Thoughts and Observations at MK Over the Weekend

rodserling27

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Just got back from WDW last night...great trip...a few thoughts on Magic Kingdom, where I spent most of my time...

Positive
- New Little Mermaid ride is pretty incredible; Don't let anyone else tell you otherwise, it was a lot of fun.
- New Fantasyland looks amazing, as does the Storybook Circus...was fun to walk through a brand-new area...but more on that in a minute...
- MSEP had all floats running every time I watched it, crowd was really into it so were the characters in the parade. That girl playing Tink this weekend...what a good looking gal! And REALLY into the part too...loved it! (Sunday night Tink and Peter Pan weren't there; I was told it was because the CMs were too cold to perform even in their warm outfits; Whaaat?!?!)
- All of the elements (except falling rocks of course) were in full working order on Big Thunder...looks like they put the possums back swinging on the tree, too!
- Just a note, it's really cool to see the CMs in their winter outfits, with scarves and whatnot.
- New Projection show on the castle kicks "Magic Memories and You" in the rear end...I loved it!
- I loved the new background loop on Main Street...took a few listens to get used to it, now I love it!

Negative
- The Dumbo Tent is just as dumb as I thought it would be.
- The Haunted Mansion looked pretty bad...actually really bad. . .first, CMs weren't in character at all, but also, the doors weren't shutting all the way in the stretching room...Madam Leota's head was floating, but you could clearly see THICK ropes holding the ball up, completely ruining the illusion. The Graveyard scene had the clear curtains ruffled and showing. Attic Bride looked out of sync and no-so-great. Narration cut out a few times in the Doom Buggy. Overall needs a little TLC, such a shame too.
- The new, edited Country Bears is TERRIBLE. I will probably never do it again. The cuts DO ruin the show's pacing, that even my sister, who isn't as insane with details as we WDWMagic folks, noticed. She said, "Wow they really hacked that up, huh? What was the purpose of doing that?"
- I still hate the "new" area loop for Liberty Square. It makes no sense to have 1800s Sousa marches in a colonial-themed area. What's next, 1930s jazz on Main Street? Johnny Cash in Frontierland? Give me a break.
- The New Fantasyland is WAY over-hyped. Sure, the Little Mermaid is great, and I popped through the shops and restaurants. Saw the 90+ minute wait for Belle's enchanted stories, then, I went on with my day. I know it looks amazing and everything...but I cant' help but feel that there should be more there. I don't know, maybe a B or C-ticket ride? Even a 3D film or something. It is this GIANT space with very little to do after you are over the initial "wow, this looks great." I might get torched for this, but I felt like it was kind of a big waste of space the way it was laid-out. Don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled that MK has been expanded, first time in a long time that I experienced something NEW at MK...but I couldn't shake that feeling of, "Well, this is nice, but I wish there was more to do or see." Am I wrong here?

Also I want to mention how freaking bad Fantasmic!'s stage looks at DHS. Those torn up curtains that border the entire set were blowing in the wind before it got dark and it looked like neglected pieces-of-trash hanging all around the stage. How hard could it be to stitch them up or replace them? Oh right, this is TDO we're talking about...The show itself looked pretty good on Saturday, and looked GREAT on Sunday night. Lots more pyro it seemed, on Sunday, the way it should always be, if you ask me.

Overall the good and the bad are sort of 50/50 for me. I'm not a giant nay-sayer by any stretch of the imagination, but there are certainly things slipping that shouldn't be at all. The Disney Difference is a thin line these days...I can surely still enjoy myself at the parks, but I sure would like to see a little more effort in keeping things up and tidy at MK.
 

Susan Savia

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Agree with ya on the New Fantasyland. Didn't see anything much to it other then the Little Mermaid ride. Feels like it lacks something.
 

Animaniac93-98

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Negative
- The Haunted Mansion looked pretty bad...actually really bad. . .first, CMs weren't in character at all, but also, the doors weren't shutting all the way in the stretching room...Madam Leota's head was floating, but you could clearly see THICK ropes holding the ball up, completely ruining the illusion. The Graveyard scene had the clear curtains ruffled and showing. Attic Bride looked out of sync and no-so-great. Narration cut out a few times in the Doom Buggy. Overall needs a little TLC, such a shame too

I was there Feb 11 and earlier and didn't have or see any of the problems you did, but the CMs were less in character I agree. Not really a maintenance issue, though.

- The new, edited Country Bears is TERRIBLE. I will probably never do it again. The cuts DO ruin the show's pacing, that even my sister, who isn't as insane with details as we WDWMagic folks, noticed. She said, "Wow they really hacked that up, huh? What was the purpose of doing that?"

I know I'll never see it again, what a shame. Especially when only two versions of the show still exist.

- I still hate the "new" area loop for Liberty Square. It makes no sense to have 1800s Sousa marches in a colonial-themed area. What's next, 1930s jazz on Main Street? Johnny Cash in Frontierland? Give me a break.

I really don't like it either, a poor choice for sure. At least they still play the tracks in Epcot.
 

rodserling27

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I was there as well this weekend. Space Mountain was down for a good couple of hours on Sunday night. Also haunted mansion does need some TLC. New fantasyland does seem a little overhyped right now but I believe that will change once the mine train opens next year.
I agree with you about the Mine train....things are really crammed, space wise, at the back of Fantasyland because of construction...this added to the "over-hyped" feeling, I think.
Any pictures?
Of the negative things mentioned, i.e. Leota or Fantasmic? Not really....but I have some others that are pretty cool that I can put up later. :)
 

Figments Friend

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I noticed the wire recently myself in Mansion, which surprised me as on previous visits i squinted hard to try to spot some kind of a rig above it. Never could make out anything, except THIS time ( late January ).
I was surprised...as it was obvious to me this time around.

Glad to see i was not the only one who noticed that...

Dust on the wire, perhaps..picking up the lighting..?
 

Glasgow

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Pretty sure FLE will be transformed once SDMT is finished - its central to the area so you always see it. I'm hoping it will have some little trails and such, like around ToL at AK. As it stands, you're right, FLE was a bit of disappointment since there is only one main path through it right now which gets packed in the afternoon. Ariels ride was entertaining but pretty basic as far as content is concerned - execution was good and I really enjoyed the queue. If you have little ones, you'll really enjoy Belle's cottage. Not something I'd do over and over again, but as far as meeting the characters go, this one is the best - they've at least found a novel way of doing a M&G as opposed to just waiting in a boring line and rushing through a photo shoot.
 
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