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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby A.J. » Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:41 am

Just did a couple of Park Pass reservations for the last few weekends in July... Butter-smooth, no problems at all, even after the predicted "rush" at 7 AM. Still plenty of availability for all four parks after that first week. Fan sites over-hyping the process as usual.
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Postby Satans Hockey » Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:51 am

michaellynn4 wrote:Saw this on Twitter, and it basically sums up how I feel:

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*sings and bounces in seat* Bum bum bum bum bum bum bum bum...


Actually it doesn't seem like Dr. Facilier will definitely even be part of this ride which would be a shame because he's an amazing villian. I hope they bring him back in some form though, even if it's just a flashback or something. I didn't realize it until I read the Disney website this morning...

https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/06/new-adventures-with-princess-tiana-coming-to-disneyland-park-and-magic-kingdom-park/?CMP=SOC-DPFY20Q3wo0625200701200001C

”We pick up this story after the final kiss, and join Princess Tiana and Louis on a musical adventure – featuring some of the powerful music from the film – as they prepare for their first-ever Mardi Gras performance."

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Postby mikeykaise » Fri Jun 26, 2020 7:58 am

I have mixed feelings about this but I understand it and why they have locked away Song of the South, the characters are really only know from the ride for people who have never heard of Song of the South so I think in all aspects it'll be a good way to bring familiarity to the younger groups.
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Postby 805Andrew » Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:02 pm

SharkTums wrote:I'm just saying, seeing the Tokyo version rethemed to a Chip and Dale versus Donald cartoon style flume ride could be all sorts of awesome! Look at how great it was to finally get a Mickey and Friends ride at Studios. And the Chipmunks are LOVED in Asia and the Splash Mountain Gift Shop is already mostly Chip and Dale in Tokyo so... =)


I was going to say I hope the Tokyo Splash Mountain stays the same just to have it be different than the others but this is an even better idea. I'm all for it!

GreatAdventurer wrote:Does anybody else have a problem with the fact that there are literally no mountains in Louisiana?


From the concept artwork it looks like a large bayou tree is going to be the mountain with the big drop so I don't see an issue here.
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Postby southpuddle » Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:14 pm

There are also literally no mountains in space ;)

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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby mikeykaise » Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:49 am

Another point is, Song of the South was based around a swamp setting if I remember right, but I could be incorrect or maybe it's supposed to be set in the Ozarks I guess.
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Postby Haymaker » Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:21 pm

mikeykaise wrote:Another point is, Song of the South was based around a swamp setting if I remember right, but I could be incorrect or maybe it's supposed to be set in the Ozarks I guess.


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Postby 805Andrew » Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:54 pm

mikeykaise wrote:Another point is, Song of the South was based around a swamp setting if I remember right, but I could be incorrect or maybe it's supposed to be set in the Ozarks I guess.


It takes place in Georgia. In the movie the main character kid goes from Atlanta where he lives with his parents to his grandmother's plantation with his mom in a rural area where he meets Uncle Remus who tells him the stories about Brer Rabbit. The briar patch in the animated parts of the movie is the mountain so it wasn't much of a mountain to began with.
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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby larrygator » Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:40 pm

JRHcoasterki wrote:I think this change was necessary and I'm glad it's finally happening! I will say, I think Disney missed an opportunity to come forward with a true acknowledgment of why the retheme of Splash Mountain is necessary. The press release mentions their aim to make the new ride more inclusive, which is definitely great. But I wish they had been more explicit in their explanation, stating why the ride has always been problematic, apologizing for their longtime silence regarding its problematic nature, and clarifying how this retheme is a part of their effort to enact real change in the parks.

I know we are all tired of reading longwinded apologies from corporations. It is about the action, and Disney is taking action here. However, I think recognizing and owning up to their faults when it comes to the ride (and Song of the South in general, that's a whole other discussion), would have been impactful.

Anyway, not trying to be negative! I think this change is well-intentioned and could be very cool. I don't post much on here, but I have been trying to be more vocal recently. Also, very on board for Elissa's idea of a Chip and Dale-themed Splash Mountain! :)


1) Actions speak louder than words

2) Making a statement such as you suggest is easy to do, but also opens up Disney to immediately needing to respond to every covert unseen racist accusation against the company. I'm certain would want to able to respond properly to any accusation and preparing for that takes time and planning.

3) Chip and Dale mountain in Japan in the final straw in the Alvey's moving to Japan.
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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby JRHcoasterki » Wed Jul 01, 2020 12:58 pm

larrygator wrote:
JRHcoasterki wrote:I think this change was necessary and I'm glad it's finally happening! I will say, I think Disney missed an opportunity to come forward with a true acknowledgment of why the retheme of Splash Mountain is necessary. The press release mentions their aim to make the new ride more inclusive, which is definitely great. But I wish they had been more explicit in their explanation, stating why the ride has always been problematic, apologizing for their longtime silence regarding its problematic nature, and clarifying how this retheme is a part of their effort to enact real change in the parks.

I know we are all tired of reading longwinded apologies from corporations. It is about the action, and Disney is taking action here. However, I think recognizing and owning up to their faults when it comes to the ride (and Song of the South in general, that's a whole other discussion), would have been impactful.

Anyway, not trying to be negative! I think this change is well-intentioned and could be very cool. I don't post much on here, but I have been trying to be more vocal recently. Also, very on board for Elissa's idea of a Chip and Dale-themed Splash Mountain! :)


1) Actions speak louder than words

2) Making a statement such as you suggest is easy to do, but also opens up Disney to immediately needing to respond to every covert unseen racist accusation against the company. I'm certain would want to able to respond properly to any accusation and preparing for that takes time and planning.

3) Chip and Dale mountain in Japan in the final straw in the Alvey's moving to Japan.
I appreciate you responding!

Yeah, I absolutely agree with you. I think in this case in particular, the timing of the announcement was no coincidence, and it provided an opportunity for what could have been some refreshing transparency and accountability. But as you said, that also opens a can of worms that is not necessary when it comes to taking real action.

Anyway, it's exciting to see positive changes. The ride is more than likely going to be gorgeous, and the argument of whether mountains/giant trees make sense in a Louisiana-based attraction will give the diehard Disney fanboys something to debate over for decades to come! ;)

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