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June 15, 2012

Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station

Jack Spence Masthead


Hey everyone, I have great news! "Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak" opened today (June 15, 2012) at Storybook Circus in the Magic Kingdom. As with the rest of this new area, everything looks fantastic! Casey Jr. has arrived from out of town and is getting ready for a big show. Casey and some of his circus cars are parked on the turntable while a few of his friends have already been positioned nearby. All of the animals are excited about the show and exhibit their enthusiasm with sprays of cooling water on the crowds below.

I have included 13 pictures of the area and a short video. I encourage you to watch the video as this will give you a better idea of what this new area is all about.

With each new tidbit Disney offers, I'm getting more and more excited about the rest of the new Fantasyland. Things are looking good.


Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak

Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak

Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak

Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak

Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak

Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak

Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak

Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak

Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak

Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak

Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak

Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak

Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak




May 22, 2012

New Fantasyland Model

Jack Spence Masthead


As reported last week in a blog under Disney and Central Florida News, a model of the new Fantasyland expansion is now on Display at Disney's Hollywood Studios in the One Man's Dream exhibit. Since I promised you that I'd keep you posted on any new happenings for this much anticipated development, I stopped by and snapped a few pictures. Most of these are close-ups in an effort to give you a better idea of what this new area will look like when completed.

This first picture is of the entire model. The second is the gateway that will greet guest as they leave the older section of Fantasyland for the new and expanded area.


Model of the New Fantasyland


Entrance to New Fantasyland


This next picture is of Belle's cottage and will house the "Enchanted Tales with Belle" story area.


Belle's Cottage


Although somewhat difficult to make out, you can see the pathway leading up to doors that will enter Beast's Castle and the "Be Our Guest Restaurant."


Beast's Castle


In this next picture we see Belle's village. On the left side will be "Gaston's Tavern" and on the right "Bonjour! Village Gifts."


Belle's Village


To the east of "Bonjour! Village Gifts" is Prince Eric's Castle and the entrance to "Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid."


Prince Eric's Castle


These next several pictures are of "Seven Dwarfs Mine Train."


Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train


Here we have the entrance to Storybook Circus.


Storybook Circus Entrance


In these next to pictures we see "Dumbo the Flying Elephant" and "The Barnstormer."


Dumbo

The Barnstormer


"Casey Jr. Splash 'n' Soak Station" can be seen in the following photo. This is located just beyond the roundhouse (restrooms).


Casey Jr. Splash 'n' Soak Station


The blue tent will house "Big Top Souvenirs" and the orange tent will be the home of "Pete's Silly Sideshow."


Circus Tents


In a separate display, a detailed model of "Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid" is presented.


Journey of the Little Mermaid Model

Journey of the Little Mermaid Model


After seeing these models, I'm all the more excited about the New Fantasyland. Disney has said that the rest of Storybook Circus will be opening sometime in July. The moment I hear the plywood walls have come down, I'll try to be there and snap more pictures for you all.

If you're visiting Disney World this coming summer, be sure to stop by "One Man's Dream" to check out this wonderful model.


April 25, 2012

Update – Storybook Circus and Sunshine Tree Terrace

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I promised that I would make regular trips to the Magic Kingdom to keep you informed of any new additions and updates to Storybook Circus. Well I visited a couple of days ago (April 23, 2012) and nothing new has been opened in this area. Sigh. However, I do have some additional information to share with you.

First, I snapped a couple of pictures of the new "Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station" currently under construction. As I mentioned in an earlier blog, this water play area will be situated on a train turntable located beside the roundhouse/restrooms. As you can see, construction is well underway.


Casey Jr. Construction

Casey Jr. Engine

Casey Jr. Camel Car

Camel Heads


I asked a Barnstormer cast member if she had any idea when this area would be opening. She told me that Disney is hoping for June, but as with any project, this date is subject to change.

I also asked the cast member if The Barnstormer would eventually be outfitted with FastPass. She confirmed that it would.


The Barnstormer


As you might know, anytime Disney replaces an old attraction with something new, they honor the outgoing ride with some sort of remembrance. For example, inside "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" attraction is a portrait of Mr. Toad handing over the deed to Owl.

Well even though "The Barnstormer" is not technically a new ride, but just a retheming of an old attraction, "The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm" has been honored with a remembrance. If you look behind "The Barnstormer" sign that graces the entrance, you can see the jumbled letters that once read "Wiseacre Farm."


Salute to Wiseacre Farm


Since I had nothing new to report and Storybook Circus was not crowded, I decided to use this opportunity to videotape the rethemed "The Barnstormer." Watching this three minute video might be the shortest you'll ever wait to experience this attraction. Enjoy.



While I was at the Magic Kingdom, I ventured over to Adventureland to check out the recently reopened Sunshine Tree Terrace - and its new/old mascot.


