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Character News and Updates From Around the Web - Fantasyland Expansion press release, New Hong Kong parade debuts
DisneyDan  Tuesday, January 18, 2011 12:31:31 PM

Hi all,

Today’s big news is of course the press conference over at the Magic Kingdom regarding the Fantasyland expansion (amongst other things).

Besides a couple of new rides, and the new theming and areas all of which sound really awesome, the character news to come out of this is that the Snow White attraction will be closing in order to make way for a brand new Princess meet ‘n’ greet “attraction”, to replace the Hall of Fame, which closes in a couple of weeks’ time. Disney are compensating for the closure of the Snow White attraction by of course adding a brand new Snow White themed ride - the Mine Coaster, not to mention the new Ariel attraction! To put it simply, they are getting rid of the Hall of Fame and the Scary Adventures, but in their place getting an awesome new roller coaster and a new meet ‘n’ greet area!

If any more character related details emerge from all of this be assured that I’ll let you know here on the blog as soon as possible! There was a lot of sites reposting the artwork of the new areas, but I have chosen Mr DAPS’ page as he sets them out clearly. I have to say, it all looks pretty amazing!

To some other less exciting news now, but still exciting all the same. Over in Hong Kong Disneyland, there has been a test run of the new parade, which actually debuts officially in a couple of days’ time. There were a couple of videos floating around the Internet, but I chose this one for now to share with you all. As you can see, there are some cool new floats, and the usual selection of characters, including the Fab 5 and friends in some really neat outfits, Tinker Bell, the Toy Story gang, Tigger, Eeyore and a few more. Jon and I haven’t yet been to Hong Kong (it’s the only park of the eleven that we haven’t), and would really love to see this parade but we’ll wait until the new lands and attractions open there, too!

Finally to some really minor news, it was brought to my attention that Pinocchio has been doing meets outside the Village Haus in Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom, and the Pooh characters are now appearing once again up by the ride, despite the on-going expansion works.

Ok, that’s all for now,


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