Peoplemover Reopens and more Magic Kingdom News

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

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Published on August 13, 2014 at 3:00 am with 23 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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  • FerretAfros

    It seems odd that they removed all of the FP+ kiosks form Storybook Circus. Couldn’t they have left some, and also had the seating area? It seems like they’re increasingly hoping that everybody will carry a smartphone and/or remember their reservation times, which seems unlikely in the real world

  • Carrie317

    The Disneyland merchandise is the same line that they are selling in Downtown Disney at that specialty home shop. It looks like they just brought over some of the merchandise to the emporium.

  • DebG

    I am not sure I’m liking that shade of orange on the Peoplemover. But hey, at least WDW still has a Peoplemover.

  • llmeeko

    Peoplemover is one of our all-time favorites. Rode it twice last December, once during the Christmas Party . Seeing the lights and decorations at night gave us a whole new appreciation for this ride. It’s a great way to cool off and rest plus it gives riders a wonderful alternative viewpoint. The orange might be good – bright, happy color. Glad they kept the cars blue.

    We didn’t buy much on that trip. We went with a whole list of things we wanted based on our previous visit of eight years earlier. We saw DL merchandise too. What a disappointment. We came home with very little. All boring, all the same – no matter where we went. Total disappointment. Sad that we wanted to spend money and couldn’t find anything to buy.

    • second blue teacup

      On our last trip, we bought *one* souvenir, and not for lacking of trying… When every store has virtually the same items, and most of those items are not even of thrift shop quality, you’re not enticing me into purchase!

  • RickNacino

    Thanks for the update Cory, I was wondering how the Peoplemover would turn out. the red is ok I guess, I’m just glad they left the actual cars blue and put in some new cushions

  • jcruise86

    Thanks for the excellent update, Cory!

    As a Disneyland local (I’m writing this from about 2-3 miles away and passed it on Harbor on my way to work today), I’m jealous of the Peoplemover and castle. And the barber shop on Main Street, the Hall of Presidents and a few other things, especially its proximity to the recently expanded Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

  • notsogrumpy

    What time were you at MK? Looks kinda empty.
    Also, could you tell me what they might actually be doing at the hub with those huge foundations?
    I seem to have lost all ability to tell what I’m looking at. All I can see is dirt moving machines and wood.
    Your updates and pictures help make me feel like I know a little of what’s happening at WDW. When I eventually get there, I don’t feel so out of the loop!

  • Skimbob

    I hope the hub is done when I come back in January. I hope they don’t mess it up.

  • thebear

    Thank you for the update! I’m so glad they are investing in the peoplemover. It really changes Tomorrowland when that ride is closed. It’s such a nice break to sit down for a bit, do some sightseeing and just relax.

  • Algernon

    I’m glad somebody has a Peoplemover. Too bad they took out the one at Disneyland.

  • BlahBlahson

    Can anyone confirm that Be Our Guest is doing paper return time tickets on a daily basis for their lunch service?

  • ChrisNJ

    So not a fan of the Polynesian Bungalows. They seem like a desperate money grab that ruins the view from the ferry.

    The PeopleMover is one of my favorites. The color is probably not staying forever as the land does need a complete color/design overhaul. Still hope that at some point there will be additions to it that add to it’s appeal – even if they add some animatronics from an old ride. I’d even be ok if they added some video screens to a dark section showing sci-fi clips from Disney movies.

    Thanks for the update. Really appreciate the virtual WDW trips your articles provide.

  • heffalump

    Thanks Cory and MiceChat for continuing to put pressure on Disney to sell Park-specific merchandise. Selling Disneyland merchandise in Disney Word is an anathema to the guests.

  • AaroniusPolonius

    I wouldn’t mind the orange accents in Tomorrowland if they weren’t so incongruous to the 1994 Art Deco reskin of the area. I hope that they’re going to, at the very least, incorporate these pops of color throughout.

    Glad the Peoplemover is back, though. It’s such a great, little breezy ride.

    While I certainly appreciate the rest stop in the circus tent, it kind of feels…messy? Like you stumbled into the clearance wing at Rooms 2 Go and this is what’s left. Give one person like a day to spatially arrange the tent a little, Disney!

  • mikedoyleblogger

    Don’t complain about that Disneyland merch. Do you have any idea how much out-of-place Walt Disney World merchandise is sold at Disneyland? Over the weekend I noticed that every single item for sale in the gift shop at the end of the Space Mountain exit queue was from the Florida version of the ride. Every shirt, every sippy cup, every single item featured Magic Kingdom’s single-file trains and ride dome. When I pointed that out to the cast members there, they told me that Orlando keeps shoving WDW merchandise into Disneyland Resort shops and refuses to invest in Disneyland-specific merchandise anymore. In this instance, it’s really silly when you’ve just stepped out of a side-by-side ride vehicle–the images on all the merchandise in the shop look nothing like what you’ve just ridden. It clearly shows that at some level, management thinks the parks are interchangeable, and they’re not.

    • second blue teacup

      On the other hand, since the average Disneyland guest is local and rarely spends any significant amount of money in the park, why should they bother to create specific merchandise?

      • Marko50

        Sounds like a Catch 22 statement.

      • second blue teacup

        Exactly. Annual Passholders are a source of the problem… generating little non-entry revenue but lots of complaints and demands to be pandered to.

      • Malificent2000

        To play devils advocate, annual pass holders are passionate about their park and if there is decent merchandise, they spend the money on it. Im a annual pass holder to disneyland but only visit 1-2 times a year as I live in Seattle. I don’t spend much on merchandise because it is either the exact same generic crap Ive seen every time I visit or its WDW merchandise that makes no sense for me to buy unless I am in Florida.

  • DestroysTheMoon

    Thanks for the update. Anyone know the dates Haunted Mansion will be closed in December?

  • Klutch

    I too would like to know what’s going on at the Magic Kingdom Hub. That looks like one major project!

  • MikeBlakesley

    The Hub’s being redesigned for ‘better traffic flow’ and also to provide spaces for FP+ holders to watch parades and fireworks. Less gardens, but more walking/standing space. It’s supposed to be finished next year sometime.