/ Friday, May 14th, 2010

Construction has begun in Fantasyland in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kindgom, as the beginning of the major expansion is underway.

Recently, construction walls were erected throughout Fantasyland, and in the process, marked the closing of Ariel’s Grotto, Scuttle’s Landing, the large tent and seating area, and Pooh’s Playful Spot. If you (or your kids) would still like to meet Ariel, she can now be seen in the Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade and the SpectroMagic parade at the Magic Kingdom.  She also appears onstage at the Voyage of the Little Mermaid at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. She will eventually have a new grotto greeting location and ride-through attraction called Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid as part of the Fantasyland expansion (scheduled to open in 2013).

Winnie the Pooh and Tigger now appear in Town Square on Main Street, USA for meet and greets, while the tree from the center of Pooh’s Playful Spot has been moved to the entrance to the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (be sure to go inside and look for the hidden tribute to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea!)

This is the first part of the initial phase of the transformation of Fantasyland, which will include the closure of Mickey’s Toontown Fair later this year. Expected to be completed by 2013, it will nearly double the size of Fantasyland, and include four new, Disney classic-inspired areas to explore, each of which will feature interactive Storybook adventures with classic Disney princesses.

Guests will soon be able to:

  • Visit their favorite Disney Princess in her castle, cottage, or chateau to share a dance with Cinderella; celebrate Sleeping Beauty’s birthday with the Good Fairies; or join Belle in an enchanting story performance in the Beast’s castle library.
  • Be Our Guest and dine in one of three enchanted rooms inside the Beast’s castle.
  • Fly with Dumbo high above brand new circus grounds, twice the size of the existing attraction with a new interactive, three-ring circus tent.
  • Journey under the sea with Ariel, The Little Mermaid, in her very own attraction – also opening at Disney’s California Adventure in Anaheim in 2011.
  • Meet Tinker Bell and her friends in the magical world of Pixie Hollow.

Here is a video of the construction walls and new concept art which were erected recently throughout Fantasyland.

So, what do YOU think of the expansion plans? Are you excited? What are you looking forward to the most? COMMENT on the blog below!



15 thoughts on “New Walt Disney World Video: Fantasyland Construction Progress in the Magic Kingdom”

  1. Debbie says:

    WOW! I didn’t realize so much had happened since I was there in December! Will they be doing any more construction or changes to the other attractions in Fantasyland? What about Dumbo – when is that closing?

  2. Amy says:

    Thank you for sharing the video, Lou! (It’s awesome to listen to the park’s background noise- close your eyes and you are there!) I love how they are using the construction walls to share a glimpse of what is to come! Can’t wait!

  3. Kelly says:

    It makes me wish that the sky ride was still operating! I’d love to get a birds eye view of what they’re up to!

  4. Misty says:

    Looks so exciting, can’t wait! Thanks for keeping us posted Lou!

  5. Vance says:

    It’s cool they moved the tree from the Pooh’s Playful Spot over to the ride. Wonder if you’ll still be able to go inside? I never got a picture of the sub. Guess I’ll find out tomorrow.

  6. DisneyDaddy says:

    Nice touch with all the renderings along the construction walls. Looks like this project is really getting underway now!

  7. Shevan (tiggoer0503) says:

    Super Excited! Between this and the new resort announcement – very cool – can’t wait!

  8. Bizzi says:

    I’m just very disappointed that Snow White is not part of the expansion. What a mistake on Disney’s part.

  9. Ben says:

    It will probably make me actually wander through Fantasyland on my next visit but I think they should have updated Tomorrowland instead of Fantasyland. Fantasyland was already pretty complete and made sense but it seems as though Tomorrowland is kind of all over the place and very jumbled. I would have preferred they focus their HUGE pocket book on making Tommorrowland more cohesive and adding plussing there instead.

  10. Tim says:

    You say that the new Ariel dak ride will open in 2013… I thought that the expansion would be finished in 2012… does this mean that everything has been put back?

  11. Disneyfun55 says:

    With the opening of the Storytime with Belle in the library, I wonder what they are going to do with the little nook on the side of the castle? Anyone know?

  12. Liz says:

    I’m excited for the Little Mermaid ride… I think they can do a lot with that, and I am glad MK is getting another table service option – they need it! Curious to see what the Dumbo area will look like, I just can’t seem to wrap my head around it.

  13. Becca says:

    This looks awesome! On the Little Mermaid dvd in the bonus features section, they show some plans for a Little Mermaid ride that they never actually built in the parks. I wonder if it will be the same ride…that one looked awesome!

  14. Tony says:

    I was just there in Christmas and had no idea this was going to happen. When I first heard about the expansion on this web site, I thought it was way in the future. Thanks for the infor Lou.

  15. Mike Fink says:

    This expansion will benefit all of the Magic Kingdom. Opening up those extra acres at the top of the park is like releasing a huge pressure valve, giving guests more room to disperse. Sometimes Fantasyland is unbearably crowded, and this crowding puts backpressure as far as Liberty Square, Frontierland and even Adventureland. I think we’ll notice a ‘spreading out’ effect. Families with small children may elect to stay in Fantasyland all day, and since the crowd density there will be tolerable, it may be a pleasant experience to do so. Some shade will be nice too, and I think lots of trees are planned for the expansion.

    It would help crowd flow if Disney would remove Aladdin’s Magic Carpets from Adventureland altogether. Thematically it is a disaster — the transition from the Caribbean to the Middle East just doesn’t work. I hope the Double Dumbos will meet the park’s hub and spoke needs thus rendering Aladdin obsolete and destined for Pluto Park.

    A sad consequence of the expansion is the loss of Toon Town, especially Mickey’s and Minnie’s houses. The rumor is M and M are moving to the Exhibition Hall on Main Street. The back area of the Exhibition Hall is walled off now (the classic shorts theater is closed off, as are the cool picture op sets, including the Mr. Toad car) so something’s going on back there for sure.

    I agree with the post above that Tomorrowland needs a complete do-over. The layout is confusing, the pathways too narrow and there are obstacles everywhere. Try pushing a stroller or wheelchair through TL on a crowded day. And thematically, I really don’t understand what TL is about anyway. It’s architecture and colors are stark . . . not my favorite place to visit. I’m sure lots of Disney people feel the same way, but money is always an issue, and Disney can only afford to make so many changes at once.