Walt Disney World Reveals Opening Dates for Part of Fantasyland

Yesterday on the official Disney blog, Walt Disney World revealed opening dates for more sections of the Fantasyland expansion at Magic Kingdom.

The first grand opening will take place on December 6, 2012. Attractions and restaurants opening during this phase will be:

  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid
  • Be Our Guest Restaurant
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • Ariel’s Grotto
  • Gaston’s Tavern
  • Bonjour! Village Gifts

These areas will have a soft opening (usually done to work out the kinks with actual guests) starting November 19. Castmembers, annual passholders and Disney Vacation Club members may get even earlier access.

This phase covers most of the Fantasyland expansion. Princess Fairytale Hall (character meet area) will open in 2013, and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride (a really cool looking rollercoaster) will open in 2014.

[image courtesy of Walt Disney World]

SeaWorld Orlando Unveils More About Upcoming New Attraction Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin

Even though SeaWorld Orlando just opened their new TurtleTrek attraction last week,they are already looking forward to their next attraction, which will take guests all the way to the southern continent.

Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin is set to open in Spring 2013 and will be the park’s biggest expansion to date. This week the park revealed more details on the attraction.

The attraction will utilize new technology that will allow guests to choose the level of thrill they experience on each ride through.

Each boat-like car will seat up to eight guests at a time.

Also along for the ride is a young gentoo penguin who will become the rider’s guide through the wilds of the Antartica landscape.

Antartica guests will get closer than ever to its colony of penguins, including gentoos, rockhoppers, adelies and kings. How close has yet to be detailed, but designers consider the guests’ encounters with the penguins to be the first of their kind in any theme park or zoo in the world.

Because the real penguins must stay in a habitat with temperatures in the low 30s, this will be the coldest theme park attraction in the world, according to the attraction’s designers.

The Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin attraction will include the ride, the penguin habitat gift shop and a restaurant. The exact opening date hasn’t been set yet, but as soon as we find out, we’ll let you know.

Antarctica - Empire of the Penguin
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