Yesterday morning, the first wave of the Fantasyland Expansion, Storybook Circus, soft opened at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. While parts of the Circus are still unfinished, Dumbo the Flying Elephant and The Barnstormer featuring Goofy as the Great Goofini, as well as the Fantasyland Train Station, were open.
Currently only one spinner of the new “dueling Dumbos” is completed. It is much more ornate than the old one and includes gorgeous pictures from the movie on the base and a fantastic water feature with color changing LED lights. The new queue inside the tent is not open yet, nor is the FASTPASS line, so there is only an exterior queue for now.
The details around Dumbo are amazing. If you look down at the pavement you will see animal tracks, including mommy and baby elephant tracks and peanut shells. Cast Members hand out Disney Flying Licences featuring Dumbo. There are ticket booths and posters…you really feel as if you are at the circus!
The new Barnstormer is equally well themed. It has the same track and ride vehicles as the former attraction, but it has been turned into a Daredevil Circus Act featuring the Great Goofini. The queue features unique details, including props from Goofy’s numerous circus stunts, posters, and even a nod to the old Toontown Fair. The attraction will have FASTPASS, although those are not being distributed just yet. We’re hearing that FASTPASS distribution machines will be shared with Winnie the Pooh near Mickey’s PhilharMagic.
Fantasyland Train Station
The reopened train station has been completely redone. It has become a Circus Train Depot featuring posters of circus acts. There are also gorgeous new bathrooms at the station.
Have you seen Storybook Circus? What did you think? Let us know in the comments!
Thanks to user Logan Davison for the pictures!