The Mickey's Toontown Fair area at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom will open for the last time on Friday, February 11, before it is closed permanently to make way for an expanded Fantasyland.
The area will be replaced by Storybook Circus, which will open as part of the revamped Fantasyland by 2013. While many elements of Mickey's Toontown Fair will be demolished, others will be incorporated into the expansion. This includes the Barnstormer rollercoaster, which will be rethemed as Goofy and the Great Goofini.
The Storybook Circus area will be home to an expanded Dumbo The Flying Elephant attraction, which will include two side-by-side versions of the existing rotating ride. To ease the wait for the popular but low-capacity attraction, families will be able to experience an array of interactive games inside a giant Big Top. The Goofy and the Great Goofini rollercoaster will provide guests with an aerial view of the circus below.
Both the Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse houses from Mickey's Toontown Fair will be relocated to the central Town Square in the Magic Kingdom, in the location currently known as Town Square Exposition Hall. The pair will meet-and-greet guests close to Space Mountain in Tomorrowland until their new homes are ready. Meanwhile, Tinker Bell and the other Disney fairies will meet guests close to MouseGear at Epcot, and the Disney Princesses will move temporarily to the Adventureland Veranda at the Magic Kingdom.
Walt Disney World recently revealed updated plans for the Fantasyland expansion, including the addition of the indoor Seven Dwarfs Mine Train rollercoaster. The revised plans focus less on Disney princesses and seem designed to broaden the appeal of the expansion, which had been criticized by some analysts as being too girl-centric. The first new attractions are set to open by late 2012, with majority of the expanded area due to be in full operation by 2013.
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