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    Default Seven Dwarfs Mine Coaster Officially Announced

    From the Disney Parks Blog:

    As many of you know, we’re in the midst of the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history, which will nearly double the size of Fantasyland. And we’re thrilled about the expansion because it’ll allow us to tell our treasured stories in new ways and give you the opportunity to interact with some of our beloved characters like never before. Today, we’d like to give you a first glimpse of the progress we’re making in bringing these stories to life and a look at some of the art will be sharing with the media later tonight.

    First, work is already well underway on many of the experiences we’ve already told you about, so let’s start with Under the Sea: Journey of The Little Mermaid. In this attraction, Ariel and all her friends will entertain you in a ride-through adventure featuring favorite songs from the popular animated feature.

    Not too far from Ariel’s new home, construction is underway on Beast’s castle which will stand majestically upon a hill. You will cross over a stone bridge as you arrive at Be Our Guest Restaurant. Set in the halls of the Beast’s Castle, this location will seat up to 550 guests and offer “great food fast” service by day and full table service dining in the evening. Just outside the restaurant, you will also be able to explore Belle’s Village, which includes Gaston’s Tavern and Bonjour! Village Gifts.

    Nearby at Belle’s cottage, a magical mirror is the doorway to a captivating new kind of experience, where Belle, Lumiere and guests participate in a lively re-telling of the “tale as old as time.” In Enchanted Tales with Belle, the adventure begins at Maurice’s cottage, where you’ll step through an enchanted mirror that magically transports you to Beast’s library for an interactive storytelling session with Belle.

    Just across the way is the brand new Storybook Circus, where we’re doubling the fun by adding another carousel to Dumbo the Flying Elephant. While you wait to board this Fantasyland favorite, you’ll have a chance to join the circus and step inside the Big Top for fun-filled interactive experiences for kids of all ages. Alongside Dumbo the Flying Elephant, the existing Barnstormer is getting a new look as well, featuring Goofy as The Great Goofini. This exciting attraction will take you on a twisting, turning, daredevil, roller coaster “flight” high above the circus fun.

    As with any project of this scale, we’ve also continued to look for additional ways to surprise and delight our guests and I think you’ll be pleased. One opportunity we’re especially excited about is the chance to tell Snow White’s story in a fresh new way. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will take you on a rollicking, musical ride into the mine “where a million diamonds shine.” The coaster will feature a first-of-its kind ride system with a train of ride vehicles that swing back and forth as they whisk along the track. The journey will be accompanied by music from the classic Disney film and animated figures of Snow White and the Dwarfs.

    Our other Disney princesses will also be getting a new home (actually, they prefer to call it a castle) in the all new Princess Fairytale Hall. Aurora, Cinderella and other Disney princesses, such as Tiana and Rapunzel, will greet you in an elegant royal court at the location where Snow White’s Scary Adventures is today. This new experience will be in place of some of the earlier plans we shared regarding opportunities to interact with your favorite princesses.

    And Tinker Bell and her fairy friends will be joining the cast at Epcot where they will have special roles bringing the flora and fauna to life during the Flower and Garden Festival.

    The New Fantasyland will be constructed in phases with most new experiences open by 2013. We look forward to sharing more with you as our work progresses.
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    VERY cool news! Yay!!! That mine car coaster looks fun!

    Good riddance SWSA!
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    Looks cool with lots more to do and much more open then before.
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    Sounds like it is going to be great. We can't wait to see it finished. Wish it wouldn't take so
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    Wonderful! I like the picture of the "New" Fantasyland.
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    I like this much better than the prior plan. The mine train is far better than Princess castles and pixie land. Sadly, no mention of Mickey's house.

    Although, I'm not thrilled with another meet and greet. When I was a kid part of the thrill (surprise!) was finding a character that was out and about roaming the park.. but I'll be the first to admit, living half an hour away at that time, we were in Disneyland park several times a year so maybe I just don't get it. I do know, I was 46 when I finally met my childhood favorite, Marie of Aristocats and the surprise was still the best part.
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    A few more pics
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    So, since I can't really tell from the picture, will the Mine Train coaster be in the old 20k lagoon site? Is that right?
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    I'm wondering what Gaston's Tavern is going to be, since there is no alcohol in the Magic Kingdom?

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    Looks good, thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by lindique View Post
    I'm wondering what Gaston's Tavern is going to be, since there is no alcohol in the Magic Kingdom?
    Looks like it may be a counter service restaurant with Gaston's favorite decoration, antlers.
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    So when is Snow White going to close? Anyone know? I would like to ride it a few more times before its gone forever. It is a classic and I will miss it but I am looking forward to the changes.
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    Can't wait! It sounds AWESOME!!!!


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    My Evil Queen's gonna be mad if they take the Old Hag and Evil Queen out of Snow White!! Please keep her in there!
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    I can't wait to see something new at MK! No matter what they do let's hope they do it right...if they do I know it'll be great!
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    It all sounds like good news, but you would think they'd have something more for the theme princess, Cinderella! You would think they'd have a little more theme to her. Yes they did need a place for meeting the princesses, but I mainly focus on the rides/attractions.


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    Still I just looked at the pictures
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    WOAH! On the hillside!? A new castle? Or is it just drawn like that?
    It's time to remember the magic!

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    OMG this looks so AWESOME!!!
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    Compared to the original plan this one is better. I'm glad they listened to the parents of boys and took out the Chateaus and added the Mine Cars. It does look like they are going to try and salvage the big top in Toon Town Fair to fit with the new Storybook Circus section.

    Part of me will miss SWSA but I like the idea looking at the story at another angle and possibly adding some thrills to the new ride. Besides I like the fact that each Fantasyland (DL and WDW) will be even more different from each other. Gives me reason to visit both
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