What you need to know about Disney's 'new' Fantasyland

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Latest video from the new Fantasyland at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.

(December 5, 2012)

The little train that hauled Dumbo around in the 1941 film is the inspiration for a water attraction that's a magnet for dry kids.


Dumbo the Flying Elephant

It's been a strange trip for the Dumbo ride, which was transplanted from its spot near Cinderella Castle and given a fraternal twin. Yep, it's Double Dumbo, both more gussied up than the previous incarnation. Also new: water beneath the flying elephants and an indoor queue that doubles as a circus-themed playground.


Remodeled roller coaster now features Goofy as a stuntman known as "The Great Goofini" and other circus touches. Watch out for Goofy's monkey sidekick.

Ariel's Grotto

The mermaid has moved to a new bedazzled meet-and-greet area in the same building as the Under the Sea ride.

Train Station

Disney replaced and rethemed the area's train station to match the circus motif. Bathrooms are incorporated into the structure as well.


Princess Fairytale Hall

Still behind construction walls is a regal meet-and-greet area where Cinderella will hang with her princess pals and theme-park guests near Cindy's castle. It's scheduled to open next year.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

The final piece of new Fantasyland will be a roller coaster, the intensity of which is said to be between the low-key Barnstormer and the more rollicking Big Thunder Mountain in Frontierland. Notable will be its ride vehicles, which will swerve left and right while riding the rail. Disney says it will be ready in 2014.


Never fear, the majority of "old" Fantasyland is still operating, including Cinderella Castle, it's a small world, Peter Pan's Flight, Mickey's PhilharMagic, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Mad Tea Party and several shops and restaurants.


To make room for the princess meet-and-greet, Disney pulled the plug on Snow White's Scary Adventures, one of the original Magic Kingdom attractions.

Storybook Circus stands where Mickey's Toontown Fair was until early 2011. It had a nice run considering it was considered "temporary" when built as a tribute to Mickey's 60th birthday in 1988 — its original name was Mickey's Birthdayland. Although the Barnstormer coaster survived the transition, the walk-through country houses of Mickey and Minnie were casualties. (You can now meet Mickey any time at a location in the front of the park.) Also gone: Donald's boat and Pixie Hollow.

One of the first attractions to be removed during the Fantasyland project was a playground called Pooh's Playful Spot. Its big tree was "replanted" and lives on in front of the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. The Seven Dwarfs coaster is being built on the site of the playground, which was built on the site of the old 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attraction. It's the circle of life, kids.

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