Comments for New Fantasyland opening timeline, more details for Disney World expansion emerge from Imagineer interview

48 Comments

  1. Jamie L.

    WOW!!!!!!

    SO MUCH GREAT NEW INFO!

    THANKS RICKY!!

  2. Claen

    This is a great article to highlight everything about the expansion. You really did a fantastic job with the video and pictures and writing!

  3. frostysnowman

    Thanks for posting this fabulous information and video. I’m very excited by everything I’ve read and seen today!

  4. Tracey Hartley

    Thanks so much for posting these videos and new info!

  5. JEANYSANCHEZ

    Thanks for the info and video it’s awesome including the new seven dwarfs mine ride and vehicle looks awesome to ride in late 2013!

    1. JEANYSANCHEZ

      oops! double thread!

      1. Grade A stuff. I’m unqntseiouably in your debt.

  6. JEANYSANCHEZ

    Thanks for the info and video! looks awesome including the new seven dwarfs mine ride and vehicle looks awesome to ride it in late 2013 and I can’t wait to ride it in the late of 2013!

  7. tomaslecuona

    THANK U SO MOUCH FOR THE INFO!!!!! I WISH I COULD HAVE GONE TO D23 EXPO BUT THANKS TO YOUI’VE SEEN EVERY DETAILL

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  8. JEANYSANCHEZ

    I can’t wait to see the New Fantasyland in WDW in 2012-2013!

  9. Emily Anne Sharpe

    What about Peter Pan, Philarmagic and its a small world etc.? Where are all those attractions playing into the expansion?

    I AM SO SO EXCITED ABOUT THE EXPANSION!!!

    1. Ricky Brigante

      Those attractions will remain where they are, untouched. The expansion is only changing the other side of Fantasyland.

  10. Bradley F

    Ricky, thank you for the detailed update, great photos, and videos of the New Fantasyland Expansion!

    With that, I wanted to point out a “terminology” or “measurement” mistake made by Scott Malwitz (and mentioned in your accompanying text). Scott said the New Fantasyland Model was “1/4 scale” and then he said “which means that for every 1/4″, it’s 1 Foot in real life”. If the model is “1/4″ = 1 Foot”, which I believe it is, then the model is actual “1/48 scale”. That can be figured out be determining how many “1/4 inches” will “fit” in “one foot”. There are forty-eight “1/4 inches” in each “one Foot”. What Scott should have said was that the model is “1/48th scale” or he could have said “1/4 Inch to the Foot scale”. Common sense will also tell you that the Fantasyland Model can’t be “1/4 scale”, because “1/4 scale” to “most people” means that the object (or in this case the Model) is 1/4 the size of the actual object. Well, if you can imagine “enlarging the Model” to be “four times as big as the Model currently is”, your common sense will tell you that the actual New Fantasyland will be much, much bigger than that “four times” size. Now, imagine the Model enlarged 48 times its current, viewable size. OK, now you’ve got the actual (human) size of New Fantasyland. I hope this makes sense!

    1. Scott

      Actually, 1/4 scale is a common term in construction. It’s easier to refer to the ratio used for scaling than the actual fractional ratio. When we say 1/8 scale, or 1/4 scale, etc., it’s understood to be “… to the foot”.

      1. Todd

        Proper way of writing this isn’t 1/4 scale, however, it’s 1/4″ scale (or quarter-inch scale). Then you tell the reader that the units are quarter inch-to-the-foot. 1/4 scale means one-fourth size (especially when talking about a scale model). Leaving off the units is lazy and confusing: 18″ Stonehenge anyone?

  11. Jenn

    What does late 2012 mean? We are planning on going September 25-30, 2012 and we are super excited. Will the Beauty and Beast castle and Ariel ride be open by then?

    1. Lela

      Hey, Jenn.
      I personally believe that you will be safe at that time. Walt Disney World gets super busy in the later months of the year with Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Thanksgiving, and Christmas celebrations. My bet is that they will try awfully hard to have that area done by September to bring more guests in before the holiday spike in attendence. Of course, I also know that Disney tries very hard to get their projects done efficeintly anyway – it’s possible it may be open even before then, but we cannot be sure.
      I hope that helped!

  12. Angie

    what exactly does early 2012 mean, I am going march 2012?

    1. Ricky Brigante

      Unfortunately no specific dates have been revealed yet.

