16 August 2013

Two Weeks at WDW | New Fantasyland

New Fantasyland is the latest addition to the Magic Kingdom themepark, and it's not entirely completed as i'll explain later. It's been gradually opening since December 2012, after five years of construction and planning. It's MK's biggest ever expansion adding a new restaurant, tavern and nine new attractions. New Fantasyland boasts two new areas entitled the 'Enchanted Forest' and 'Storybook Circus'. The Enchanted Forest is home to: Belle's Village and Ariel's Under the Sea Adventure. The Barnstormer, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Casey Jr. Splash 'N Soak Station and Fantasyland station can all be found in Storybook Circus.

Starting with The Little Mermaid, here you can board 'Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid'. It's a musical attraction in which you take a seat in a large clam shell to experience Ariel's story. It's housed in the beautiful surroundings of Eric's castle and behold some incredible effects that take you into scenes from the animated Disney film The Little Mermaid.

There's also the opportunity to step inside Ariel's Grotto and snap a picture with everyone's favourite mermaid princess, Ariel herself.

In Belle's Village, why not stop for a drink in Gaston's Tavern before heading over to Enchanted Tales with Belle. Here you'll get the chance to take part in a lively retelling of the "tale as old as time". Enter through the enchanted mirror and meet many of you favourite characters along the way. You'll meet the Wardrobe, Lumière and of course the beautiful Belle, herself.

You can also stop for a bite to eat at the Be Our Guest restaurant. You can feast in one of three incredible new dining rooms, all from your favourite story. Either the mysterious West Wing, home of Beast's famous rose, The Rose gallery and the beautiful Ballroom. You can try all the classic flavours of France, during the day as quick service dining and by night as a traditional table service restaurant. 

Take to the sky with the Great Goofini in the Barnstormer, previously found on Wiseacre farm but it's back with a whole new look. Goofy is now a stunt pilot, you'll be whirling and twirling your way in his stunt craft taken high above the grounds of Storybook Circus.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant has had a total rebrand, now with double the elephants! It's doubled in size, now, with two rotating squadrons. With your control stick you can control when and where you take to the skies or stay sweeping across the water.

The Soak Station is exactly what it says on the tin, if you fancy cooling off from that scorching sun then head here for a splashing good time.

Like i said, New Fantasyland isn't complete yet and there's a final attraction yet to open, in early 2014. Situated in the Enchanted Forest will be The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, a merry, musical adventure starring your favourite dwarfs. Take this wild ride through the diamond mine, where a million diamonds shine! You'll twist, turn and weave in & out of the mine and through the countryside, with glittering gems and playful surprises! The journey will end at the cottage for a singalong withe dwarfs and Snow White too, so hold on to your hats! 

When it's entirely completed, and open, in 2014 Fantasyland will have doubled in size so make sure to check it out.

All images sourced from disneyworld.disney.go.com

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