Look at this stuff! Isn’t it neat?
Disney World has given its Fantasyland section an extreme home makeover — corporate synergy! — nearly doubling the area’s size and adding new attractions including the Enchanted Forest, the little-kid friendly Storybook Circus (inspired by Dumbo), and a castle that’s home to characters from The Little Mermaid. The revamped wonderland officially opened today, meaning that it’s likely already covered with exhausted adults sleeping in broad daylight.
The coolest thing about Fantasyland 2.0 may be the Be Our Guest Restaurant, which lies within the Beast’s Castle. As CNN explains: “During lunch hours, guests order at touch-screen kiosks and take radio-frequency devices to their tables. Once the pager is placed on the table, servers know exactly where to deliver the food. And voila, meals arrive within minutes via a glass-enclosed cart.” At night, the eatery magically transforms into a classy French bistro that serves dishes like steak frites. Try the gray stuff, guys; it’s delicious. No wonder Belle and her Beast — wait, shouldn’t he be a prince by now? — decided to move here:
But wait, there’s more! In 2013, the park will debut Princess Fairytale Hall, a building filled with Disney princess characters that will be any little girl’s dream and any parent’s nightmare. And in 2014, the new Fantasyland will be completed by the addition of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, a fairly tame Snow White-themed roller coaster. (But will the dwarfs hatch out of eggs?)
If you can’t make it to Orlando anytime soon, try clicking through this USA Today gallery, which has a host of cool images from the park’s latest attractions. Or just try having an imaginary conversation with a menorah — you’ll feel just like you’re in the Beast’s manse!