Walt Disney World unveils the new 'new Fantasyland' plans
Walt Disney World today announces its next version of its next version of Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom
After announcing plans in 2009 for (let's face it) its response to Universal Orlando's Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Disney's changed the new Fantasyland attraction line-up to broaden the land's appeal beyond Disney Princesses.
The Pixie Hollow character greeting area is gone, as are separate themed areas for Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. Instead, all the princesses will be gathered in the "Princess Fairytale Hall," which will take the place of Snow White's Scary Adventures.
Snow White and her dwarfs aren't being evicted however. Disney's chosen to go ahead and actually build what might be the most-suggested ride in theme park history: The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, an indoor family coaster themed to Disney's first feature-length animated film.
The "Beauty and the Beast"-themed Be Our Guest restaurant remains, as does the circus-themed section featuring an expanded Dumbo ride (*and the Little Mermaid ride). Goofy's Barnstormer be retained from the soon-to-close Mickey's Toontown, as expected, but be renamed "The Great Goofini," to keep with the circus theme of this part of the new development.
What do you think? Is the de-emphasis on the princesses a plus, or minus, for your family? Is the addition of an indoor family roller coaster enough to make you think about a visit, if you weren't before?
It wasn't on my must ride list everytime, but I will definitely miss the current Snow White attraction. I can't wait however for the new restaurant, always love trying new eateries at Disney!
I hope the lines for the princesses and pixies are not as long as they were before. It sounds like the new area will be fun.
The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train sounds awesome, a welcome addition roller coaster for Walt Disney World.
I just heard about this about an hour ago, and i was sad that toontown was closes, but i had no idea they were just "re-theming" it. The barnstormer was my first roller coaster, and i didn't want that to be my last ride ever on it. I'm excited for the new roller coaster "The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train" so i can take my 4 year old cousin on it when she goes for the first time.
I have to say thank you sooo much Disney. I'm glad that pixie hollow will not be in existance, and somewhat glad that Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty will not have thier own exclusive, girl centric meet and greets. I truly think the changes are great for the land. I'm excited about the new snow white coaster. And I'm so happy that the Ariel ride remains, and the Beuaty and the Beast restaurant. I would have liked to have seen one more ride, or show added, but I am thrilled with the revised plans.
What about the Little Mermaid ride like that in DCA?
Does anyone know when this will be complete?
Their response to harry potter is a mine train coaster? Don't be afraid to invest some money Disney! I hope they pull off a real response by the end of the year.
I don't think Disney can respond to Harry Potter with any single project. Disney needs to bring a variety of top-quality new attractions across its parks to make the entire destination even more attractive in comparison with Universal and Potter.
Yes, Nick, neglected to mention in the story, but the Little Mermaid ride is still go for this version.
A family mine train coaster themed to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs? Sounds great. I imagine that the scope of this ride won't be big but should still be something nice to ride. This is excellent news as this now features two new rides for all of us not into meet-and-greets. More info on this new ride would be nice. Kinda weird to see the old Snow White ride go, but the concensus will mostly be that it was time for it to go.
I am humbled. I expressed doubt on this site regarding the Snow White Mine Train attraction. I was the big fat skeptic who now has egg on his face.
I don't know. I'm still rather unimpressed by what Disney is throwing out there for the Fantasyland redo. My wife and I have been going to Disney theme park for our entire lives, and even though we love them, we have never, and I stress, NEVER been more blown away than when we went to Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal last year. The attention to detail and true sense of place is truly a game changer in the industry. What Disneyworld just announced just seems so uninspired and lazy to say the least. Potter got us to take a special trip to Florida, this simply is not. The mouse can do so much better. Maybe they'll surprise me, but I don't see it happening here.
The dwarfs coaster is a great idea; the current Snow White ride is pretty bad.
I think its a plus, but I also feel that getting rid of Snow White's Scary Adventures is a big minus with WDW pretty much gutting out all the "dark rides" that make Fantasyland so lovely. Thank goodness Disneyland did not follow suit. If I am left with just the dreadful (yes dreadful) Peter Pan, that would be a sad day.
I'm with Daniel, I want the Submarines back!
sounds like Disney is STARTING to ramp things up, which is good. With all the new ride technologies available, why not a real flight simulator ride to revamp Peter Pan?
I was really looking forward to having Pixie Hollow, as well as the separate areas for the princesses. Meeting Aurora on her 16th birthday and getting to see the Tremaine house would have been great! There is so much within Magic Kingdom to appeal to boys already, such as Adventureland, Frontierland and Tomorrowland, that is seems a shame that the girls couldn't have a land of their own. It just seems kind of watered down now, although I am happy they are going to put in another new attraction besides The Little Mermaid, which sounds alot like a retheming of Nemo and Friends in Epcot. The minetrain sounds like it could be fun, as long as it isn't geared too young. I doubt many will miss the current Snow White ride, altho' I will have to get over there to ride it one last time! I hope that they will find a place to put the Pixies...they are great, have seemed to be extremely popular (lines are usually never less than 60 minutes any time I have been there). Maybe they can put them in Hollywood Studios somewhere?
I can't blame Disney for deciding to close the current Snow White ride in favor of the Seven Dwarfs Mine. Why? Imagine this scenario: A guest walks up to a cast member and asks:
A coaster is better than meet and greets, but it looks too much like Frontierland. We already have a mine train in BTM. At least pixie hallow and the houses had a fantasy element, the concept art was beautiful. I feel as if they stripped away the color from the vegetation. This new coaster looks rushed and cheap. I know Imagineers are capable of more. I know the execs have the money. I say give the public what it wants, innovation, creativity, not an e-ticket, but a super e-ticket.
