LAKE BUENA VISTA (CBSMiami) – Disney fans have something to celebrate. The grand opening of the new and improved Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom will be December 6th.
The new attractions to open will be “Under the Sea – Journey of The Little Mermaid” attraction, the Be Our Guest Restaurant, the Enchanted Tales with Belle site, Ariel’s Grotto princess meet-and-greet location, Gaston’s Tavern and Bonjour! Village Gifts.
Earlier this year, parts of the theme area were renovated and open to the public, with Mickey’s Toontown Fair recast as the new Storybook Circus attraction.
It features two colorful Dumbo the Flying Elephant rides spinning through the sky above Storybook Circus allowing for less of a wait time, according to Disney.
The playful pachyderm is joined in Storybook Circus by a revamped rollercoaster (formerly called The Barnstormer but now rethemed as “The Great Goofini” coaster), and a kids splash-pad area.
Previews of the attractions will begin November 19th.
As for the new attractions, the “Under the Sea” attraction is a dark ride based on the film “The Little Mermaid.” Riders will feel like they are descending below the ocean’s surface and once “under the sea,” guests will find themselves immersed in the story of “The Little Mermaid.” The fun continues at “Ariel’s Grotto,” a meet-and-greet with the mermaid heroine herself.
The Be Our Guest Restaurant is themed to the Disney film “Beauty and the Beast” and features a lavish dining experience in an elegant ballroom, gallery, and mysterious “West Wing” of the castle. It offers fast food by day and full table service dining in the evening. Nearby in Belle’s Village, guests will find the rousing “Gaston’s Tavern” and “Bonjour! Village Gifts.
“Enchanted Tales with Belle” is a Disney character interaction site where guests are transported by a magical mirror to the Beast’s library for a lively, interactive re-telling of the “tale as old as time.”
“Fantasyland is a place where a very special kind of memory is made: where children just old enough to understand the moment come in contact with princesses and heroes and meet their most beloved friends,” said Meg Crofton, president, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, United States and France.
“We are excited about sharing our treasured stories in new ways and giving guests the opportunity to interact with their favorite characters like never before.”
The new Fantasyland expansion will continue with the opening of Princess Fairytale Hall next year and the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride in 2014.