It’s NOT a small world after all. At least not for Fantasyland, Disney World’s newly unveiled expansion project.
Former American Idol winner Jordin Sparks and Once Upon a Time’s Ginnifer Goodwin cut the ribbon for the New Fantasyland grand opening. The $425-million expansion has been Disney World’s largest expansion in its 41-year history.
Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Tom Staggs was in attendance as Sparks performed a variety of Disney tunes alongside Snow White’s dwarves, Dumbo, princesses and dancers.
The new and improved attractions include rides such as Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid; Enchanted Tales with Belle, where attendees will have a walk-through interaction with Beauty and the Beast’s Belle; and Be Our Guest restaurant and Gaston’s Tavern, where adult beverages will be served for the first time in the park’s history.
Additions that were revealed in a recent sector of Fantasyland this past summer includes Storybook Circus, a re-themed Barnstormer rollercoaster, a new Dumbo ride, water play area, stores, a remodeled train station and an area where visitors can meet with Disney characters.
Along with the exciting new additions, traditional rides like It’s a Small World and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh are still available for visitors to enjoy, while even newer attractions are slated for opening in the upcoming years. In 2013, Fairytale Hall will open and in 2014 we will see the unveiling of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train rollercoaster.
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