More on Changes to the Fantasyland Expansion.

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Cinderella’s Chateau is rumored to be on the chopping block.
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Before you proceed any further, I just want to caution that what follows is mainly the product of the internet gossip mill, so take it all with a huge grain of salt.

You may have been following the news of the Fantasyland expansion over in the Magic Kingdom, but if you haven’t been, it essentially involves turning one large area in the northern part of the park into Princess Central. There are also plans to take out Mickey’s Toontown Fair and replace it with a Pixie Hollow meet and greet, two Dumbo rides, and re-themed Goofy’s Barnstormer. In the last weeks however, Disney publicly stated that some of that will change, clearly due to fears that the original plans appealed mainly to a very small demographic. Disney hasn’t specifically said what those changes are yet, but the most credible rumor up until now is that Pixie Hollow is out.

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Just recently however, the rumor mill started churning from some pretty credible sources that the Sleeping Beauty’s cottage and Cinderella’s castle, both souped up meet and greets with entertainment and audience participation, are being replaced with plans for a Snow White themed roller coaster. Think something slightly less adventurous than Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Is this credible? Well, many Disney fans would love it, which may be why the rumor is so popular. When the initial Fantasyland Expansion plans came out at last year’s D23 Expo, it was rumored that Goofy’s Barnstormer would be re-themed along those lines and from what I could tell, it was one of the most well-received elements of the expansion. So maybe. But so far there’s nothing official out of Disney.

The other rumor is that the area that Toontown currently occupies will be getting the full circus treatment, something I personally don’t get given that most kids have never seen Dumbo and seem to care very little about circuses. The Little Mermaid ride will definitely stay (we know there have been permits pulled, for example) as will the Beauty and the Beast elements.

Artists rendering of the Little Mermaid attraction.
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Again, all of this is just speculation. All we know for certain is that some elements of the expansion are being replaced. Personally, I can’t imagine a better addition to the expansion than an E-ticket attraction representing Disney’s first full-length animated film, Snow White.


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