New Fantasyland preview for Walt Disney World passholders announced for November, opening dates to follow

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Walt Disney World annual passholders will be among the first to see the latest attractions as part of a special preview event for New Fantasyland. Though Disney previously indicated the Be Our Guest restaurant and The Little Mermaid ride would open in time for “holidays 2012,” the passholder web site now reveals a limited-attendance preview will take place in November.

Though specifics of this special preview have not yet been revealed, it does establish a firmer timeline as to when sections of New Fantasyland will be opening. Disney Cast Member previews are also scheduled for late November.

From the Walt Disney World passholder web site:

Be among the first to experience the enchantment of New Fantasyland during a special Passholder Preview in November 2012! Upon completion, Fantasyland will nearly double in size – for the largest expansion in the history of Magic Kingdom Park.

Registration details are coming soon and will be communicated via email and here on the Passholder website. Event capacity is limited, so be sure to watch for these updates! Valid Magic Kingdom Theme Park admission is required to attend this event.

Only passholders can log in to access that section of the Walt Disney World web site.

It’s likely (though not announced or guaranteed) that public soft openings for New Fantasyland will also take place in November, with a full opening arriving just in time for the Christmas season.

An opening date for the Be Our Guest restaurant will surely be announced soon, as Disney has recently noted that reservations will be available to be made some time this month.

The rest of the New Fantasyland expansion, including Princess Fairytale Hall and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster, won’t open until 2013 and 2014, respectively.


  1. Jeff Lynch

    This is random, but every time I see that drawing of New Fantasyland I look at the Little Mermaid part…and wish the rock work and water there had then flowed into a Never Never Land area with Skull Rock and the mermaid lagoon and things and attractions for Peter Pan (including moving Peter Pan’s flight there). That would have been such a cool and natural thing to add there instead of Dumbo’s Circus. Kind of a fun way to connect the mermaids from Pan to the ones in Little Mermaid as well.

    1. Janice Wetzel

      Wow!! I think that would have been an awesome idea that us older folk could truly appreciate who have been following Disney for much longer than our children can remember. LOVE Peter Pan and Never Never Land. I think you need a job as an Imagineer!!

  2. Hunt

    I cant believe in only a matter of months this part of the new fantasyland will open! I’m going down to Walt Disney World for the last week of November and I really hope this area is open or at least soft-opening then.

    1. Janice Wetzel

      Me too… so excited!! We will be down there Thanksgiving week and I believe they have opened more of the new Fantasyland including the “Be our Guest” restaurant which will start serving on 11/19.

  3. Pamela

    Yesterday my husband and I got to preview Belle’s Storytimed in the new Fantasyland. There was an inconspicuous looking door in large fence blocking the new Fantasyland — it is across from the carousel. The majority of the people going in the door were WDW employees with badges, etc. It appeared they were previewing the attraction for employees but would also let in anyone who approached a nicely asked to go in. We were the first group in that day and it appeared they did several runs of the preview as they were still letting people in to see the attraction at about 3 pm that day.

    1. Janice Wetzel

      That is so cool! So… what did you think of Belles Storytime attraction?? Please share!!

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