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Video: Aerial footage shows progress on Fantasyland expansion at Disney's Magic Kingdom

Fantasyland expansion concept art

A new video has been posted online showing aerial footage of construction work on a major expansion to Fantasyland at Walt Disney World's Magic Kindom.

The video, embedded below, was captured from a helicopter by Orlando Attractions Magazine. It shows that work is well underway on the expansion, with many buildings and attractions starting to become easily recognisable. The updated Fantasyland is due to open at the Magic Kingdom in phases starting in late 2012, and will feature a range of all-new and updated attractions.

Several areas that will form part of the Fantasyland expansion can be seen in the video, including:

  • Storybook Circus - a new area themed around animated Disney classic Dumbo. It will be centered around the Dumbo The Flying Elephant attraction, which will be expanded to include two identical versions of the ride to improve capacity. Two large circus tents will house the waiting area for the ride.
  • Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid - a major dark ride, which will be identical to The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure at Disney California Adventure.
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train rollercoaster - will take guests on a musical ride deep into a diamond mine, accompanied by tunes from the classic Disney animated movie. The rollercoaster itself will use a first-of-its-kind ride system that allows the vehicles to swing back and forth as they move along the twisting track.
  • Beauty and the Beast area - will include a small-scale recreation of the village seen in the movie. This will host a restaurant dubbed Gaston's Tavern, a retail outlet called Bonjour! Village Gifts and Belle's cottage. At the top of a hill overlooking the village will be the Beast's castle, which will host a 550-seat restaurant in its elegant ballroom, gallery and "West Wing". The Be Our Guest dining location will offer fast food during the day, before switching to a full table service in the evening.

You can see a range of photos of the Fantasyland construction work in Orlando Attractions Magazine's article.

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