After opening a small portion of Storybook Circus last month, the Magic Kingdom’s largest expansion continues its debut this year with a few major attractions opening this year in two phases. The first phase will be in July when Storybook Circus will be completed with the opening of the second Dumbo spinner, and interactive Dumbo queue, and the Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak station. That’s a lot more Dumbo for Walt Disney World guests.

The next phase of New Fantasyland finds attractions and restaurants based on The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast opening “in time for the Holidays 2012.”

The final wave of New Fantasyland attractions coming in 2012 are the following:

  • Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid: A dark ride that takes guests Under the Sea and through scenes depicting the events of The Little Mermaid through some stunning audio-animatronics. Having been on the attraction in Disney California Adventure, I can tell you that this is a delightful and fun attraction. The Disney World version will look different (in a stunning way) from its DCA counterpart on the outside, but the ride itself is exactly the same.
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle – An in-depth interaction with Belle, where Belle tells a story. I’ve heard rumors that this character experience may be as long as 40 minutes.
  • Be Our Guest Restaurant – This restaurant takes WDW guests inside the Beast Castle. During the day it will have counter service, but dinner is supposed to be a character dining experience that rivals Cinderella’s Royal Table.
  • Gaston’s Tavern
  • Ariel’s Grotto

The timeline for these attractions is very vague. “In time for Holidays 2012” could be anywhere from Early August to the day before Thanksgiving. If you are planning a Disney World vacation with the hopes of seeing Journey of the Little Mermaid or dining in the West Wing of Beast Castle, definitely err on the side of later. It is not uncommon for Disney to slip on vague opening dates such as this. Hopefully more concrete details will be announced later this summer.

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(Press Release)