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Disney — By Jenni Ingersoll on March 26, 2010 at 7:57 am
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Future Holds More Fairy Tales, More Fantasyland

Some call it spring cleaning.  In the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort it is more like spring building, and a lot of it.

Groundbreaking has taken place on a three year construction project, beginning the largest expansion ever for the Magic Kingdom theme park (map) as the size of the Fantasyland section will be greatly enhanced.

Currently the home of Cinderella and her showcase castle, when all construction is completed by 2013, guests to Fantasyland will be able to visit their favorite princess in her own cottage, chateau or castle in Fantasyland Forest. 

Guests will be able to step into their favorite fairy tales for even greater encounters with their favorite characters and lots more immersing fun:

  • Dreams Come True with Cinderella – meet Cinderella at her chateau and share a dance or train to be one of her knights
  • Help the Good Fairies celebrate Sleeping Beauty’s birthday when you stop by Briar Rose Cottage
  • Join Belle for a truly enchanted story performance,  in the library of the Beast’s castle
  • While visiting the Beast,  you can try out Be Our Guest Restaurant and dine in one of three enchanted rooms of the castle.  Just outside will be Belle’s village, where Gaston’s Tavern will be area eatery
  • In a brand new attraction, journey under the sea with Ariel, The Little Mermaid.  ( Want a sneak peak, this same attraction will be opening at Disney’s California Adventure (map) in 2011)  This ride-through adventure will entertain with songs from this classic animated film
  • Explore the magical world of Pixie Hollow and meet Tinker Bell and her friends

Perhaps the most exciting addition for all of us parents who have stood in line for what seemed like hours, will be the brand new circus grounds, allowing more room for Dumbo to fly.  The new attraction will be twice the size of the existing attraction and will be housed with a new interactive three-ring circus tent.

There is a famous Disney quote that states, “The smallest guests, wait in the longest lines for the shortest rides.”  I am certainly glad that this situation is being addressed, making Disney an even happier place on earth.

Photo Selection: flickr



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