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FOX 35 gets a sneak peek at the new Fantasyland

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Excitement is flowing through the new Fantasyland at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.  Though it hasn't officially opened yet, a few lucky people do get to see it, complete with costumed characters like "Gaston" from the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast.

Even the new "Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid" ride is up and running.   Moms like Julie Chavez are raving about the new attractions.

"She's gone on it already three times and wants to stay on it.  And then "Belle"… we've gone on that once and she wants to back and see her again."

Belle's live interactive show is right next to that castle, directly underneath it.

"And a dinner here is never second best," she added.

The Beauty and the Beast themed restaurant, "Be Our Guest" is ornately decorated and will be fast, casual during the day and fine dining table service by night.

The newest addition to Magic Kingdom means 800 permanent jobs.

"Eight-hundred jobs is extremely significant," said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.   "Most of the jobs that are created are in small businesses of 20 or less, so when you add 800 jobs all at once, that's a significant impact."

The jobs are just a bonus to go with the fresh, new take that Disney is giving the Magic Kingdom.

"We're doubling the size of the most beloved land, in the most beloved park, in the world," said Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney World Resort.  "In addition to that, you know, we're giving families reasons to come to central Florida to visit."

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