Just when you thought that Walt Disney World could not get any bigger or better, the creative minds behind the world famous theme park have announced that they will be expanding a portion of the park. Work has already begun on the Fantasyland expansion and you can see the construction when you visit the park. Although, there is no specific date on when the expansion will be completed, our sources tell us that it will be in the fall of 2012. Disney has scheduled a press conference for the evening of 18 January 2011, to tell us all about their latest Walt Disney World endeavor.
The new expansion to Fantasyland is a huge undertaking. In fact, it is the biggest construction project that Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom has ever seen. With a label that big, you can expect some major attractions to pop up in the new area. We may not know exactly when the new portion of Fantasyland will open, but we do know some of the areas and rides that will highlight the attraction. We also know that the attraction will not open at all once. Starting in the fall of 2012, Disney will start to the open areas of the expansion one section at a time.
Here are some of the highlights that we know of at this time:
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
This new ride features a family-style rollercoaster that will transport you deep into the dwarfs' workplace, then mining shaft. This is a new coaster with brand new features that will have you all over the track. While descending into the mine, you will be able to listen to most of your favorite and most memorable songs from the famed Disney animated movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. You will also see your favorite characters from the story on your trip. This is going to be one of the biggest opens that you will see in the new Fantasyland attraction expansion.
At the Storybook Circus, you will be able to see The Great Goofini as you glide high in the circus on this fabulous roller coaster. Although, this is not necessarily a new ride, they designers are giving this portion of Fantasyland a whole new look. It may look a bit different, but you are guaranteed to have the same amount of fun. This is going to be on great renovation to Fantasyland. Leading up to the Storybook Circus will be the familiar site of Dumbo's carousel. However, you are going to see two levels of the ride that will spin you up to the very top of the circus.
Under the Sea: The Journey of the Little Mermaid
Another great addition to the Fantasyland expansion will be the new attraction Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid. This will be a fantastic voyage with Ariel and all of her pals that will take you to Ariel's home underwater, as well as some fabulous spots on the dry side of the world. Not only will you have a magnificent time trekking through the vast ocean with Ariel, but you will also get to listen to some of those catchy songs from Disney's animated feature, The Little Mermaid. This ride is based off of the movie, so you know that you will see all of your favorite characters all throughout this brand new ride.
Princess Fairytale Hall
If you are a Disney Princess lover, or know someone who is, this brand new attraction should have you really excited. This part of the new Fantasyland extension will feature a court that even the most heralded royal would be jealous of and will be the new home to the Disney Princess, such as Cinderella, Rapunzel, Aurora and many others. This is a great idea because it will allow you to see all of your favorite Disney Princesses all in one spot.
As you can see, the expansion of Fantasyland is going to be huge and it is going to offer so much more to make your Disney visit that much more enjoyable and memorable. Book your trips now for the fall of 2012, because you know once Disney starts opening the new doors on their brilliant expansion, visitors are going to line the streets waiting to catch a first glimpse of this massive undertaking.