WDW Fantasyland Expansion Update

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

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Published on July 12, 2012 at 11:00 pm with 20 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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  • LongtimeReader

    Though I’m not 100% sure, I believe that they already replaced and readjusted the tiles that were causing the scraping to happen. They did not need to close the attraction to pull it off, I’m told. It was a very minor issue, and not the rumored “the whole pit has to be enlarged” thing that blew up on the internet. The water features were off for a few weeks, and I believe that was why. Though time will certainly tell if that was indeed the case!

  • tofubeast

    Gorgeous photos, as always. I love the Beast’s Castle and how dramatic it looks in front of the huge Florida clouds (esp on thunder storm days). Thanks for the video. Please post more in the future!

  • WesternMouse

    The WDW construction isn’t nearly as interesting as watching DCA. The Fantasyland project appears to me as an effort equal to putting a bandaid on a gushing wound.

    • Cory Disbrow

      While watching what’s going on at WDW might be less interesting to you, you have to consider the scale and purpose behind both. DCA was essentially transforming from one theme park to another, while the Fantasyland project is simply an addition to an already established park, albeit a large project. And while I agree that there are other things at WDW that need fixing and New Fantasyland is a nice distraction from them, I would hardly use the bandage analogy. I don’t think it would be fair to call something that is costing hundreds of millions of dollars a bandage.

      • Petchaurus


        Thanks for your updates. I love the updates you deliver to us on all things Disneyworld including the construction updates. Although I frequent the DLR more due to my location, I love finding out about the updates in your neck of the woods just as much. I too am VERY excited about the expansion and find the level of detail promising.

        Thanks for all you do!

  • jcruise86

    Nice update! Thank you!

    I liked your friend’s description of the island at Disney’s Tokyo sea park.

  • The Little Mermaid building is certainly a huge improvement over what they did in California Adventure. I’ll be interested to see what, if anything, they do with the theme of the queue and interactive elements.

    In California, the ride maintains very short waits. Wondering if the same will be true in Florida.

    Great update!

  • Mickey777
  • SpectroMan

    Thanks Cory – that much longer wait for Princesses vs. Mickey explains why all our stores are filled with the same generic crap as the store next to it 🙁

    Ever since the artwork of New Fantasyland was released, it was clear to me that Little Mermaid in WDW is going to have exponentially longer lines than it’s cousin in DCA.

  • MiceChat Staff

    Cory this is some great work, thank you for going and getting these shots for us. I know that it’s a lot of work and we really appreciate it. But how do you make construction photograph so well. Not fair.

    It almost has me excited for the expansion. But somehow I just can’t get excited about restaurants, meet and greets, and a cloned dark ride. The aesthetics are beginning to impress, but that’s it. The only thing that has me mildly excited is the themed kiddie coaster. Oh well.

    But again, thank you for the update! Nice work detailing the progress.

  • Spongeocto4

    Thank you for the update

  • napeterson18

    Man, I wish I could buy that book! James is my favorite photographer, I use his photographs as my wallpapers on my computer that cycle through and use a picture of his from TDS in my signature on the forums (all with his permission, of course)!

    I get goosebumps looking at his work.

    • napeterson18

      And I could buy the book, but I don’t have an iPad to put it on. 🙁

      • Cory Disbrow

        I’m pretty confident that with the response he’s gotten on the book that a PDF version of it should be coming in the not so distant future, so there’s hope!

  • Are you sure that the Tangled structure is going to be a meet & greet? Based upon what I have seen, it appeared to just be Tangled-themed restrooms (with the tower). Of course, they could always throw Rapunzel in that area to wander, but I don’t think there’s any dedicated structure for her.

    • Cory Disbrow

      I’m not positive about it being a meet and greet, but it just makes sense, in my opinion. The one that was across the street from Cosmic Ray’s was very popular before Rapunzel was evicted in favor of Merida. Now she’s in Town Square on Main Street, and is still very popular, with the queue being full almost every time I’ve seen her there. In my eyes, it would be silly to theme just a bathroom around a very popular character, and I think that it would make far more sense for the Rapunzel meet and greet to be in a place like Fantasyland as opposed to next to the Chamber of Commerce, but then again, Disney has done some very silly things before!

  • ChrisFL

    I love seeing the updates to WDW….but then I see the screenshot of that first DisneySea iBook and my heart melts away….knowing that I’m too far from Tokyo…its only been 3 months since I was there and I always wish I could go back immediately.

    The park, especially at night is too beautiful for words.

  • renderman7

    hey cory, great update as always.

    love the video, hopefully you have the time to do like an in depth on sections of each of the parks, would love to see a world showcase one, just one thought though, try not to use the in your face transitions. The book flips, the tile flip.. that sort of thing, crossfades, pure wipes (ala star wars) even the out of focus works.

    just a thought.. cheers

  • BassBone

    I thought they’d fixed the Dumbo problem as it was just a couple tiles that were installed improperly. Why are you ignoring people that say this?

    • Cory Disbrow

      First time I had heard of the tiles being the issue was the first comment on this week’s columns. Not ignoring anyone, just hadn’t seen or heard of it, my apologies.