Adding More Magic to the Magic Kingdom


Wow…did you read my title correctly? More magic? I, for one, thought that Disney World was magical enough.  Especially the Magic Kingdom.  How is it possible that it’ll be even more magical? Well, leave it to Disney to make that happen.  As some of you may know already, the Magic Kingdom has been expanded.  They’re doing a soft open right now with other attractions to open periodically through the next year or two.

So what does this mean for the Magic Kingdom? It means a new land basically.  Disney has expanded the area and added some pretty cool new stuff.  This new stuff include the castle from Beauty and the Beast (way cool), 2 Flying Dumbo rides, a Little Mermaid dark ride, and a Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs mine cart coaster.  Sounds pretty good, huh? There are a couple of downsides to this though.  Since this land is getting the new Snow White coaster, Disney decided to close down the old Snow White dark ride that was always a favorite of mine.  I guess they figured they didn’t need 2 Snow White rides.

So what do I think of all this? Well obviously anything Disney related, especially cool new rides in the theme parks, always gets me excited.  And I’m definitely excited about this new expansion…except for a few things.

First let me start with what I love about this whole thing.  I LOVE the new Beauty and the Beast castle!  It’s so iconic and from the moment you see if, you know exactly what it is.  Very cool.  Next, I absolutely love the new Little Mermaid dark ride.  I’ve always loved dark rides and created one that tells the story of the Little Mermaid is just classic Disney magic!  To be able to go under the sea and see Ariel and her friends in full animatronic form singing, talking, moving and dancing will just be amazing to.  I can’t wait for my next trip down there just to check out this ride! Disney definitely scored with this one. Why do I think this? I’ll cover this more in the next paragraph.

This leads me to talk about what I don’t love so much.  That would be the lack of new (current) films and characters being used in the park.  Like I said above, Disney scored with the Ariel ride.  The Little Mermaid is a newer movie that a whole new generation of kids can recognize.  Don’t get me wrong…I love Snow White and Dumbo and all that, but I just feel like when it comes to Disney attractions, they tend to draw a lot from the past instead of utilizing their newer titles.  This somewhat changed once Disney bought Pixar and we got a Buzz Lightyear ride.  However, what about Aladdin, Lion King, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Tarzan, and even newer, Tangled.  What about them? Where are these characters at? Well besides people in costumes walking around the park.  What I’d like to see is a Lion King attraction/ride or a Hunchback of Notre Dame dark ride.

When Disney announced earlier this year that they were going to expand the Animal Kingdom and add an Avatar Land I was dumbfounded!  Avatar? Why? Why would I want to take my kid to a land at Disney World based on a movie that contained profanity, graphic violence and Na’vi sex? Than answer? I wouldn’t.  However, I would take my kid to a Pocahontas land and since Avatar was pretty much a rip off of Pocahontas anyway it just makes more sense that Disney would do that instead.  But as I mentioned above, it seems as if they either use their older films to create their attractions, or in this case, someone elses altogether.

So to wrap up, I love Disney and their theme parks! I love that they are focusing on expanding and bringing us new and exciting things. I think they made some great decisions with their new Magic Kingdom expansion.  I wish though that maybe sometime in the future we’ll see some rides and attractions based on some more current Disney films and characters because I think they hold the key to a lot of untapped magic that could make the Magic Kingdom even more magical!

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