Video: Storybook Circus tour led by Imagineer Chris Beatty with story behind Dumbo, Barnstormer, and Train Station

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In addition to offering a behind the wall look at New Fantasyland, this morning also led a brief tour through the already-open portions of Storybook Circus, pointing out details and telling the story behind the new Magic Kingdom area at Walt Disney World.

Beatty has been working on both New Fantasyland and Storybook Circus since the project’s inception years ago and seemed eager to enhance the portion that has been revealed to guests so far with a bit of additional information. Follow him on the tour in the video below.

Video: Imagineer Chris Beatty leads a tour through Storybook Circus

Among the embellishment of existing areas, new details Beatty revealed are:

  • a Storybook Circus marquee sign is on the way soon
  • the artwork on the 8 story panels on the new Dumbo was commissioned with an artist at Disney Feature Animation
  • the Casey Jr. train-themed water play area will “link” with existing false train tracks near the Fantasyland Train Station making it seem as if Casey Jr. had just ridden in off of a spur line from the Walt Disney World Railroad
  • Storybook Circus is part of the New Fantasyland expansion, all scheduled to be completed by 2014.


    1. eric wilson

      Good to see the facial hair rule is going well. Chris didn’t even shave hos cheeks for this video. What a joke. He looks like crap!

      1. Jeff Lynch

        That’s not very nice to say, especially since this man took the time to make such a great and informative video. I think he looks great and I am grateful for the info he provided.

    2. OT

      Did someone ask about the side of the tent that looks horrible from the coaster and the back of the tent that looks awefull from the tomorrowland speedway ride?

      1. Jeff Lynch

        With so many great and imaginative things happening, why focus on the stuff you think is “horrible” and “awefull” (sic)? Can you think of two things that you really love about Fantasyland’s new circus and focus on that?

    3. Jeff Lynch

      It’s funny that in the year 2012 that Chris had to say the thing about “it’s not real peanuts so don’t freak out”. Clearly, that’s because of the peanut allergy hysteria and the fear of people trying to sue because they’d claim their child was hurt because he/she touched peanuts in the pavement. Listen for this remark at the beginning of the video — it was an interesting insight. Also a commentary on how reactionary some people out there can be to the smallest things.

      1. Ricky Brigante

        I laughed (to myself) in person when he said that. It shows Imagineering is paying attention to feedback, no matter how inane.

    4. itsepcotcenter

      “Dumbo #2”

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