Magic Kingdom Fireworks and Refurbs

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

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Published on July 05, 2013 at 2:01 am with 10 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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  1. Fantastic update Cory. Your fireworks shots are simply amazing.

    I still can’t figure out why they are adding rides like the Flying Carpets and Small World to Fastpass+. It seems almost like a trick. Trap some unsuspecting folks who don’t know much about the parks into choosing rides which don’t really need a Fastpass at all. Or, are they trying to artificially inflate the ridership at certain attractions by adding the Fastpass+?

    • I have heard this theory put forth elsewhere and I think it seems pretty accurate:

      Effectively I think what Disney is trying to do is have a response to the complaints that are likely to come from guests who are unable to get Fastpasses for more popular attractions (e.g. Space Mountain, Tower of Terror, Test Track, etc).

      This way when someone goes to guest services and complains about how there aren’t any fastpasses available, the person can respond with the claim that they have tons of Fastpasses available for Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, Captain EO or some other attraction that has never and probably will never need one.

      So effectively it’s a way to ease the flow of complaints. If you remember they did the same thing years ago with the original Fastpass, adding it to attractions that really never needed it.

    • IMO they might be testing in on all attractions to see how it works then slowly remove it from attractions that don’t need it

  2. I came across this interesting youtube video of the construction progress of the Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train that I thought I would share for those wanting a peek at the progress and design process, models, etc. It is found at this address: http://youtu.be/5dsED11M4Yk If you haven’t seen it already, I thought it offered some great overall views of the area and the twisted track.

  3. Looks like Starbucks still has unused dead counter space where a great No.9 Enterprise Coffee mill could look in character for such a large store. I wonder if they will ever bring back the raspberry chocolate brownies they used to buy from an outside bakery. haven’t had them in 5 years maybe. Will they make a Disneyland Official Starbucks mug with old logo? I would buy one.

  4. I have a photo request to make for one of your future updates. It’s of the green canopy the Haunted Mansion at MK got recently. I know you have taken some already, but the Haunted Mansion fans on the The Long-Forgotten Haunted Mansion Effect Thread are curious to see what the entire thing looks like rather than a small portion.

    • oh and I forgot to add. Nice update.

  5. Terrific update Cory, and wonderful pictures! Those Liberty Square (not the bad show ones) with Cinderella’s Castle in the background is stunning.

    And you never did say how the Roy O. and Minnie statue got back to it’s spot……nor did you say if you were at Magic Kingdom alone or with a group of mates with good backs….. and whoever DID move it back to it’s rightful spot, thankyou!

  6. Wow, I don’t know if your camera enhanced the photos or what, but those pictures of Liberty Square look amazing!!! As for the magic+, I can offer my guess as to what is going on.

    I work in the travel industry, and people who are traveling somewhere they have never been before are usually freaked out about making sure they get to see and do everything on their list, and often times they want to pre-purchase things that they don’t need to just to make sure that they get what they want. For example, we sell a lot of European train tickets even though you pay more to get them ahead of time and I don’t think any European train has ever sold out other then an overnight one. So for someone who buys a package (especially if it ends up where you pay extra for more Magic+ reservations) who has never been to WDW before and doesn’t know which rides have short lines, they may demand the ability to pre-reserve ANY ride regardless of the average wait time. So Disney may end up putting it on virtually every single attraction, and I could even see them expanding it to where you ca pre-reserve seats at shows like Finding Nemo.

  7. Wow! Incredible photos! Thanks!