We bought our place in the sunshine state back in 2006 – there have been so many changes in the last 10 years it is hard to know where to start.
For this Throwback Thursday I’m going to focus on Disney’s Magic Kingdom.
Entry to the Magic Kingdom remains by Boat or Monorail – after you have paid the much increased car parking prices.
Magic Kingdom has been expanded. Fantasyland now has grown taking over Toontown to add the Storybook Circus – there are now 2 Dumbo the Flying Elephants, The Barnstormer remains and there is the added Casey Jr’s Splash ‘n’ Soak Station plus Pete’s Silly Slideshow where you can line up to meet and greet Donald and Daisy Duck.
There is a new add on to Fantasyland called The Enchanted Forest – which hosts the Enchanted Tales with Belle, Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid, Ariel’s grotto and The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. There is a ‘Tangled Village’ where you can see Rapunzel’s tower, there are new restrooms and picnic/rest areas where you can charge your electronics. It’s a Small World remains, although even that is being updated with the ride being linked to the new magic bands to apparently enable the farewell signs to display your name. The other old favourites are here with Peter Pan’s Flight, Mickey’s PhilharMagic and Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel. An addition during the last 10 years is The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh which is next to another old favourite the Mad Tea Party. The Snow White ride has gone – replaced by the Princess Fairytale Hall where you can meet with the Disney Princesses, including Elsa and Anna, Cinderella, Aurora, Rapunzel and 1 other princess – either Snow White, Jasmine, Tiana.
As briefly touched on above, the old paper fast pass system is long gone. Now you can book your fast passes on line before you even arrive, or book them on arrival in the park – linked to either your plastic entry ticket or the Disney magic bands.
Adventureland remains largely unchanged, although the Pineapple Dole whips have moved location and a new restaurant has been opened called the Jungle Navigation Skipper Canteen. Liberty Square is also untouched.
In Tomorrowland, the old Alien ride has given way to Stitch’s Great Escape, Tomorrowland Transit, The Speedway, Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear and the Astro Orbiter are all still there along with the Monsters Inc Laugh In. The Noodle station has given way to another burger bar though.
On the food side, gone are Churros and Turkey Legs. Starbucks has arrived on the Main Street and always has long queues.
The remodelling of the area in front of the castle has been beautifully done with lawned areas and little fountains – it is a great place to take a break and have a little snack or nap!
So while definitely recognisable it is also definitely different, better and still magical.