Thursday, October 11, 2012

New Fantasyland Phase 2: Finally Some Thrills

This would be what I'm looking forward to the most.  The Seven Dwarf's Mine Train Coaster.

I love roller coasters.  I love thrill rides and I cannot wait for this ride to open!  Unfortunately, it's not opening with the rest of New Fantasyland in December.  We have to wait until next year sometime to ride the new coaster.

Not much has been released yet about the Dwarf's mine, but the most exciting part for me is going to be seeing how they tell a good story wile your mine carts are flying all over the track.

Snow White's Scary Adventures had the dubious distinction of being far to scary for some kids, but the mine coaster will bring screams and thrills in a whole new way.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A Hump Day Break: Returning to Old Fantasyland

Taking a quick detour back inside the Castle walls you may notice that something is missing.  Snow White's Scary Adventure is being turned into a meet and greet location for your favorite princesses.

I like what Disney is doing with the new themed meet and greet areas.  Andy's room at the Studios, the Magic Show on Main Street and, especially, Pete's Silly Side show that just opened up in Storybook Circus are all great examples of turning what could very easily become something boring and tiresome into something fun that tells a story.

The princesses are a natural fit in Fantasyland and I look forward to taking my daughter there in a few years.

What are you most looking forward to after the Fantasyland expansion is over?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

New Fantasyland - Not Just A Poor Provential Town

Next on our tour of the forest is Belle's village.  With two restaurants and a story/meet and greet attraction, the town is bustling with activity.

The Be Our Guest restaurant and Gaston's Tavern will both be welcome additions to anyone who loves Disney food.  The big news about the Be Our Guest restaurant is that it will mark the first time in the parks 40+ year history that alcohol will be served inside the Magic Kingdom.

The downside for this area is that attraction - Storytime with Belle is very clearly directed toward a younger audience.  Don't get me wrong, I look forward to taking my daughter to the show in a few years, but until then, the only reason I would see the show/meet and greet is to experience the awesome audio animatronics of Lumiere and the Wardrobe come to life.

Monday, October 8, 2012

New Fantasyland - What's New Anyway?

New Fantasyland refers to what lies beyond the castle courtyard.  Once you've gone to the tea party, ridden the horses and gotten that darn song stuck in your head for the umpteenth time, it's time to explore the forest.
In the forest you'll wander between the worlds of Ariel, Belle and (eventually) Snow White.

First up, The Little Mermaid.  She's getting her own ride - very similar to the one that opened in California back in 2011.  It will be a dark ride along the lines of Winnie the Pooh and Peter Pan.  We'll get to ride through the scenes and songs from the movie.

The movie may not be my all time favorite, but I am very much looking forward to this ride.  The technology used should make it one of the best dark rides in the parks.

And if the image below is any indication of the scenery, it will be breathtaking.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

New Fantasyland

Here's a teaser trailer of sorts that Disney released a few weeks ago.  The video begins revealing the backstory that the Imagineers have created for the new land.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Dumbo has recently moved from his original home in Fantasyland to Storybook Circus.  In the process, the ride doubled in size and now has one of the most unique queue areas ever.

I think that this is going to be good for the park because Dumbo, for whatever reason, has been the must-do ride for children for years.  This led to crazy long lines for a ride that didn't last very long and, to be honest, wasn't that exciting.

The move to Storybook Circus saw the addition of a second Dumbo spinner that would spin in the opposite direction as the original.  This effectively doubled the ride capacity of Dumbo which will, hopefully, bring wait times down.

The other big change that occurred was in the queue area.  I keep calling it an "area" instead of a "line" because it's not a queue line in the traditional sense.

Instead of a line that you stand in for hours, a cast member will give you a pager-like device.  Then, you can enter the circus tent where they have a new play area for the kids while you wait for your pager to go off.

I haven't had the opportunity to see or ride the new Dumbo, but for the first time ever, I am actually looking forward to riding the flying elephant.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

What is Storybook Circus?

The circus has come to Carolwood Park and has brought with it, updated versions of some old favorites and completely new attractions.

Storybook Circus is a place where classic movies, like Dumbo, meet classic cartoon shorts' characters, like the Fab Five in a setting taken out of the life of Walt Disney himself.

Carolwood was the name of the miniature railroad that Walt had set up in his backyard.  Carolwood Park is now buzzing with excitement after the arrival of Casey Jr. and his passengers.

The most well known of his passengers, and the main act found under the tent is, of course, Dumbo the Flying Elephant.

Next, we meet the Great Goofini, who has invited us to be a part of his next stunt.

Casey Jr. is calling the kids over to cool off and Pete has his side show up and running so you can meet some new (or old) friends.

As someone who was underwhelmed by Toontown Fair, I cannot wait to go down and experience Storybook Circus.

Monday, October 1, 2012

This Day In Disney History

 October 1, 1971 is a significant date to all Disney World fans.  On this day 41 years ago, the Magic Kingdom opened its gates for the first time and the East Coast would never be the same.

This month, I want to focus on the Magic Kingdom, specifically on the recent additions to the park.  Also, as the month winds down to All Hallows Eve, we'll look at Liberty Square and its connections to the story of Sleepy Hollow.

And, of course, talking about the Magic Kingdom and Halloween wouldn't be complete without looking at the Haunted mansion.

But first, I'll leave you with this: