After years of planning, it took just 12 minutes to officially open the latest addition to Fantasyland, the largest expansion in the Magic Kingdom's 41-year history.
Walt Disney World rolled out fireworks, a cavalcade of Disney characters and princesses, and a "Welcome to New Fantasyland" banner at Thursday's grand-opening ceremony in front of Cinderella Castle.
Afterward, thousands of Magic Kingdom guests made their way to the new section behind the castle. Among them were Danielle Vanden Avond and Ben Hebel of Green Bay, Wis., who explored Fantasyland with their 4-year-old daughter, Emma.
"This is where we've been the whole time so far," said Vanden...