New Fantasyland opens for dress rehearsal – Be one of the first inside through our videos


The Journey of The Little Mermaid ride and Belle’s Village, including Gaston’s Tavern and Bonjour Village Gifts, all opened to regular park guests today for its first dress rehearsal. The previously opened Storybook Circus and Enchanted Tales with Belle were also open. Let’s take a look.

We were among the first guests let in on the morning of Oct. 12, 2012. A sign let guests know this was a dress rehearsal, so it was possible not everything may be in working order. But it all looked beautiful and we didn’t encounter any problems.

Walk with us as the shrubbery walls are pulled back and guests are let inside:

New Fantasyland walkthrough - Be among the first guests let inside at Disney's Magic Kingdom

Walk through the full detailed queue and through the entire ride for Under The Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid:

A cast member shows off all areas of the Be Our Guest Restaurant:

Full Be Our Guest tour led by a Disney cast member - New Fantasyland restaurant

Before we head inside his Tavern, let’s talk with Gaston:

Meet Gaston in front of Gaston's Tavern in New Fantasyland

Take a look inside Gaston’s Tavern:

Inside Gaston's Tavern in New Fantasyland at Disney's Magic Kingdom

Enchanted Tales with Belle:

Full Enchanted Tales with Belle experience in New Fantasyland - Disney's Magic Kingdom

There’s also a new meet and greet area for Ariel:

Meet Ariel in her Grotto in New Fantasyland at Disney's Magic Kingdom

The whole area takes on a new look at night:

New Fantasyland at night at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

Visit and subscribe to our YouTube Channel to see our videos from inside all of the sections of Storybook Circus.

Since New Fantasyland is under a soft opening, aka dress rehearsal, there’s no schedule of when the various attractions will be open or closed. The Be Our Guest restaurant is supposed to start serving on Nov. 19. Public previews officially also begin on Nov. 19 and the grand opening for all areas except Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride (2014) and Princess Fairytale Hall (2013) will be held on Dec. 6, 2012.

Videos by Banks Lee, Matt Roseboom, Anthony Armenia and Daniel Andersson.


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Brandis October 12, 2012 - 2:34 pm

Very nice, the level of detail made me think of the Tokyo Disney Resort.

Josh October 13, 2012 - 7:15 am

Wow after all theirs years and long days and hours the new fanticy land have had its first soft opining of some important attractions. Disney did a wonderful job with the little mermaid queue, enchanted tails with bell went in to cast member soft opining a not to long ago agen amazing espesaly with lumear. With Gastonia raven great but Lefo brew is 9.99 alittle pricee, I sall in the video gaston makes aperinces in front of Gastonia tavern. The mine ride looking good.


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