Wednesday, May 16, 2012

On the Fantasyland Expansion

I've mentioned the Fantasyland Expansion a couple of times on this blog, but it occurs to me that I haven't done a good job of explaining what the expansion is.

On the most basic level, it is exactly what it says it is - an expansion of the Fantasyland area of the Magic Kingdom.  On a more significant level, it is the largest expansion project that Disney World has ever seen.

We've seen the opening of Storybook Circus area recently with both the new and improved Dumbo ride and Barnstormer.  Soon, we will see the Casey Jr. play area.

By 2014, Fantasyland will look completely different.  It will be split into two smaller sections: Fanstasyland proper - which is the Fantasyland that we know (it's a small world, Peter Pan's Flight, etc...) and the Fantasyland forest which is what is being built now.  The forest will house a new Little Mermaid dark ride, a Beauty and the Beast themed restaurant and, what I'm looking forward to the most, a Seven Dwarves Mine Train roller coaster.

Also, Snow White's Scary Adventures is closing to make way for a permanent princess meet and greet area.

I am really excited about the new expansion in general.  My one criticism is that the new land is going to overwhelmingly become Princessland.  The vast majority of the rides and attractions are themed around the Disney princess franchise.  There's not much coming that will entice young boys.

What are your thoughts on the Fantasyland Expansion?  What are you most excited about?

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