Porsmond wrote:Thorpe Park did this once back in 1999(It was a first for a UK Theme Park) they did it for a monday bank holiday opening at 6AM right through till 6AM the next day, apparently I heard it was quite a success, but why they didnt continue to do it every year after that, I'm not sure. This is a great idea, How great would it be to spend 24hrs in a disney park, just the thought of riding Big Thunder Mountain at Midnight in darkness would be cool, it will be interesting to see how busy the event goes
Riding Big Thunder late would be amazing...too bad it is going to be down for the event (refurb of 1/9 - 5/27)
So yesterday Robb and I trekked out to the Magic Kingdom to send off Dumbo which ceases operation in its original location this coming Sunday to be refurbished and readied to join its counter-clockwise counterpart in the Storybook Circus later this year. While there, we also paid a visit to Snow White's Scary Adventures, which closes later this year to make way for the Princess Fantasy Faire meet & greets as a part of the New Fantasyland expansion. We even took the time to ride Big Thunder Mountain (with a fast pass) as it also closes for a near four month refurbishment this coming Sunday as well!
A minor construction fence has been put up near the exit of the former Fantasyland Skyway building, which more recently has served as stroller parking for the area. Construction should pick up soon on the creation of a new path between the exit of the Haunted Mansion and the Skyway building to help reduce the bottlenecking of crowds under the Columbia Harbor House bridge.
So this was our main reason to visit today!
Again, for Larry.
Some of the first pieces of ornamental stonework on the castle retaining wall near Dumbo's current location have arrived.
D23 recently confirmed that New Fantasyland will have The Little Mermaid, Be Our Guest, Gaston's Tavern and more opened in time for Summer 2012, though Storybook Circus is expected to open a little earlier than that.
The Dumbo queue has a few little pieces that I guess were placed to entertain the young ones while waiting.
It is a little weathered.
Maurice's Cottage has less scaffolding now, indicating that workers are nearing completion on this experience's facade.
Back to thinking of Larry.
Framing of the lift tower at the Barnstormer continues.
This will be the last time we see Dumbo operating in this corner of Fantasyland.
This spinner will return later in 2012 with a similar look to the one already being installed in the Storybook Circus.
These pinwheel spinners won't survive the move.
The finished "control tower" for the Barnstormer has emerged from behind scaffolding with a new look and paint scheme.
Robb was ejected from the game.
In case you were wondering how not to sit.
While Mr. Stork will return on the new version of the ride, he won't be found in the form of a hanging ornament.
In case you forget what we were covering today.
Dumbo is a classic like Jaws... It'd never get removed.
I may need to rethink that statement for future use.
Filming the awesome video you see above!
A more recent benefit of riding Dumbo in this location? It provides an amazing view of the work going in to bring New Fantasyland to life!
I think I just encountered a paradox. I'm riding Dumbo, looking at Dumbo. Our world just might implode.
See that giant trench they're working on? That will eventually be the Snow White Mine Train Coaster!
Are you still mourning the loss of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea or of Pooh's Playful Spot? Based on this, I'd say we're getting something a bit more grand.
Beast's Castle is still looking good as the scaffolding is slowly lowered.
The inner seal of the two Storybook Circus tents has been completed. Now they'll begin work on the interior as they also work to raise the exterior tent.
So, there is at least one more casualty to Fantasyland thanks to New Fantasyland.
The original focus of Snow White's Scary Adventures was to put the guest in Snow White's role. The title character's appearances in the ride were added later on to reduce confusion from guests looking to see her in the ride.
Could you see yourself in Snow White's role?
The things we do for you all...
Belle's Village is looking great!
It looks like the cavern doors of the Be Our Guest Restaurant are currently being framed.
It is still hard to believe that this castle was one of the first pieces of theming added to the new land.
Snow White's Scary Adventures features a classic loading station mural like many of Fantasyland dark rides. I'm hoping they'll find a way to preserve it once the ride is removed.
So much Disney detail...
Let's take a ride for ourselves!
Rounding the wishing well...
I spot a jealous witch!
Mirror, mirror on the wall...
The ride's classic finish.
Is it time to say farewell?
Dopey waves goodbye from the top of the bridge you pass under before exiting the ride.
Time for a closer look at this corner of New Fantasyland.
The external framing that was added to the Toontown tents is now complete.
This is definitely a new mountain range for Walt Disney World!
This corner of the Be Our Guest Restaurant has received a little more work.
Rockwork finishing continues on the facade for the The Little Mermaid.
I always find it kind of odd how popular Dumbo is...maybe it's not the character so much as it is just the flat ride that kids like. Do kids watch the movie that religiously? Is it even available on DVD/Blu ray?
I hope Snow White's Scary Adventures finds its way to Wild Bill's Nostalgia Center someday.
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