• Friday, June 25, 2021
Unbuilt Disney: 5 Awesome Attractions that Almost Made it to Magic Kingdom

Unbuilt Disney: 5 Awesome Attractions that Almost Made it to Magic Kingdom

In 2009, it was announced that Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland was going to get a major makeover. The expansion was scheduled to open in phases, but the plans underwent several drafts and modifications over the three years of construction. During the project’s completion, several attractions and elements were left on the cutting room floor.

Pixie Hollow

Pixie Hollow was announced as part of Magic Kingdom’s “New Fantasyland” expansion in 2009. The fairy world, inspired by the classic Disney film Peter Pan, was planned as a replacement for Mickey’s Toontown Fair.

Attractions in the area would have included meet and greets with Tinkerbell and her fairy friends and a “Cheese the Mouse” attraction, similar to Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree at Disneyland. During the ride, guests would have been seated in carts and pulled around by mice.

Originally, Pixie Hollow was planned for the 2013 phase of the Fantasyland makeover project, but the idea was scrapped much earlier in favor of Storybook Circus.

Dreams Come True with Cinderella

When the plans for new fantasyland were being developed, the original idea was for every princess to have their own area in Fantasyland Forest. Cinderella’s Chateau was meant to be a unique meet and greet experience where little boys and girls could have a special moment with Cinderella. When guests arrived at the Chateau, they would have found Cinderella in her rags as she realized she couldn’t go to the ball. Her dress would have transformed right there in front of the crowd and she would join guests for a 15-minute interaction for dancing and more royal fun.

A Birthday Wish for Sleeping Beauty

Inside Briar Rose’s Cottage, parkgoers would find themselves right in the middle of a scene from the classic Disney animated film. Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather were planning Aurora’s 16th birthday celebration complete with all kinds of fairy magic for guests to experience.

These new Fantasyland attractions were canceled, partly due to concerns from Disney fans that the area was turning out to be too princess-heavy when the initial plans were announced.

The Enchanted Snow Palace

Plans for the Enchanted Snow Palace attraction were developed for Fantasyland at both Disneyland and Magic Kingdom in the 1970’s. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen”, the idea for the Enchanted Snow Palace was created by legendary Imagineer Marc Davis. The musical adventure, set to the Nutcracker Suite, would take riders on a journey through the Snow Queen’s icy kingdom. Penguins, polar bears, walruses, “snowball men”, and other creatures would make appearances along the way leading up to the Queen’s court.

The idea was shelved in order to focus on developing other rides and the construction of EPCOT Center. The Enchanted Snow Palace concept loosely inspired the popular Frozen films, starring Queen Elsa who resembles Marc Davis’ Snow Queen.

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