Opening Date for Walt Disney World’s New Fantasyland Announced

Todd Anderson/Walt Disney World(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Walt Disney World has announced the grand opening date of the much-anticipated New Fantasyland at the Orlando, Fla., theme park.

The new attraction will open at Magic Kingdom on Dec. 6 and marks the largest expansion in the park’s history.  It comes just in time for the holidays -- one of the busiest times of year for the theme park.  

Previews will begin on Nov. 19.  During this time, guests may have a chance to experience some of the new attractions, but operating hours will be limited.

New attractions include Under the Sea -- Journey of the Little Mermaid, Be Our Guest Restaurant, Enchanted Tales with Belle, and Gaston’s Tavern.

Reservations for Be Our Guest Restaurant will be taken beginning late August, but no exact date has been announced.  The restaurant will feature three dining rooms and will seat over 500 guests.  The food will, of course, be French-inspired with items like Croque Monsieur and pommes frites for lunch, and charcuterie plate or mussels in wine for dinner.  Lunch will be quick service, while dinner will be table service.

Park expansion will continue into 2014 with additional attractions.  Princess Fairytale Hall, a place where the Disney princesses will greet guests, and The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, a musical rollercoaster, are two highlights.

Last month, the park opened the Storybook Circus portion of New Fantasyland to guests.  The area is inspired by the movie Dumbo and includes a Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride and a roller coaster named the Barnstormer.

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