|Ribbon-cutting rehearsal. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
The bad news about Disneyworld's New Fantasyland: you will walk and stand a lot.
To be fair, most of the walking will be done getting to and from parking lots. The New Fantasyland is nicely compact.
Tip: There are a few stairs but in every case there are ramps as well although that adds to the walking.
What to see
New Fantasyland is divided into three areas, Beauty and the Beast, Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid and Storybook Circus.
|Maurice's Cottage. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
Beauty and the Beast is the most impressive section, containing the Beast's Castle with its Be Our Guest Restaurant, Maurice and Belle's Cottage, Belle's Village, Gaston's Tavern, Bonjour! Village Gifts and the Enchanted Forrest.
|Lumiere and Belle. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
The "attraction" here is Enchanted Tales with Belle in Maurice's Cottage. Visitors assemble into groups of about 25 to be welcomed and to enter through the enchanted mirror into a dressing room where Madame Wardrobe (voiced with gusto by the wonderful Jo Anne Worley) provides the props for the characters - selected from the crowd - in Belle's tale of meeting the Beast. Next it's off to the library where, aided by the volunteer cast, Lumiere and Belle tell her story. It's a fun bit, thanks to the audience participation.
Tip: You'll stand during the assembling and introduction to the enchanted mirror then sit on benches for the casting and storytelling. If accompanied by children, try to get a seat in the front where you and they have a better chance of being volunteered. Volunteers get a kiss from Belle and a book mark.
|Detail of a "beast" in Beast's Castle. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Entrance to Under the Sea. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|The clam shells don't stop so you'll need to move. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
Tip: The only problem here is getting into those moving clam shells but staff is there to help.
Continue walking away from the castle and you'll be in Storybook Circus which recreates in great detail the heyday of the big tops.
|Now there are two Dumbo rides. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Here comes the coaster. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Get sprayed by an elephant. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Ride the train, save steps. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
Tip: Cut out a lot of steps by catching a nostalgic train at the Fantasyland Train Station here to head to another part of the park.
Where to eat
|Beast's Ballroom. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Gaston's for pork shanks and LeFou's brew. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Coming next... Photo © by Judy Wells.|