Guests at the Magic Kingdom of the Walt Disney World Resort will soon be able to take advantage of most of the $425 million Fantasyland expansion taking place at the theme park. Soft opening of a majority of the expansion occurs in just a few days on November 19, 2012 with the grand opening scheduled for December 6, 2012.
Portions of the area have already opened. Most notably the Storybook Circus section opened in July. Included in the area are the Barnstormer, the Casey Jr. Splash & Soak Station and Dumbo the Flying Elephant.
However, a much larger portion is set to either debut soon or has in recent weeks. This includes Under the Sea – Journey of The Little Mermaid Ride, the Be Our Guest Restaurant, Enchanted Tales with Belle, Gaston’s Tavern and Bonjour! Village Gifts.
A short description of some of these soon to be open areas is offered below:
Under the Sea – Journey of The Little Mermaid Ride
This attraction takes guests into the world of the Little Mermaid animated movie. An omnimover system is used to transport the guests from scene to scene taken from the original movie.
Notably, the musical numbers of the movie take prominence in the ride. Characters included are Ariel, Prince Eric, Scuttle, King Triton, Sebastian, Flounder and Ursula.
Be Our Guest Restaurant
Many have anxiously been awaiting the opening of the Be Our Guest Restaurant based on the Beauty and the Beast animated movie. Reservations for dinner dining at the location opened in August with many reports of all available reservations taken for months.
The location will offer table service for dinner and quick service for lunch. Guests will dine in one of three rooms including the enchanted rose West Wing, the Rose Gallery and an elegant Ballroom with domed ceiling and twinkling chandeliers.
Dining options center around French flavors and include Thyme-scented Pork Rack Chop, Rotisserie Rock Hen and Layered Ratatouille.
Enchanted Tales with Belle
Guests are invited to take part in portions of the Beauty and the Beast animated movie. Disney Cast Members help dole out the parts guests will play with the help of the talking wardrobe taken from the movie.
From there, the guests go on to meet several more characters including Lumiere and Belle herself.
In addition, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is scheduled to open in 2014. It features a roller-coaster style ride through the mines of the seven dwarfs taken from Snow White.
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