Fantasyland Expansion previews start Nov 19 at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney World announced today
that previews for the latest phase of its Magic Kingdom Fantasyland expansion will begin on November 19. The official grand opening of the new additions will happen on December 6.
Concept art, from Disney, of the Be Our Guest restaurant.
This phase of the Fantasyland expansion includes the Under the Sea: Journey of The Little Mermaid ride, Be Our Guest table-service-for-dinner restaurant, the quick-service Gaston’s Tavern, and the Enchanted Tales with Belle meet-and-greet.
We'd heard that previews for these new attractions will open for annual passholders in November. No word yet on when previews will be open to the public. As with most soft openings, there likely won't be a public announcement. Just show up and see if you get in. Also, no word on if Disney will be opening up a paid preview event, as it did for Cars Land at Disney California Adventure.
The final phase in the expansion, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train family roller coaster, will open in 2014.
"...no word on if Disney will be opening up a paid preview event..."
This is exciting news. We will be there three days after the Grand Opening. I personally can't wait to see how this turned out.
I might attend a preview since I don't know how long I can wait, but I'll be counting the days! If they offer a pay preview, I would go then. And to the number person who said, and I quote:
I've been on a waiting list for a DVC rental for the weekend after Thanksgiving for 2 months now.
I will be there the last few days of November/first few days of December. Is it too much to hope for soft openings while I'm there!?
I don't think an 8 rating qualifies as mediocre.
Don't be concerned with long lines at little mermaid. Its an omnimover It devours lines. I rode little mermaid the week it came out in Anaheim and the wait was only about 45 minutes. It'll rarely be over an hour ...mostly if it stops operating and the line builds up.
I am visting at the end of November/beginning if December. Is there a good chance we will catch the soft openings!?
If the Ariel dark ride is anything like the DCA one, there won't be much in the way of lines. Not because it is - or isn't - mediocer (lol), but because it's a people eater.
Omnimovers are people eaters, but I expect MK to have longer lines due to the fact it's a more popular park.
Was just there this summer. Is it just me or all this hype for an average ride and a restaurant? And another ride in 2 more years? Seems they closed more than there opening. Send the Universal creators in and it would be double the rides, double the excitement and for half the budget, in half the time.
Trust me here kids, Ariel is a mediocre dark ride. Think the 21st century version of Pinocchio's Daring Journey. I can pretty much guarantee the wait will NEVER exceed 30 minutes in the opening year except for maybe the opening week.
I think the first response to this article is a highlight of what some people get frustrated with when it comes to criticism. The remark is pretty unqualified and there is nothing constructive about it.
It was clarified in the comments of the Disney Blog that November 19th IS the beginning of soft openings for the general public.
"Omnimovers are people eaters, but I expect MK to have longer lines due to the fact it's a more popular park."
I'm looking forward to riding the ride, but like others said, I'm not expecting an E Ticket. The Mine Train will be the big E Ticket, so patience my friends, TLM is to stall us per say ;)
I don't understand why they're getting rid of snow white for the mine ride? I think Walt would've said "Lets have both!". Heck there's 2 rides based on alice, and two rides based on Dumbo at Disneyland! Snow white is more deserving of two rides than any animated film being the very first! Its a shame I never got to ride it as it seems to be better than the Disneyland version. Well I guess ill just have to wait for my Tokyo visit to see this ride...hope they have an English version just wouldn't be the same for me in Japanese haha.
The new Fantasyland is anti-climatic. There's only one new ride and a bunch of new EXPENSIVE restaurants. I miss the classic dark rides. There are few left.
Little Mermaid line at DCA goes fast. Hopeed on in about 10 minutes. I don't think it's a mediocre ride, it actually fits alongside the other "Fantasyland style" dark rides. While the tech is more advanced, it seems like they weren't TRYING to break the mode with this. So I wasn't expecting anything too revolutionary here, I'm just glad that the Disney Renaissance peeps are getting actual attractions!
Mine Train ride is not an E ticket. More like a c+ or D. Very dissapointed Fantasyland Expansion.
Ive heard many times in recent weeks that snow white was too scary. Well then they should get rid of haunted mansion and space mountain I know some kids that are scared of those rides too. Better yet get rid of any ride with conflict in the story that way no one can be scared or offended. Fear is one of the most thrilling sensations someone can experience and there is something powerful about introducing fear to children so that they can learn to overcome it. And colflict is essential to a story.Man i rememebr always being scared on snow white, pinocchio, mr toad, but i would never support losing those great rides. Being scared and going through scary things is part of life and very important for kids to know that. Seriously what a pathetic argument for closing an attraction.
The little mermaid ride is good. if they would have included the giant Ursula scene and a scene with human Ursula it would've been a great ride...maybe even the best of the classic dark rides! Although in DCA they didn't have the space for more scenes...in Orlando however they have plenty of space and should've added those scenes, continuing the tradition of improving Disneyland rides.
The thing I have against TLM is it seems to be weak in the storyline department, somewhat like Pinocchio. The songs are nice, the animatronics fairly advanced, but...
The Mine Train is in fact an E Ticket. An all new ride system and a massive coaster track makes it an E Ticket.
I wish Disney Would tell us WHEN in 2014 The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will open..... so we know when to plan trips for. I don't like the idea of planning a trip there in May and then finding out it opens in July!
Dom: Massive coaster track? Your definition of massive must be minimal. True, the ride appears very themed. But there really isn't much to it. It's a stretch as an E ticket. The attraction was a last minute substitute for the originally scheduled meet & greet so I doubt much innovation went into it's design. It's basically a kids coaster with theme. The coaster car testing was done driving a mock up around a parking lot in a pick up truck bed. That's a little short on innovation.
I'm so very happy!!!! My family and i are coming to Orlando 24th November,from the UK. So we will get to see the new area. So pleased,i had my fingers crossed it would open when we came. YIPPPPEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!
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