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New Fantasyland

New Fantasyland
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Today is a truly magical day as I travel to the happiest place on earth, Walt Disney World, to participate in the New Fantasyland Grand Opening Media Event. As a Walt Disney World College Program Alum, my childhood love for Disney became the brand that shaped my work ethic and corporate views for a lifetime.  Much to my amazement, but not surprising at all, the magic that lives in this incredible place simply never fades.

For our family, this trip is particularly special.  First, that I could score excused absences from our high school aged sons’ principal is miraculous but as a self described Disney fanatic, he couldn’t help but say yes as long as they are more then well prepared when they return.  Next, its the first time the 5 of us have ever flown together.  While we’ve taken trips separately, we rarely fly when we travel and this will be a treat for us all.  And most poignantly, with college looming and all kinds of busy in the next 18 months, its very possible this could be the last time we travel to Walt Disney World together for some time.  This has my Mom’s tender heart holding onto every memory we can make together before that next stage arrives and I am more grateful for this timing than you can ever know.

Wondering what all the excitement is about?  Here is a snapshot from WDW News of what we’ll have the honor of discovering at the official Grand Opening tonight, December 5, 2012, which just happens to be Walt Disney’s birthday!

Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid

Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid
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Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, a major attraction where guests will travel with Ariel and her friends through their exciting adventures above and below the waves – all against a musical backdrop of songs from the film. The new attraction combines the enduring appeal of a classic Disney “dark ride” with wonderful technological innovations to offer guests a personal journey into the scenes of the film. Adventurers will feel as if they are descending below the ocean’s surface. Once “under the sea,” guests will find themselves immersed in the story of “The Little Mermaid,” sharing Ariel’s adventure through a magical cast of characters and a captivating musical score that will entice everyone to sing along.  The fun continues at “Ariel’s Grotto,” a meet-and-greet with the mermaid heroine herself.

Beast's Castle

Beast’s Castle
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The castle of the Beast stands majestically upon a hill across an old stone bridge from Ariel’s new home. The Be Our Guest Restaurant will feature a lavish dining experience in the elegant ballroom, gallery, and mysterious “West Wing” of the castle. With seating for 550, this magnificent facility will offer “great food fast” service by day and full-service table dining in the evening. Nearby in Belle’s Village, guests will find the rousing Gaston’s Tavern and Bonjour! Village Gifts.

Enchanted Tales with Belle

Enchanted Tales with Belle
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One of the most magical of Walt Disney World moments – meeting a Disney princess – becomes even more magical in Enchanted Tales with Belle, an all-new attraction at New Fantasyland.  Here, Magic Kingdom guests are immersed into the enchanting “Beauty and the Beast” story as they enter Belle’s world through the provincial cottage of her father, Maurice, and are transported to Beast’s Castle.  Walt Disney Imagineers brought Belle’s world to life, energizing a “tale as old as time.” Guests are transfixed by a magic mirror portal and furniture that springs to life. Characters, costumes and props  for guests leave behind the traditional meet and greet, and immerse guests into the 1991 animated film classic.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Dumbo the Flying Elephant
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And of course, we can’t forget the iconic Dumbo ride, which has been doubled in size!  Guests take a spin on “Dumbo, the Flying Elephant” at Magic Kingdom Park. With an unprecedented two Dumbos aloft, guests get to their flights faster aboard one of the park’s most iconic attractions. Connecting the two Dumbos, a new “big top” area allows guests to immerse themselves in circus lore in a series of fun, interactive experiences before a spin with their favorite circus elephant. The double Dumbos help anchor the Storybook Circus area of New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park — part of the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history.
I’ll be wearing gold…of course…can you say Pixie Dust?  And taking all the pictures I can to share with you via Twitter @MyGOMOM, Facebook.com/GOMOM, and soon I’ll have plenty of video right here on our site as well.  Its an honor to have the opportunity to be part of Walt Disney World history and make precious memories with my family that simply can’t be found anywhere else.  Tell me…
Have you visited Walt Disney World and Fantasyland? What is your favorite attraction?
Thanks so much for stopping by ~ we’ll have more each day and in the weeks to follow!
Disclosure:  Special thanks to Disney Social Media for inviting me to attend the New Fantasyland Grand Opening Media Event.  I was not asked to post at anytime ~ my magical opinions are entirely my own.

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