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[5 May 2013 | No Comment | ]
Lana Parrilla of ‘Once Upon a Time’ Visits New Fantasyland

Once Upon a Time‘s Evil Queen found a new kingdom this week, as actress Lana Parrilla visited New Fantasyland in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.
Parilla, who plays the Evil Queen/Regina Mills on the hit ABC show, visited New Fantasyland this week to film a promo for the newly-opened area. Check out this behind-the-scenes video of Parrilla’s trip to the new land, which includes her encounters with such characters as The Beast and Gaston, courtesy of the Disney Parks Blog:

The new promo will air tonight, May 5, during Once Upon a Time …

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[6 Dec 2012 | No Comment | ]
Walt Disney World Celebrates the Grand Opening of New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom

The newest section of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, New Fantasyland, is now officially opened.
Amid of ceremony led by  Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs, guests on hand for the celebration also enjoyed face time by actress Ginnifer Goodwin of ABC’s Once Upon a Time.  Singer Jordan Sparks sang, while Disney characters and fireworks also heralded the special occasion.
Although guests have been treated to “dress rehearsals” since October, and a “soft opening” since November 19, today marks the official date that the new area, which doubles in size the popular …

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[3 Dec 2012 | No Comment | ]
‘The Mickey Check’ Debuts at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland

The Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland have started rolling out “The Mickey Check” on menus throughout both resorts. The Mickey Check was designed to give parents an easily recognizable way to identify meals for their children that meet the Disney Nutrition Guidelines, which includes kid-appropriate portions and more nutritious meals.
In order to qualify for The Mickey Check, meals must include at least three of the following:

Fruits and vegetables
Low-fat dairy products
Whole grains
Lean protein, eggs, beans, and/or nuts

In order to adhere to Disney’s dietary guidelines, all menu items with “The Mickey …

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[28 Nov 2012 | No Comment | ]
New Fantasyland Pins to Be Released at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Several limited edition pins have been created to celebrate the opening of New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom park. These exclusive pins will be available at Disney’s Coronado Spring Resort in Room J at the Convention Center from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m on December 6. During the release party, guests will be able to trade pins or Vinylmation as well.
Six individual pins will be released, including the commemorative “I Was There!” pin for the grand opening of New Fantasyland. Additionally, a jumbo-sized pin, a Casey, Jr. boxed pin set and …

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[27 Nov 2012 | No Comment | ]
Downtown Disney Area Hotels Offering Special Rates for December

This winter, Downtown Disney area hotels near The Walt Disney World Resort are offering special rates for guests. This is the perfect opportunity to experience Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland, which opens December 6.
The hotels are located outside the park, but offer complimentary shuttle service to each of the four theme parks and two water parks. Additionally, guests will receive a Downtown Disney deals booklet featuring discounts and special offers on Downtown Disney dining, shopping and entertainment options.
Participating hotels and rates are:

Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel – From $79/night
Buena …

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[19 Nov 2012 | No Comment | ]
New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Begins Preview Period

Fans who have been eagerly awaiting the chance to check out Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland are in luck – several of the new areas have opened today for the Preview Period.
The areas that are open during this time include:

Be Our Guest Restaurant – French-inspired eatery open for lunch and dinner.
Bonjour! Village Gifts – Located in Belle’s Village.
Enchanted Tales with Belle – An interactive show that features Belle acting out stories from Beauty and the Beast.
Gaston’s Tavern – A casual eatery themed after the popular Disney movie.
Under the Sea – Journey of …

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[17 Nov 2012 | No Comment | ]
New Entertainment Offerings to Debut in New Fantasyland

With the official opening of Walt Disney World’s New Fantasyland just a few weeks away, we’re now starting to hear more about some of the smaller details coming to the land, including some brand-new entertainment offerings. This week, Disney announced that some new atmosphere groups will soon be debuting in the new area, with the first set to debut next week.
“With the opening of New Fantasyland, we’re excited to introduce several new atmosphere groups that will become part of the storytelling experience you’ll find there,” said Creative Director Reed Jones. “They’re …

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[14 Nov 2012 | No Comment | ]
Sneak Peek at the Queue for ‘Under the Sea –  Journey of The Little Mermaid’ in New Fantasyland

At the Magic Kingdom, one of the biggest new attractions coming to New Fantasyland is Under the Sea: Journey of The Little Mermaid. While fans are anxiously awaiting the grand opening, we have some photos to share with you of the queue leading up to the attraction.

Walt Disney Imagineers have made it so that guests are instantly immersed in Ariel’s world from the moment they step up to the attraction. In this photo, you can see Prince Eric’s Castle perched high atop a seaside cliff.

At the start of the queue, …

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[13 Nov 2012 | No Comment | ]
Disney Princesses to Get a New Look in Princess Fairytale Hall Next Year

When Princess Fairytale Hall in the New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World Resort opens, the Disney Princesses will debut with a new look.
In concept art that was released depicting the updated Princesses, you can see that they will have new dresses, hairstyles and a more “modern” look for Cinderella, Aurora and Snow White.
You’ll be able to see the new Princesses for yourself when Princess Fairytale Hall opens next year. What do you think of their updated looks?

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[26 Oct 2012 | No Comment | ]
New Passholder Preview Dates Added for Fantasyland Sneak Peek

With what has been termed an ongoing “dress rehearsal” firmly underway, it may seem a little superfluous, but Walt Disney World is offering its annual passholders special access to Fantasyland during a series of New Fantasyland Previews for Passholders.
Originally, passholder previews were slated to be held over two weekends in November, but registration for the events were plagued by technical difficulties, which left many frustrated passholders complaining.  When passholders took to airing their grievances in public forums like Facebook and Twitter, Disney reacted by opening up 11 additional dates for passholders to gain …