New Fantasyland revealed, shorter Bears, and Epcot news

Written by Cory Disbrow. Posted in Dateline Disney World, Walt Disney World

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Published on October 19, 2012 at 5:03 am with 32 Comments

About Cory Disbrow

Cory likes Walt Disney World so much, he recently packed his bags and moved to Orlando. Cory is a photographer and writes MiceChat's Dateline Disney World columns every Friday.

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  • Ravjay12

    Great update and photos! Fantasyland looks fantastic! The level of detail is incredible! The mine train ride may not be much of a thrill, but if it has the level of detail that the rest of the land has, it will be a great center piece to tie everything together. If the restaurant turns out to be terrible, it can always be replaced by a dark ride in the future. Let’s give it a chance! From the pictures, it looks like its going to be really cool! Theme park experiences are not just about the rides.
    Sad to see some stuff cut from the Country Bear show.

  • KingEric

    what about the construction out in Adventureland with Aladdin’s magic carpets? Any news there?

    • Cory Disbrow

      When I was there this week, all I saw was paint happening. If more happens next week, it’ll be included!

  • jcruise86

    John Lasseter could help Disney
    with more energy and for 10-15 more years
    if he’d start exercising more and eating less. I HATE making that suggestion and
    only do so because I think he might be able to contribute more to Disney
    than any other individual.
    If I could travel to 1930 or 1940, I’d urge Walt to stop smoking
    so he could have been around contributing beyond his mid 60s.

  • No doubt fantasyland looks amazing. However guest comparisons to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter are valid. They are obviously going to be left wondering where the big attraction is.

  • JiminyCricketFan

    I am saddened about the bears. I think that shortening the show was the wrong direction. What it needed was a couple new songs and new bears. Disney has technology to take the voice of a character, like Henry, and then have him say some new things for an intro for a new bear or two. But the problem of the show was not that it was too long but that it was always the same. It needed to be a show with some variety. That would have improved the show.

  • jcruise86

    For better or for worse, the Country Bears just got some attention.

    Now I hope they’ll refurbish the Carousel of Progress,
    though I don’t want each scene shortened.

    • Carousel of Speed, now with 50% more spinning power. I can see it now.

  • Timekeeper

    Sad that the Country Bears got shorten, but the new Fantasyland Forest looks great!


  • SpectroMan

    Thanks Cory!

    Fantasyland will be a visual treat, for sure, but it screams money-grabbing. At least 2 gift shops, food stands and a restaurant…

    I’m sure the real reason for the Country Bear shortening would be that today’s audiences don’t have the attention span for a 20 minute animatronic show. Even Chuck E. Cheese has been experimenting with a concept with NO animatronics at all in their signature shows anymore. The plus for the bean counters is probably that they can now cycle through many more guests per hour by running the show more frequently.

    I sincerely HOPE Carousel of Progress is next on the refurb list. How much can it cost to redress, reprogram and re-record just ONE segment (the finale)?

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  • George Taylor

    Cory…great photos…but I’m sorry that everything at the Magic Kingdom scared you except the Country Bears!

    There’s a support group for that! ;)

    • Cory Disbrow

      Haha! Yes, I was very frightened of the Pirates and Haunted Mansion when I was a wee lad, and found great comfort in clappin’ my hands and stompin’ my feet along with the Bears. And even while the show is shortened, it is nice to still have them. They could have very easily gone the way of the Disneyland version of the show.

  • Tinkbelle

    The new Fantasyland looks fantastic! I would love to eat in the ballroom.

  • waymire01

    Totally agree that MK needed some more food options, although at the same time I have to say I think the existing ones get a bad rap. On our last trip we found ourselves eating spur of the moment at several of the restaurants there and were pleasantly surprised how good they were based on reviews, especially the Liberty tree and Tony’s, our food and service was fantastic at both. Hoping for future queue updates/rehabs for all of our favorite rides.. I’m all for improvement as long as they do not remove things (RIP snow white). Looking at you Peter Pan.. wouldn’t it be great to get a rehab there… and please, please do something to Mickey’s Philharmonic.. the place was completely nasty on our last trip, and it is one of my very favorite attractions.

    • jcruise86

      Why was Philharmagic “completely nasty” on your last trip?

    • Cory Disbrow

      As far as I know, the main reason for adding the new restrooms across from Peter Pan is so they can tear out the restrooms next to Peter Pan and expand and make the queue interactive. Hopefully while this happens, we’ll see Disney give the ride a full clean up and freshening that it very badly needs and deserves.

  • daliseurat

    I really WANT to love Fantasyland Forest. It really looks amazing. AMAZING. But, for the life of me I can’t understand why it isn’t anchored by an E-ticket. And why the big attraction is a copy of LM from DCA. And it’s not that great…I have virtually no interest in making a journey to WDW for this new “land”. But it looks amazing so I’ll have reserve any TRUE judgement until I step inside.

    • Cory Disbrow

      The way I see things is that a park like Islands of Adventure had one true E-Ticket style ride, that being Spider-Man. When they built Potter, they desperately needed another HUGE attraction for that park.

      With MK, it’s a little different, as you have the entire mountain range of E-Ticket rides along with classics like Haunted Mansion, Pirates, and Jungle Cruise. While I would have LOVED an E-Ticket in the New Fantasyland, I do feel that it isn’t quite as necessary there as it was at IOA. That also said, I’m holding out hope that the Mine Train ride will amaze us all and be a nice anchor for the area. We really haven’t gotten a ton of details regarding the ride, so we really don’t know what we’ in for.

      • daliseurat

        Definitely a good point, but Magic Kingdom is way past due for an amazing e-ticket. WDW got their butts kicked good when Spider-Man opened and Disney really hasn’t hit back. Now they have Potter, more Potter coming as well as Transformers. DIsney used to be the one to beat on all counts. I want that to come back.

  • PecosBill

    “The gift shop is a little small, and features all Beauty and the Beast merchandise, along with some generic Disney castle stuff. The thing about this place that surprised me and impressed me the most was the lack of Mickey, Minnie, and the rest of the gang. It makes Bonjour! special in that they can’t just get the same stuff here. And, the things that are in here, for the most part, can only be found here, which is great. ”

    It’s only a matter of time before this becomes a generic gift ship with all the same “DisneyParks(R) Generic” crap. Remember back to the early 90′s (the good ol days) when “Briar Patch” was a unique shop with unique gifts?

    • Cory Disbrow

      Yes, I do remember those days at the Briar Patch. Hopefully we don’t see a repeat of that with this new gift shop. I’m not holding out hope, but it would be cool if they kept the shop special.

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