Sunshine Tree Terrace


In 1969, the Florida Citrus Commission became one of the first sponsors to associate itself with a Magic Kingdom attraction: The Sunshine Pavilion which included the Sunshine Tree Terrace and the Enchanted Tiki Room. To help promote citrus products nationwide and a frozen beverage known as the Citrus Swirl sold at the Sunshine Tree Terrace, publicity art designer Don MacLaughlin created the Orange Bird. Although this character only appeared in "live" form at the Magic Kingdom, the Orange Bird became famous nationwide as he appeared on billboards and television ads across the country promoting citrus products. In addition, the Sherman Brothers penned a tune, "The Orange Bird Song" which was recorded by Anita Bryant.

The Florida Citrus Commission ended their sponsorship in 1986 and the Orange Bird slipped into Disney history. However, this character had a resurgence at Tokyo Disneyland in 2004 to coincide with Japan's annual Orange Day celebration held on April 14th.


Orange Bird

Orange Bird


But this character of yesteryear has been brought back to the Magic Kingdom -- well sort of. When the Sunshine Tree Terrace reopened last week, our little friend was added to the refreshment stand's sign. He can also be seen perched at the back of the restaurant with a crate of oranges. According to a recent blog by Kevin Kidney, this Orange Bird is an original artifact from 1971 that had been lost for years and only recently uncovered. In addition, the Citrus Swirl (orange slush with vanilla soft-serve ice cream) has been brought back and added to the menu. To see the complete offerings of the Sunshine Tree Terrace, click here.


Sunshine Tree Terrace Sign

Orange Bird

Orange Bird Mugs


Two Orange Bird t-shirts and a pin can be found at the nearby shop. As the months continue, additional Orange Bird souvenirs will be offered.


Orange Bird t-shirt

Orange Bird t-shirt

Orange Bird Pin


That's it for this update. Even though my regular blogs are posted on Mondays, you never know what you might find from me during the rest of the week. So check in occasionally.


April 1, 2012

Storybook Circus – A Few More Details

Jack Spence Masthead


Okay. Before you get all excited"¦ Nothing of any significance has been added to Storybook Circus since my last visit. However, I did check this area out today (March 31, 2012) just to see what was happening"¦ And I did find a few new details.

If you walk to the exit area of the Walt Disney World Railroad, you will find a lot of circus freight has been unloaded.


WDW Railroad Exit Area


If you examine the cargo closely, you'll find a few familiar names. Within this first collection are the watering barrels of Dumbo, Caddy, Prissy, and Giddy. If you remember, Caddy, Prissy, and Giddy are three of the matronly, and somewhat cruel, elephants that taunted Dumbo.


Circus Freight

Watering Barrels


In the next collection of freight, we find a few more familiar names. Since my pictures are somewhat small, I'll type out everything printed on the trunks.


Circus Freight


"Property of HYACINTH HIPPO - The Most Exquisite Aerial Sensation of the Big Top

In case you don't remember, Hyacinth Hippo was the ballerina hippopotamus in the movie "Fantasia."


Hyacinth Hippo


"THE BIG BAD WOLF - BALLONOLOGIST EXTRAORDINAIRE - He'll Huff & He'll Puff"¦ And Create the Animal of Your Choice


BIG BAD WOLF


"Melody Time BAND - BRASS HORNS - Always in Toon

"Melody Time" was a Disney movie released in 1948 and was in the style of "Fantasia" only it featured popular and folk tunes rather than classical music. Also, notice the spelling of "toon" (tune).


Melody Time


A third pile of luggage reveals more interesting labels.


Circus Freight


"CIRCUS GRADE AND PERFORMANCE READY - RED'S AMAZING JUGGLING UNICYCLES - MANUFACTURED BY EBEN'S BIKES"

When I first published this blog, I did not know the reference to the next two labels. But if you check the comments, you'll see that a number of people were smarter than me and clued me in.

Red's Amazing Juggling Unicycles would be a nod to the Pixar short "Red's Dream" released in 1987. In this film a red unicycle dreams of becoming a world class juggler. Eben's Bikes is a nod to Pixar animator Eben Ostby.


UNICYCLES


"TEN SCHILLINGS AND SIXPENCE, LTD. - HATS FOR ALL OCCASIONS"¦ BIRTHDAYS, UNBIRTHDAYS, AND ALL DAYS BETWEEN"

There are two references here. First, the unbirthday from "Alice in Wonderland." And second, Ten Schillings and Sixpence references the cost of the Mad Hatter's hat. Before Britain converted to the decimal system, ten schillings and sixpence would be written as 10/6.


HATS FOR ALL OCCASIONS

Mad Hatter


A great new background music loop is played around the Fantasyland Train Station. All of the songs have something to do with railroads. For example, "Casey Jones," "Freight Train" and "She'll be Coming 'Round the Mountain" are just a few of the selections played.

