The "Happiest Place on Earth" just became a little happier with the grand opening of Disney World's New Fantasyland.
ORLANDO - Walt Disney World Resort celebrated the grand reopening of Fantasyland with a ribbon-cutting by former "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks and Ginnifer Goodwin of "Once Upon a Time."
Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Tom Staggs spoke to employees during the ceremony, thanking them for their hard work on the $425-million expansion of what is now called New Fantasyland.
The project doubled Fantasyland's size, and has been the largest expansion in Disney World's 41-year history.
Sparks, accompanied by dwarves, Dumbo, assorted princesses and dancers, performed a medley of Disney tunes in front of Cinderella Castle to celebrate what has been a multi-phased unveiling of new and improved attractions.
Fresh experiences for park-goers include Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid, which is rife with Disney's audio-animatronics; Enchanted Tales with Belle, which offers a walk-through interaction with Belle from "Beauty and the Beast"; Be Our Guest restaurant and Gaston's Tavern.
Storybook Circus, a new sector of Fantasyland, opened this past summer and includes a re-themed Barnstormer rollercoaster, spiffed-up Dumbo ride, water play area, stores, remodeled train station and an area where visitors can meet with Disney characters.
Princess Fairytale Hall, where visitors can meet Disney Princesses, is expected to open in 2013, while the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train rollercoaster is slated for 2014.
The It's a Small World and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh rides have stood the test of time and remain open in the New Fantasyland.