One of the best things about Disney Imagineers is that they never stop dreaming. Right now they are dreaming up so much more for the future of Magic Kingdom, and I can’t wait to share it with you in today’s Parch March Through Magic Kingdom: The Future Kingdom.
To the delight of park guests, one of the many things Disney Imagineers have been improving are the queues, or the areas where you wait in line, of your favorite attractions! Recently, they have completely re-done the queues for It’s a Small World, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Space Mountain, and The Haunted Mansion, with more in the works, like Peter Pan’s Flight. The goal is to make waiting in line more fun than frustrating, and they’ve done this by adding interactive elements, like the wall of honey in the line of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Comprised of four large video touch-screens, guests walking (or waiting) beside them can use their hands and fingers to draw and play in the honey! The queues look like so much fun! It may sound silly, but I can’t wait to stand in line when we go back in September. Check out the Imagineer-guided video of the Haunted Mansion queue on the the WDW News Today blog. So cool!
With big changes come small growing pains, and the loss of ToonTown was just that. Mickey and Minnie’s houses are no more, but you will still be able visit the famous mice and get a picture with them near the entrance to the park at the Town Square Theater. In addition to meeting Mickey, you will also be able to meet ‘n greet your favorite Disney princesses! FASTPASS services will be available, which is a first for meet ‘n greets.
The growing pains of losing ToonTown, I assure you, will be well worth it because at this very moment, production on one the biggest expansions Magic Kingdom has ever seen is taking place! Set to open sometime late 2012, Fantasyland is in the process of doubling in size with lots of new and amazing attractions, restaurants, and shops. Here’s a little sneak peak into what you will see. All of the artwork in this post is actual Disney concept-art of what these attractions and restaurants may look like.
Also doubling in it’s size is Dumbo the Flying Elephant! This popular attraction will have a twin right beside it, so more guests can ride at once, and an interactive queue to boot!
Have any of you Little Mermaid fans been feeling a bit left out? Well turn that frown upside down and get ready for Under the Sea-Journey of the Little Mermaid! This is an identical replica of the Little Mermaid attraction in Disney California Adventures. It’s an indoor, singing animatronic ride that is sure make you feel like part of Ariel’s world.
For all of you coaster-lovers, Goofy’s Barnstormer from the late ToonTown will be getting a face-lift and will be re-named The Great Goofini. Also, hop on board the rickety track of The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train! This new one-of-a-kind coaster will twist and turn inside of a mine, while the cars sway back and forth! This one will be more intense than The Great Goofini, and is sure to swing some fun your way.
If all of the excitement is working up a hunger within, stop in Gaston’s Tavern for a bite to eat. You may even spot Belle for a meet ‘n greet!
One of the most exciting, however, and one of the new expansion plans that I am most looking forward to, is the Be Our Guest restaurant! Seating over five hundred guests, this elaborate Beauty and the Beast restaurant set inside of the Beast’s castle will be a counter-service by day and table-service by night! Oh boy, if it is open by next September, you can bet we will be making reservations! I really want to know for myself if the grey-stuff is delicious!
If all of that wasn’t enough, there will be new shops such as Bonjour! Village Gifts, and Snow White’s Scary Adventures is set to become a new meet ‘n greet spot for some wonderful Disney heroines like Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. So many terrific changes are happening inside of Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom and I can’t wait to see the finished product!
Thank you so much for voting and joining me every week during the month of March for my Park March Through Magic Kingdom. I have enjoyed every step of the way and I am kind of sad it is over. I have so enjoyed bringing you all of the fun and information I could muster without [hopefully] making it too drawn-out or boring to endure. Maybe one day we can go to Magic Kingdom together, you and I, dear Reader, and enjoy all that Magic Kingdom is and will be.