An imagineer quote:
"The magic is as wide as a smile and as narrow as a wink, loud as laughter and quiet as a tear, tall as a tale and deep as emotion. So strong, it can lift the spirit. So gentle, it can touch the heart. It is the magic that begins the happily ever after."
Ever feel like so much comes at you at once that your head
spins?That is exactly how I am feeling
right now!This past week was a
once-in-a-lifetime experience for any Disney-goer.So much brand new, so many places to
explore!Until now, I could have walked
Fantasyland blindfolded.I have to
admit, I’m more than a little excited to have new nooks and crannies to
Let’s take a look at what is now up and running, shall we?
As the story goes, half of Fantasyland has been hidden by a
curse.Click to reveal the story!
New Fantasyland features attractions, dining, shopping,
character interactions, recreation and more – laid out fairy tale-style amid
waterfalls, grottoes, arched bridges, forests and circus big tops. A multiyear
expansion project that doubles the size of the existing Fantasyland, the
sprawling new area lies just beyond the existing Fantasyland in the shadows of
New Fantasyland consists of the Enchanted Forest and
Storybook Circus areas. Walt Disney Imagineers brought to life beloved Disney
stories and magical places, putting guests in the middle of Disney classics and
new favorites – and making memories to last a lifetime. Here’s just a sampling
of the new enchanted areas now open in New Fantasyland:
•Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little
Mermaid. Guests riding in clamshells travel with Ariel and her friends
through their exciting adventures above and below the waves – all against the
musical backdrop of beloved songs from the film. Before the experience, the fun
is whimsical and interactive in the queue area under Prince Eric’s Castle.
After the attraction and below the seaside cliffs, guests can meet the princess
herself in Ariel’s Grotto.
•Enchanted Tales with Belle. In a faroff French
village, an enchanted mirror becomes the gateway to a new kind of storytelling
experience. Through props, costumes and other interaction, guests step right
into the story of “Beauty and the Beast” – meeting Belle and Lumiere and
sharing in a lively re-telling of the “tale as old as time.”
•Be Our Guest Restaurant features a lavish
dining experience in the elegant ballroom, delicate Rose Gallery and mysterious
“West Wing” of the Beast’s Castle. The magnificent space offers “great food
fast” lunch service by day and full-service table dining at night. Both
experiences — fittingly for the story of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” —
feature French-inspired cuisine.
•Gaston’s Tavern welcomes guests to a
comfy French lodge done in homage to — Gaston himself. The menu of this casual
restaurant includes LeFou’s Brew, named for Gaston’s sidekick and a cooling
concoction sure to satisfy any thirst.
•Dumbo, the Flying Elephant - a
Fantasyland icon -has doubled in size. Two Dumbos – one going clockwise
and other counterclockwise – take guests circling above Storybook Circus in
ride vehicles they maneuver themselves. The two Dumbos are connected to an
indoor “big top” allowing guests to enjoy circus-themed activities while
awaiting their ride time with the lovable pachyderm.
•Aboard The Barnstormer Featuring the Great
Goofini,it’s family-style coaster fun as guests dip and soar
daredevil-style above the circus grounds. Ride vehicles follow the twisting,
turning coaster “flight” of stuntman Goofy.
•Beloved Disney characters as aspiring circus
stars are on hand to meet their adoring fans in Pete’s Silly Sideshow. Minnie
Mouse, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Donald Duck are decked out in their big top finest
to await their big break – and pose for photos with Magic Kingdom guests in the
There’s even more in store as the expansion of New
•Princess Fairytale Hall (2013) will be
the new home for Disney princesses to meet their loyal subjects in the Magic
Kingdom. To open in the Castle Courtyard in the center of Fantasyland, the
regal space will provide the perfect setting for meeting Cinderella, Aurora,
Tiana and the other Disney princesses.
The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (2014) will take Magic
Kingdom guests on a rollicking, musical ride into the mine “where a million
diamonds shine.” The family-style coaster will feature a first-of-its-kind ride
system with a train of vehicles that swing back and forth.
Amid upbeat music, eye-popping lighting effects and a
collection of Chevrolet concept and new vehicles, guests themselves
become automotive designers – and peer into the future of personal
transportation in the process.
Car designer wannabes get to shape their own virtual car,
truck or crossover and learn how their choices perform against four important
performance attributes that guide Chevrolet designers:
•Capability – design your car to handle the
roughest roads or most extreme weather conditions
•Efficiency – create a car that saves on fuel,
reduces your environmental footprint, cuts down on emissions or even uses
•Responsiveness – choose elements that will give
you easy maneuverability through the tightest of turns
Power – choose the gear you need to make your car a racer or
Downtown Disney had it’s own Grand Opening!Splitsville at Downtown Disney is the bowling
brand’s only two-level location with 30 lanes and more than 50,000 square feet
of entertainment space – twice the size of any other Splitsville – featuring
billiards, live entertainment, a balcony bar with sweeping views and upscale
dining options that cater to the entire family. This is not your
father’s bowling alley.Although
Splitsville isn’t open-open until
December 19th, it was still celebrated in style!