Dateline Disney World: Pirate’s Adventure, Construction, and Magic Kingdom Photos

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Published on April 26, 2013 at 1:00 am with 13 Comments

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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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  1. Great Update Cory

    Love the construction at the moment, and the details are starting to come through. It is looking fantastic. However, Universal is steaming ahead with construction which is just fantastic. When looking back last year, at the beginning of 2012, Universal has done alot compared to WDW, which is a shame. Maybe they will increase the speed when they complete the work in DHS and DAK, if anything evr happens.

    Thanks Again Cory

    Trumpet

  2. Cory,
    Great article! Always great to stay updated when you haven’t had the opportunity to travel for a while. As far as the mine train opening date, I have no problem with it taking longer to open if it turns out to be spectacular. I’d rather wait to have a great ride, then have them rush to beat Universal and have an OK attraction.
    Just my thoughts! Thanks for the great pictures!

    -Chelsy

  3. Gorgeous photos; I can practically smell that early-morning wet pavement!

    The new Pirate game looks like a big improvement on the Sorcerers one. More real stuff, fewer screens, better fitting of the game to its surroundings.

  4. MK is looking pretty fantastic. Can’t wait to be back in a few weeks. There is video posted on the Disney blog right now of inside the Princess Hall and progress on the Mine Train. I’m so excited for the train ride. Your pics show the fantastic detail work being done. Also, glad to hear that Progress City got a little face lift. I really wish it was featured somewhere that people could stand and truly enjoy it (for as long as they want).

  5. While I can’t really give Disney much slack when comparing the Mine coaster construction time the Universal stuff, I can at least think of a few things to consider:

    1. The Transformers building is just a huge warehouse. Wasn’t that hard to put up. And the ride itself is less complicated than a roller coaster going both inside and outside, as well as wrapped around a princess meet-and-greet facility.

    2. Not tons of excuses against Harry Potter except for maybe this – the mine coaster is a construction island in the middle of a functioning park. HP is on the fringes and construction crews arguably face fewer hurdles taking care of business. Also, the mine train is much further along than HP, regardless.

    • I totally disagree with #1. The Transformers ride is way more complicated than a simple family coaster. If you ride the one in California, you’ll see that from a technology standpoint, it’s one of the most sophisticated rides ever built.

      • I know how it works, but when you start with an easier structure, it makes the overall construction simpler. Perhaps I didn’t phrase it well. The innards are surely something to behold, but Disney spends more time creating an entire show building that blends and works rather than just a warehouse with some decals on it. Transformers is great, don’t get me wrong.

    • On item 1, Transformers in Orlando is the third installation of this specific show and the fifth installation of the motion Stewart Platform (Scoop and Evac) for Universal. I too would have to agree that construction timeline for Transformers should be fairly set based on past projects.

      -Justin

    • Agreed, the transformers building looks like an industrial warehouse with decals slapped on it so that people can identify what attraction is there. They could have done a lot more with the outside of the ride. That quality of building would have never been approved by Disney standards

  6. I really hope they incorporate the witch in the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, somehow.

    • I bet she’ll be there big time. I just hope the ride time is longer than the ride it replaced, which was a beautiful Disney dark ride. I hope it’s more like a darkride with roller coaster segments, than a roller coaster that whizzes by a few darkride scenes. Like RSR at DCA.
      As much as I love Disney black light darkrides, it blows my mind MK only has two left, and only one of the originals.
      Disneyland has seven! Three were there opening day! And those rides created a lot of the magic in the park that made it so famous so quickly.
      Blacklight darkrides were at plenty of parks and carnivals in those days but they were cheap and tawdry, yet fun. Walt zeroed in on them as the perfect inexpensive way to bring his cartoons to life, and that they did, in spades. Peter Pan was like brilliance stacked on top of brilliance from the magic standpoint.
      All these years later, with all the technical advances, I don’t hear any raves about the
      Little Mermaid attractions, despite their e ticket stats. They could start by painting everything blacklight and turning off the incandescents.

      • MK only has two dark rides? No.
        - Peter Pan
        - Winnie the Pooh
        - Haunted Mansion
        - Pirates of the Caribbean
        - Buzz Lightyear
        - it’s a small world

        … all dark rides, maybe not traditional carnival dark rides like Snow White and Mr. Toad, but dark rides – mostly superior dark rides. But, yes, I agree. We need more. Lots more.

  7. I read somewhere that the ride is 3.5 minutes long and will use Snow White and the Witchfrom the old ride in the new.