The overall good things: Still will have Prince Eric's Castle with The Little Mermaid attraction. Still will have a Beauty and the Beast themed restaurant and village. Getting rid of the princess overload.
The mediocre: Mine Train Ride. I too prefer the DL style Fantasyland, with several quaint and up close dark rides. This new mine train, I just don't have high hopes for. Roller Coaster attractions usually go to fast to enjoy many of the details and take up a LOT of space ~ and no one is saying this is going to be Big Thunder quality, makes me a little pessimistic. And turning the old ride area into a princess meet and greet, uggggg.
The poor: Dumbo's Circusland, I still hate the idea of two exact same Dumbo rides ~ why can't they something really creative and build an indoor style darkride in the style of Peter Pan, where you can fly with Dumbo to different places, instead of just around in circles. THIS is the character that really needed a makeover, rather than Snow. Then, keeping Goofy's coaster?!?!?! This is just as pitiful as the Goofy makeover of Mulholland Madness in DCA. How about returning a favortive attraction, with a new spin ~ Bring back Mr Toad, and give guests an even Wilder crazier ride, than before! That's THE WDW attraction that everyone wanted to save! NOT Goofy's Barnstormer!
If TDO really wants to have some things in Fantasyland for boys there's a certain submarine ride they could update and bring back...
Sure they've got plenty of land. They have TONS of unused land all over the entire resort. But the question is how much further do they want to expand. They could just kept going and going and going, building out Fantasyland. But do they want to? It's only 1 land out of quite a few others. You could say that almost all of the lands can build out further, but do they need to? While this new version of the expansion may not completely solve the boy problem, boys have plenty of other rides to enjoy. Yes, girls can enjoy the other attractions just as much as the boys. But girls can like lots of boy things, but can boys like lots of girl things? There will always be a girl that loves everything that a boy loves, but can you say the same thing about boys liking girl things? No. But does Princess rides stop boys from riding them? No. Otherwise, boys wouldn't ride the SWSA. Yet they do it anyways. Getting rid of the meet and greets and adding a mine coaster-ride-thing does give boys more to do and I doubt boys will object to the Little Mermaid dark ride. Dumbo is a neutral theme that both boys and girls can enjoy. if they can put up with clowns. Then you've got the Beauty and the Beast stuff. Story time with Belle is more for little girls than anyone else, but the restaurant and village is for everyone. Boys will enjoy seeing all the guns and horns and such inside Gaston's Tavern and shops are intended to attract all guests. I really don't see that much of a problem with their current line up. Yes, I'd love for the Nautilus to return. Will it ever happen? Doubtful. Most people don't even remember 20,000 leagues under the sea anymore.
interesting point about what WDI Eric Jacobson called the Great Goofini coaster, he mentions goofy is a stunt pilot... .sounds a little familiar to Goofys Sky School I wonder if it will have similar design elements.. its not the same coaster type but it could share the similar scenery
another aerial view from a different angle
It all looks lovely....except, I'm a little saddened that they won't have Pixie Hollow anymore. That looked really nice. And I'm hoping the circus games...don't get morphed into a "boardwalk" game or arcade type thing. Pfft
The aerial view makes it look like the Mine Coaster will be no longer than Winnie the Pooh plus Snow White dark rides put together. It's looking more and more like "glorified Barnstormer" (but with a new car system)
The mine train ride is hardly boy-centric. Its based on a girly movie, Snow White. This attempt at trying to make more appealing for boy is rather lame.
Still no answer for Harry Potter. I didn't expect to provide an answer and it is plainly obvious no attempt was made. However, the answer is directly under their noses and Disney didn't bite.
Disney must do a Star-Wars-Land!!!