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Old 03-06-2012, 06:50 PM   #1
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Fantasyland video shot 3/6/12

This is a video I found on Youtube of a fly over of Fantasyland today. I did not know they were only opening one of the duel Dumbos when it opens. I hope when I go in August more is open than just the Goofy Coaster, one Dumbo, and the train station.

Aerial view of Fantasyland expansion construction at Disney's Magic Kingdom - March 6, 2012 - YouTube
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Thanks for sharing! After watching the video, I can see they still have a way to go, but it has me even more excited to go back next year!
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Very neat! It's fascinating to see how much more they have to do and also how much there is there. Wow.
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I'm afraid that may be all that is open when you go, based on internet buzzings I've read.
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Wow can't believe how much is left to do. Thanks for info. I had heard the next phase could open this fall but looking at this makes me question a bit.
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Cool ! We have to wait till next year to visit... But the good part is it should all be open by then
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Thanks for sharing the video. We'll have to go back next year to see what we'll be open then. šoš
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