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Photos of New Fantasyland Opening Ceremony

The official Grand Opening of New Fantasyland was celebrated today with a ceremony in front of Cinderella Castle. Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs was joined on stage by “American Idol” singer Jordin Sparks, actress Ginnifer Goodwin, Mickey Mouse and many other characters.

I arrived shortly after 9am and there was already a large crowd gathered on either side of the square in front of Castle Forecourt Stage. In the middle of the square was a large screen for the people standing on Main Street.

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Special “New Fantasyland” flags were hung on either side of the stage.

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Jordin Sparks was joined by Dumbo and the new Giggle Gang Clowns of Storybook Circus.

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A large banner appears on the castle, welcoming guests to New Fantasyland.

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After the ceremony I walked to the VIP area in front of the stage where some of the celebrities and special guests were still hanging out to talk with the press and take pictures with guests. This is Tony Dovolani and Chelsie Hightower of Dancing with the Stars.

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And here are Ron Clements (left) and John Musker (right), directors of Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and The Princess and the Frog.

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Reporters were interviewing Disney staff, imagineers and guests everywhere around New Fantasyland.

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There were several small sets set up in different locations.

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Ginnifer Goodwin, star of Once Upon a Time.

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There were some costumes available for press to wear, and I saw a couple of scenes shot where reporters were dressed up and interacting with characters like Gaston.

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A bit odd to see three desserts of the new Be Our Guest restaurant sitting on a trash can.

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Bruce E. Vaughn, Chief Creative Executive of Walt Disney Imagineering is doing an TV interview.

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