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    I have no idea what most of you are talking about. This makeover is a little bit disappointing as I have fond memories of the ride from my childhood. I remember seeing the bright sun on the roof and it's rays. I thought it was awesome and still do . This new versions seems to depart from the style of Mary Blair a little much. Any way I will get to see what it looks like in May the pictures don't seem to it justice. It could be really nice.

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    [QUOTE=Jspider]yeah, maybe WDW should remake their fantasyland now, they've already got the best Tomorrowland (for now at least)

    The Magic Kingdom's Small World Facade is nothing compared to DL, certainly. But a little history is in order.

    Disneyland's original Fantasyland was themed around the medieval tent concept, too, and it is pretty well known that it was done to stretch the budget and was capable of being built quickly. When MK was being designed in the late 60's/ early 70's, Imagineering was matching what was already in California, and they too were fighting dwindling budgets and a looming opening day. Then, in the early 80's, after a decade of WDW getting a lot of the company's attention, DL's Fantasyland was re-built into the beautiful fairytale village we know now. Some say it was what Walt really had envisioned, but just couldn't afford in 1955.

    So why not do it in Florida, too? Here's the main reason: Fantasyland sits on a roof. That's not a typo! The MK's main basement complex, including its main pedestrian and vehicular access point, is located under the majority of Fantasyland. Were you to dig a hole anywhere in Fantasyland's central area and peer through it, you'd see people looking back up at you. To attempt a re-creation of Disneyland's facades in Florida would be so costly and disruptive of the below-ground operation, and so structurally complex, it really couldn't be done.

    Instead, WDI implemented a number of smaller, do-able enhancements of MK's Fantasyland to make it a little less dreary (and it was dreary.) The whole area was re-paved with more thematic colors and stone, more landscape was added in raised planters (remember, it's a roof.) The Sword in the Stone was added, the old Dumbo (which was a real stripped down deal) was replaced with the much more ornamental 10-arm ride there now, and all the "tent" facades got new paint jobs with a John Hench-approved color palette. Later, Ariel's Grotto was added,and finally, fifteen years after these enhancements first began, Small World's getting a little attention, too.

    MK's Fantasyland will never be what DL's is, but it really is a much better-looking land than it was in 1971.

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    [QUOTE=CMandImagineer]
    Quote Originally Posted by Jspider
    yeah, maybe WDW should remake their fantasyland now, they've already got the best Tomorrowland (for now at least)

    The Magic Kingdom's Small World Facade is nothing compared to DL, certainly. But a little history is in order.

    Disneyland's original Fantasyland was themed around the medieval tent concept, too, and it is pretty well known that it was done to stretch the budget and was capable of being built quickly. When MK was being designed in the late 60's/ early 70's, Imagineering was matching what was already in California, and they too were fighting dwindling budgets and a looming opening day. Then, in the early 80's, after a decade of WDW getting a lot of the company's attention, DL's Fantasyland was re-built into the beautiful fairytale village we know now. Some say it was what Walt really had envisioned, but just couldn't afford in 1955.

    So why not do it in Florida, too? Here's the main reason: Fantasyland sits on a roof. That's not a typo! The MK's main basement complex, including its main pedestrian and vehicular access point, is located under the majority of Fantasyland. Were you to dig a hole anywhere in Fantasyland's central area and peer through it, you'd see people looking back up at you. To attempt a re-creation of Disneyland's facades in Florida would be so costly and disruptive of the below-ground operation, and so structurally complex, it really couldn't be done.

    Instead, WDI implemented a number of smaller, do-able enhancements of MK's Fantasyland to make it a little less dreary (and it was dreary.) The whole area was re-paved with more thematic colors and stone, more landscape was added in raised planters (remember, it's a roof.) The Sword in the Stone was added, the old Dumbo (which was a real stripped down deal) was replaced with the much more ornamental 10-arm ride there now, and all the "tent" facades got new paint jobs with a John Hench-approved color palette. Later, Ariel's Grotto was added,and finally, fifteen years after these enhancements first began, Small World's getting a little attention, too.

    MK's Fantasyland will never be what DL's is, but it really is a much better-looking land than it was in 1971.
    wow that's pretty interesting o_o

    it's too bad I suppose but at least they do their best for WDW and it's nice that Disneyland can have some features that are great and WDW can never steal (now all way have to do is perfect our Tomorrowland :devil: )

    And yeah at least Small World is getting it's attention at last

    are they planning on keeping Ariel's Grotto? or will they eventualy get rid of it?

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