Fantasyland Expansion Timeline

Being Disney is never exact on their timelines I would follow this timeline as if I were a betting man.  This is information that was mentioned at the recent D23 convention.

Early 2012 – Half of Storybook Circus with double dumbo, great goofini coaster,fantasyland train station, casey jr.

Late 2012 (November-December) – Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid ride, Be Our Guest restaurant, Beauty and the Beast village, Belle meet-and-greet, Castle wall

Early 2013 – Remaining half of Storybook Circus with Pete’s Silly Sideshow

Late 2013 – Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster

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How Can Disney Do It?

When I bought our Disney Vacation Club (DVC) membership our family was happy that we wouldn’t have to spend what we used to in order to vacation.  In the past few years we were never sorry about purchasing our timeshare.  This year my wife mentioned that maybe we should sell it off, but I refuse to.  With the continuing economic worries I have noticed more, and more people losing their homes, and getting rid of their posessions in order to keep afloat.

How can Disney keep going with their “Magic Box” of plans that they are working on?  They have the Hawaii resort, the Fantasyland Expansion, the Washington National Harbor purchase, and other assorted different projects going on throughout the other parks.  The Fantasyland Expansion has to be costing a pretty penny, and if you have watched any news, or read the internet you would see that Disney profits have not been great because of the economy.

When I look at the financial situation that most of the U.S. is in I only wonder why Disney would keep going with high priced plans that may not pan out profitable immediatelly.  Even the state of Florida made it to 2nd place for foreclosure rate in the nation for November 2009.  NJ seemingly hasn’t had as many foreclosures, but the initial foreclosure rate was very high.

Wife mentioned that we could sell off our house, and move down to the Carolinas.  I explained to her that my business is still successful here, and moving would be be a fatal move for me.  I have done my research, and even the Outer banks foreclosures are high currently.

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Magic Kingdom Overhaul Confirmed

It was confirmed that the Magic Kingdom is going to get an overhaul.  At the D23 expo artist renditions were shown of the plans for the future of Fantasyland.  I noticed in one of the pictures that it appears a new wall will be put up in the back of Cinderellas castle.  I hope that they don’t do anything to the castle itself.  We have eaten dinner there in the past, and the view through the windows of is absolutelly great, and the mosaic in the walkway through the castle made of glass tiles is quite a site.

I can’t wait to see what they actually do in comparison to the drawings.  Things always look great on paper, but the finished product is never what it was actually planned at.  Making that section of the Magic Kingdom a bit bigger will be great for kids.  They are planning on having sections for each princess, and the fairies as well.

Here is a video clip from D23 about the expansion.

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