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Altered Walt Disney World Fantasyland expansion concept, October 2009The most recent Fantasyland expansion art from Walt Disney World, October 2009
Original Walt Disney World Fantasyland expansion concept, September 2009Original concept art for the Fantasyland expansion from the D23 Expo, September 2009

The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Adventure

Closeup of the Little Mermaid show building from the original rendering of Walt Disney World's Fantasyland expansionCloseup of the Little Mermaid show building from the original rendering of the Fantasyland expansion
Closeup of the Little Mermaid show building from the revised rendering of Walt Disney World's Fantasyland expansionCloseup of the Little Mermaid show building from the revised rendering of the Fantasyland expansion
Rendering of the new Little Mermaid attraction, Ariel's Adventure, in Walt Disney World's Fantasyland expansion Rendering of the new Little Mermaid attraction, Ariel’s Adventure, in Walt Disney World’s Fantasyland expansion
Rendering of the Rendering of the “Part of Your World” scene from the Little Mermaid attraction
Rendering of "Kiss the Girl" scene from The Little Mermaid: Ariel's AdventureRendering of “Kiss the Girl” scene from The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Adventure
Rendering of Ursula from The Little Mermaid: Ariel's AdventureRendering of Ursula from The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Adventure

Belle’s Village

Closeup of Belle's Village and the Beast's Castle from the original rendering of Walt Disney World's Fantasyland expansionCloseup of Belle’s Village and the Beast’s Castle from the original rendering of the Fantasyland expansion
Closeup of Belle's Village and the Beast's Castle from the revised rendering of Walt Disney World's Fantasyland expansionCloseup of Belle’s Village and the Beast’s Castle from the revised rendering of the Fantasyland expansion
Rendering of Belle's Village in the Walt Disney World Fantasyland expansionRendering of Belle’s Village

Gaston’s Tavern

Rendering of the interior of Gaston's TavernRendering of the interior of Gaston’s Tavern

Be Our Guest Restaurant

Rendering of the Be Our Guest restaurantRendering of the ballroom in the Be Our Guest restaurant

Belle’s Cottage

Rendering of Belle's Village from the Walt Disney World Fantasyland expansionRendering of Belle’s Cottage and the Beast’s Castle from the Fantasyland expansion
Rendering of the meet-and-greet in Beast's Castle from the Walt Disney World Fantasyland expansionRendering of the meet-and-greet in Beast’s Castle from the new Fantasyland expansion
Rendering of meet-and-greet in Beast's Castle from the Walt Disney World Fantasyland expansionRendering of meet-and-greet in Beast’s Castle

Cinderella’s Chateau

Closeup of Cinderella's Chateau from the original rendering of Walt Disney World's Fantasyland expansionCloseup of Cinderella’s Chateau from the original rendering of the Fantasyland expansion
Closeup of Cinderella's Chateau from the revised rendering of Walt Disney World's Fantasyland expansionCloseup of Cinderella’s Chateau from the revised rendering of the Fantasyland expansion
Rendering of the Cinderella meet-and-greet in the new Walt Disney World Fantasyland expansionRendering of the new Cinderella meet-and-greet
Rendering of Cinderella transforming for the ball at her new meet-and-greet in FantasylandRendering of Cinderella transforming for the ball at her new meet-and-greet
Rendering of the new Cinderella meet-and-greet in Walt Disney World's Fantasyland expansionRendering of the new Cinderella meet-and-greet in the Fantasyland expansion

Aurora’s Cottage

Closeup of Aurora's Cottage from the rendering of Walt Disney World's Fantasyland expansionCloseup of Aurora’s Cottage from the rendering of Walt Disney World’s Fantasyland expansion
Rendering of Aurora meet-and-greet in the new Walt Disney World Fantasyland expansionRendering of Aurora meet-and-greet in the new Fantasyland expansion
Rendering of Aurora meet-and-greet in the new Walt Disney World Fantasyland expansionRendering of the new Aurora meet-and-greet
Rendering of the Aurora birthday party meet-and-greet in the new Walt Disney World Fantasyland expansionRendering of the new Aurora birthday party meet-and-greet

