Huge Magic Kingdom and New Fantasyland Update

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

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Published on June 28, 2012 at 11:58 pm with 18 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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  • mratigan

    Thanks Cory
    When fantasyland expanstion opens it will be full of detail like cars land and buena vista street

  • Great update!

    Regarding Dumbo, like the failure to anticipate kids climbing on Casey Jr. in the play area (and then having to add that ugly fence) it seems they also failed to do proper testing on Dumbo before opening it to guests. Not sure what is going on with the Storybook Circus crew, but they clearly need some quality control help.

    As for Fastpass, I don’t think Dumbo needs Fastpass from a practical standpoint, but my bet is this plays into Disney’s long term plan for the X-Pass (or whatever they end up calling it). If Disney hopes to eventually start charging for accelerated access to attractions, they’ll need Fastpass on each of the iconic attractions that people think of when planning their Disney Vacations. There may be far better attractions than Dumbo, but it is an icon.

    I suppose that putting the Fastpass for Dumbo at Pooh will be a confusion. Though it doesn’t really bother me. I think guests are generally confused by Fastpass anyway, so what’s a little musical chairs in the grand scheme of things? ;-)

    • cptjnx

      I’d actually appreciate some Fastpass distribution away from the attraction itself, given that you usually have to take two trips to a Fastpass attraction, one for passes, one to queue. At DLR, it definitely bums me out to hoof it all the way to Splash Mountain for passes and back again as my family enjoys another part of the park.

  • RightTurnClyde

    “Also in Frontierland, some extra ODV carts have been added, probably to help absolve the summer crowds.”

    Will these carts be staffed by priests?

    • Amy VandenBoogert

      I just about swallowed my tongue from laughing.

    • Amy VandenBoogert

      I just about swallowed my tongue from laughing. Thank you.

  • tofubeast

    Main Street looks FANTASTIC! So nice to see the scrims coming down, though I heard in rumor-ville (i.e. elsewhere on the ‘net) that more scrims will be going up on other buildings in the near future.

    Hope they fix Dumbo. Looks like the Dumbo(s) need a little more than a bandaid on their legs.

    • Sam4D23

      Well you certainly can tell which buildings need it. With the new re painted and updated store fronts it makes the rest of the street feel and look wired, which some could argue adds feel it think it makes the whole place feel off. There forth I can see that rumor being a heads up.

  • kirbilicious

    Thanks for another great update! I love seeing all of the positive changes going on in the Magic Kingdom. Let’s hope this continues.

    Dumbo has me really confused. In addition to adding a second spinner and an interactive queue (or play area, whatever thet’re calling it), they now added Fastpass on the other side of the land? Seems like overkill to me. I’m also curious how they missed that the ride vehicles were getting damaged.

  • George Taylor

    Awesome update, Cory!

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    • Timekeeper

      Please don’t spam, put it the news section.

      Anyways, I like the “hidden” tribute to 20K. ;)

      Timekeeper

  • Susan Hughes

    Am I wrong in saying, without the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, none of this would be going on?

  • splash_mtn

    Hi Cory! Congrats on your update! Do you have a longer version of the dumbo video including it’s safety spiels?
    Thanks!

  • Awe_inspired

    Great Cory! Thanks for a super update.

  • AstroBlaster

    I agree with the decision to consolidate fast pass machines into a few locations but really they should just consolidate all machines into one machine with a digital screen that can churn out any type of pass required.

  • jefflipack

    Thanks Cory!! Keep up the great work!

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