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Walt Disney World has confirmed that the Under the Sea - Journey of The Little Mermaid dark ride and Belle's Village area will open in the Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland on December 6, 2012.

Previews of the new attractions will begin on November 19, aimed at Cast Members, Disney Vacation Club members and Annual Passholders. Although Disney is billing the December 6 date as the grand opening of the expanded "New Fantasyland", it won't be fully completed until the debut of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster in 2014.

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 on June 3, 2011. It will feature an OmniMover ride system similar to that used in the Haunted Mansion ride.

Belle's Village 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 Be Our Guest restaurant. The area will also host a second restaurant dubbed Gaston's Tavern, a retail outlet called Bonjour! Village Gifts and Belle's father'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.

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