Dateline Disney World: Classic Characters Return to Magic Kingdom and Studios News

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

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Published on January 25, 2013 at 4:02 am with 14 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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  • Trumpet

    Great Update Cory

    This weeks Limited Time Magic looks better than last weeks. Maybe they should be out all year round, as some of them have not been seen for years.

    Construction looks like it is in full flow, and I can’t wait to see how it blends in with the rest of th Park.

    I agree with you that there is too much Jack Sparrow in the parks. He is now very boring, as Disny have milked him dry.

    Finally, DHS should have some proper PCC cars, full scale due to the large streets in the park. Recently, I went to San Francisco to travel on the F Line. When they travel down the street just of the Embarcadero, they create so much atmosphere. they could travel from the entrance to the Tower of Terror. I know it sounds similar to the Red Car Trolley in DCA, but that creates atmosphere on Buena Vista Street and Hollywood Land.

    Thanks Again Cory


  • ParkerMonroe

    Looks like you got photobombed by some park management. =)

  • Eric Davis

    Great post Cory! Keep up the good work!

  • Fantastic update. I can understand why you rarely visit the Studios park. We only go when we’re meeting friends. The park depresses me.

    So far, WDW has spent little time or money on Limited Time Magic. They are just rolling out characters, which is very quick and cheap for them to do. Unfortunately, because this is all part of a major marketing campaign, it comes across as not being enough.

    Normally, having a few classic characters out would be a great thing. But that shouldn’t be reserved for a one week marketing gimmick.

    I have an idea for WDW. Steal from Disneyland. When the Tribute to the Golden Horseshoe run ends at Disneyland, being the whole cast to the Magic Kingdom for a month.

    If the Didneyland folks are putting together thoughtful and impressive offerings, WDW could easily copy their ideas or borrow them. It’s OK and the fans will be delighted. Of course, they could also try doing something interesting on their own (which would be even better).

    Final tip to Disney. Instead of announcing these limited time magic events just 3 days before they launch. Publish the whole schedule as far in advance as possible. You might be surprised what prompts some folks to book a vacation. Someone who likes the Three Little Pigs might very well book a whole vacation just for the chance to see them again. But not on three days notice. You are missing out on potential bookings!!!

    • martinjbell1986

      Agreed, if the goal is to get more people in the parks you have to let them have a chance to book their trip with more notice. I’m going next month and I still don’t know what promotion is going to be running

  • gboiler1

    Oh how I’d love to see some new life in DHS. I’m sure everyone has a long list of updates and additions they feel are needed and necessary. Universal is sure putting the pressure on which will probably be a very good thing for us.

  • lionheartkc

    My biggest beef, so far, with Limited Time Magic is that, when they announce what it is going to be, you get this big picture in your head, and then when it actually happens, what they offer is always at least a little, if not a lot less than what it could have been. Take the Golden Horseshoe in Disneyland. They could have actually brought back the show, but instead they did a shorter “tribute” so they could push people through and sell more food. Or this character event. They could have flooded the park with random, little seen characters, having them pop up all over, but instead all I’ve seen in anyone’s pictures are this same small group, only one of which I haven’t seen before. If they are going to make this a big deal, each thing needs to be over the top. It needs to be an event, not an aside. After all, Disney sells magic… so that’s why expect to get.

    But that’s just my opinion.

  • disneytom

    Call me a “doubting Thomas” but you can’t seriously tell me that these Limited Time experiences are making any significant impacts to the bottom-line at either U.S. park.

    If Disney really counted the nickel and dimes that it takes to market and execute this Limited Time crap and, instead, directed that investment toward material capital improvements they’d get more bang for their buck.

    Even minor attraction improvements such as if WDW added the Piranha effect to their version of the Jungle Cruise and if DL incorporated the incredible hitch-hiking ghost effect to the end of their attraction – this would actually drive more people into the parks than this lack-luster marketing promotion will. Honestly, is this the best they could come up with? A complicated, confusing, ever-changing array of “offerings” (and I use the term loosely). They are probably ticking quests off more in the end. What happens next week when someone goes to City Hall and asks the question: “Where can I find Prince John?” – Answer: “Oh honey, he was here last week.”

    All of the Disney characters should get their “15 minutes of fame” meeting and greeting guests – they do so at Tokyo Disneyland – obscure characters are just as plentiful as main-stream ones like Pluto and Goofy.

    And while the return of Golden Horseshoe is interesting the show plays to a finite capacity per day anyway. If you’re coming just to see the show you’re either part of the “comped media” or an AP and would come to the park anyway.

    I think Walt would throw up if he learned that normal entertainment offerings were being promoted as “special Magic”. The only Magic at work here is that Disney has unbundled entertainment offerings in the park and now created the impression that they are offered sporadically and if you snooze you loose.

  • dolewhipdude

    I feel so bad for folks visiting WDW right now. From the pics of the Magic Kingdom, they’re dealing with tons of walls, scrims, and closed attractions. And for what? Maintenance, one new attraction and installation of another game? Uni is a least build multiple e-ticket attractions. I get the need for maintenance, but their timing is just so wrong. Oh do we ever need to turn this ship around!!!

    Is the portrait of MK’s VP still up in Belle’s shop? If yes, I think we should all go and set up a shrine in front – maybe light a candle, leave a flower, perhaps a little note card, and then say a prayer!

  • JiminyCricketFan

    I think that DHS had great potential to be a great park, but was really mishandled from the very beginning. They really need a major redo, with some buildings moved and theming reconsidered. The idea of visiting a working studio has to be flushed and more experiences of being in the movies themselves. Even having Tower of Terror and Rockin Rollercoast to close to each other really kills the potential theming each could have had. I really hope that some major money is poured into this half day park.

  • JiminyCricketFan

    This was a great update, BTW. I too wish that there was some theme to the new characters. It really seems like they just pulled whatever costumes were laying around and pushed the cast members out. I would have loved characters from the 1960’s or 1970’s as a theme. And if Jiminy Cricket were to be there, I would be making plans to visit. ;0)

  • Disneylandfan85

    I thought Pinocchio (Pinocchio himself at least, if not all “Pinocchio” characters) appeared more often than that.

  • Amy VandenBoogert

    Is Sleepy Hollow Refreshments still open while the facade is being rehabbed? I’ll be there tomorrow and would be disappointed if I can’t get my waffle sandwich fix.

    • Kandace Sparkles

      Yes Amy, Sleepy Hollow is still open during their exterior refurbishment. This week they got the detailed and expanded walls compared to what they had the previous week. I found the lines were a bit shorter that way, too!