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A Kid’s View of Disney World: Dumbo The Flying Elephant

I’m happy to be sharing another travel planning related video with my son as host. This time he shares a kid’s view on Dumbo The Flying Elephant in Storybook Circus. The attraction has finally opened all of its elements (two spinners, an interactive play lounge,… Read More »A Kid’s View of Disney World: Dumbo The Flying Elephant

Inside Dumbo Interactive Play Queue


We visited the Magic Kingdom yesterday morning and were fortunate enough to get an opportunity to explore the new interior queue portion of Dumbo The Flying Elephant. When you approach Dumbo the left side is now the Fastpass Queue and the the right side is now the Standby. Fastpass machines are currently located over at Mickey’s Philharmagic, so plan for that as you head toward Dumbo. But keep in mind that Fastpass does not include access to the new indoor play area.

The queue was short when we entered the standby side, so we were given the option of just heading right on to the spinner or taking a break in the play area. We choose the play area and were given a restaurant style beeper at the podium. The cast member there has a control that says how many are in the play area at once (looked like a limit of 150 when we were there) and lets them monitor the average amount of wait time.

When you enter the queue there are circus style benches for adults to sit on while the kids run around and play. The center ring is for toddlers (2-5) and the outer play structures are for older kids (4 – 8). Many of the elements generate sound effects and the background music is periodically interrupted by announcements from Timothy Mouse.

We were in there for about 5 minutes when our beeper went off. As you might expect many parents were having trouble rounding up the kids to head out and get on the spinner. My son enjoyed the play area so much that after we got off Dumbo he wanted to go back and play some more.

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Video Tour of New Storybook Circus

Jeff and Denise from MouseSteps, two of the nicest people you’ll meet at Walt Disney World, take you on a narrated trip through the newly opened Storybook Circus. Along the way they point out a lot of the details and take you on board both… Read More »Video Tour of New Storybook Circus

Storybook Circus – Dumbo The Flying Elephant, More Details

Dumbo The Flying Elephant - Storybook Circus
A little tilt-shift fun. It’s really beautiful at night.

I’ve already posted my general overview of the soft-opened Storybook Circus area of New Fantasyland, but Disney is in the details and Storybook Circus has a lot of them. To capture more of that magic, I want to loop back and go into more depth with each attraction starting with Dumbo The Flying Elephant. So here’s another photo update of the newly re-imagineered classic.

Dumbo The Flying Elephant - Storybook Circus
The area isn’t even finished, but it already looks beautiful at night.

I also took a couple of videos:

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Dumbo Moving to New Home in Storybook Circus

With the holiday rush officially over, it’s time for the Magic Kingdom to expand the walls for its New Fantasyland expansion and start the placemaking that will transform the area behind the castle into a forested wonderland. Part A of that plan is to dismantle… Read More »Dumbo Moving to New Home in Storybook Circus

Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree Now in Testing Mode

Over at California Adventure the area now known as Cars’ Land (the apostrophe makes it possessive, which I guess is an important clue to the theme) is getting closer to opening. Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, where baby tractors twirl and swing around, pulling trailers behind them… Read More »Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree Now in Testing Mode