A new poster lays out current and future attractions, stores, and dining coming to Storybook Circus. I love that Humphrey the Bear is there. I wonder if he’s replaced The Three Little Pigs who were featured on previous posters.
Took a few days of vacation last week, but returned just in time for the Magic Kingdom to do a soft opening of the first small portion of the New Fantasyland expansion on Tuesday. Storybook Circus opened half of the relocated Dumbo – The Flying Elephant. The Barnstormer returned with its new Great Goofini theme, and the Fantasyland Train Station returned with new restrooms and a tribute to Walt’s past.
This portion of Storybook Circus was not supposed to open until March 24th or so. But hotel occupancy forecasts that revised the Spring Break crowd expectations upwards forced Disney to race ahead and open the attractions 12 days early. I must say that every cast member was up to the task and very helpful. Details are obviously still being worked out in a few places, but signs of fore-thought were abundant too. All in all a great effort and result from Walt Disney World and the Magic Kingdom.
There are so many great details, I took a ton of photos and still didn’t capture but a fraction. You may have already seen a few in my post made live from the park yesterday. I’m not sure how many parts this post will have, but I know it will be more than one. So let’s get to it.
Here is a sort of overview of what I saw today, we’ll come back in and fill in the gaps in future posts.
That caveat is that it’s coming soon. Also interesting is that #32 description is the same as when it was at it’s old location. You’re really flying over Carolwood Park, Fantasyland is over there somewhere by the castle. It’s as separated from Fantasyland in look, location, and style as the old Toontown Fair was. So you could argue that the description should change.
Once you found your way to the back of the park, you were greeted by, yes, walls. Welcome to wall-land. Guests were also treated to upclose views of some on-going construction work.
On your way in, you pass a refreshment stand with Ice Cream treats, popcorn, and sodas. Note this location. It was the only location in Storybook Circus serving food. That may change as they experiment with traffic flows and construction needs.
Modeling the new costumes for Storybook Circus. Not so sure about the white socks and undershirts here. They look like Circus ushers or band members. I kept expecting a parade to break out somewhere. But overall, I like the look. Just needs some guidelines to take care of the rough spots.
The first think you need to know about Dumbo is that there is water! Hooray! You’ll also notice there is a lot more detail on the Dumbo vehicles, not to mention the baroque look of the interior section of the spinner. Oh yeah, it also spins in the other direction than the old Dumbo.
But even nicer is the huge tribute to Walt Disney’s personal backyard railroad the Carolwood Pacific. You’ll find lots of references to Carolwood Park around the train station and even throughout the rest of Storybook Circus. The backstory is that the circus is in town and set up in Carolwood Park.
Even the stroller parking signs have a ‘Carolwood Park’ insignia. Nice detail.
The entrance to The Barnstormer looks amazing. Not sure about that location for the height stick. Queues wavered between 30 and 60 minutes all afternoon. However, the line did move steadily and there was plenty to see in the queue. Observant eyes will remember the pants and socks from the old Goofy’s Barnstormer ride. Those are just some of the many tributes placed in the queue of this attraction. Kevin Yee will have a field day.
Before we go today, one quick look at the construction going on elsewhere in Fantasyland. A long way to go on the second Dumbo spinner, big walls are going up for the Mine Train coaster and rock work continues (still) around Beast’s Castle.
Thanks for reading this far. Plenty more to come from Storybook Circus over the next few days.
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