Deep in the heart of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, something truly magical is indeed underway. Over the past year, a brand-new Fantasy Land has been slowly taking shape, and PopWrapped was given a special invitation to visit the new park, which opens to the public on December 6th. The expansion marks the biggest remodel/addition in Magic Kingdom’s 40+ year history, nearly doubling its size. Click below to read all about the expansion, and to view never before seen photos, including a sneak peak of the construction progress of The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, opening in 2014! (Oh, and I guess it goes without saying that there are a TON of spoilers here!)
Even before entering the area, it was apparent that Disney had really outdone itself. The scale of Beast’s Castle is stunning and marks a truly majestic addition to the park. Upon entering the currently restricted area, the first thing we noticed was the vast amount of detail put into the exteriors. Beast’s Castle has been carefully nestled into the heart of the expansion, gracefully towering over the rest of the park. The snow-capped trees, luscious landscape and towering waterfalls perfectly accent this remarkable addition.
Just after Belle’s cottage lies a magnificent, full-scale replica Beast’s dining room. The Be Our Guest
Be Our Guestrestaurant is perfect in every way. Ornate decor and beautiful detail would suggest that this eatery would be quite expensive, but this is simply not the case. During lunch hours, the restaurant functions as a quick service eatery becoming a full-service dining experience for dinner. Meals range from $15-$35 dollars a person, averaging $23 for a full course adult meal.
(NOTE: You may view the full dinner menu by clicking the gallery link at the bottom of this post.)
Below the castle lies Belle’s very own cottage, featuring an interactive attraction called Enchanted Tales With Belle
Enchanted Tales With Belle, where guests become a part of a lively retelling of Beauty and the Beast, hosted by Belle and Lumière. As you journey through Belle’s cottage and into Maurice’s workshop, you magically step through an enchanted mirror and into the Beast’s library. This show features live actors, so you’re sure to get a unique experience each time you attend.
Just a short walk away lies Gaston’s Tavern.
Gaston’s Tavern.The tavern is indeed as masculine and arrogant as its owners name would suggest. The walls are adorned with excessive amounts of animal horns, dart boards and the like, with a massive fireplace, featuring a nearly life-sized portrait of Gaston himself.
Gaston’s Tavernfeatures quick-service treats, including LaFou’s Famous Brew, a delicious, non-alcoholic beverage, as well as smoked pork shank, croissants and more. (See Full Menu Board Below)
A bit deeper into the new FantasyLand expansion, you’ll find a fantastic ride, specifically catered to a younger crowd, called
Under The Sea~Journey Of The Little Mermaid.Think The Haunted Mansion meets It’s A Small World.
This musical attraction takes you on a whimsical journey through the story of Ariel and her prince charming. The ride has an interactive cue line, in which you help sort all of Ariel’s “human stuff.”
This ride is perfect for easily frightened children and gives a visitors a wonderful, air-conditioned break from the Florida heat. The ride takes you through a journey of scenes from The Little Mermaid, including a star-studded cast and some fantastic special effects.
As a special treat, here are a couple of construction photos of The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train,
The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train,scheduled to open in 2014!
To view ALL the images from our tour, today, please visit our FantasyLand Preview Gallery!
All photos ©2012 PopWrapped Entertainment Group L.L.C. (Photo Credit: Zachary-Jaydon)
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