We’re working on a new WDW book and I got the task of updating our Fantasyland coverage to include the new expansion announced at D23. Maybe it’s the coffee I’m drinking, but rather than just recite from the press release, I re-imagined the story as a coup d’etat by the princesses against Mickey and Minnie. The text is below. Comments and suggestions welcome.
Vive La Revolution
Compared to Disneyland and Disneyland Paris, the Magic Kingdom’s version of Fantasyland was far smaller in both size and scope. We’ve not thought much of it, but apparently it had been a source of discontent for Disney World’s princess population for quite some time. In 2009, the princesses, led by Cinderella and Ariel, led a revolution against the established character aristocracy that resulted in the biggest land grab in Magic Kingdom history. With a small but fabulously-dressed army of princesses and fairies, Cinderella and Ariel claimed a huge chunk of undeveloped land outside of Fantasyland, while their forest-animal followers stormed Toontown. It was all over in a matter of hours, when Mickey and Minnie fled their country houses for exile on Main Street. If there is any doubt about who wields power in the Magic Kingdom, one only need look now at who’s got the castle and controls the most land.
Soon after claiming control, Cinderella began divvying up the spoils of war. Ariel, who served as Cindy’s consigliere during the coup, was rewarded with a new ride-through attraction using the story and characters from Disney’s The Little Mermaid film. Belle, who led the storming of France (not technically part of the Magic Kingdom, but still on any reasonably complete invasion checklist) got her own character greeting area. In addition, Belle’s old country pal Gaston muscled in on the restaurant business in Fantasyland. We hear he’s opening up a new place that’ll serve fast food to the masses at lunch and convert to pricey sit-down meals for dinner. It’s sure to be a hit – no one eats or drinks like Gaston.
Princess Aurora, who kept the trains running on schedule (and the rest of the characters at bay) during the revolution, gets a dedicated greeting area themed after her village home, and has announced plans to re-do the Toontown train station into Fantasyland decor. The Tinker Belle-led fighting fairies also get their own meet-and-greet location, dubbed “Pixie Hollow,” as well as a play area that will double as an obstacle course training ground for the new Cinderella Youth Brigade after the park closes.
Dumbo the Flying Elephant, once part of Mickey’s inner circle, proved to be an agent working for Cinderella. The reward for his treachery is a second Dumbo attraction – a clone of the first – in what was ironically Mickey’s old property. We hear Dumbo will also get a new interactive queue and waiting area.
Donald Duck, who used to store his boat in Toontown across from Mickey’s house, hasn’t been heard from since the revolt. We’re pretty sure his ship’s bell has rung for the last time, if you know what we mean. The only Toontown attraction that appears to have been spared is The Barnstormer at Goofy’s Wiseacres Farm. Said Goofy, “Hey, I’m just excited to be part of Cinderella’s plans. She’s a visionary, you know. That stuff with Mickey, it was just business.”