In an unexpected turn, Disney Imagineers have released this second version of their concept art for Walt Disney World’s upcoming Fantasyland expansion. There are no massive changes from the last version, which was released at the D23 Expo in September. The new painting appears to take place later in the day, as the shadows are longer and the general palette darker. There are a few other small changes, though. See if you can spot the differences with the original image, which is shown below.
The main difference between the two renderings is in the depiction and clarity of the Little Mermaid and Cinderella show buildings. The rockwork around the Mermaid area is darker and better defined in the newly released artwork, and they’ve added the queue and entry area to the castle out front. Landscaping throughout the painting is better defined, especially in the area surrounding Belle’s village. Note that a circular planter in the original image is missing in the revised version.
Cinderella’s chateau is also more detailed in the new rendering, and you can actually make out the details of the show building behind it. It appears that the building will be fairly large, and will extend through several themed areas. There’s also a windmill on the reverse side of the building that can be better seen in the new image.
So, nothing earth-shattering but it’s the first glimpe we have of the project’s progress.