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Fantasyland Expansion Update: Aerial photos and video of Walt Disney World – Spring 2011

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It’s time to take another look at the construction progress for the Magic Kingdom’s new Fantasyland. Watch the video below and keep scrolling down for more aerial photos of Fantasyland, the former Toontown, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Pleasure Island, Epcot during the Flower and Garden Festival and a unique look at the Haunted Mansion. (Click on any of the photos for a larger version.)

Since our update last fall, plans for Fantasyland have changed. Some of the princess’ houses have been scrapped and a Seven Dwarves Mine Train ride has been added. Also, the Toontown area is now planned to be called Storybook Circus. In the top photo, Voyage of the Little Mermaid is the building on the bottom near the tents. Beast’s Castle, which will house the Be Our Guest restaurant and Belle’s Cottage appear in the top right area of the construction zone. You can see that the Seven Dwarves Mine Train ride construction hasn’t really started yet. It will be in the middle left area of the top photo.

Here’s a video showing the Fantasyland construction area:


This angle shows a similar view to that of the artist rendering Disney released. So you can sort of see where everything will be going.


Here’s a look at the current state of the former Mickey’s Toontown Fair. You can see that Mickey and Minnie’s houses, Donald’s boat and everything else except the tents and Barnstormer have been torn down. Barnstormer will be rethemed as The Great Goofini.


Here’s a closer look at the “Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid” ride.


This is the start of Beast’s Castle, Belle’s Cottage, Gaston’s Tavern and Bonjour! Village Gifts.


Moving away from Fantasyland, here’s a look at the construction of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. On the right side of the photo – across the lake – is Disney’s Pop Century Resort.


This is the view of the ongoing construction to turn Pleasure Island into Hyperion Wharf. The dirt area on the left is where the Motion and Rock ‘n’ Roll Beach Club nightclubs used to stand. This area will become a grassy, tiered, open air performance area facing the lake.


There’s no construction here. We just thought this was a great way to see Epcot during the Flower and Garden Festival. From above you can really see the many floating planters in the lake.


We’ll end with this unique look at the Haunted Mansion at the Magic Kingdom. Right below the red tarps you can see the Haunted Mansion is actual two halves put together. But the actual building you ride through, bottom left, is much larger than what you see from the outside.

Thanks to Mauiva Aerial Tours.

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17 comments

Kathy B. March 15, 2011 - 2:01 pm

can’t wait for it to be finish its gonna be fantastic as Disney always does.

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patricia March 19, 2011 - 5:43 am

the ariel view shows just how little room Toon Town took up they didn’t need that little space they could have left us Toon Town. They could have asked what those of us who pay to go in want. We would pick MICKEY over princesses every time. MICKEY is KING, MINNIE his QUEEN that outranks everyone else. In Toon Town we could see the characters several times a day and at night that is what is was all about for us. They have forgotten ‘IT ALL STARTED WITH A MOUSE’

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Anonymous March 19, 2011 - 1:35 pm

You’re completely wrong, Patricia.

They have NOT forgotten that “It all started with a mouse”!

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Jack April 5, 2011 - 10:13 am

I think that castle wall needs to be deleted from the plan. It was okay when they were planning on building Cinderella’s chatau as a meet and greet area. However, with the new plan, Dwarf’s Mine Train, themed externally as the Dwarf’s house in a wooded area, it would be better to make the transition from the castle to the new area seem like you’re gruadually entering the woods.

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Beth Carbonaro April 8, 2011 - 7:27 pm

What are the projected dates for completion of the Fantasyland Expansion and Disney’s new Art of Animation Resort?

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Matt Roseboom April 8, 2011 - 10:10 pm

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is expected to open by the end of 2012. Fantasyland will be opening in phases with most new experiences open by 2013.

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Bryce August 3, 2011 - 10:21 am

I cant wait to see it all or stay at the art of animation resort!

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paula September 14, 2011 - 8:24 pm

will the little mermaid under the sea b finished by the spring of 2012 in fantasyland

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Joe & Georgeann Benitez December 3, 2011 - 6:08 pm

We were ther just last week, noticed the Fantasyland expansion, when will it begin to open, we will be there again the week of Feb. 20, 2012

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Lady J March 12, 2012 - 9:24 pm

So excited for this big expansion! My boyfriend and I are huge Disney fans and will be heading down there in December 2012. Any ideas as to what ares of the expansion will be open around that time?

I have such found members of the original Fantasyland (as I’m sure many of the readers do) that it is bittersweet to watch it go. I talk about it the lovely Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride in my blog, read it if you get a chance: http://ladyjwanderlust.blogspot.com/search/label/nostalgia

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