by: Deb Wills\/AllEars.Net Updated:
The major portion of Disney’s New Fantasyland opened in December to much fanfare. Now just two attractions remain to open; Princess Fairytale Hall (later this year) and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (2014).
While the Storybook Circus attractions opened earlier in 2012, the new entertainment debuted in December.
The Storybook Circus Giggle Gang is a troupe of circus clowns inspired by the traveling circus acts and sideshows of the late 19th century, as well as classic films like Walt Disney's Dumbo. The Storybook Circus Giggle Gang performs several times each day in and around the Storybook Circus section of Fantasyland. They are sure to make you smile if not laugh out loud!
> IMAGE GALLERY: Storybook Circus Giggle Gang in action
Boss clown is Chuckles Buffoon McMonkeyshine III and he appears with his proteges, Whinny Horselaugh and Snort. Together, they engage in all sorts of circus shenanigans.
There is also the Silly Saxtet, parading onto the circus grounds with their own unique twist on circus music standards, and featured clown Wowzer, a specialty performer who takes center ring with amazing feats of thrills, chills and hilarity.
The Giggle Gang performs several shows a day. Check the times guide for exact times and locations.
Typically the morning shows are interactive walk-arounds -- that is, you may be pulled into the performance. The afternoon shows tend to be more traditional performances.
Several members of the ensemble are graduates of the famed Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College.
The Storybook Circus Giggle Gang debuted in early December 2012, to coincide with the grand opening of the New Fantasyland area in Magic Kingdom.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Deb Wills is the founder and webmaster of AllEars.Net (established January 1996), which also publishes the AllEars® weekly e-newsletter. A veteran of numerous trips to Walt Disney World and Disneyland, Deb is an internationally recognized expert on these vacation destinations, as well as on the Disney Cruise Line. Deb actively participates in events designed to raise funds and awareness in the fight against Breast Cancer, of which she herself is a 26-year survivor. In addition to sponsoring Team AllEars, which participates in runDisney events while generating funds for this cause, Deb has participated in 11 Avon Breast Cancer Walks (both as a walker and a crew member), and has raised more than $450,000 since 2001. Follow Deb on Twitter at @allearsdeb.