I think the renderings and announced plans look and sound amazing. I have no complaints.
While updating Fantasyland is nice for the families with small children, Disney should be concentrating on updating rides that will be bringing in the teens and the young adults and adults. People with small children will always take there little ones to Disney, it's a right of passage. Time to do away with Ton Sawyers Island and Swiss family Robinson and add some additional thrill rides.
The Snow White coaster look huge from the artwork released with this announcement! In comparison to what they planned before for that same location I definitely feel like this is an upgrade.
In addition to my post above I have one more thing to add...
This still does not compete with Harry Potter at all. Worse yet they're actually getting rid of a classic dark ride in Snow White... when there's no reason for MK to remove an attraction (even doubly so when there are so many other attractions worse than Snow White) as there's soooo much room available in MK. It was the same issue with Toad leaving to make room for Pooh. We should have had both. We should have the mine coaster plus the classic dark ride. Sorry, Disney, but this plan doesn't make me want to travel cross country to visit you. If anything it just makes me not want to visit even more since you're removing a classic. Oh well, still have the Disneyland Resort in SoCal which is getting better and better.
I think this is a vast improvement from the previous plans. Granted, I would like to see more brand new rides instead of a second Dumbo and retheme for Goofy. But, I am sure it will look amazing. Persoanlly, I am glad to see the Pixie Hollow idea leave. Now if we could just make a few adjustments in Tomorrowland, *ahem* Stitch I'm talking to you, then we would really have something to be excited about.
This sounds awesome to me. A much more exciting plan for me to look forward to. I'm glad that they revamped the plans and added the family coaster. I will miss they old Snow White attraction, but hopefully the new ride will be worth the trade off...... maybe they will put a new dark ride into the Fantasyland area in the future. I am very excited and happy about the revamped plans though.... Yay Disneyworld!!
Someone said..... "Their response to harry potter is a mine train coaster?"
To the people who miss the submarines..... I miss them too!! .
It seems like small potatoes compared to Harry Potter, but it may surprise us; The Little Mermaid could be spectacular. For now, though, I remain somewhat sceptical.
The Great Goofini ?
This is Disney for gods sake. They need to start ramping up development over the whole resort rather than just focus on one area. This would be fine if they were building a $300,000,000 dollar attraction in Epcot, or a Carsland elsewhere or.. just something! I can't see a revamped Fantasyland competing with Universal's juggernaught that is Harry P.
As for the submarine ride, its not as great as you remember them to be! I too missed them. This year, I went on the Nemo Submarines at Disneyland. Very cramped and looking out of a itty bitty hole to see fish on strings? No thanks!
I think Robert is correct about how Walt would feel about using the latest technology in his attractions, and Disney must move forward as much as it looks back to its history. When I was a kid, I saw Snow White's Scary Adventures as a junior version of my favorite attraction, the Haunted Mansion, and it gave me something spooky to love in Fantasy Land. I just hope that before they dismantle the ride and scatter its parts to collectors or store them in a private warehouse that they send in a professional video crew to document the ride as best as they can so we can look back in years to come and see what it was like. The ride is too dark for YouTube videos. It needs a professional cinematographer to properly light it.
Who cares about Harry Potter? Universal will always be second fiddle to Disney. Disney is now doing alot at Walt Disney World. A lot of people will be thrilled when it is all done, me included. There will always be negative people out there. They probably wouldn't be happy no matter what Disney did. If they don't like what is being done, they can go somewhere else. It won't hurt Disney at all.
I'm a long time Disney supporter. I have never had any interest in going to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter because I'm not a Harry Potter fan. The only reason it's as popular as it is is because Harry Potter is so wildly popular. I think Universal adding this to their line up just brings them up closer to Disney's level a notch. Disney has always been excellent at paying attention to detail (Tower of Terror, anyone?) and it's one of the reasons I love them so much. I have no doubt the new attraction will be a hit.
I just want to throw an idea out to some hard core Disney fans...
David L: I just got back from Harry Potter and it is incredible...the ride is awesome...rode it 13 times at least. It was incredible. I also rode Pirates of Caribbean and Spash Mountain and they are great but different completely. Hard to compare them. But, Harry Potter will not disappoint you. The cue line for Harry Potter is a sight to behold by itself.
Someone said "I just want to throw an idea out to some hard core Disney fans...
There's only one word that can MAYBE rival Harry Potter and that is: PIXAR.
Wow, 55 years of theme park experience, innovation, magic and entertainment and this is the best they can come up with? Now to be honest Florida's Magic Kingdom doesn't really fall in my top list since I grew up with Disneyland out here in the west coast.
Is it just me, but, according to the drawings the "Beauty and the Beast" castle is sitting up high above a formed rock mountian. Why not build a dark ride inside the "mountian" (bobsleds?) and we can tour the Beast castle, enjoying some anamatronic characters singing "Be our Guest" Then the beast can bust in mad, roaring, and we can blast off on the ride to get away.(kind of like the Mummy ride at Univesal) Then show Belle finding the rose petals falling, and then in the ballroom they are dancing together and all the characters can change back to their human form. The entire Circus theme to me sounds very generic. I think a dark ride that tells the story of Cinderella would be very appealing. The mice could sing and sew her dress and we could ride in pumpkin coach convertables. The Snow White mine ride sounds cool, but, I'm not convinced it will be pleasing to the eye and improve the Fanastyland sky scape. Well, at this point anything Disney can do will improve the park. Hopefully the Studios and Animal Kingdom will get some love ($$$) as well.
I will echo what has been said above: PLEASE bring back a submarine ride!!!! I loved the 20,000 Leagues ride. So many themes they could use that are more modern. don't really care, just bring back a sub ride!
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