Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby Taylor Finn » Fri Dec 07, 2012 4:53 pm

^^^I totally agree, well said! I was just saying the kids aren't riding it because they love Dumbo, it's because it is sort of an 'icon' at the park like you said. The play area looked pretty great; I know the Whinnie Pooh one was sweet. On my trip with my high school band this past may, one of my friends was using the percussion to put on a show of sorts. It was a bit against what Disney probably had in mind. Amusing, nonetheless.

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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby DarkRideNick » Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:07 am

For those who have been, is the Dumbo play area similar to the ACME Factories located at numerous Six Flags parks?
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Postby Woodie Warrior » Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:54 am

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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

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Postby COASTER FREAK 11 » Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:10 am

Soooooo, this is separate from Photopass+ then? I thought this was supposed to be rolled into one card..

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Postby ahecht » Thu Dec 13, 2012 8:31 pm

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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:06 pm

Yesterday I had the chance to visit the Magic Kingdom for the first time in a few weeks and a lot has changed since then. NextGen tech is springing up throughout the parks and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coaster's construction is moving at a rapid pace.

Let's take a look!
Behind construction walls for a while, the new RFID turnstiles have debuted for use by resort guests with an RFID-enabled Key to the World card. Depending on the day, guests without a Key to the World might be allowed in using handheld ticket scanners.
These sure beat the old turnstiles!
And they look great too!
Well this is different!
The second lift hill for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train has been installed!
When complete, this coaster will hug the terrain (artificial and terraformed) like no other.
It is really looking great so far!
Cresting the top of the hill...
The backside of the coaster faces Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid.
And here's where the station will be.
Not much working taking place on this side of the coaster yet.
The Princess Fairytale Hall is set to open next year.
In the space of the former Fantasyland Skyway station are the new Tangled themed restaurants, rumored to also feature charging stations for guests with electronics to enjoy.
This portion of the Columbia Harbor House building is now themed, something that wasn't the case a few weeks ago.
Rapunzel's tower is also highly visible from both Fantasyland and Liberty Square.
What a view!
It looks like there will be a bit of seating space when the area is complete.
The Art of Disney On Demand kiosks now offer the ability to order prints of concept art currently featured at the new Realms of Fantasy exhibit at Disneyland's Disney Gallery.
One such piece of art depicts a portion of the queue for Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid with a show element that didn't make the cut.
Kodak will be exiting the Disney Parks at the beginning of the new year after opting not to renew their longstanding sponsorship agreement with the company.
It won't be presented by Kodak anymore...
Inside FastPass+ readers have been installed in the queue for the Mickey Mouse meet & greet.
Waffle sandwiches at Sleepy Hollow Refreshments are always a great choice!
The new streetmosphere performers in New Fantasyland and Storybook Circus are pretty great!
The Barnstormer is equipped and ready for FastPass+... And it has a 90 minute wait.
The Giggle Gang drew quite a crowd outside of the entrance to Storybook Circus.
I really enjoyed the show!
Over in Gaston's Tavern a new Patisserie display for fresh croissants is at the counter.
Gaston's has also begun to serve hot chocolate (in the souvenir mugs).
Some new details have been added behind the counter.
Eigerbock = Bob Iger
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Staggs Ale = Tom Staggs
LeFou's Brew is so good!
This is the best New Fantasyland shirt yet!
Over in Adventureland props and thematic elements for a new interactive game have sprung up.
Markings will indicate the station you are visiting, presumably on a map similar to the one you receive when participating in Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom.
Some elements are still being installed...
While others look to be complete.
This one looks interesting...
It appears that the guests will trigger a pirate skeleton to rise from the water.
The former Crow's Nest Kodak shop is rumored to become the signup location for this new interactive game.
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin has also added its FastPass+ equipment.
More streetmosphere found just inside of the castle walls between Fantasyland and New Fantasyland.
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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby SLUSHIE » Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:26 pm

These games that have been popping up at MK, and at Aulani and on the ships seems really cool. I haven't been able to try one yet. Hopefully the team that works on these will do a project in California Adventure or Disneyland. Also I would think Animal Kingdom would be perfect for something like that.

The fact that there is no barricade or whatever at the entrance now just seems super odd to me. I know there are other parks like Hershey that don't have any turnstiles, but parks without something to keep people from running though are pretty uncommon. if they don't think it's a security issue to not have them, then the reason that they did have them must have purely been for counting attendance. It makes we wonder why the old ticket system wasn't capable of that, or if it was, why they felt the need to have them in the past.

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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby jray21 » Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:51 am

Awesome report. Really looking forward to all the next gen stuff. FastPass+ may have we staying on property every now and then, unless they make it available as an upcharge. I really need to try one of those waffle sandwiches!

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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby 805Andrew » Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:58 am

Nice pics of the improvements at MK. So is that LeFou's Brew available in a non-souvenir mug? It looks like it from your pic.
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