Disney World to embark on Fantasyland facelift

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Walt Disney World will embark on a facelift for the Fantasyland area of the Magic Kingdom, in what the resort calls the biggest overhaul in the theme park's 38-year history.

New plans call for adding a lavish ride based on The Little Mermaid, expanding the Dumbo children's attraction and new interactive areas featuring all of Disney's most popular princesses.

In addition, Disney said it plans to update Star Tours, the Star Wars-themed simulator ride in Disney's Hollywood Studios, with new 3-D effects. The refurbished Star Tours will debut in 2011. The Fantasyland overhaul will be complete by 2013. Disney declined to say how much it will spend on the projects.

Information from: Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com

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