Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Walt Disney World's New Fantasyland (In Snow Globe Form)
Welcome to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida. It's the year 2015, so we can visit the newly expanded and refurbished Fantasyland.
Snow globe Fantasyland is made up of merchandise that appeared in the Disney Catalog from 2000 to 2005.
You can take the train at the entrance of the Magic Kingdom to get to Fantasyland (after a stop at the train station in Frontierland) or you can just walk down Main Street, U.S.A. to Cinderella Castle (you can't miss it).
Cinderella Castle is the gateway to Fantasyland.
I wouldn't count on seeing Hercules or Esmeralda here, unless they are in a parade in front of Cinderella Castle.
Cinderella Castle is 189 feet tall and features a restaurant called Cinderella's Royal Table, where you'll probably find Cinderella. Only a lucky few have stayed at the Cinderella Castle Suite, a special bedroom inside the castle.
After you walk through Cinderella Castle, you'll find the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel (formerly Cinderella's Golden Carousel).
Mickey's Philharmagic is a great 3D film adventure starring a mix of new and classic computer animated Disney characters. Fantasia is not the main focus here, but I thought this snow globe was really impressive (plus Mickey's Sorcerer hat and the brooms are prominently featured in Mickey's Philharmagic).
Despite the title, Donald Duck is the main star here.
You can fly, you can fly, you can fly to Neverland with the help of Tinkerbell on Peter Pan's Flight.
Journey to the second star to the right and watch out for Captain Hook!
I'd love to see an Aladdin Magic Carpet ride like Peter Pan's Flight.
It's A Small World has a very famous (infamous?) theme song.
This snow globe is actually Disneyland's version.
The Pinocchio Village Haus is a favorite dining spot for many Fantasyland visitors. Many people have fond memories of eating Figaro Fries here.
A few of the tables have a view of the Small World loading station.
Beauty and the Beast are featured in a major new section of Fantasyland.
Stroll through Belle's Village and visit Bonjour! Gifts and Gaston's Tavern.
Off in the distance is the Beast's Castle.
Step inside the Beast's Castle and let the kitchen utensils entertain you at the Be Our Guest Restaurant.
The Beast has thousands of plates, cups, dishes, forks, spoons, and knives that were once human and they really want you to use them. They're not whole without a soul to wait upon.
Travel "Under the Sea" with The Little Mermaid on Ariel's Undersea Adventure, a new musical dark ride.
Ariel and her friends (and foes) are brought to life through the magic of Audio Animatronics.
You'll see slugs cutting a rug and trout rockin' out! Sebastian the Crab and his crustacean band will make you envy all the creatures living in the depths of the ocean. So you've got to decide when you'll visit them.
To quote Ursula the sea witch, "Life's full of tough choices, innit?"
Also new to Fantasyland is a new Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs themed Mine Train.
I can't believe how much this snow globe looks like the concept art for the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction.
Of all the new Fantasyland additions, this is the one I'm most excited about.
This new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train means the end of Snow White's Scary Adventures in Fantasyland.
Snow White is leaving her old home and inviting all the Disney Princesses to occupy the space for the Princess Fairytale Hall, a new meet and greet location.
I would have liked a Sleeping Beauty dark ride here instead, featuring Aurora, Phillip, the Goons, and a finale with Maleficent the Dragon!
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a ride featuring the popular hunny-loving bear and his friends in the Hundred Acre Woods.
Watch out for Heffalumps and Woozles!
Have a spot of tea with Alice and her friends in Wonderland at the Mad Tea Party.
On second thought, don't consume any food items before riding this!
Dumbo the Flying Elephant has a new home called Storybook Circus.
There are now two Dumbo rides (Dueling Dumbos) to increase the capacity for this famous attraction.
Guests find circus themed entertainment under the Big Top while they wait for a spin on Dumbo.
The Casey Junior Circus Train provides an opportunity for kids to let off some steam.
Storybook Circus is located on the former site of Mickey's Toontown Fair (formerly Mickey's Starland and before that, Mickey's Birthdayland).
Circus clowns threatened to take control of Goofy's Barnstormer, but their plans to re-theme the coaster were thwarted by the Great Goofini (Goofy as performing pilot, the new theme for the Barnstormer).
This is not a snow globe, but I thought this was really funny.