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    Re: Disney World - Fantasyland Project Tracker

    I think sometimes we lose sight of the the perspective that the Imagineers are working from. Disney is a company known for producing theme parks which are very child-friendly; that's a given. The Magic Kingdom, and Disneylands around the world, are the summation of that concept. They are places for the entire family to enjoy, creating a perfect balance of excitement, magic, awe and fun.

    This expansion does exactly that.

    Can you imagine being a child of about 7 and thinking you could actually visit the home of your favourite princess, or the Beast's Castle? Not only that, but you could meet them there!? Hello, I don't want to sound like a propagandist or anything but this is just, beyond exciting for that demographic. Not only that, but it offers bundles of pleasure and fun for the parents and for older kids too, no? The Snow White coaster sounds absolutely incredible, as does the small replica of the French village.

    Personally, for me; to see the replica of Eric's castle, directly lifted from the movie (my favourite Disney movie with my favourite Disney princess) will just be beyond wonderful. I keep imagining my eight year old self, riding the Ariel attraction, then getting to meet her.

    This will directly take the MK's Fantasyland from the weakest in the world to the strongest. I just can't see the negativity that people are finding in this. I've been wondering for a good while and this only just serves to encourage that; are Disney fans just incredibly hard to please? Are our expectations unrealistically high? I'm just trying to put together a checklist of the biggest Disney fan gripes;
    * Attractions and experiences for the entire family to enjoy. CHECK
    * Deeply immersive, rich, detailed themeing of the highest Imagineering calibre. CHECK
    * Expensive. CHECK

    Please tell me what I'm missing?
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    Re: Disney World - Fantasyland Project Tracker

    Yes, our expectations are unreasonably high, but guess who put them there.

    My only real complaint about this is that it's the biggest expansion in The MK's history and we're still only adding to the park's ride count by one (though Be Our Guest does look like it could be a restaurant that's so entertaining it's practically an attraction). The area that was once Toon Town looks pretty empty now, but I'll keep hoping that's being left for a future phase of development.

    There is a lot to like here.

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    Re: Disney World - Fantasyland Project Tracker

    Quote Originally Posted by Dustysage View Post
    Though you can be sure that I'll be one of the first people crying foul if they start cutting budgets on this project. Disney World needs something of the highest quality Imagineering can muster, and while this project is really just a bunch of kiddie attractions, it is very high quality.
    I hope TDO isn't allowed to or strongly considers cutting the budget for this project, If they can keep the quality of this project top notch I may go back to visiting more than once a year.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dustysage View Post
    This will not be the Harry Potter killer that so many of us are yearning for (and it was not intended to be), Disney has yet to announce that project. If the Fantasyland project brings in lots of new crowds, more big projects will likely follow.
    I hope it brings in better crowds than Potter if only to encourage TDO to continue and pump money into WDW and seeing bigger and better projects constantly going on constantly improving the property.
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    Re: Disney World - Fantasyland Project Tracker

    Quote Originally Posted by Speedway View Post
    This will directly take the MK's Fantasyland from the weakest in the world to the strongest.
    idk about that, disneyland paris's fantasyland will still probably be the strongest fantasyland. its theming will still be more detailed, rich and immersive, in comparison to whats in the concept art. mk's fantasyland will still have those kinda cheap looking, medieval faire tent like structures on their rides, instead of the beautifully themed buildings that the fantasyland rides r housed in at paris and even at the original disneyland. in my opinion, i would say MK's fantasyland would b 3rd best.

    anyways thats just my two cents. still excited to see what the final product will look like nonetheless. it will certainly significantly enhance fantasyland and the mk in general and will add some much needed rides. the theme will look beautiful as well.

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    Re: Disney World - Fantasyland Project Tracker

    I think it will be neat if the new version of Ariel's Grotto is somehow fashioned to make people think they can go underwater to not only meet Ariel but maybe catch a glimpse of Atlantica. Maybe something like a mini version of Mermaid Lagoon from TDS.
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    Re: Disney World - Fantasyland Project Tracker

    This is exactly what Walt Disney meant, everything is always changing or is refreshed, and the the Snow White roller coaster is exactly that.

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    Re: Disney World - Fantasyland Project Tracker

    Steve B. snapped a pic this morning of the FLE construction walls - new artwork is up for the interior of the Mine ride:

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    Re: Disney World - Fantasyland Project Tracker

    Quote Originally Posted by yoyoflamingo View Post
    The DCA ride does not open until May. From what I've read, late 2012 would be the earliest, but different people are giving different timeframes. Late 2012 would be the earliest.
    Thanks for correcting me! I knew it was either opened already or was about to be really soon.

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    Re: Disney World - Fantasyland Project Tracker

    I would be usually irritated if Disney is scrapping a classic attraction, but if this means that their going to build something along the lines of classic Disney, then I'm all for it. I think that this new snow white attraction will be just as good as the original.

    I highly agree with MrHatboxGhost.
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    Re: Disney World - Fantasyland Project Tracker

    ARGH!! THE APOSTROPHE IS WRONG IN THE NEW ARTWORK!!!

    Sigh. Fix it, please, Disney... I'm such the grammar police now
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    Re: Disney World - Fantasyland Project Tracker

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinYee View Post
    ARGH!! THE APOSTROPHE IS WRONG IN THE NEW ARTWORK!!!

    Sigh. Fix it, please, Disney... I'm such the grammar police now
    I JUST NOTICED THAT. Argh. That better be fixed.

    Responding to what someone said about this being an example of Walt's philosophy of constantly refreshing the parks - theoretically, if Walt had lived into his nineties, he probably would have demolished the castle at Disneyland and re-built it to be a closer competitor to MK's in terms of size (apparently the financial resources weren't there for a bigger castle at the time). Such was the fervour of his need to constantly refresh, change and improve things. This is exactly the sort of thing Disney should be doing.
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    Re: Disney World - Fantasyland Project Tracker

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinYee View Post
    ARGH!! THE APOSTROPHE IS WRONG IN THE NEW ARTWORK!!!

    Sigh. Fix it, please, Disney... I'm such the grammar police now
    If you hadn't mentioned that, I would have never noticed it! But now I won't be able to get it out of my head!

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    Re: Disney World - Fantasyland Project Tracker

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinYee View Post
    Steve B. snapped a pic this morning of the FLE construction walls - new artwork is up for the interior of the Mine ride:

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    I wonder if they will reuse some of the dwarfs from snow white or will we get some nice animatronic dwarfs that would be awesome...


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    Re: Disney World - Fantasyland Project Tracker

    if this project is going to cost 300 million anyone want to take a guess how its broken down?
    I would imagine close to 100 million is going Little Mermaid 70 million to Snow white..
    What do you all think?


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    Re: Disney World - Fantasyland Project Tracker

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinYee View Post
    ARGH!! THE APOSTROPHE IS WRONG IN THE NEW ARTWORK!!!

    Sigh. Fix it, please, Disney... I'm such the grammar police now
    I noticed it before I even looked at the picture. English teacher habits.
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