New Fantasyland annual passholder preview details and dates announced for early November at Walt Disney World

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Walt Disney World today announced the details for three upcoming preview dates of select areas of New Fantasyland. In early November, active Walt Disney World annual passholders will have a chance to be among the first to freely explore the Magic Kingdom expansion and experience some of its new attractions and offerings.

UPDATE: Walt Disney World has changed the date on which passholders will need to sign up for previews. It’s now one week later, on October 15 due to “technical difficulties.”

Beginning on October 15, 2012 at noon ET, those interested can log on to the passholder section of Walt Disney World’s web site to register for a specific 3.5-hour time slot.

Dates and times for annual passholder previews are as follows:

Saturday, November 3, 2012
8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 10, 2012
8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 11, 2012
8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Up to 8 passholders can be registered simultaneously but all attending must have active passes. Upon signing up, passholders will choose one of two New Fantasyland preview itineraries:

Enchanted Tales With Belle Itinerary:

  • Take a tour of Be Our Guest RestaurantBe Our Guest Restaurant
  • Ride on Under the Sea — Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Experience Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • Ariel’s Grotto Itinerary:

  • Take a tour of Be Our Guest RestaurantBe Our Guest Restaurant
  • Ride on Under the Sea — Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Take photos and receive autographs from Ariel
  • Passholder preview registration is limited to one event per passholder. Those registered will receive an email confirmation which must be printed and brought to the park to gain admission. Electronic confirmation will not be accepted.

    Guests will be free to explore the area during the 3.5-hour window, including limited access to some food and beverage offerings. The Be Our Guest restaurant will be open for self-guided tours but won’t be serving food during previews.

    Select merchandise items will be for sale in New Fantasyland, but beginning today, the new Fantasyland Commemorative Collection is available online through October 14, 2012.

    Those interested in previewing New Fantasyland but are not Walt Disney World annual passholders will also get their chance beginning November 19 when the new area enters a general preview phase, followed by a grand opening on December 6. The Be Our Guest restaurant will also begin serving on November 19 with reservations already available.

    14 Comments

    1. rebecca

      When are they going to announce the public preview dates? Do you know if they will add any more annual pass holder dates? My trip is nov 22 to dec 2 and my family was really hoping to visit fantasyland.

      1. Ricky Brigante

        The public preview begins November 19 and will be daily at that point until the grand opening on December 6, though not everything is guaranteed to be available.

    2. James

      Any word on DVC Member previews?

    3. Kitt

      Emailed from Disney Destinations.
      IMPORTANT UPDATE!
      We are experiencing technical difficulties with the Annual Passholder New Fantasyland preview sign-ups that have made it necessary to delay the sign-up date one week. The Walt Disney World Annual Passholder New Fantasyland preview sign-ups will now begin on Monday, October 15 at 12:00pm ET.

    4. Nick

      New fantasyland preview (dress rehearsal) to general public going on today October 12.

    5. Kim

      Well this sucks. A friend and I are going down Nov 8-12 for the Wine and Dine 1/2 marathon and I was really hoping to be able to see something :(

      1. Ricky Brigante

        It’s possible they’ll still open it for everyone on the non-Passholder preview days, like they did this weekend.

    6. Matt

      Things are delayed even further.

    7. Bryan A.

      Do you know what rides if any will be operating for the preview? (Nov. 4th dvc member preview).

    8. Marriann Dennis

      When and how do I make reservations for AP Grand Opening of Fantasyland on Dec 6?

      1. Ricky Brigante

        There is no AP grand opening. It will be a press event.

    9. mickey's friend

      We are coming nov 22-25…..please have mickey call me….are you OPEN AT FANTASY LAND….I M A DVC MEMEBER…..WHAT ATTRACTIONS ARE OPEN? IS THERE SPECIAL SHOWING FOR ME AND MY FAMILY….WHO KNOWS ANYTHING?

    10. Steven

      Our visit is Thankgiving week. Does the November 19th preview date mean that it will open or that you just can walk thru it? Also does it mean it opens starting Nov 19th or is only open for preview the 19th? Do you need to register or reserve the right to preview? If it is only open the 19th, I might avoid MK that day.

      1. Ricky Brigante

        As of November 19, the area will be open to everyone in the park from that day forward, with the exception of during the grand opening media festivities.

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