Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Nov 13, 2011
    Raquel from NJ Asked

    Hi! I 'm planning my DD's sweet 16 celebration in June 2012.For my visit I was wondering what will be open/opening in the Fantasyland expansion at that time(both rides & dining)? & I'd like to know what special things there are to help celebrate th

    Hi Raquel,

    Thanks for your question!

    While the early phases of the Fantasyland expansion will open in 2012, I would be surprised to see any of the new attractions or restaurants open by June.  Published estimates of opening times suggest that late 2012 is more likely.  However, the construction schedule is subject to change.  The best way to keep track of opening dates is to follow the Disney Parks Blog.  That is the "go to" source for new releases and openings throughout Walt Disney World and Disneyland.  Let's keep our fingers crossed that they make good progress and open the attractions and restaurants earlier than expected.

    Whether the new Fantasyland is operational for your June visit or not, you can certainly find many ways to celebrate your daughter's special day.  Be sure to stop by Guest Services in any of the four Disney theme parks to pick up a birthday button for your daughter.  She'll be delighted by the response she gets from Cast Members throughout Walt Disney World.  You may also want to consider taking her for a refreshing spa treatment or a fireworks cruise to celebrate her birthday.  There are also some pretty exciting tours and experiences that guests must be 16 or older to enjoy.  For instance, do you think she'd like to learn how to operate a Segway personal transporter through Epcot before World Showcase opens?  That would be a fun way to celebrate.  Or maybe she'd enjoy a sneak peek behind the magic with a Keys to the Kingdom tour.  If you think any of these options might tickle her fancy, be sure to make reservations to reserve her spot.

    Best wishes to you as you plan your daughter's milestone birthday.  Let us know if you need any additional advice.  We'd be happy to help.

    Jill
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Lesson plans, college plans, vacation plans...as a teacher, college counselor, and incurable Disney fan I find myself constantly planning.  I love to share advice with friends who have yet to experience all that Walt Disney World has to offer! Learn More About Jill

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