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Closeup on the new Dumbo area in the Walt Disney World Fantasyland expansion renderingCloseup on the new Dumbo area in the Fantasyland expansion rendering
Rendering of the new Dumbo the Flying Elephant attraction at Walt Disney World's FantasylandRendering of the new Dumbo the Flying Elephant attraction; note the Casey Jr. Circus Train to the right
Rendering of the new Dumbo the Flying Elephant exterior at Walt Disney WorldRendering of the new, expanded Dumbo the Flying Elephant attraction

Pixie Hollow

Closeup of Pixie Hollow from the Walt Disney World Fantasyland expansion renderingCloseup of Pixie Hollow from the Fantasyland expansion rendering
Rendering of Pixie Hollow, part of the Walt Disney World Fantasyland expansionRendering of Pixie Hollow

Other Attractions

Rendering of possible new canopy over the Mad Tea Party in Walt Disney World's FantasylandRendering of possible new canopy over the Mad Tea Party in Walt Disney World’s Fantasyland
Closeup of the new Winnie-the-Pooh forest from the Fantasyland expansion renderingCloseup of the new Winnie-the-Pooh forest from the Fantasyland expansion rendering

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13 comments to The Future Of Fantasy

  • philphoggs

    The incredible shrinking water of the Mermaid attraction….

  • Oh my goodness, I want to waltz with Cinderella.

  • Connor

    I am most excited about the “Be Our Guest” Restaurant!

    Hopefully this whole expansion will be done correctly and Disney will not hold back due to finances. Because this expansion will forever be in the Worlds most visited theme park…it needs to be done perfectly.

  • [ this is jerry ]

    It’s one thing to see the images as a huge multiscreen blob, but quite another to see you break them down with additional concept art. Awesome post, Michael.

    • Thanks very much!

      I’d been sitting on these forever, waiting for a big post I was planning to write, but I just figured the pictures are what everyone wants to see so why not get them out?

      Glad you enjoyed them… hopefully there will be more to see soon.

  • Tiffany

    We are very excited about this! I hope it is as wonderful as it sounds. My girls can’t wait!

  • barbara

    if cinderella gets a meet-n-greet cottage, will she still be ”princess” in her own castle with the dining there? seems she’ll have double duty vs. the other princess(s). couldn’t the cottage go to another princess we usually don’t get to see so up-close-&-personal? kinda think disney overlooked a marketing option here to highlight another character. how about on the outskirts of the forrest(s) there could be a ”beach” with lilo & stitch? love everything anyway, will start to save now for a long vaca in ’12 to explore everything!!

  • Anne

    Hmmm… beautiful images however I can’t help but wonder “What Would Walt Think?” I wonder if this is the direction he would have taken this expansion if he were with us today. I’m with Barbara on the overexposure of Cinderella. To be honest, I feel Disney continues to force the Princesses down our throats rather than to cultivate some of the other characters – preferably some of the male or animal characters. I am pleased to see Pixie Hollow will be constructed as well as some alternatives for dining. Thanks for the hard work, Michael!

  • You’re welcome – thanks for reading!

    I do think it’s marketing-driven Princess overload – it would have been nice to mix things up a bit. Or at least had some contrast; I’m kind of surprised they didn’t toss Maleficent’s tower there in the back somewhere…

  • Kate

    I feel like Ariel is missing her beach…but everything seems beautiful! There must be many places to explore in the castles as well!

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  • DisneyEuros

    Finally!!
    It was about time to make Disneyland as it should be from the Very Beginning!!!

    Exact Replicas “Walkthrough Landscapes” and Sightseeings taken out from the Classic Disney Animation movies!
    Personally I don’t like the “fake” attractions with the usual “ride vehicles”, such as “the many adventures of winnie the pooh”… Instead of this I would really love to see and visit their “Real tree houses” in the Forest, for Pooh and his friends!
    I am more into Real “walkthrough attractions” with no “static painted wallpaper posters” on the walls inside of the attractions.

    So. I really fell in Love with this awesome FULL-PAGE post, about beautiful Concept Art Drawings!
    From all of these i liked the “Dumbo Circus” drawing Best!
    I don’t know why, maybe it is because is not something that you see very often from the rest of the attractions.

    I really Thank you very much Michael, for sharing these pictures with us! :-)

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