New Fantasyland Expansion in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World is now completed, with Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid, Maurice’s Cottage, and Be Our Guest Restaurant all open! We thought it would be a good time to look back at the cornerstone of Phase I of the New Fantasyland Expansion, the Dueling Dumbo spinners!
Admittedly, Dumbo has never been a “Must Do” attraction for us. Not even close. We don’t have kids, don’t like waiting in long, hot lines for short attractions, and really didn’t see the appeal of such a simple attraction. The view of Cinderella Castle at night was pretty special, so if the lines were short at night, we’d consider taking a spin, but it was not uncommon for us to skip Dumbo on multiple consecutive trips. While Dumbo still is not a must do for us, it’s moved up quite a few slots. The nighttime ambiance of the Dueling Dumbos, with their great lighting and water features, have a ton of kinetic energy, and make for some really fun photos. The attraction substance is unchanged, so it’s not that much of an upgrade, but it’s still a nice improvement on a Magic Kingdom staple.
Plus, there’s not a whole lot that could have been done with this iconic attraction to really bring it into the 21st century. It will always be relatively simplistic, and perhaps that is part of the charm (note: this same charm can NOT be found in the Magic Carpets of Aladdin; there’s no history there, and the Carpets are not a rite of passage–they’re an eyesore, plain and simple). The new location and kinetic features don’t come without a cost: Dumbo now does not offer beautiful views of Cinderella Castle. While I feel that the overall experience is a net improvement, and I don’t mind hiding the spinner off in the corner, when it comes to the experience itself, that great view of Cinderella Castle played a big part.
Now, for some photos that show a big part of why we like spending time in this part of New Fantasyland…PRETTY LIGHTS!
What do you think of New Fantasyland so far? Excited to experience it? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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