Monthly Archives: September 2012

Magic Kingdoms New Fantasy Land

Who loves Fantasy Land at the Magic Kingdom?  I know I do.  It has changed a little over the years with rides and attractions coming and going with some old favorites remaining and upgraded.  Fantasy land is expanding!

New Fantasyland is opening in phases for the largest expansion in the history of Magic Kingdom park, offering more immersive enchantment and interactive experiences! When it is completed Fantasyland will double in size.  There will be two more themed areas: Enchanted Forest and Storybook Circus.

Begining December 6, 2012, you will be able to venture through lush landscapes, discovering roaring waterfalls and royal castles along the way.  There will be two new castles added to the landscape. Beast’s Castle, which houses Be Our Guest Restaurant, and , Prince Eric’s Castle, which tops off the Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid attraction.  Also in the Enchanted forest:

Enchanted Forest attractions and experiences include:  Enchanted Tales with Belle: Become part of a lively retelling of the “tale as old as time,” hosted by Belle and Lumière and  Ariel’s Grotto: Take photos and get autographs with everyone’s favorite undersea princess.  More information about these attractions

The Storybook Circus is now open.  “Step right up to the classic American circus! Inspired by the Disney animated feature Dumbo, Storybook Circus transports Guests to another era—a period in time when the colorful big-top tents attracted audiences from far and wide with astonishing stunts, majestic animals and spectacular entertainment.”


  • The Barnstormer: Take to the sky with The Great Goofini on spiraling stunt plane adventure high above the Storybook Circus grounds.
  • Dumbo The Flying Elephant: Soar high above Storybook Circus with Dumbo on a ride that puts a new twist on an old favorite—and offers twice the fun!
  • Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station: Adjacent to the Fantasyland Train Station and area restrooms is the Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station, a circus-themed water play area where Guests can enjoy cooling refreshment.
  • Fantasyland Station: Delight in the newest addition to Walt Disney World Railroad!

More information about Storybook circus

In the future, Fantasyland will include:

  • Princess Fairytale Hall: Scheduled to open in 2013, this elegant royal court is home to Disney princesses who are ready to meet their subjects
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train: Embark on an exhilarating journey inspired by the classic Disney film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

I am excited about Disney again with all the new  stuff they are doing.  This is sure a great time to be a passholder!


2012 Epcot International Food and Wine Menu and Prices « Adventures with Jen Cook

It’s that time of year again.  The EPCOT Food and Wine Festival begins tonight.  My husband and I are passholders and go multiple times during the festival.  It is so enjoyable.

There is always amazing food. Although a little pricy at times.   Everything is served tapas style (or appetizer portion) and range anywhere from $2.00 to  around $6.50.  Many countries around the world are represented at this festival in addition to the normal compliment of countries normally in the World Showcase.  My favorites are the Kefta pockets in Morocco, the Kielbasa & Potato Pierogie with Caramelized Onions and Sour Cream from Poland, The Beef Empanada from Argentina,  the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup at the Canada pavillion (be sure to have an ICE WINE – amazing!) I also love the  Roast Bratwurst in a Pretzel Roll from Germany.  There are so many of the offerings that I love!

They serve many many types of wine and beer and they several years they offered Moet Champagne.  Beer lovers will be quite happy as will wine lovers.

Read on to Jennifer Cooks blog for the menu and pricing for the EPCOT FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL

2012 Epcot International Food and Wine Menu and Prices « Adventures with Jen Cook.

via 2012 Epcot International Food and Wine Menu and Prices « Adventures with Jen Cook.

Another Great feature of the food and wine festival is the EAT TO THE BEAT  Concert series.  There are a few new bands as well as some old favorites like Starship.  Heres’ the Lineup.

  • September 28 – 30, 2012   Night Ranger (always a great show)
  • October 1 – 3, 2012    Sugar Ray
  • October 4 – 7, 2012   Starship  (always a great show)
  • October 8 – 10, 2012  Boys to Men
  • October 11 & 12, 2012  Smashmouth
  • October 13 & 14, 2012  Javier Colon, winner of The Voice – NEW!
  • October 15 – 17, 2012  Air Supply
  • October 18 & 19, 2012   Gin Blossoms  (I saw them once when they opened for Toad the Wet Sprocket in the early 90’s)
  • October 20 & 21, 2012   Survivor  (always great)
  • October 22 & 23, 2012   Hanson  (looks like the Um, Bop boys have grown up)
  • October 24 & 25, 2012  The Pointer Sisters
  • October 26 – 28, 2012   Sister Hazel
  • October 29 – 31, 2012   Billy Ocean
  • November 1 & 2, 2012   .38 Special
  • November 3 & 4, 2012  Howard Jones
  • November 5 & 6, 2012  Blues Traveler
  • November 7 & 8, 2012  Dennis DeYoung (of Styx)  I adore his voice!
  • November 9 – 12, 2012  Big Voodoo Daddy.

We are going tonight to see Night Ranger and sample some of the delicious food offerings. I cant wait!

Unfortunately, the Festival requires park admission.  Current One day Magic Your Way  pass is $89.00  (ages 10 and older) and $83.00 (ages three to 9)Florida residents one day ticket is also $89.00 .  A three day (non park hopper- one park per day) option for $169.00. (Blackout dates apply).

Parking at the Walt Disney Resort is free for passholders but the cost for non passholders is

  • Automobile, taxi, limo or motorcycle: $14.00
  • Camper, trailer or RV: $15.00
  • Bus or tractor trailer: $18.00

for all parks.