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P. 144: More entertainment coming back across WDW!

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I wouldn't count on that Princess thing fading out anytime soon. There will always be little girls. A HUGE percentage of whom will ALWAYS dream of being a princess.

 

Don't forget the little gays! They dream of becoming princesses and queens too.

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I noticed they said it's the largest expansion in many years. Which is 1 dark ride, a restaraunt, a playground/zone, and a additional spinner. That's one leisurely pace for expansion!

 

Well, there are "C" ticket dark rides and "E" ticket dark rides. From what I understand, the Little Mermaid attraction will be the latter (if it's like the ride they're building at Disney's California Adventure). Overall, it does look like a pretty radical and (I think) long overdue makeover for Florida's Fantasyland.

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Yeah, they said there will be no queue line for dumbo but it will be interractive, not sure how that's going to work out. Should be interesting.

 

My guess is that it will be like the Fast Pass system. You get a Fast Pass when you enter the "queue" tent, then can walk around and do things at interactive kiosks, etc. When it's time for your Fast Pass, you hop on board.

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^ That early concept was more along the lines of the small FL dark rides, whereas the updated versions going into DCA and MK are $100 million dollar major E-Ticket attractions! Suppose to be along the lines of a Haunted Mansion, big-budget special-efx animatronic-filled extravaganzas. One of the more impressive efx will be Ariel's animatronic hair, just to give it the convincing effect of being underwater. Can't wait to see the giant animatronic Ursula!

 

Here's some beautiful hi-res pics of all the newness coming to the MK.

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The new expansion looks beautiful but some of what they're calling attractions are just cheap and embarrassing. How about just scrap this whole new expansion and build a clone of 20K Leagues Under The Sea in Fantasyland as a tribute to the best attraction Disney ever demolished?

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The new expansion looks beautiful but some of what they're calling attractions are just cheap and embarrassing. How about just scrap this whole new expansion and build a clone of 20K Leagues Under The Sea in Fantasyland as a tribute to the best attraction Disney ever demolished?

 

Don't you mean the original Journey Into Imagination was the best Disney attraction ever demolished?

 

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With the lines to meet a princess already as long as they are, I don't want to see what the lines will be like for dancing with Cinderella or getting picked to be part of the Beauty and the Beast re-enactment with Belle.

 

The Sleeping Beauty actresses better be damned good at acting surprised since they're going to have several surprise parties throughout the day.

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Screamscape has some pictures up now that the transit system is back up. Apparently not a whole lot looks different, which personally makes me very happy... I've always loved Space Mountain. Everything from the music (in the line I mean), kind of campy old school theming, to the not smooth as glass coaster itself. All around always has been my favorite ride at WDW... So the less they change it the better for me.

 

http://screamscape.com/html/wdw_-_magic_kingdom.htm

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It would be like taking a classic dark ride and overhauling all the effects entirely.

Many of the dark rides have had major upgrades and theyve all turned out better than before, I loved going on Pirates the first time after they put in all the new effects and being like woah I cant believe they put this sweet new technology into such an old ride, that is cool.

 

The more upgrades the better IMO, especially since its the exact same track design. No point in an attraction themed to the future being retro, I really like how they did DLs and hope MKs will match it. Look what they did with Spaceship Earth's entrance, after a few cosmetic changes the area looks way sleeker and better.

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I probably should have been more clear but I meant more along the lines of Knoebel's Haunted Mansion or similar dark rides like that where many of the existing effects are still used. Even Disney's Haunted Mansion could be coupled with that to an extent.

 

Just for clarification, what new effects did Pirates receive all at once? I know that after the films came out they added a very nice looking Jack Sparrow character that was top of the line. But I know that many of the animatronics in that ride are still pretty basic as far as technology is concerned.

 

I guess that when I really enjoy an attraction a total overhaul makes me a bit nervous. Something like what happened with Journey into Imagination at Epcot makes me hesitant that the modernization won't always be for the better. Basically sometimes I think its nice to leave some things from the past as is because its nice to appreciate the original for what it is. Its not always as impressive looking as something brand new but it takes on a whole new quality of nostalgia over time.

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My main question is, what will happen to the rides already there? I can see on the blueprints that Winnie the Pooh, Snow White, the Mad Tea Party, and the Carrousel are still going to be there, but what about other attractions like Peter Pan's Flight, Mickey's PhilharMagic, or even It's A Small World? None of those seem to be represented on that blueprint...

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