Fresh off the long holiday weekend and there are some new changes in place at the Magic Kingdom. In line with the new expansion of Fantasyland, Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel has a new name and would like you all to welcome Prince Charming to fantasyland. Prince Charming Regal Carrousel. What do you think of the new addition/name change?
Disney announced a whole slate of new offerings at its Orlando theme parks on Wednesday, including the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history.
Walt Disney World is about to break ground on a three-year project to expand Fantasyland. Among the new features will be a separate village for each of the Disney princesses. The Dumbo ride will also double in size, and park guests will be treated to a three-ring circus and carnival games while they wait in line.
The theme park is also planning a special promotion during nights this summer. In early June, the Main Street Electrical Parade will return to the Magic Kingdom along with a new fireworks spectacular. There will also be new lighting effects and a new drop sequence at Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Disney Cruise Lines is adding two new ships: The Disney Dream will sail in 2011, and the Disney Fantasy will begin service in 2012.
One of the ships will feature an onboard watercoaster that allows guest to ride on rafts through glass tubes high above the ship. In addition, Disney will soon offer cruises that stop in the northern European capitals, as well as trips to Alaska. Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay, is also getting a makeover.
Disney also announced a new partnership between its Wide World of Sports complex and ESPN. The two will work together to relaunch the complex with more interactive exhibits.
Disney’s announcement of all its new projects comes just weeks before the much-anticipated opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando.
Construction walls go up in Fantasyland as first stages of massive expansion construction begins
Construction walls running along the boundry of the Fantasyland expansion area are now visible from guest areas within the current Fantasyland. A new wall is up that begins by Mickey’s Toontown Fair and then runs along the edge of the current Fantasyland behind Pooh’s Playful Spot along to Ariel’s Grotto.
In another sign of work ramping up, one of the backstage parking areas behind Toontown Fair has now been sealed off from cast use.