  13. Trin

    Looks cool! But it looks as if some elements have been dropped. I haven’t been able to find information to confirm this so I’m just going on assumption here by the model and by the updates that Disney has provided for us. There was supposed to be a Sleeping Beauty attraction and a Cinderella attraction but I don’t see any mention of them anymore and by the model shown, I don’t see any random cottages “off in the distance”. I also heard that the Pixie Hollow area was dropped from the Fantasyland expansion too. I was just wondering if anyone knows this for sure. To be honest thought I’m not too disappointed that this was dropped. The new Pixie Meet and greet area (in Adventureland I believe) looks nice and I don’t think that the other areas would be able to compete with such attractions like the Seven Dwarves mine coaster (which I’m super excited about). So all in all, I’m waiting in anticipation for the first phase of this expansion to be complete but I just want to make sure that I get correct information from a reliable source.

    1. Ricky Brigante

      You’re right, much of the original plan has been dropped, including the elements you mentioned. Pixie Hollow will not be built, nor will the other Princess cottages. The Princesses will have an indoor meet-and-greet called Princess Fairytale Hall, which is replacing the current Snow White dark ride.

      1. Danielle

        The Princesses NEED their own spot to have a meet and greet. They are spread out EVERYWHERE in the park, and they have to take mini breaks cause it gets so hot. We waited nearly 2 hours for Rapunzel. Having an indoor place will give the kids a chance to meet their favorite princesses without having to get hot and irritable in the sun. I’ll miss Snow White – but the new roller coaster will probably be just as nice 🙂

  14. Angie

    just wondering if the goofy coaster is open yet? if not is there any date for when it opens. thanks

  15. disneyphilip

    Some of the other characters that are rumored to be appearing at Pete’s Silly Sideshow:

    -Pete
    -Clarabelle Cow & Horace Horsecollar
    -Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
    -th 3 Little Pigs
    -Goofy

  16. Jeanine

    I’m planning on going this friday, the seventeenth. We got a map in the mail and on the magic kingdom one, theres an asterict next to the barnstormer, the fantasy land station, and the casey jr. splash n soak station. On the side the asterict says scheduled to open late February 2012. Another website I saw said that part of fantasy land may be opening february 18. Is this true?

  17. Samantha

    So if the mine car ride will be half dark ride, I wonder if they will be using some of the animatronics from Snow White’s Scary Adventures ride in the mine car ride. Just a thought that went through my head. haha

  18. Lena

    Hi! I am taking my daughter to Disney in June for her birthday. Can you tell me for sure that Dumbo will be reopened ?! It was her favorite last time!

    1. Ricky Brigante

      Yes at least half of Dumbo will definitely be open by June.

  19. Melissa

    I am so disappointed that my little girls will not be able to walk through Mickey and Minnies homes… That was always a favorite of mine.

  20. Joe

    If you like the classic rides and Toontown. Then you will need to plan a trip to Disneyland in California. Mr. Toad, Snow White and Mickey and Minnies houses are still there.

  21. Paul

    This expansion is all hype and no cigar. The build up has been running for years (first announced Sept 2009). All I can see is a new kids roller coaster with a lot of padding out and a 5 year lead on the publicity. It’s not quite Hogwarts!!

  22. Jacob

    Looks awesome im going back in August 2013

  23. Mario

    I like this expansion idea, though the only thing the displeases me is the replacement of Snow White’s Scary Adventures

  24. kelsey

    what year will all of the new fantasy land will be completed i want to go but id like to go when its all done.thanks.

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  25. Max

    I really love disneyworld and i can’t wait till the expansion to fantasy land!!!!!!!!!!!! ROLLER COASTER AND MORE CAN NOT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. Kim

    You say for the snow white expansion late 2013 and some sites say 2014, I am planning a trip for christmas 2013, so you think it will all be completed?

    1. Ricky Brigante

      Late 2013 / early 2014. Disney has not yet set a firm date, so it’s possible it’ll be open for your trip, but no guarantees.

  27. Eric

    Any news on when mine ride card ride opens? I did a Disney themed proposal for my now fiancée, since we’re Disney nuts. I’d like to go during the Not-So-Scary Halloween party. We went last Xmas and this is our last “Disney World Bucket list” trip.

    1. Ricky Brigante

      It’s set to open in early 2014, though a soft opening in late 2013 is possible.

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  28. Kim

    Will the dwarf mine defimitly be open and running mby july 4th of 2014, we are planning a trip during this time and I dont want to book if it will not be open.

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