Major Disney Park Expansion

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Not really new as the have been circulating on the web for a while now, but Disney has now officially announced their expansion plans for Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and for the very long rumored Star Tours II in their two US parks.

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Star Tours II will debut in 2011 in the Disney’s Hollywood Studios and in Disneyland Resort Anaheim. Looking at the picture the pod race rumor has been the correct one (no big surprise). For months the news has been talked about on many blogs and forums but it is now a big step closer to reality.

The other big expansion is the rumored Fantasyland change. Plans have found their way on the internet months ago but Disney has now released a collection of pictures and information about what to expect in 2013 when the renewed land will open.

The artwork looks amazing. Just have a look at the building design for the new Little Mermaid attraction. It is still a long way from now but something to look forwards. I do wonder how the Fantasypark will look like and will feel like during the change. A favorite place, especially for younger guest, will loose a lot of its magic during the big rehab. Of course you can’t change a park without some visual work being done, but those visiting during the works might be a little disappointed when they enter Fantasyland covered with scaffolding. We fans know it’s only temporary and understand there is the reward for it afterwards, lets hope enough magic will be there for those visiting during the works.

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Here the full press release

Re-Imagined “Star Tours” Coming to California and Florida in 2011 and Major Fantasyland Expansion at Walt Disney World Scheduled for 2013

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Jay Rasulo detailed plans for future lands, attractions and adventures that will be delighting Disney guests for years to come, at the first D23 Expo. Most notable among the announcements were the confirmation of an all-new Star Tours attraction and the largest expansion in the history of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

“Storytelling is the DNA of Disney dreams and we’re always exploring new ways to tell new stories in new places,” Rasulo told a crowd at the Anaheim Convention Center in California before taking them on a “behind-the-magic” tour of their favorite Disney destinations.

Rasulo announced that a new 3-D version of the tremendously-popular “Star Tours” attraction will debut at the Disneyland Resort and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2011. Based on the iconic Lucasfilm “Star Wars” films, the attraction will include immersive new elements that will take guests to many familiar places in the Star Wars galaxy.

For Walt Disney World in Florida, Rasulo outlined plans for the largest expansion in the history of the Magic Kingdom, vastly increasing the size of Fantasyland by 2013. Guests will soon be able to:

Visit their favorite Disney Princess in her castle, cottage, or chateau to share a dance with Cinderella; celebrate Sleeping Beauty’s birthday with the Good Fairies; or join Belle in an enchanting story performance in the Beast’s castle library.
Be Our Guest and dine in one of three enchanted rooms inside the Beast’s castle.
Fly with Dumbo high above brand new circus grounds, twice the size of the existing attraction with a new interactive, three-ring circus tent.
Journey under the sea with Ariel, The Little Mermaid, in her very own attraction – also opening at Disney’s California Adventure in Anaheim in 2011.
Meet Tinker Bell and her friends in the magical world of Pixie Hollow.
Rasulo provided updates on the multi-year expansion of Disney’s California Adventure including the new “World of Color” attraction slated to open in the spring of 2010 and the addition of the 12-acre Cars Land scheduled to open in 2012 where guests will literally step into the town of Radiator Springs and its six acres of hand-carved rockwork.

Rasulo noted the progress of several other recently-announced projects including the three new lands coming to Hong Kong Disneyland by 2014; the Disney Dream, the new ship being built by Disney Cruise Line; the many diverse itineraries being offered by Adventures by Disney that take guests on 19 unique, once-in-a-lifetime guided vacation experiences; and Disney’s first family destination resort on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.

Rasulo’s keynote presentation was only part of the D23 EXPO experience. Guests were able to discover:

Never-before-seen models of upcoming Disney attractions.
Up close and personal visits with Lucky the Dinosaur and Wall-E.
A preview of the most advanced Audio-Animatronics figures ever created by Walt Disney Imagineering.
Displays showcasing cutting-edge effects technologies that are being developed for Disney attractions, shows and venues.

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Pictures copyright Disney.

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7 Responses to “Major Disney Park Expansion”

  1. Maria Says:

    Hi!
    I’m one of your silent blog readers (now not so silent). I love all the Disney updates you do. They keep me informed. I just wanted to let you know that I went to the Magic Kingdom (Orlando) on Sunday (Sept. 13) and the Tomorrowland Transit Authority was working. We got to ride through Space Mountain and see it with the lights on, lots of construction.

    Do you know what they are constructing next to Space Mountain?

  2. Stefan Tiesing Says:

    Just watched the video:

  3. Darrin Says:

    Can’t wait!! I know where our 2013 family vacation is going to be!!

  4. Mary Says:

    I was on a tour to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas and the bus driver stated that Disney owned a lot of acres in Nevada near Vegas, for a future park???? Is there any truth to this????

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