Thursday, December 6, 2012

Celebrating the Magic Kingdom's New Fantasyland

Ginnifer Goodwin, Tom Staggs, Jordan Sparks and Mickey  © Disney
If you haven't yet noticed, we've be celebrating the official grand opening of the Magic Kingdom's New Fantasyland all week with some great stories and photos from Scott & Carol.  If you've missed any of their articles, make sure to scroll down and check them out!

The official grand opening was held today, complete with celebrities and several press presentations.  With most of the land now open to the public - sans the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster - visitors are flocking to try out all the new rides and attractions.

Speaking of the Mine Train ride, while it doesn't open until 2014 Disney has released a little more footage at a press event of the animation for the combo coaster and dark ride and it looks good!  The above video, from Inside the Magic, includes a new look at one of the dark ride sections where the Dwarfs are hard at work.  It's no Big Thunder Mountain, but I think it will fit in well in New Fantasyland once it is ready.

Finally, part of the opening festivities last night included a pretty neat dragon flying over the park, fire breathing and all.  Disney has been promoting the dragon for some time now, even creating a Tumblr site for it, and last night it impressed visitors as it passed over the Magic Kingdom.

Neat, right? Disney fans have speculated about the use of this small aircraft to create possible characters in the future for Avatar at Animal Kingdom, so the Magic Kingdom's dragon might have been just a preview.  Granted it needed the cover of darkness to hide the plane aspect, but it's still fun.  A real fire breathing dragon!