehicles that swing back and forth, responding to every twist and turn of the track. The journey will be accompanied by music from the classic Disney film and animated figures of Snow White and the Dwarfs.
Princess Fairytale Hall
-Aurora, Cinderella and other Disney princesses, such as Tiana and Rapunzel, will greet guests in their new home, an elegant royal court on the site where Snow White’s Scary Adventures stands today.
The sound of the calliope
-This will lead guests to the brand new Storybook Circus and not one but two circling carousels of airborne pachyderms on Dumbo the Flying Elephant. Before taking to the skies on this Fantasyland favorite, guests can experience an array of fun-filled family games and interactive wonders for kids of all ages inside the Big Top.
-The classic Barnstormer gets a bright new look as well, featuring Goofy as The Great Goofini. It’s a twisting, turning roller coaster “flight” high above the circus fun.
And here are the artist renderings that accompany the release:
A view of the New Fantasyland, opening in sections beginning in Fall 2012 (Just 18 or so months away!)
The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train takes up a large part of the New Fantasyland. It’s rumored that it won’t open until 2014.
Princess Fairytale Hall, the new meet and greet area where you’ll find Cinderella, Aurora, Tiana, Rapunzel, and others. This is located where Snow White’s Scary Adventure currently resides.
“Not too far from Ariel’s new home, construction is underway on Beast’s castle which will stand majestically upon a hill. You will cross over a stone bridge as you arrive at Be Our Guest Restaurant. Set in the halls of the Beast’s Castle, this location will seat up to 550 guests and offer “great food fast” service by day and full table service dining in the evening. Just outside the restaurant, you will also be able to explore Belle’s Village, which includes Gaston’s Tavern and Bonjour! Village Gifts.
Nearby at Belle’s cottage, a magical mirror is the doorway to a captivating new kind of experience, where Belle, Lumiere and guests participate in a lively re-telling of the “tale as old as time.” In Enchanted Tales with Belle, the adventure begins at Maurice’s cottage, where you’ll step through an enchanted mirror that magically transports you to Beast’s library for an interactive storytelling session with Belle.”
Village Gifts, where it looks like you can purchase a life-size Beast doll.
Be Our Guest Restaurant – looks expensive, but it will reportedly be a counter service location for lunch and a traditional table service for dinner. We’ll see.
One of the previously released attractions: “Under the Sea: Journey of The Little Mermaid. In this attraction, Ariel and all her friends will entertain you in a ride-through adventure featuring favorite songs from the popular animated feature.” It is expected to open as part of the first section of New Fantasyland in late 2012.
The Dual Dumbos and Interactive Circus Tent Queue
The Barnstormer that currently resides in Toontown will be re-themed and feature Goofy as “The Great Goofini”
A close-up of the interactive circus tent near the new Dumbos, now called “Storybook Circus”
Everything looks great. This is the first time I’ve actually been excited about what I’ve heard from Disney concerning the new Fantasyland expansion. Now that it’s 2011, 2012 doesn’t even sound like it’s that far away. More details are expected at the press conference this evening, which begins in just about four hours. Looking forward to it and I’ll be back with new details as they emerge.