The Storybook Circus Comes to Town February 2012!

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We had already figured out that the new Dumbo spinner would be delighting guests by mid-February 2012, but now it sounds like the Barnstormer and the new Fantasyland train station will be ready as well for that date:

New Fantasyland (early 2012) – The largest expansion project in Magic Kingdom history will open in phases beginning February 2012 at Walt Disney World Resort, featuring attractions and experiences in an area that will nearly double the size of Fantasyland.  Among the novelties, guests will be able to fly high with The Great Goofini or with Dumbo the Flying Elephant, “immerse” themselves in Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid and “be our guest” at the Beast’s Castle. Out of the gate in early 2012 will be The Barnstormer coaster, Fantasyland Station and – for the first time anywhere turning counter-clockwise – the first half of the Dumbo the Flying Elephant attraction. Completion of The New Fantasyland is scheduled for 2014 with most new experiences open by 2013.

That’s right, we are just two short months away from the Storybook Circus! Who’s excited?

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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  • Someone has to help me out here… is it going to be called the Great Goofini or still the Barnstormer? Seems like the quoted text above is still referencing it by the Barnstormer name but with the fact that tore down all related theming I'm guessing it was just out of habit?

    • It is going to be called The Barnstormer featuring the Great Goofini. 

      Goofy has given up his crop dusting and has taken up a hobby with the Storybook Circus as a wingwalker.

  • I hate that I mean I love toontown with the judges tent minnie and mickeys house and the original barnstormer I cant stand to see it torn down and besides if they were going to get rid of it couldnt they have picked a better character than dumbo I mean seriously toontown being torn down is just like dumbo awful and sad here is an idea disney if your even listening tear down dumbo put back toontown and tear down the original dumbo and make a neverland playground with all the places of neverland skull rock,mermaid lagoon,the jolly rodger,and a slide to peter pan's hideout much better thank you

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