I also paid attention to the railroad tracks in this area. I can see three sets of tracks emerging from the Round House (restrooms) and two other spurs. They all converge to an area behind the plywood fence. By studying concept drawings, I can see that they terminate on a railroad engine turntable and the Casey Jr. engine (and possibly some of the circus cars) will create a water playground in this area.


Roundhouse

Train Tracks

Storybook Circus Concept Drawing

Storybook Circus Concept Drawing


To show you the detail the Imagineers are putting in this area, the tile work in the restroom floors simulates train tracks. I would have snapped a picture for you, but it usually isn't a good idea to be using a camera in a restroom.

That's all I have for this update, but I will continue to make regular trips to Storybook Circus to bring you the latest happenings. Stay tuned.



March 13, 2012

Storybook Circus - Soft Opening

Yesterday (March 12, 2012) the new Storybook Circus began a soft opening at the Magic Kingdom and Deb Wills was there in the afternoon capturing the magic. In her blog, she mentioned that the area was very crowded with guests trying to get their first look at this new section of the park. Since I don't like crowds, I set out this morning (March 13) to be at the Magic Kingdom before opening and one of the first people to arrive at Storybook Circus. I wanted to be able to experience this new land crowd-free and capture a few pictures Deb was unable to take.

The entrance to Storybook Circus is still far from complete. Guests walk through a corridor of plywood to reach this new area.


Storybook Circus Entrance


Here is a picture of the new entrance to the Dumbo attraction. The structure is modeled to look like a Circus ticket booth. Fortunately, no tickets are required to ride this attraction.


Dumbo Ticket Booth


There are many subtle changes to the Dumbo ride. To begin with, the first of two Dumbo attractions turns clockwise rather than counterclockwise. (This is a change from the previous Dumbo.) I have to assume the second Dumbo attraction will turn counterclockwise to add visual interest.


Dumbo Attraction

Dumbo Attraction


Timothy, Dumbo's mouse friend, no longer sits atop the attraction. He has been replaced with four storks carrying baby Dumbos.


Storks and Baby Dumbo

Storks and Baby Dumbo


Below the storks are the heads of four Mrs. Jumbos.


Mrs. Jumbo


The center structure of the old Dumbo attraction had a more open design. Guests could see gears and twirling chipmunks and pinwheels. The next two picture are of the old Dumbo attraction.


Old Center Structure

Old Center Structure


The center structure of the new Dumbo is "contained" and does not feature these details.


New Center Structure


Beneath the center structure, a number of pictures tell the story of Dumbo. Here are just a few of them.


Dumbo Story Panel

Dumbo Story Panel

Dumbo Story Panel

Dumbo Story Panel


In my opinion, one of the best enhancements to the Dumbo attraction is the addition of a water feature (fountains). I've heard for years this wasn't possible in the old location because the weight of the water would be too much for the untilidors beneath to support. I don't know if this is true or not, but I'm sure happy the Imagineers included this feature in Storybook Circus.


Dumbo Water Feature

Dumbo Water Feature

Dumbo Water Feature


Here's a picture of me taking flight with everyone's favorite pachyderm.


Jack Riding Dumbo


The "Barnstormer Featuring the Great Goofini" is a reworking of "The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm." The track is identical, just the surrounding area has been rethemed to feature Goofy (Goofini) as a crackpot pilot. Once again, the entrance is marked by a circus-type ticket booth.


Barnstormer Entrance

Barnstormer Ticket Booth


The old entrance queue is now used to exit the attraction and a completely new, and much longer, queue has been built for boarding. Along the new queue are several cute vignettes featuring the antics of Goofini.


Goofini Antics

Goofini Antics

Goofini Antics

Goofini Antics


Portions of the new queue offer some (not a lot) protection from the sun.


Shaded Queue


As you exit your aircraft, take a moment and check out some of Goofini's gear, including First (and Second) Aid kits.


Goofini's Gear


Here's a picture of the Great Goofini's plane crashing through a billboard.


Billboard Crash


The new Fantasyland/Storybook Circus train station is beautiful. The restrooms for this area are housed in the roundhouse used for the Casey Jr. Circus Train.


Fantasyland/Storybook Circus Train Station

Fantasyland/Storybook Circus Train Station

Fantasyland/Storybook Circus Train Station

Fantasyland/Storybook Circus Train Station


A nod to Walt's backyard train, the Carolwood Pacific, can be seen at the station on the clock face and above the main entrance.


Carolwood Park


I love the Casey Jr. weather vane.


Casey Jr. Weathervane


A close observer will notice a spur of tracks running through this area (and to the roundhouse - restrooms). You will also notice the tracks come to an abrupt end before reaching the main line.


Circus Train Tracks

Circus Train Tracks


In Deb Wills' blog she mentions that the details of Storybook Circus are outstanding and if the rest of the Fantasyland expansion follows suit, we're all in for a fantastic new area. I couldn't agree more. Even with only one Dumbo attraction working and the area still surrounded with construction walls, this is a great place. Thank you, Disney Imagineers.


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