New Fantasyland construction continues as Halloween arrives at the Magic Kingdom

Written by Cory Disbrow. Posted in Dateline Disney World, Walt Disney World

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Published on September 14, 2012 at 12:25 am with 18 Comments

About Cory Disbrow

Cory likes Walt Disney World so much, he recently packed his bags and moved to Orlando. Cory is a photographer and writes MiceChat's Dateline Disney World columns every Friday.

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  • mratigan

    Mission Space looks like a mess
    Close it for 6 months like test track

  • George Taylor

    Fantastic photos!

    Thanks, Cory!

  • Claybob

    Beer and wine? I’m not sure. I understand it is most likely needed as the “Be Our Guest” venue is billed as “top notch” but it was always nice to know that part of Walt’s vision was always alive. Got a feeling this may be a “test” and if all goes well, an expansion to the other eating establishments. Oh well, progress I guess. Now on a side note…looking forward to the trip down to see all the new stuff come this April/May. Can’t wait! Oh yeah, and we do plan on snagging a table for a nice dinner at “Be Our Guest!:

  • SueinSac

    Beer & wine at the B&B Restaurant for dinner – sure, go for it. Hard liquor would be different, with so many children around. Beer and wine seem very appropriate for a higher-end restaurant in a European setting. If they wanted to add it at Cindy’s, I’d be fine with that, too. I expect that won’t be far behind.

    Re: Mission Space…is Hewlett-Packard still the sponsor? Are they supposed to bear any of the cost of maintenance? Because they’re getting ready for a signficant number of employee layoffs. I’d sure rather see them forget the roof on an Epcot pavilion or drop their sponsorship altogether (which they inherited when they aquired Compaq Computers) than lay off more American workers.

    • Cory Disbrow

      Exactly my thoughts, as well. If the beer and wine are contained in the restaurant and people aren’t getting stupid drunk in there, it doesn’t bother me at all.

      As far as I know, the sponsorship from HP should be expiring soon. This probably has something to do with the overall state of the pavilion.

  • Mickey777

    Great Update! Personally, I don’t think it’s such a big deal for alcohol to be served at Be Our Guest. As they said, if it’s confined to the actual restaurant, it should be fine. I don’t drink myself but I eat out a lot and all those place serve alcohol so no biggie IMO. As for the Tangles area, it’s progressing much better than I anticipated. It’ll be a very nice little corner of MK for sure.

    I wouldn’t be suprised if MS is the next to go down for refurb once Test Track reopens. And I love how they take the time to really theme the food booths for F&W. They look really sharp and inviting. It’s also great to see how that foliage was removed to reveal the beatiful The Land structure again. That means WDW is sweating the details and that’s always a good thing.

    • Cory Disbrow

      I agree about the Tangled area. Wasn’t thrilled about the Skyway building being removed at first, but from the skeleton, it seems like the new area will be very nice!

      I would love to see MS go down for a refurb. Either that, or just let it runs its course until it is deemed a “worthwhile investment” by the people who handle the money and then just replace it.

  • pumpkinmickey

    Hard to have a French inspired restaurant with offering a wine list.

  • SpectroMan

    I agree, removing SOME of The Land’s foliage really does look better. If you look back at 80’s pictures the vision approaching the Pavilion was much clearer.

    Mission Space – just close it and put in a real ride like you used to have instead of a simulator that makes most people over 40 sick for the rest of the day.

    Thanks for the great update.

    • Cory Disbrow

      I wish I could have had the camera I have today (and been an adult!) in the 80’s when that area was clear. One of my favorite old school EPCOT Center shots is one from sunset with the Land reflecting in the pond. So beautiful!

  • jcruise86

    Thanks for the update!

    I hope Disney takes care of Mission Space soon.

    I also hope China becomes more democratic & that moderates in Arab spring nations prevail and discourage attacks against American embassies. (Sorry, I just felt so Prufrockian after expressing concern about the appearance of the exterior a Walt Disney World attraction that I felt I had to give my post some gravitas.)

  • michael darling

    So what is that metal structure at the Mine Train? Is it framework for the cottage, or is it too large for that? Trying to spot it in the concept art.
    Great photos! The beast’s castle is looking better, now that foliage and stuff is cropping up around it. didn’t care for it at first, and honestly, still don’t think it matches the beauty or shape of the one in the opening scene of the film. Looking better though!


    • Cory Disbrow

      Part of me feels like it will be the cottage, but it’s really hard to tell when you can’t get around the walls to see. It could very well be the structure for another hill that the track will go around.

  • partyhare

    On the New Fantasyland postcard they gave out at the last D23 Expo, the Storybook Circus marquee entrance is decked out in the circus tent style. I wonder if that is what will cover the frame set up at the entrance gate.

    • Cory Disbrow

      I very much hope this is the case, as it looks a little bare with just the steel poles up right now. Something vibrant and classy would be awesome.

  • Spongeocto4

    Thanks for the update

  • Timekeeper

    Nice Update!