During yesterday’s “What’s New, What’s Next” presentation, Walt Disney World offered additional details and dates for the New Fantasyland expansion currently under construction at the Magic Kingdom. New artwork and construction photos were shared as well as a timeline for a few attractions set to open this year.
Video: New Fantasyland dates and details revealed during “What’s New, What’s Next” 2012
Walt Disney World president Meg Crofton updated the known New Fantasyland timeline during the presentation at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, as follows:
December 6, 2012 – Official Grand Opening (Updated 8/7/12):
Crofton then brought Imagineer Chris Beatty to the stage to reveal additional details about the ongoing New Fantasyland project.
Most notably, new artwork was shared for Princess Fairy Tale Hall, one of the few aspects of New Fantasyland that very little is known about. Replacing Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Princess Fairy Tale Hall will be the “permanent home” for all of Disney’s princesses as a “castle setting.”
It has never been included in any timelines for the announced opening dates of parts of New Fantasyland. Beatty said it will be open “when we are done with the expansion,” insinuating that it will be one of the last elements to open, though Snow White’s Scary Adventures will have its last day of operation on May 31, 2012.
But Snow White will not remain absent from the Magic Kingdom, not only appearing in Princess Fairy Tale Hall but also with a new ride, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Beatty showed two images from the same angle, one concept art and the other a recent construction photo showing the scale of the roller coaster.
As he mentioned during Thursday’s New Fantasyland construction tour, the brown steel currently seen in the park shows the height of the ride track and the grey steel shows the height of the land that will be built up around the track. But the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train won’t open until 2014.
Enchanted Tales will Belle is taking shape in the Beauty and the Beast area as the future home of an elaborate meet-and-greet with Belle.