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Transforming Fantasyland part 1
For the past couple of years Fantasyland has been undergoing an amazing transformation which will not be completely finished until 2014. When it is finished it looks as though it will be fantastic and in true Disney fashion they aim to keep visitors fully aware of how the transformation is going and what to expect in the future.
On our last visit despite there being a lot of crowds at Magic Kingdom we decided to go to see how the work was getting on and how the new Fantasyland was intermingling with the old. Disney as ever was doing a very good job of causing minimum disruption to the old site whilst making much progress on the new site.
We started our venture into Fantasyland by queuing for drinks at the Cheshire Cat where there is plenty of outdoor seating.
The current building work is surrounded by multi-coloured screens and you can see the cranes behind this. Along the boarding Disney tries to give you as much information as possible heralding “New Fantasyland Dreams Come True”. There are also several signs headed Dream Builders with sayings from Walt Disney on them highlighting innovation, using ideas and focusing on the future.
One of the boards shows the map of the proposed new Fantasyland and we spent quite a time looking at this and planning how we would visit the various attractions when it was complete. There was another boarding that showed a really lifelike Beast and if you stood back from the boarding you could see a fabulous Castle high on a hill. Once it is open visitors will be able to go to see Belle in the Beast’s library and listen to her stories.
The new Be Our Guest restaurant due to open in November 2012 and taking advance bookings from August 2012 was advertised on another boarding. This will have quick service for lunch and table service for dinners with dining take place in three separate dining areas the West Wing, Rose Gallery or the Ballroom.
There was also a very good advert on the boardings for what is expected to be the centre piece of the new Fantasyland Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. This is a gentle roller coaster and will be found in the Fantasyland Forest. This more gentle musical coaster will go through the forest with its cottages and castles.
I believe visitors can also join the Little Mermaid in her under the sea adventures as well as having a photo opportunity at Ariel’s Grotto.
More in part 2.
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