Storybook Circus concept art

Walt Disney World has begun testing the second Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride that will form part of the Magic Kingdom's expanded Fantasyland area.

The additional Dumbo attraction, which will be paired with the relocated existing version in order to increase capacity, will be the headline attraction of the new Storybook Circus mini-land. Disney appears to be on track open the ride to the public in early 2012, along with a number of surrounding attractions.

The video below, captured by Orlando Attractions Magazine, shows construction workers putting the Dumbo attraction through its paces. It shows that the new ride will rotate clockwise - the opposite direction to the existing ride.

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. An interactive queue hosted inside a circus tent will be designed to keep waiting riders entertained.

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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This was being built when I visited Disney World last time. Should give families a bit more choice, but would love to see some other rides being built.

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