Fantasyland Expansion Getting Greener, Art of Animation, and MORE!!

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

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Published on June 08, 2012 at 6:00 am with 12 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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  • tofubeast

    Loving all the FLE photos. I personally thing the interactive waiting area is adorable for kids. They will enjoy it immensely, and parents/adults will love relaxing in the A/C! I agree with you that SBL didn’t seem like it was going to be all that impressive, but it really seems to be taking shape and I love the attention to detail. Excited to see all of this come December! (And those Main St. scrims better be down by then too! haha.)

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  • Dustysage

    If Disney had never shared the concept of the “Interactive” queue that was originally planned, everyone would like the new Dumbo indoor playground. But the scaled back jungle gym set they created seems like a letdown compared to the original expectations set at the D23 Expo.

    I like the look of the new Art of Animation hotel. Much nicer than the other budget hotels. But I think you’ve nailed it when you say that you’d take any of the Moderate or Deluxe hotels over this any day. Exactly right. And as should be expected. The budget hotels are less expensive for a reason.

    Great update!

  • drumbum67

    It looks like the Timothy Mouse on top of the Dumbo marquee has potential for movement (its arms look non-static at least). Potential for a small, simple animatronic here?

  • jcruise86

    I just noticed the patterns in two of the blue shingle sections in the castle. The upper one has a zig zag pattern like the black stripe on Charlie Brown’s shirt, and the lower one has a diamond pattern? Do you like these? When were they added?
    I just Googled the castle and a May 2001 photos shows that they were just blue.
    I though it looked even better then. What do you think?

  • jcruise86

    Can we still edit our posts after we post them?

  • NettyVal09

    Nice update thanks!

  • Johana95

    There’s a hidden mickey in the first seat in the art of animation lobby:)

  • Brer Stefan

    awesome update! great work and well done!!

  • Bronco21

    Count me as unimpressed with the Dumbo play area… Shouldn’t the queue enhance the ride experience? A static dumbo and a bunch of cheap lightly themed playground equipment is not enhancing the theme, it’s reinstating that you are in a theme park not a circus. I hope that Timothy is an animatronic beckoning guest into the ride like the birds did at tiki room in DL or the Mr. Potatoe head at TSMM in DCA. That would be sweet! the Casey Junior area looks alright but I still think they should have done more with the concept than just a water play area. Thanks for the update!

  • danyoung

    Thanks for the update. But I thought the comment about the workman on the phone was a cheap shot. He could have been coordinating elements of the project. He might have been answering an email from his wife about picking up their kids after school. Heck, he could have been taking 30 seconds to say hi to his girlfriend. When’s the last day you worked EVERY SECOND of the day at your job? Give the guy a break!

    Dan (typed while on a break at work)

  • SpectroMan

    Considering those huge crowds in the Castle photo, one would think they’d elect to keep Snow White open another year, especially since this Princess meet & greet thing isn’t supposed to open until 2013 AND it’s only meant as a temporary placeholder (so how could it take a full year to construct?)