New Fantasyland Expansion at Magic Kingdom Nears Completion

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

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Published on October 12, 2012 at 1:58 am with 38 Comments

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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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  1. The figures holding the up the light posts are not actually gargoyles. They are called grotesques, gargoyles are used to divert water. But whatever you call them, they are awesome!

  2. I had a question in regards of Pete’s Silly Sideshow. It said: “Pete’s for me is the first (and only) thing in Storybook Circus that let me down. I expected a larger scale thing going on in that tent, but it was just pretty small, and featured characters you can see anywhere. I’ve likened it to the Epcot Character Spot but with circus attire. They have posters for obscure characters, why not just use them?”

    It would be wonderful to use those obscure characters, but what of the regular characters? If they removed Donald, Goofy, Minnie and Daisy from this section, where would you go to see them?

  3. It looks good, if not better. Granted they should have built a BatB dark ride, but I think it would have been an underpar version, like the Little Mermaid Platinum DVD ride-through, so well’ll just wait and see if they notice a problem in front of them and maybe by then, they’ll think of building a BatB dark ride, (but probably after the Sea World Orlando opens their Antarctica trackless attraction.) I think a permanent meet’n'greet indoors is nice from outside the Floridan weather, no?

    Timekeeper

  4. the tland railings are an attempted to keep people from standing on top during the fireworks. Several guests have fallen in the past…

  5. I was there on Saturday and they opened the whole land up to us. It is visually stunning overall. Enchanted Tales with Belle has some great animatronics and effects, plus wonderful detail, but is totally for kids and primarily girls. Be Our Guest is stunning but feels kind of small. Gaston’s Tavern is pretty small and not as well themed at the counter as the Three Broomsticks at Universal. The food seemed to be well received. The gift shop is well themed and at least carries some specialty items (and has a nice picture of the VP of parks and resorts on the wall). The themeing on the popcorn cart is also very nice. Mermaid cue is absolutely stunning and has some clever interaction, but the ride is a total letdown. I was so hoping, since they were building the ride from scratch, with basically unlimited space, they would fill in the glaring holes in the California version… they didn’t.

    My party’s assessment is, until the coaster opens, everyone will go check it out and then the land will be relegated to families with kids and the adult crowd will probably avoid it except for dining. The coaster will breathe some life into it, but it’s not going to compete with Potter in the long run.

    If Disney’s smart, they will keep building back and use this extension as a gateway to a villians extension, so everyone passes through it to get to the villian areas.

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  7. All these comparisons to Potter at IOA are comparing apples to oranges… I just got back today from WDW and got a chance to see the new Fantasyland in person… it is an amazingly themed addition that was long overdue for Magic Kingdom… but they were not going for a Potter killer with this land… they were simply finally making some improvements to a park that sorely needed it. Potter was a whole new land for IOA, this is just an improvement to an existing land and simply addition of a few more rides, restaurants and attractions. I don’t know how many of you have actually experienced both Potter and the new Fantasyland in person, but I have just done both this week, and there should not be a comparison between the two… they are just two different things created for different reasons. And the LeFrou brew is not a reaction to Butterbeer… its basically the same thing already served in CarsLand with the Apple Freeze (and it was good as was the pork shank).