Frozen’s Hype Brings Others Down

The Frozen girls- Anna and Elsa- have moved into the Fairytale Hall of New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom.  This means (hopefully) the end of the Daddy Dash/Frosen 5k, when guests would run to the Frozen Meet’n’Greet immediately after the drop.

However, the wait times have only slightly improved.  When the girls were back in EPCOT, it was a consistent 4 hour wait.  Check out this graph that gives estimated times based on previous days.  It seems that from opening to close, guests will have to wait roughly 3 hours to see the icy ladies, whereas the wait times for Cinderella and Rqapunzel never exceed 45 minutes.  Yet there is still hope for those who play it smart!

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The benefit of the royal ladies being moved into Fairytale Hall is that you are now able to book a fastpass for the attraction through both the WDW website and the My Disney Experience app.  Thank goodness for fastpasses, this will automatically push you to the front of the line.  The best part?  Fastpass+ is available to any guest with a valid park ticket.

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Of course, there is still Aurora there meeting! Don’t forget about her.  This picture looks so sad to me 😦

Well, hopefully the hype will die down soon.  But between the merchandising fiasco, Disney’s plans for Frozen on Broadway, and possibly a sequel, I doubt it will.

 

The Disneysaurs

There is a new creature walking around Animal Kingdom these days!  On May 3rd, V the velociraptor was spotted being walked through the park by Professor Parker Woodson.  DISCLAIMER: This is only a test run by the parks and certainly does not mean that the character will be permanent, or even out ever again.

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V is a latex/rubber dinosaur moving by the man operating it underneath.  Its tail wags and there is a consistent screeching noise made.  He also can smell, lean down, as well as look around.

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To me, this dinosaur just seems poorly planned.  He walks horribly awkward and always seems to be looking down.  It was clearly not ready for a test run!  The man controlling the dinosaur is very obvious to anyone over the age of five.  For those under that age, however, the dino is quite scary.  In some videos there are children running, crying, and screaming due to this velociraptor.  Two cast members (besides Prof. Woodson!) have to trail behind the dino to prevent its tail from smacking into guests.

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The most disappointing part about this dinosaur fiasco is that back in 2003 Disney released a dinosaur named Lucky who was completely animatronic, meaning that there was no human operating him.  He pulled a cart, blinked, walked, and could even sign autographs!  Occasionally he was known to steal a hat off of a kid’s head.  Clearly Lucky has some problems that prevent him from being shown in the park on a daily basis (possible dangers or high operating costs?), which forced Disney to come up with a new solution.

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The fact that  Lucky was released nearly 10 years ago and is vastly better than V shocks me.  Of course it’s just a test, so we’ll have to wait and see.  I’ve included a video of each dinosaur below for you to compare.  What do you think about these two Disneysaurs?

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Disney’s Abandoned Parks

The Disney company owns a huge section of land in Florida.  Much of it is used as a park or resort, but there are a few undeveloped areas.  Even lesser know, there are some areas that were once a park and now completely abandoned.  The two parks are Discovery Island- A natural habitat and wildlife preservation for exotic creatures- and River Country- an “old fashioned swimmin’ hole” waterpark.

Discovery Island

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Originally Treasure Island, Discovery Island closed in 1999 soon after Animal Kingdom opened, likely  because there was no need for two wildlife based parks.  Before it’s closure five Disney employees were charged with several counts of mistreating animals.  There was even a cage in which nineteen vultures were left to die without food or water.  I recommend you read Shane Perez’ blog post on his adventure into the abandoned park.

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Baby vultures still in the park

Baby vultures still in the park

Preserved snakes... with one in a Diet Coke bottle?

Preserved snakes… with one in a Diet Coke bottle?

River Country

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River Country opened in 1976 as Disney’s first water park, then closed in 2001.  Walt Disney World has never given a reason for the park’s closure, however one employee says that one morning they had to delay opening the park due to an alligator in one of the pools.  Another likely reason is the discovery of brain-eating amoebas found in the water.  Being infected with this almost always leads to death.

The former glory of the park

The former glory of the park

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Seeing these photos makes me think- if I were older, someone who had visited and enjoyed these parks, seeing them in this wretched state would depress me.  These parks were once popular attractions.  Now they sit in ruins.  So what do you think Disney should do with the land?

Walls down on the Mine Train.

For most of you, myself included, this is old news.  However I still wanted to post on it because there are several pictures you might want to see.

Firstly though, for those who may not have heard about it: The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a new ride currently under construction in New Fantasyland.  It sits next to Belle’s village and until February 11th there where walls around the ride, with only small windows for guests to take a sneak peek.  It has been under construction since 2012 and Disney has released a few pictures of the view from the top of the ride!

Overlooking Belle's Castle and Village

Overlooking Belle’s Castle and Village.

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Overlooking Cinderella’s Castle.  Beautiful.

The parks have also released some detail shots.

Not the best looking gems in the world...

Not the best looking gems in the world…

A few avid fans were lucky to grab a few shots on the day the walls went down.

Tell me that dip doesn't look fun!

Tell me that dip doesn’t look fun! Love the waterfalls as well.

Looks like it might be fast, exciting, but still good for little kids.

Looks like it might be fast, exciting, but still good for little kids.

Soft openings for the ride are likely to be held sometime in May, though Disney has released no opening date yet.  It seems they still have much to accomplish on the ride before it is ready, considering that construction workers are consistently walking busily around the ride.  I wonder if Snow White will be mentioned, especially after the closing of Snow White’s Scary Adventures.

So what do you think?  Do you plan on riding it your next trip?