New Fantasyland construction photos, plus more from the Mansion queue
Written by Robert Niles
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - I spent a few hours at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom this weekend and wanted to share with you some photos of the ongoing construction of the park's new Fantasyland.Tweet
You can see the emerging Beast's Castle as you approach from the direction of It's a Small World.
Keep walking, just behind Dumbo, and a fuller picture of the new "Be Our Guest" restaurant site emerges.
Disney's tried to obscure much of the construction with trees, in addition to the construction wall. But the wall continues to promise a "2012" opening date for the project.
Continuing down the path toward the teacups, you can see more of the Little Mermaid ride's facade.
In addition to the Fantasyland construction, I got my first in-person look at the new additions to the Haunted Mansion queue.
I liked the detail of the skulls and bones on the xylophone, not to mention how your touch elicits sounds from this musical crypt.
But take a closer look at the nameplate on that organ keyboard around the corner:
"Ravenscroft." A nice tribute to the voice of the Haunted Mansion.
I got a kick out of Master Gracey's grave.
As well as Madame Leota's. "Dear Sweet Leota, Beloved by All. In Regions Beyond Now, But Having a Ball." Nice touch.
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