Disney World: What’s New, What’s Next August 18, 2011


The morning began at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to check out the new Cars meet-and-greet. It’s located between Mama Melrose’s and the Premiere Theater (next to Phineas and Ferb’s meet-and-greet).

Cars garage


At the beginning of the queue, there is a sign that has the meet-and-greet times. Be sure to check the Times Guide and/or the sign during your visit for the most current information.

Cars sign

Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater greet guests. Lightning McQueen occasionally revs his engine.

Tow Mater

Lightning and Tow Mater

On our way to Magic Kingdom, we noticed that work on the Grand Floridian’s tennis court has begun.

Tennis courts

The tunnel to the right of the train station is still under scrims.


Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki room was finally open! Click here to read Jack Spence’s blog about the new/enhanced version of the show. Jack also wrote a great blog on the history of the attraction.

Tiki Room

The rock work for The Little Mermaid’s building is still coming along nicely.

Little Mermaid building

Storybook Circus is progressing quickly.

Storybook Circus

Storybook Circus

Enchanted Grove is still under scrims.

Enchanted Grove

Beast’s castle the village peaks over the walls.

Beast castle

Beauty & the Beast

Beauty & the Beast

A scrim wall is up near Pinnochio’s Village Haus.

Scrim wall

Some work is going on near Pinnochio’s Village Haus.


That’s all for this update. Have a great day!

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Deb Wills, founder of AllEars.Net, is an internationally recognized expert on Disney vacations ranging from Walt Disney World to the Disney Cruise Line, Disneyland and Adventures by Disney. For many years she participated in events designed to raise funds and awareness in the fight against breast cancer, which she herself survived in 1986. She now raises funds for FORCE - Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered, to increase awareness of hereditary cancers.

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6 Replies to “Disney World: What’s New, What’s Next August 18, 2011”

  1. Any ideas when the new Fantasyland will be finished? We’re heading over to the Magic in September 2012 (it takes a lot of saving to do the trip from the UK!) and I’d like to know what may be available.

    Disney has not released specific dates for the Fantasyland expansion. Currently, the first portion(s) are expected to open in “late 2012.” The entire expansion will not be open until sometime in 2013.

  2. do you know whats going on with fantasmic? We are going to be at disneyworld jan 30 2011 thru feb 7 2011 and fantasmic is not on the schedule at all.

    Fantasmic! is scheduled to be undergoing refurbishment during that time frame and will not be performed.

  3. in regards to Steve Cummings comment: There IS a mickey cloud in the picture! Good eye! I absolutely LOVE that!! 🙂

  4. Ashley,

    I love your up dates on what is new and going on. You do a great job with the pictures also. We will be arriving in October and can’t wait to see it all in person. Thank you keep them coming.