It’s been nearly a year since the soft opening of New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World Resort‘s Magic Kingdom gave us a first glimpse of the largest park expansion project in Magic Kingdom history. Many of us have tried the Grey Stuff (it’s delicious – don’t believe me, ask the dishes!), stopped by for a visit with Ariel, and flown on that crazy Barnstormer circus plane with Goofy. Quite frankly, we may believe that we’ve learned all there is to know about New Fantasyland.
But we would be wrong.
Like everything Disney, there is much more to New Fantasyland than meets the eye, from interesting back stories to upcoming openings. I’ve chosen my favorite 13 fun New Fantasyland facts to share with you. Even if you’ve visited New Fantasyland, this may inspire you to return for a second glance!
13 Fun New Fantasyland Facts 1 of 14
Fantasyland is Now Double in Size 2 of 14
The New Fantasyland expansion doubled the size of Fantasyland. The Fantasyland area of the park transformed from 10 acres to 21 with the additional attractions, stores, and restaurants.
Team Effort 3 of 14
Doubling the size of the Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland was no small task. From Imagineers to Cast Members in Disney Food and Beverage, the New Fantasyland project incorporated more than 140 disciplines.
Plenty to Read 4 of 14
There are over 12,000 books in Belle's personal library at the Enchanted Tales with Belle attraction.
Room with a View 5 of 14
The Beast's Castle boasts 115 windows.
Golions and Sneagles 6 of 14
The animals flanking the entrance to Be Our Guest Restaurant are a combination of a goat and a lion. The design team who worked on this particular project named them Golions. The snake and eagle mashups over the doors? Sneagles, of course!
A Bridge of Franks 7 of 14
As you walk across the bridge to Be Our Guest Restaurant, you likely notice the six stone figures. In order to identify them during the New Fantasyland design process, these stone figures were all named Frank.
Let There Be Light 8 of 14
The centerpiece chandelier in the Be Our Guest Restaurant takes guests breath away when they enter. That's not surprising considering the chandelier it over 12 feet tall, 11 feet wide, and contains more than 84 candles and 100 jewels.
Storybook Circus 9 of 14
The Storybook Circus area of New Fantasyland is set-up in an area named Carolwood Park. This name refers to the steam train that Walt Disney had in his own backyard.
Dumbo Mania 10 of 14
Dumbo the Flying Elephant isn't only popular with my family. In fact, a version of the "Dumbo" attraction has been included in all of the Disneyland-style parks that have opened since Disneyland Park opened in 1955. This list includes: Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Hong Kong Disneyland.
Storybook Circus Calliope 11 of 14
Guests approaching Pete's Silly Sideshow in Storybook Circus hear music coming from an old fashioned calliope. This music was recorded from a set of authentic antique circus crank organs that are owned by a collector in California.
Peg-Leg Pete 12 of 14
Sometimes known as Peg-Leg Pete, Pete of Pete's Silly Slideshow in Storybook Circus is the longest running continuous Disney character. He made his debut in 1925 in the Disney short, Alice Solves a Puzzle.
Under the Sea 13 of 14
There are 183 characters featured throughout the Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid attraction. 128 of them are featured in the Under the Sea scene!
Fathoms Below 14 of 14
If you were to take the grand mural in the Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid attraction load-in area and turn it on its side, it would reach a depth of more than 14 fathoms.
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