Fantasyland Expansion Construction Walls at Magic Kingdom

| April 13, 2010

The construction walls have started to go up in Fantasyland at Walt Disney World for the start of the new Fantasyland expansion.

Ariel’s Grotto, Pooh’s Playful Spot and Scuttle’s Landing are now closed. Ariel can now be seen in the Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade and the SpectroMagic parade at Magic Kingdom.  She will also be at the Voyage of the Little Mermaid at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Winnie the Pooh and Friends will appear next to the train station in Mickey’s Toontown Fair for meet and greets April 13 – May 8th, 2010.  Starting May 9, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger will appear in Town Square on Main Street for meet and greets.

I stopped by Exposition Hall to see if they had put up the construction walls inside.  I am always amazed at how they can make it look like the walls have always been there. The Storytime Experience moves to Epcot and the Walt Disney Story Theatre is now closed to accommodate future meet and greet experiences. The rest of Exposition Hall will remain open.

They are still working on the lower walls of Cinderella Castle. You really have to look hard to see the difference unless you are like me looking for signs of construction.

I also happened to see something I had never seen before in all my trips to the Magic Kingdom.  I watched a cast member painting the stones on the bench near Cinderella’s Golden Carousel.

Disney is doing a lot of sprucing up around Magic Kingdom, but it shouldn’t interfere with your visit.  I still had a Magical time today.

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  • Cyrano

    It will be interesting to compare the development in the summer. Great blog Kathy.

  • Peter Pan Fan 22

    I was just wondering if new park maps were put out that reflect Ariel’s Grotto, Pooh’s Playful Spot and Scuttle’s Landing going away. I always like looking back at older maps and seeing how the parks have changed over each of my visits. Thanks!

  • Kathy Werling

    I would imagine they are going to update the park maps.

  • tarzan513

    Hi Kathy…I love all the blogs you do regarding what is going on in the park and that they often aren’t the big ticket items, but other cool things that are unique in their own way. Please keep it up!

  • irishtigger

    Kathy, I am going in May and I am getting really upset seeing all the walls, and drapes up in the Magic Kingdom. I understand this needs to be done but it just looks so depressing. Do you know when they will finally be done with the Castle? It was scheduled to be done on 3/31. Also, do you know when the walls are scheduled to come down from around Winnie the Pooh? I read heard they are doing work at the Hawaii Building at the Polynesian where I am staying in May. I have been looking forward to staying there and this is really discouraging. I love your blogs and really appreciate you keeping us updated on what is going on.

  • Kathy Werling

    irishtigger, all I can tell you is that it looks worse in the photos than it does in person. I thought the Castle work was supposed to be done in March. You really have to look hard to see they are doing anything. You are still going to have a great vacation.

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  • mikedunphy

    Is The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh still open? I couldn’t tell from the picture of the walls near it.

  • chrisw127

    Wow. I can’t believe how much is going on already. Thanks for posting these pictures!

  • rachelllittle

    Do you know where my little girl will be able to meet Ariel. THat is her favorite disney character. We have been planning this trip for over a year & I am about on the verge of cancelling. She is going to be heartbroken. That is all she has talked about for the past 3 months is meeting Ariel at her house.

  • Kathy Werling

    When are you going on your trip? Ariel is supposed to do meet and greets on the verandah in Adventureland I believe starting May 12.

  • Sooze

    rachelllittle, you could also schedule a meal at Akershus for the Princess Breakfast. Your little one would be sure to meet Ariel without having to wait in a big line. She is in her dress, though.. no fins!

  • rachelllittle

    We are going to be there april 23-28. We have a breakfasst scheduled at akdershus on the 25th, but she wants to see her as a Mermaid not a human. I just think they should have had her somerwhere that you could meet her at. Maybe she will be happy seeing her at the studios on stage.

  • Seriously71

    When is the projected finish date for the Fantasyland Expansion? We were there in January of this year and got to see it the way it was one last time and can’t wait to go back and see when it is all done! My daughter is also a huge Ariel fan, a trip to DW would not be complete without seeing her :)

  • http://www.formspring.me/DWIGHTTROJANS lissaundomiel

    This will be interesting, even though I won’t be back there until 2012. When the Winnie the Pooh ride opened, I went in there as a 4 year old for the first time and I loved it. Hopefully I’ll be back on if construction’s done by then. It’s a small world is also one of my favorite attractions because it’s so cheerful and it cools you off. Too bad that’s closed for a little bit. I also remember meeting Ariel 3 out of the 5 times I’ve been in Disney World (the last time was just last year) in Ariel’s Grotto. She was my favorite Disney Princess and I loved meeting her all three times! Such memories! I would be heartbroken if I didn’t see her in ’12. Good luck on the construction though!

    *I apologize if this is really long. I love to write.*

  • sunflower1018

    I didn’t realize “It’s A Small World” would be closed. We are going April 2-10 2011 and I’ve been trying to read up on all the closings so we don’t get any upsets. Does anyone know when it is closing and when it will reopen. I haven’t seen in anything I read that it was closing too. Also what is Akershus? I knew about dining with the princess’ at the castle but what is Akershus?

  • Kathy Werling

    http://www.disunplugged.com/2011/01/11/the-many-adventures-of-winnie-the-pooh-at-magic-kingdom/#more-18432 Pictures of the new Winnie the Pooh queue

    I haven’t heard that its a small world will be closed. Akershus is in Epcot at Norway.

  • GPhilbyKFinn

    I think sounds cool but, it’s going to be a little strange to go to Disney World and not go to Mickey & Minnie’s house

  • GPhilbyKFinn

    Akershus is a restraunt at Epcot that is a Disney Princess character dinnig location. If I’m not mistaking it’s cheaper to eat there than the castle. Although eating in the castle is awesome!

  • dkzm74

    I’ve just read your comment no. 17 above, regarding small world, and wondered if you’d heard anything since about whether this ride will be closed for refubishment? We’re going out there at the beginning of November 2011. Many thanks.

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