Storybook Circus concept art

Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom has installed a second Dumbo The Flying Elephant ride, as part of ongoing expansion work in the park's Fantasyland area.

The Dumbo attraction, which will be paired with the existing version, will form the centerpiece of the new Storybook Circus mini-land. This will be the first part of the Fantasyland expansion to open to the public, in early 2012.

WDWMagic.com captured a number of photos of the new Dumbo ride being installed. Disney is doubling-up the attraction in order to reduce its infamously long queues, but it is has previously been reported that only one of the two rides will be operational when Storybook Circus makes its debut.

Alongside the Dumbo attractions, Storybook Circus will also feature an updated version of the existing Barnstormer rollercoaster. Renamed as Barnstormer - Hosted by the Great Goofini, it will receive a new theme based on stunt planes. It will also be home to Casey Jr Roundhouse, a small water play area that will be located next to the Fantasyland Train Station.

The remainder of the Fantasyland expansion is due to open at the Magic Kingdom in phases through to end of 2013, and will feature a range of all-new and updated attractions. The headline additions will be the Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid dark ride and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train rollercoaster, while several new restaurants and retail outlets will also be added to the Fantasyland area.

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