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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 6:39 am
by mcjaco
^ Agree on both parts.

I can't wait to see all of this next August.

Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 6:55 am
by Hilltopper39
Does anyone know if the New Fantasyland attractions are going to stay open for the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween party dates the rest of October? Would be nice, and might even give operations a good opportunity to tweak any issues that have arisen in the first couple of soft opening.

Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 7:00 am
by cfc
A.J. wrote:I've always thought that the queue and building for California Adventure's Toy Story [Midway] Mania looked a lot better than Hollywood Studios' one. Under the Sea's queue looks 100 times better at Magic Kingdom though.


I prefer the Midway Mania queue at DHS by virtue of its being indoors and air conditioned. ;) DCA's fits the Paradise Pier area, though.

Getting back on topic, I'm really looking forward to seeing the new Fantasyland when it's all done. I think this redo will make it the best of them all.

Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 8:55 pm
by robbalvey
SoCalCoasters wrote:
cfc wrote:^I agree that the queue for each version of Mermaid has to fit in with their respective park. But I still think Florida got the better deal here. The same is true for the queues Midway Mania (out in the sun for DCA, indoors and air-conditioned for DHS).


Completely agree with you there. TSMM and LM were more side projects for the DCA expansion when compared to their main focuses (WOC & Carsland), so they probably focused a lot less on the queue detailing.

That's actually not true at all. Those attractions absolutely were part of the master plan. You go tell Disney financing that their $100 million dark ride was a "side project" and I think you'll get laughed out of the Roy O Disney building!

Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:02 pm
by Justice
robbalvey wrote:
SoCalCoasters wrote:
cfc wrote:^I agree that the queue for each version of Mermaid has to fit in with their respective park. But I still think Florida got the better deal here. The same is true for the queues Midway Mania (out in the sun for DCA, indoors and air-conditioned for DHS).


Completely agree with you there. TSMM and LM were more side projects for the DCA expansion when compared to their main focuses (WOC & Carsland), so they probably focused a lot less on the queue detailing.

That's actually not true at all. Those attractions absolutely were part of the master plan. You go tell Disney financing that their $100 million dark ride was a "side project" and I think you'll get laughed out of the Roy O Disney building!

I completely agree. For being the only ride outside for Carsland in the $1.1 billion expansion (Toy Story was separately financed), there is no reason why Mermaid shouldn't be pulling huge lines.

Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:07 pm
by robbalvey
^ Other than the fact that the ride eats through so many people, yes. I was told that the DCA version of Mermaid has the potential of 1,800 - 2,200 people per hour. On a typical operating day, that's about 21,000 people who could ride without waiting in much of a line. That's CRAZY numbers!!!

Kudos to Disney for being able to build attractions that put through so many people!

Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:23 pm
by jedimaster1227
Last Friday I along with Robb had the chance to visit New Fantasyland for its first day of "dress rehearsals." Rounding off the near-completion of the entire Magic Kingdom expansion, the soft openings included full access to Enchanted Tales with Belle ( though you've already seen TPR's earlier coverage of that here ) Journey of the Little Mermaid, Ariel's Grotto, Gaston's Tavern, Bonjour Gifts, the entryway to the Be Our Guest Restaurant and all of the themed surrounding areas. This leaves the Princess Fairytale Hall (2013) and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Coaster (2014) before the entire project is finished, but what we previewed was a great indicator of the quality still to come.

So before we get into the photo-intensive trip report, here's a brief rundown of the new experiences as we saw them.

Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid: Much like its California counterpart, it is a great dark ride addition to the park and plays upon the popularity of the Little Mermaid brand. Since the development costs and processes were shared between Magic Kingdom and Disney California Adventure, the rides are nearly identical in design save for a couple of tweaks and alterations. While this ride lacks the hidden Mr. Limpet from the DCA version, it does have an enhanced lighting and fog package for the Ursula scene, as well as small set upgrades that help to tell the story. But the real stand out of this already great attraction is the queue. Originally announced as a separate offering known as Scuttle's Scavenger Hunt, this interactive queue is filled with detail (as you'll see below) along with several opportunities to help some blue crabs clear the wreckage of a recently destroyed ship. There is even an extra Scuttle animatronic figure in the queue that allows for his comedic contributions to begin even earlier in the experience. The interior queue is expansive and extremely well themed and sets the scene for a much better introduction for the ride than the one in California. Overall, a great addition to Florida's Magic Kingdom and well worth the visit.

Ariel's Grotto: A character meet and greet with Ariel. Typically holding a 25 minute wait, it is a traditional meet and greet that moves guests through fairly quickly in a neat, themed environment.

Gaston's Tavern: Disney's answer to the Hogs Head Tavern and more specifically Butterbeer comes in the form of Gaston's Tavern. And while there are no alcoholic beverages available, Red's Apple Freeze from Cars Land has been reincarnated as the signature drink, Le Fou's Brew here in Florida. A frozen apple juice with a hint of toasted marshmallow topped with a mango foam, it is likely to please most tastes. The drink can be bought in souvenir mugs or on its own. The location also offers chocolate croissants, cinnamon rolls (fresh from the Mainstreet Bakery), vegetables and hummus and most notably, a pork shank. The shank is a huge food offering and a great deal for the price you pay. Tastier than a turkey leg by far, the pork shank is fatty on the outside with a great layer of skin but tender and moist on the inside. Definitely worth a meal here, or at least a drink!

Bonjour Gifts: It's a nice looking gift shop with New Fantasyland merchandise... And a portrait of Phil Holmes.

And while we couldn't go into Be Our Guest yet as it was not ready to give tours, the exterior looks great in person as you'll see!

And if you haven't seen it already, here is Theme Park Review's video coverage of both Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid and Enchanted Tales with Belle, both found in New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom!




Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread (2)

PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:23 pm
by jedimaster1227
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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 11:04 pm
by Simipour'sTrainer
Great pictures! Love the little 20,000 Leagues reference in the Ariel queue. :b

Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 6:17 am
by RaptorBoyASU
Much cooler addition than DCA got with Little Mermaid. Love the building and queue!

Those apple drinks are AMAZING!