The Fantasyland expansion at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando will more than double the size of Fantasyland. The idea behind the expansion at Fantasyland is to offer more immersive experiences to guests and provide a wider array of characters to interact with. Instead of simple meet & greets with characters, Fantasyland will offer two new mini-lands offering hands-on activities and a world colored by Disney’s classic films. Part of the plans for the expansion include Fantasyland replacing Mickey’s Toontown Fair. However, Goofy’s Barnstormer Coaster and the toontown houses of Mickey and Minnie will be saved and moved elsewhere.
Fantasyland at Disney World will include a new Little Mermaid ride named Under the Sea with Ariel. The ride will feature music and characters from the hit film and will be similar to the ride that is currently open at the Disneyland in California. The ride will be a marquee attraction at Fantasyland and will incorporate an Omnimover system and “clammobile” cars, which will be similar to the system found at The Seas with Nemo and Friends ride at Epcot.
A Beauty and the Beast area is also planned for Fantasyland. The Beauty and the Beast inspired land will feature Belle’s village, including her father’s cottage, the Beast’s castle and two restaurants – the Be Our Guest restaurant and Gaston’s Tavern.
A Cinderella inspired attraction is also planned. Visitors to the Magic Kingdom will be able to see Cinderella’s fairy godmother transform her peasant clothes to a beautiful ball gown fit for a princess. Guests will also be able to help Cinderella get ready for the royal ball.
Another Disney favorite – Sleeping Beauty – will have a section of Fantasyland that is all her own as well. The Sleeping Beauty inspired area will feature Sleeping Beauty’s cottage, and guests will be able to join in the celebration as fairies throw a Sweet 16 party for Aurora. The interactive experience is sure to be a hit with children.
Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride will be improved during the expansion. A second platform will be added to the ride, doubling the capacity of the attraction and a new queue is being built so that the line for the ride will wind through a big-top circus tent with interactive games to entertain guests while they wait.
Tinker Bell’s Pixie Hollow will shrink visitors to fairy-size and envelop them in a world where they can walk by giant blades of grass and flowers and meet Tinker Bell and her pixie friends. This area of Fantasyland will be similar to the version found at Disneyland, but is expected to be larger.
There are two main phases of Fantasyland, and the first is set to debut in 2012 and the second in 2013.