Disney's Fantasyland debuts a whole new world of attractions


Thursday was a very big day for Disney's Magic Kingdom with the grand opening of Fantasyland.

The massive expansion includes nearly a dozen new attractions and rides.

Guests said the new Fantasyland the characters come to life.

They described it as being in a Disney movie.

The new attraction is double the size of the old Fantasyland and adds the iconic castle from "Beauty and the Beast" to join Cinderella's.

Guests can also see Belle's cottage and her father's workshop. Hungry guests can dine in the "Be our Guest" restaurant.

One ride is a journey under the sea with the Little Mermaid.

"They [children] keep talking about it, that they rode it twice Monday and they are ready to go ride it again now," said visitor Erin Noegel.

Both attractions were built to compete with Disney's counterparts: SeaWorld's Antarctica and Universal's Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

"They are going to tell their friends to come, and it's definitely going to bring new visitors as well as our fans that already come," said Imagineer Eric Jacobson.

The new $425 million addition is expected to bring Central Florida nearly 800 jobs and countless tourists.

The expansion is expected to be complete in 2014.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation & World

Deployed troops unable to watch NFL playoffs due to government shutdown
Deployed troops unable to watch NFL playoffs due to government shutdown

As a result of lawmakers failing to resolve a standoff over immigration and spending, the United States government has been shut down indefinitely – meaning everyone has been affected, including troops overseas. There is a lot of fallout from the shutdown. From government employees who aren't being paid, including the Defense Department...
Trump campaign ad calls Democrats 'complicit' in killings by undocumented immigrants
Trump campaign ad calls Democrats 'complicit' in killings by undocumented immigrants

A new ad released by President Donald Trump's campaign is claiming that Democrats are “complicit” in killings by undocumented immigrants. The ad was released after Senate Democrats opposed a short-term spending bill to keep the government from shutting down. “President Trump is right — build the wall, deport criminals...
Michael Phelps reveals he considered suicide after 2012 Olympics
Michael Phelps reveals he considered suicide after 2012 Olympics

Swimmer Michael Phelps has revealed that after the 2012 Olympics, he considered suicide. “Really, after every Olympics I think I fell into a major state of depression,” he told David Axelrod at the fourth annual conference of the Kennedy Forum, an organization for mental health advocacy, according to CNN. Phelps revealed that...
Dogs found in perfect condition in home where 13 siblings held captive
Dogs found in perfect condition in home where 13 siblings held captive

A pair of well-kept dogs were taken from the Perris, California, house where 13 children were found shackled and severely malnourished last week. David Turpin, 57, and Louise Turpin, 49, are facing a minimum of 94 years for charges including child neglect and torture after police said their children, ranging from ages 2 to 29, were discovered in their...
Boy, 12, dies from flu-like symptoms in Michigan
Boy, 12, dies from flu-like symptoms in Michigan

A 12-year-old boy from Michigan who vomited during dinner one night, went to an urgent care facility the next night and had a flu test come back negative tragically died the very next morning. Michael Messenger’s family can’t believe how quickly their world was turned upside-down, losing a son and a brother who had been so full of life...
More Stories