One of our reasons for going to Disney this past weekend was to finally see The New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom. Ever since I heard all about it from my social media friends back in December, I was determined to go. I told Eric that there was no way I was waiting for it to be finished next year, I had to go and I had to go now. And so we did (he’s a smart man).
We intended to get to Magic Kingdom prior to 9am to see the park opening ceremonies, but we overslept a little bit and didn’t make it to the parking lot until 915am. By the time we parked, got across Seven Seas Lagoon on the ferry, and got to the entrance turnstiles it was just before 10am, and it was packed! I thought it would be empty (well, sort-of empty, since Disney is never really empty). I was so wrong. But we had a game plan, we were starting our day at Fantasyland and seeing everything there, and after a few obligatory pictures on Main Street, that’s what we did.
After the lovely entrance walls, this is the first thing we saw:
The little girl in me, the one that comes out to play when we go to Disney, was thrilled. But that’s not even the best part. Just a little bit over to the right is the Be Our Guest Restaurant, designed exactly like the Grand Ballroom from the movie. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I got teary standing there looking at it. (I did take a picture, but it’s dark and doesn’t do it justice). Only diners can visit the Rose room and the West Wing (yes, there’s a West Wing…of course there is!), so we didn’t see those, but next time we go we will be dining there.
Just a few steps away is Prince Eric’s castle from the Little Mermaid. A walk through the castle takes you to Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid, where we boarded a clamshell and relived Ariel’s tale. It is so cute, even the boys loved it! Behind it is Ariel’s Grotto, where everyone gets to meet Ariel. We didn’t because, well, I have boys and they wanted to do manly boy things.
And speaking of manliness, we met Gaston! He was hanging out in front of his Tavern, waving at and taking pictures with his adoring fans.
We walked over to Storybook Circus, where we rode Dumbo and the Barnstormer, and met The Great Goofini and The Astounding Donaldo. The cool thing about Dumbo now is that there are two sets of elephants, and they fly in opposite directions. There’s also a tent in the middle that features a circus-themed play area while you wait your turn. How cool is that?! Our wait wasn’t very long, about 20 minutes, and the boys really enjoyed playing in the tent.
And of course we love that flying elephant!
There are a couple of things we didn’t do, like Enchanted Tales with Belle (see above: manly boys) and Casey Jr’s Splash N Soak Station (did not want to get wet). The Princess Fairytale Hall and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train are still under construction. We can’t wait for the Mine Train to be finished, looks liked it’s going to be a fun little coaster!