New Storybook Circus concept art offers more details for Magic Kingdom Fantasyland expansion at Walt Disney World

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With the openings of Star Tours: The Adventures Continue and The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure behind us, it’s once again time to focus on the ongoing New Fantasyland expansion in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. And today the Disney Parks Blog has offered a look at new concept art for Storybook Circus, the replacement for Mickey’s Toontown Fair.

Storybook Circus is themed around the Disney film “Dumbo,” with the main attraction being a double-carrousel version of the classic Disney theme park attraction. Inside the “Dumbo” tent will be interactive games and other features that will allow guests to have fun while waiting for their turn to ride, rather than standing in a long, hot line.

Click to enlarge the new Storybook Circus concept art:

Nearby, the Casey Jr. Roundhouse will be a detailed water play area featuring mist, squirts and even monkeys, elephants and camels. This area will be located near the re-themed train station. Seen at the top of the new artwork.

In the upper-right of the artwork, the Barnstormer coaster will remain, now starring The Great Goofini. Many circus tents will also remain, though their future contents remain a mystery for the moment.

Compare this new artwork to a couple renditions previously released by Disney, noting the similarities and differences in style, decorations, colors, and placement of features:

Storybook Circus will open as part of the New Fantasyland expansion, which will debut in phases beginning in late 2012.


  1. EricJ

    Judging from the Great Goofini’s replacement, that should put the Dumbo rides closer to the Raceway across from the “gas stations”, and the Big Tent where the County store is now.
    (Unless the Barnstormer was moved farther back into that unused space between Space Mountain and the railroad tracks.)
    Hard to tell without a blueprint overlay.

    1. Ricky Brigante

      I don’t think the Barnstormer track is getting moved. And a big new tent is being built right near the Speedway track, which may be Dumbo’s tent… or something else. 😉

  2. Jeff Lynch

    I am so excited to ride this! I am going to go on the counter clockwise spinner first…and then I am going to get in line and go on the clockwise spinner. And then I am going to splash and play in the water features on Casey Jr. And then I am going to go on the Barnstormer. I have it all planned out ahead of time so I don’t miss anything!

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