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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Fantasyland expansion project officially underway, no D23 Expo this year?

The official Disney blog today announced the Fantasyland expansion project at the Magic Kingdom has officially broken ground today. As you can see from the model above, there have been a few changes since Disney first announced at last year's D23 Expo that the rumors of the Fantasyland expansion was, in fact, true. The most obvious is the dual Dumbo attraction has moved next to the Barnstormer.
Construction walls are up as some of the backstage work now is underway.
In a somewhat related note, the L.A. Times stated in a blog post yesterday, that it appears that Disney will not hold a D23 Expo this year. According to the post, "The Disney plan, as of now, is to stage the D23 Expo as a biennial event." I guess this means the next possible D23 Expo will be in 2011. If an expo does take place in 2011, it will likely be in Anaheim again as Disney had initially said that the D23 Expo would take place in Anaheim for the first four years before considering other locations, such as Orlando.
I guess this makes sense, as Disney would have to have some pretty big announcements up its sleeve to top last year's D23 Expo. We'll just have to wait and see how things unfold.

1 comment:

Chuck Munson said...

Hi Chuck,
That's interesting regarding a biennial expo. I'm wondering if they aren't taking a planning clue from their experiences with the Disneyana Conventions of the '90's. Because they were held annually, from what I heard (I only went to the 1st and 3rd) they found it progressively difficult to top themselves. There were other issues that I believe eventually brought them to an end after the fifth or sixth, but two year intervals will allow them to better sustain the "wow" factor.

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