Magic Kingdom Fantasyland expansion construction update – January 2012


We stopped by the Magic Kingdom for a bit yesterday to give you the latest view of the Fantasyland expansion. Below are our video and photo close-ups and descriptions. Click on any of the photos to enlarge them.

Click Here for a look at what guests can see while standing by the Mad Tea Party ride. Use your mouse to click and drag left and right.

If you look down near the Mad Tea Party ride, you’ll notice new horse and cart marks in the pavement, leading to the Storybook Circus area of the new Fantasyland.

Looking from right to left, first up is the new Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride. These are the new elephants. The old ones are being moved from their old location to run next to the new one. It will be dueling Dumbos.

This is the topper on the new Dumbo ride.

Next to Dumbo will be Barnstormer staring the Great Goofini. Notice goofy’s hand and ear marks.

At the end of the Storybook Circus are will be the train station. This is for the steam train that circles the whole theme park.

Another part of the train station.

The top part of the Little Mermaid ride, Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid.

A look at part of Gaston’s Tavern and Bonjour! Village Gifts.

This is Beast’s Castle. Below it will be the Be Our Guest Restaurant.

And to the far left will be Maurice’s workshop and Belle’s cottage, where guests will be able to visit Enchanted Tales with Belle.

Here’s our video showing more of the area:

Fantasyland expansion update at Magic Kingdom for January 2012

The Storybook Circus area with Dumbo, Barnstormer and the train station are expected to open this spring. Then The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast areas are expected to open late in the summer or in the fall. Next year, look for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride to open and more.


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Jud January 30, 2012 - 5:28 pm

Is there going to be a storybook train? ala the storybook boat ride at DL?

Matt Roseboom January 30, 2012 - 5:32 pm

Unfortunately not, but there will be a kids splash area with a circus train theme.

Jud January 30, 2012 - 5:39 pm

Oh whoop-de-doo. But thanks for the answer! 🙂

sean eggers January 30, 2012 - 7:36 pm

part of it is opening next month

Chloe January 31, 2012 - 4:21 am

Fingers crossed Little Mermaid opens before my visit in sept!!
Can’t wait 😀

Krp February 9, 2012 - 12:28 am

I wish they would open the dumbo rides or something in the new fantasyland before march 12th as my visit is the weekend before, so sad.

Christy February 10, 2012 - 1:57 pm

I am coming march 3 rd. my 3 year old daughter will sad dumbo will be closed 🙁

Andrew Robinson February 11, 2012 - 3:16 pm

I hope that Gueston’s Tavern and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Cart will open when our family visits it in August. Perhaps ill leave a report of what ive seen on here when we visit in the future…

Joan February 14, 2012 - 1:55 am

My family and I will be down in October 2012 I am really hoping most of these attractions will be open! 🙂


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