This is what New Fantasyland looks like from outside. To the left, you can see Pinocchio's restaurant. To the right, just out of the frame is the carousel. Notice anything missing? Where's Dumbo??
Now I'm standing right next to the carousel looking in. The monstrosity right beyond the castle walls is a big roller coaster that is still under construction.
Speaking of the roller coaster - it is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs themed, so on the wall around the construction, they had these paintings. I thought they were cute.
Here's a little sneak peak of the ride itself.
We're painting the roses red.
A fun Disney touch. In 'Belle's village', there are horse and wheel tracks. I can think of two ways to interpret them: 1) They are leading to the Little Mermaid castle, so they make me think of the scene where Ariel drives the horse and buggy like a wild woman 2) The hoof prints are too small to be Belle's horse, Philippe, which leaves one other notable horse and buggy from Beauty and the Beast, the one that comes to take Maurice to the insane asylum.
A bride leads you to the Beast's castle.
The gate at the end of the bridge is the entrance to the new restaurants.
If only we'd been able to go in and see what the restaurants look like!
A gargoyle guarding the bridge. Liv made a good point - why is the castle still set up like it's under the witches spell?
Belle and Maurice's house. You can go in and have Belle read you a story.
Walking from the castle/bridge to Belle's village.
All the little touches in the pub were so perfect.
Sorry it's so blurry, but it looked exactly like the movie. It was perfect.
A new one for Dad to add to his rounds.
I thought these were really cute! But then I thought, what if you went to someone's house and they actually had these for plates? That would be kind of weird.
Popcorn/Ice cream vendor (It says "Maurice's Amazing Popping Machine" - or something to that effect)
If you keep walking past Belle's Village you get to Prince Eric's castle. I thought it was well done, but a little random. This was about it for the Little Mermaid. There's a ride inside. It's a slow moving clam-mobile!
Prince Eric put his wife on his boat, I guess.
If you keep walking past the Little Mermaid, you get to the end of the road. Ahead is where the old Toon Town used to be. Now there is some sort of circusy area. It was open, if you went around the other way, but we didn't go in.
If you're standing at the back and look toward the front, the Beast's castle does look like it's big but just off in the distance looming above the village. It was a neat effect, but I was still sad that you couldn't walk in the castle.
One last look at Maurice's house.
And the castle through the trees.
Before you head back out into the park again.
Still wondering about Dumbo? He's back in there. You can see the race cars off to the right. I have no idea what's in the tents, and what all is going on back there, but I did see Dumbo, so he's safe and sound.
They had a crane up working on the castle all day long, but they finally took it down in time to snap a picture before dark.
The Haunted Mansion got a bit of an upgrade. Now while you're waiting in line, you can go off and look through a graveyard. It was really dark out there, so I could get only a few pictures to turn out.
The inside of the ride is still the same.
Now for the parade! I thought it was fun that they have the evil stepmother and step sisters. I also thought about those poor girls who tried out to be princesses, and they got a call-back. They must have been so excited, and then they find out they are going to be Drizella and Anastasia. haha
Princess Tiana made the cut and got in the parade.
Disney's doing a lot of construction. This is taken in Liberty Square. The Haunted Mansion entrance is off to the left. There is a new spire/castle type thing. It looks like it might be from Tangled?
This area was under construction (hence the giant wall), but I had Bob hold the phone up and try to get a picture of what's going on in there. This is where the sky buckets used to drop you off by the Peter Pan ride. There's the spire/castle thing in the background. What do you suppose it'll be?