This is our monthly edition of Fantasyland Forest Friday, keeping you up-to-date on the latest happenings over in the Fantasyland area that is being made over into the “Fantasyland Forest”.
Past Fantasyland Forest “Fridays” for you to keep track of the progress:
On April 9, 2010, the Disney Parks Blog announced the closing of Ariel’s Grotto and Pooh’s Playful Spot later that week on April 12, 2010.
Beginning April 12, Ariel’s Grotto, Scuttle’s Landing snack location and Pooh’s Playful Spot will be closing. You’ll still be able to find several of your favorite Disney Characters in some other locations and continue to experience other favorite Fantasyland attractions –- in their normal locations. Ariel will continue to be seen in the Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade and SpectroMagic Parade at Magic Kingdom Park as well as at the Voyage of The Little Mermaid attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Ariel will have a new grotto greeting location and ride-through attraction called Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid as part of the Fantasyland expansion scheduled for 2013.
The meet and greets of Ariel, Eric, and Pooh and Friends have moved throughout the park. Ariel (in human form) and Eric are scheduled to begin meeting in the Adventureland Veranda/ Entrance area soon. And Pooh and Tigger are now meeting in Mickey’s Toontown Fair along the train track fence behind Mickey’s Tent.
Over the next couple of days, April 13th/April 14th, construction walls (in four colors) came to Fantasyland, extending from Mickey’s Toontown Fair entrance sign, in front of Pooh’s Playful Spot and Ariel’s Grotto, and to the entrance to the bathrooms near Pinocchio’s Village Haus. The wall is lined with various ODV carts, pin carts, dining/snack tables, and benches, along with (my new favorite thing to come from construction) various quotes by Walt Disney about teamwork and the future.
As Ariel’s Grotto and Pooh’s Playful Spot closed, the construction area and brush opened up. This can be seen by taking the train ride around the park, particularly riding from Frontierland to Mickey’s Toontown Fair. (Sorry for the poor quality of photos, train moving fast, and camera slow)
This month (April) brought us the closing of the back area of Exposition Hall on Main Street, the presumable new meet and greet area that will be opening up in the future while Fantasyland/Toontown construction is occurring.
Last Thursday (April 29th, 2010) the Pooh’s Playful Spot tree was officially moved to the soon-to-be new queue area of the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh attraction. In my opinion, this looks really good now, just think of what it will look like when all finished and themed similarly.
That’s it for this month in Fantasyland Forest Friday, unless big news breaks. See you next month!