New Fantasyland has been an impressive project since its inception but seeing it come to life at the construction site is almost surreal. In the end the hard work and effort of so many people comes together for an incredibly immersive experience that we will all soon enjoy. Even now, with tons of work left to be done to complete the several phases of New Fantasyland, you can’t help but stand in awe of some of what has already been accomplished. Dumbo the Flying Elephant and the rest of Storybook Circus has reinvigorated an area of the Magic Kingdom that prior to the re-imagining always felt lacking. Prince Eric’s Castle and Beast’s Castle loom over the construction site and you can hear guests of all ages talking about them as they walk up towards the New Fantasyland construction walls. And of course the towering steel structure of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Coaster stands over everything in the area causing a buzz of enthusiasm amongst everyone who sets their eyes upon the coaster. Sure, behind the construction walls lies an incomplete picture of the fantastic world Disney is creating for guests. But what we see is the beginning of the magic and it begins with the monumental efforts of Imagineering, construction crews and others who turn a mere idea into a reality that millions can then dream within. It is our hope that the dedication and passion we have shown for this project here on Da Mouse reflects well upon the hard work of those individuals who are creating timeless memories for generations to come. So join us after the break as we once again show you the incredible journey of bringing New Fantasyland to life and share with you some all-new-looks at Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Coaster and more!
Casey Jr. still awaits his debut…
These monkeys are just great!
This area will have a ton of character to go along with the H2O.
This overview shot gives you a feel for the size of the Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station and of the work still remaining within Storybook Circus.
Camels, Giraffes, Elephants, Monkeys & of course Casey Jr. himself!
Still a ton of work to be done but some additional planters, paths and lighting have come into place in the last couple of weeks.
Ariel’s Grotto looks impressive even now, I can’t imagine how great it will be when it is complete!
Tons to see in this image from the shipwreck on the rocks near Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, to Gaston’s Tavern and even the wire mesh for more rock work that we mentioned in the previous posts in this series.
Beast’s Castle is really starting to look impressive in its own right. Can’t wait to see how many more trees are going to fill this area…
And now for the showstopper, a.k.a. the Seven Dwarfs Mine Coaster!
This overview shot of Enchanted Tales with Belle shows off the Fantasyland forest…
A good amount of progress has been made installing both new track support pieces (brown steel) and creating the structure for the surrounding mines (grey steel).
This is going to be fun to watch as we countdown till 2014.
Back at the first phase of the New Fantasyland Expansion, at Winnie the Pooh’s reworked queue, we find that was to be the Tigger bounce pad area is now being converted to a Winnie the Pooh Meet and Greet area.
Castle Wall construction is moving at a very rapid pace now.
You can see just how high these castle wall spires will reach in relation to the rest of Fantasyland.
Another incredible look at the Beauty and the Beast side of the New Fantasyland expansion…