Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom – Reviews of our Favorite Food, Attractions and the Fantasy Land Expansion
Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom
My wife and I spent a wonderful day at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in May of 2012. It was a beautiful sunny day, but not too hot to enjoy it. It was just the two of us and we had been to the Magic Kingdom many times before, so were able to take our time looking around and really enjoy a relaxing day. We showed up right when they opened and hopped on the train over to our favorite ride in the Magic Kingdom, Splash Mountain. The wait was already pretty long, so we chose to get a fast pass, so we could come back later and have a shorter wait.
We hopped on the train again and went back to the Main Street USA station. The train is a wonderful way to get around to the different sections. You get a nice view of Main Street from the station. We took some pictures from the balcony, and then we proceeded down to the shops on Main Street. We went into the Candy Store and got a delicious English Toffee and ate while watching the Barbershop Quartet. We notice that people were lined up on the street for the parade, so we wandered over just in time to see a colorful and entertaining parade along Main Street.
When the parade was over, we decided to walk over to use our fast passes for Splash Mountain. On the way there we took some pictures of Cinderella’s Castle, which was having a Musical show with all the characters. We also took some pictures of a Mommy Duck and her cute little chicks wandering around.
We got on within ten minutes, so the FAST Pass was well worth it. Splash Mountain is such a fun ride. It is one of the longest rides in Disney and it combines entertaining animatronics and music with the thrill of getting wet on the final big drop down Splash Mountain. We sat in the front and we both got very wet. It’s always fun to look at your picture they take of you during the big drop as you exit the ride. After Splash Mountain we had a delicious funnel cake and then headed over to check out how the Fantasyland Renovation is coming along.
Fantasy Land Renovation and Expansion
Fantasyland is in the middle of the largest expansion Walt Disney World has ever seen, which is a perk for Disney World, as they still have a vast property available for expansion (unlike Disneyland in California). Disney World is also adding a new resort that will be completed at the end of this year called The Art of Animation Resort. Here the information that we were able to find out about it.
Fantasy Land Renovations that have been completed
The new Dumbo Ride is in place and you can see the old original Dumbo ride behind it. This is where the Storybook Circus will be located with a large big top between the two rides. Under the big top they will have interactive games for children of all ages.
We also went on the only other updated ride, The Barnstormer, which is essentially the same ride as before, but has a new The Great Goof Goofini. The little ones really do love this ride, which is what it is all about!!
Casey Jr., the famous locomotive from the Disney film Dumbo, has rolled into town and is making a splash! Located next to the Fantasyland Train Station and area restrooms in Storybook Circus at New Fantasyland, you’ll discover the Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station, a circus-themed water play area.
The other parts of Fantasyland that are still being worked on is the “Under the Sea, Journey of the Little Mermaid” ride, a version of which was opened at the Disneyland, California Adventure theme park. Guest will be able to walk up to Prince Eric’s castle through “tide pools”. Guests will be able walk into the “castle caverns” as well. At the new attraction, guests will travel with Ariel and her friends through their exciting adventures above and below the waves – all against a musical backdrop of songs from the classic film. Nearby will be Scuttle’s Scavenger Hunt.
On the way to Ariel’s Grotto you can enjoy the fun interactive games at Scuttle’s Savenger Hunt. You can search the seaside entrance to find Seagull’s treasures from the Human World, like the snarfblatt and dinglehopper, and of course Scuttle will be nearby to help you and the little ones with the hunt.
Beast’s Castle: The castle of the Beast, standing majestically upon a hill just across an old stone bridge from Ariel’s new home. The Be Our Guest Restaurant will feature a lavish dining experience in the elegant ballroom, gallery, and mysterious “West Wing” of the castle. This magnificent facility will offer “great food fast” service by day and full table service dining in the evening. Nearby in Belle’s Village, guests will find the rousing Gaston’s Tavern and Bonjour, the village gift shop!
It will be a combination of a dark roller coaster, thrilling enough to offer excitement, but not scary enough to keep even the non thrill seekers away. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will take guests on a rollicking, musical ride into the mine “where a million diamonds shine.” The coaster will feature a first-of-its kind ride system with a train of ride vehicles that swing back and forth, responding to every twist and turn of the track. The journey will be accompanied by music from the classic Disney film and animated figures of Snow White and the Dwarfs.
New Princess Fairytale Hall Going into the space, this royal court will be where Aurora, Cinderella and other Disney princesses will greet their guests. The new meet and greet area will be located in the center of Fantasyland. Stone walls, stained glass windows and high ceilings will complete the Castle Courtyard look. Guests will enter the queue in a large space filled with the Princesses’ portraits before splitting off to individual meeting rooms with the Princesses
The new Resort Disney’s Art of Animation, has opened one of its first wings which is called Finding Nemo. The remaining wings, “Cars” will open in June, the “The Lion King” will open in August and finally the “the Little Mermaid” will open in September. The resort offers the largest swimming pool on Disney Property, and it includes piped in underwater music. The hotel will offer 2,000 rooms in total, with 1,120 family suites and the rest will be standard rooms.
On our way out of the park, we stopped and had one of the famous Turkey Legs. I took a nice picture of an egret up on top of the building. We took the Ferry on the way out of the park. The ferry is a nice relaxing ride and is a good alternative to taking the monorail, if you’re not in any rush to leave. We had a nice relaxing day at the Magic Kingdom. I can’t wait to go back and see Fantasy Land once the expansion is complete. Be sure it visit my website, www.FloridaVacationPlans.com for great Florida travel ideas.