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Disney World's Fantasyland expanding with rides, attractions and a 'Beauty and the Beast'-themed restaurant

There's a fence around the construction of Walt Disney World's expanding Fantasyland, but a ride on the flying elephants of Dumbo lets visitors sneak a peek. Each time your elephant car lifts above the fence, you can see how the Beauty and the Beast-themed Beast's Castle, in back at right, is taking shape. The castle will include a 550-seat restaurant, Be Our Guest. The building in the front, wrapped with yellow construction material, appears to be Maurice's Cottage in Belle's Village, where guests will be able to visit with Belle herself. There also will be a princess encounter at Fairytale Hall, plus a new dark ride with a Little Mermaid theme and a Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster. (We hear that Snow White will make an appearance.) Gone is the colorful world of Mickey's Toontown. The new attractions begin opening in late 2012. Oh, and Dumbo will be moved and expanded. Until then, use the original elephant ride as your lookout post. Janet K. Keeler, Times travel editor

Disney World's Fantasyland expanding with rides, attractions and a 'Beauty and the Beast'-themed restaurant 06/11/11 [Last modified: Saturday, June 11, 2011 5:30am]

    

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