Whenever Disney creates something new they know how much details matter. During my press trip to the New Fantasyland in Walt Disney World, the Imagineers who took us on our tour gave us an inside look into their creation process. It was fascinating.
As I visited Storybook Circus on my own, I saw some of these details. When I looked down at the ground, there were elephant and other circus animal footprints. Peanuts are also embedded in the walking area. The smell of cotton candy and caramel corn filled the air. The sounds of laughter as children rode Dumbo and ran through Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station made me smile.
Then as I gathered with the group of bloggers at the New Fantasyland event, the Imagineers spoke about specifics of the new attractions. They told us it took years from the conception of expanding Fantasyland to the actual construction. There were behind the scenes trials and modifications. With the soft openings, more adjustments may be made.
Every detail is considered by Disney. Different teams work together and reflect on the guests’ experiences. I loved how one of the Imagineers told me that some people experience things differently and Disney makes sure that all of our senses are taken into consideration. When I told an Imagineer about what I noticed in the ground at Storybook Circus, he was thrilled. He told me to look out for more the next time I visit. Hmm, what did I miss?
We also spoke about how visiting Disney World is always exciting no matter how many times I’ve been there. He went back to the details and people’s senses: I may notice something new each time I visit as one sense picks up on another detail.
Our group visited the Enchanted Forest in the New Fantasyland.
- What caught my eye first was the Beast’s Castle which is set up high among rocky crests.
- The stone bridge to reach the Be Our Guest Restaurant made me feel like I was Maurice going through the forest with its frightening statues watching over me. It has a bit of an eerie factor.
- Inside the Be Our Guest Restaurant I relived the story of Beauty and the Beast through the décor and details such as the falling snow outside the windows in the ballroom and the torn tapestry in the west wing.
- The interaction among guests and “characters” in Enchanted Tales with Belle and the amazing technology had my senses in overdrive. This is one attraction that I’ll be visiting over and over.
- I loved the music and colors in Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid. It felt like I was reliving the movie in quick flashes. The queue offers tons of things to see, some very easily, some quite hidden.
- When we took a break in Gaston’s Tavern, I noticed the antler chandelier and wooden furniture. Gaston’s portrait is above the fireplace proving just how much he loves himself.
I’m sure that as I visit these attractions in New Fantasyland again I’ll find new details, just as Disney planned it. What I encounter may be different than what my husband and daughter do, but that’s what makes it exciting and a way for us to bond together as a family. Disney, job well done!
As an invited guest to the New Fantasyland event for bloggers and social media, I was allowed access to areas and events in the New Fantasyland. I and my family were provided with 2 nights at the Polynesian Resort, some meals, park tickets, entrance to Mickey’s-Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and swag. I am not required nor was I asked to write about the events by Disney. All opinions are my own.