Walt Disney Imagineering has given FOX 35 a sneak peek at the New Fantasyland expansion at the Magic Kingdom. Video released to the public and a tour of the project on Thursday offered up a look inside the two attractions that are still yet to debut: Princess Fairytale Hall and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, a family coaster that is set to open in 2014, will take park guests on a musical journey through the mine "where a million diamonds shine." The attraction will offer an innovative ride system with a train of vehicles that respond to every twist and turn, plus appearances by animated figures from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," and music from this classic Disney film.
"We're taking a ride vehicle and we're making it do exactly what is did in that animated classic when the seven dwarfs dumped all those jewels and gems all over the place," said Mark Kohl with Walt Disney Imagineering. "We've actually made our ride vehicle do the same thing."
Kohl said Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will be the centerpiece of Fantasyland, which features an area called the "Fantasy Forest," complete with Snow White's Cottage and the classic songs from the movie.
"What's going to happen is, you're going to gimble through the country side with the vehicle -- very different sensation for our guests and really focused on family and family experiences."
Princess Fairytale Hall, which will open later this year, will be the ultimate destination in which to greet Disney royalty, park officials say.
The hall will also make the Disney princesses more accessible, unlike the princess lunches that are an extra cost to guests. This close interaction with characters like Cinderella and Rapunzel is all inclusive.
"The difference here is that this is a dedicated environment to it, it's air conditioned," said Disney Imagineer Jason Grandt. "When they meet the princesses, they'll get time for photographs, get time to get signed autograph books and things like that."
First 3-park "all-nighter" kicks off 'Monstrous Summer'
Later in the evening, Disney wowed Epcot park guests with a larger-than-life image on the iconic Spaceship Earth attraction. Projected was Mike Wazowski, one of the characters from the upcoming Disney Pixar film "Monsters University," made the official announcement that Disney will keep three theme parks open for 24 hours on Memorial Day Weekend, to kick off a "Monstrous Summer" on both coasts.
Wazowski, the loveable green-bodied, one-eyed monster, joins best pal James P. Sullivan ("Sulley") in the prequel to "Monsters, Inc.", this summer as college students with hopes of becoming Scarers.
The first-ever, three-park all-night party is happening at the Magic Kingdom Park in Florida and Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park in California. The parks will stay open from 6 a.m., May 24 to 6 a.m., May 25, 2013, local time.
The all-knighter at the Magic Kingdom just happens to coincide with the grand opening of SeaWorld Orlando's newest attraction Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin.