EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Fantasyland’s Storybook Circus Soft Opening!

Thanks to Twitter for giving me the heads up about the Fantasyland soft opening of the Storybook Circus area. Since I couldn’t make it over today, extra special thanks to friend and theme park news hound Banks Lee for letting us share the Storybook Circus opening photos here!

As of right now, the interactive queue created for the dueling Dumbo attractions is not yet opened. We’ll keep you posted with any updates.


Welcome to the Circus!

Welcome to the Circus! Photo ©Banks Lee. Notice the character line-up of Goofy, Dumbo, Casey Jr., Pete, and Humphrey!

I am personally SO excited to see Humphrey the Bear in the parks. While he may belong in a National Park according to his backstory, he has always been a favorite character of mine and the possibility of getting Humphrey merchandise makes me giddy!

Dumbo with water!

Dumbo with water! Photo ©Banks Lee


Wiseacre farm sign

Back of the former Wiseacre Farm sign! Photo ©Banks Lee


peauts in floor

Disney in the details! Peanuts in the cement in the ground! Photo ©Banks Lee. I have confirmed with Imagineering that the peanut shells are not real, peanut allergies are safe! 😉


Dumbo on park map

Dumbo on park map now! Photo ©Banks Lee


Dumbo on park map

Storybook Circus on the Magic Kingdom park map Photo ©Banks Lee. Another photo by AttractionsMagazine confirms that #35 on the map will be the Casey Jr. Splash and Soak Station play area. Fun!! Thanks @FLAOrangeBlossm for the tip!


The following photos are  © Facebook group – WDW and Back Again.

Storybook Circus Cast Member costumes

Storybook Circus Cast Member costumes!


Goofy's Barnstormer - The Great Goofini

Goofy's Barnstormer - The Great Goofini kids coaster is now open too.


WDW Railroad Fantasyland station

WDW Railroad Fantasyland Station now reopened! The clock face says "Carolwood Park" a lovely tribute to Walt's original backyard train set, named the Carolwood Pacific.


Friend and professional photographer David Manning just shared the following panoramic photos with me (click to enlarge):


Panoramic shot of the area from the Storybook Circus train station

Panoramic shot of the area from the Storybook Circus train station. Photo ©David Manning


Panoramic Dumbo

Panoramic shot of the new Dumbo. Photo ©David Manning


New Great Goofini Barnstormer

Amazing shot of the newly themed Barnstormer - The Great Goofini. Photo ©David Manning


Don’t forget to get your pilot’s license!

Dumbo pilots license

Photo ©David Manning


More to come when I get to the Magic Kingdom myself!

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About Suzannah Otis

Boston girl living and blogging in Walt Disney World's backyard. Wife, Mom of 3, coffee addict, lover of travel and adventure.