On my last trip to Walt Disney World, I finally got to experience the next phase of New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom. I have previously visited the Storybook Circus section and so was excited to see what this next portion had in store for park guests. While I of course, didn't get to expreience EVERYTHING...I certainly did get a good taste of the new area as a whole and wanted to share with those of you who are still planning on taking your summer trips to Walt Disney World.
First off, for those of us who are veterans...it is SO strange to have this new area! Like, I'm so used to there being a wall closing me off from here...this feels bizarre. It will certainly take some getting used to, with the new layout of the land. (And I'm sure when The Snow White Mine Train attraction opens, it will throw me off even more.)
Second...keep in mind, this new area is BUSY. Especially during the afternoon. People, of course, want to check out the new area first thing, so once they get to the park, they head here, OR it is the mid-point on either side now for touring, so by the time the afternoon hits, they are at the mid-point of their circle around the Magic Kingdom. Just something to be aware of. If you don't care when you check out the area, I would probably suggest checking it out later in the evening.
Enchanted Tales With Belle
Boy is this one a time sucker! I don't mean that in a bad way, I just mean...you will be waiting in a VERY long line to experience this one. The line moves slow too...because of the nature of the show, only a few people are let in at a time. I'd say anywhere from 35 to 50 or so people are let in at one time. Another slight problem, the queue, which is beautiful, is almost all outside. Not so much fun with the Florida heat. I think Brian got a touch of heat exhaustion while we waited here.
Once you get inside, there are some really neat elements. The first is the Enchanted Mirror, which really does just look like a mirror, until magic sets in. The other aspect that is amazing is the AudioAnamatronic figures they use (although, at this point, it's hard to tell if these new versions are AudioAnamatronics because they are more projection in nature...but REALLY cool none the less.) You really think they could be real!
Overall, it's a cute show and I enjoyed it, I just don't know that I would need to do it every time, especially not having small children yet. (Please don't think I am down on shows that feature kids...I so am not...I caught Jedi Training Academy for the first time over at Disney's Hollywood Studios and I absolutely loved it! I just feel that there is something...missing...)
Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid
My favorite scene has to be the Under The Sea portion. It is just so fun and lively! Lots of great colors and great AudioAnamatronics. Plus, there's that song!
I also really enjoyed the queue here. This one is SO much better than it's DCA counterpart. It really takes you to Prince Eric's castle (which is gorgeous!). There is so much detailing here. And I love the waterfall, which is so nice to see water in Fantasyland again! The crab game for the queue looks fun, but I didn't get to take part in it because the line was actually moving pretty well when we were there.
Overall, this is a stellar attraction and it's great to have a new version of a dark ride in Fantasyland.
Here you can also get the cinnamon roll that everyone searches for or you can try LeFou's Brew, which, from what I hear, tastes like a frozen apple cider. Interesting....
Two things I did not partake in were Be Our Guest Restaurant, though I expect to remedy that in July (and cannot wait to do so...) and the meet and greet with Ariel. I'm just not a big meet and greet girl, so I see no need to meet her just yet.
Overall, this new section of New Fantasyland is incredible. It is simply amazingly themed, that you almost forget you are in the Magic Kingdom. (Until you see the very large crowds!) While some of it's pieces may be a little lacking, the hope is that when it fully opens up in 2014, that it will all tie in together nicely. I was going to also discuss Storybook Circus, but I'll save my thoughts on that topic for next time.