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The Big Debate: Will Disney's Magic Kingdom's New Fantasyland be a hit?Submitted by Natalie Sim on Saturday, August 18, 2012 09:19
Walt Disney World has confirmed the grand opening date for the expanded New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom. But do you think it will be a hit with guests?
A selection of attractions will debut on December 6, 2012, although the area won't be completed in full until 2014. Among the new additions set to debut before Christmas are the Under the Sea - Journey of The Little Mermaid dark ride and the Beauty and the Beast-inspired Belle's Village area.
Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid will be almost identical to The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure, which opened at Disney California Adventure in June 2011. It will feature an OmniMover ride system similar to that used in the Haunted Mansion ride, and will retell the story of the classic animated movie.
Belle's Village, meanwhile, will be a sub-land dedicated to classic animated movie Beauty and the Beast. It will be overlooked by a recreation of the Beast's Castle as seen in the film, which will house the sprawling Be Our Guest restaurant. The area will also host a second restaurant dubbed Gaston's Tavern, a retail outlet called Bonjour! Village Gifts and Maurice's Cottage. In the cottage, guests will be able to interact with the movie's heroine, as the classic story is re-told in the Enchanted Tales with Belle experience.
The final addition to New Fantasyland will be the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coaster. The Snow White-themed ride will feature a first-of-its-kind ride system that will allow the vehicles to swing back and forth as they move along the twisting track, accompanied by tunes from the movie's soundtrack.
With Disney CEO Bob Iger having admitted that Universal Orlando's Wizarding World of Harry Potter has had a "modest impact" on business at Walt Disney World, will New Fantasyland be enough to draw guests back in while they wait for the debut of Avatar Land at Disney's Animal Kingdom? Or is too little, too late?
Will you be rushing to the Magic Kingdom to experience the new attractions in the expanded Fantasyland? Or are you uninspired by the area's updated line-up? Vote in our poll below to let us know.
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