New Fantasyland Takes Magic Kingdom from One Castle to Three

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The most prized piece of real estate in the Magic Kingdom has some competition.

With the opening of New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World, Cinderella is no longer the only castle-dwelling royalty in town. Now Prince Eric of “The Little Mermaid” and the beast from “Beauty and the Beast” also have castles in the Magic Kingdom to call home. New Fantasyland, which officially opened last month, marks the largest expansion since the Magic Kingdom first opened.

The decision to take the Magic Kingdom from one castle to three was a necessary one, Disney executives said, to please fans of two of the company’s biggest movie hits of recent years. (The Walt Disney World Company is the parent company of ABC News).

“In every storybook story there are multiple kingdoms, places you can travel to, woods to wander through and get lost and come upon a new story,” said Chris Beatty, senior creative director Walt Disney Imagineering, as we toured the park. “Now you can journey beyond the walls of Cinderella castle and find yourself in the forest and then at Beast’s castle, or go to the seashore and visit Prince Eric’s castle. It’s these other stories, these other destinations, where we want to take our guests.”