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All in the Details: Hidden History at Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station at Magic Kingdom Park

We previously took a look at the opening of Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station at Magic Kingdom Park when it opened back in June, but there are actually some hidden details here that are worthy of another Disney Parks Blog post.

Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station at Magic Kingdom Park


If you know anything about Disney Parks, you probably know that Walt Disney Imagineering often includes nods to Disney history in their projects. (The names on the windows on Main Street, U.S.A., are a great example).

specific set of numbers on the back: 71, 82, 89

Horse hoofs and other signs of circus life have made their way into the concrete’s designs

When you’re walking through this area, be sure to check out the little details on the ground beneath your feet. Horse hoofs and other signs of circus life have made their way into the concrete’s designs. (Be sure to look for the elephant tracks and false peanut shells in the concrete that leads into Dumbo the Flying Elephant!).



New Fantasyland Update: What’s New, What’s Next in the Magic Kingdom

New Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom® Park at the Walt Disney World® Resort will take enchanting experiences one step further with circus big tops, an undersea grotto and more magic than ever before! Two incredible themed areas – Storybook Circus and Enchanted Forest – will nearly double the land’s original size. Here’s a summary of what you will find in these new areas.

New Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom® Park at the Walt Disney World® Resort

Storybook Circus – Now Open!
Step right up to Storybook Circus, a throwback to the golden era of classic three-ring attractions. Here you can:

  • Soar through the air on Dumbo the Flying Elephant, which is now twice the fun thanks to the addition of a second pachyderm squadron.
    • At the Big Top at Dumbo the Flying Elephant you can enjoy themed (and air-conditioned) play experiences – from the Human Cannonball to a Tower of Flames – and will receive a circus ticket pager upon entering that goes off when it’s your turn to board the attraction!
  • Enjoy the classic Barnstormer attraction, which has a bright new look, featuring Goofy as The Great Goofini. It’s a twisting, turning roller coaster “flight” high above the circus fun.
  • Cool off at Casey Jr. Splash ‘n’ Soak Station, a circus-themed water play area. Water squirts from playful monkeys, elephants, camels and from Casey Jr. when he lets off billows of cooling “steam.”

Enchanted Forest – Previews Start Nov. 19, 2012. Grand Opening on Dec. 6, 2012.
Open in time for the holiday season, Enchanted Forest will offer you a magically interactive realm that brings to life Belle’s beautiful French countryside and allow you to be part of Ariel and Prince Eric’s world. Enchanted Forest will be home to two new castles (Prince Eric’s from “The Little Mermaid” and the Beast’s from “Beauty and the Beast”), a quaint village, waterfalls and plenty of pixie dust! Highlights planned include:

  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid is a major new attraction that takes you on a ride with Ariel and her friends through their exciting adventures above and below the waves – all against a musical backdrop of songs from the classic film.

Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid

  • The castle of the Beast stands majestically upon a hill and houses the Be Our Guest Restaurant (reservations open in late August), which will feature a lavish dining experience in the elegant ballroom, gallery and mysterious “West Wing” of the castle. With seating for 550, this eatery promises a French bistro flavor, offering “great food fast” service by day and full table service dining in the evening.
  • Maurice’s Cottage (decorated with a few of his wacky contraptions!) is situated in Belle’s Village amongst a French countryside setting complete with a wishing well and rustic foot bridge. The inventor’s humble workshop welcomes you into the first scene of Enchanted Tales with Belle, a lively retelling of the “tale as old as time.”
  • Nearby in Belle’s Village, you will find the rousing Gaston’s Tavern and Bonjour! Village Gifts.

Enchanted Tales with Belle in Belle's Village

Additional elements of New Fantasyland will open in 2013 and 2014. You can always find the most up-to-date information here on our blog.

Exploring Disney Parks After Dark

On April 15, 1962, “The Wonderful World of Color” aired an episode titled “Disneyland After Dark,” in which Walt Disney gave fans around the country a look at how lovely Disneyland park appeared at night.

Starting tonight, we’ll continue Walt’s tradition right here on the Disney Parks Blog. Each Thursday evening, our new “Disney Parks After Dark” column will feature a new nighttime photo of a Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort attraction.

Disney Parks After Dark

This week’s shot, taken by Disney Photographer Ali Nasser, is of the lovely “doubled” Dumbo the Flying Elephant attraction in the Storybook Circus area of New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park. Just seeing how colorful this newly refurbished attraction is makes me want to plan an evening at the parks for my family so we can see it for ourselves!

What do you think? And which Disney attraction is your favorite to experience at night? Tell us in the comments section below.

Look! Dumbo is Going the Wrong Way!


Actually, Dumbo is just reversing decades of flying in counter-clockwise circles. Call it “unwinding,” if you will. And in a new location within Magic Kingdom.

Guests will board Dumbo the Flying Elephant from the lovable critter’s left side — like mounting a horse … and unlike the way guests hop aboard for a whirl at Disney parks on three continents. It is scheduled to begin happening in early 2012 when select experiences in the Storybook Circus neighborhood of New Fantasyland debut just northeast of Mad Tea Party.

Also early 2012, the existing Dumbo attraction near Prince Charming Regal Carrousel will close, be refurbished and be moved to a location in Storybook Circus next to the new Dumbo attraction. The result when completed later in 2012: double Dumbos, one going this-a-way, one going that-a-way … a real circus act, if you will.

There also will be a “big top” that serves as a queue area for the popular attraction. It will feature a variety of interactive experiences currently being developed.

Great GoofiniTwo other Storybook Circus elements planned for opening early in the year are The Barnstormer and Fantasyland Station. Guests who enjoyed The Barnstormer at Goofy’s Wiseacre Farm will be happy to know the junior coaster thrills of that attraction are back with a thematic change: Goofy has sold the farm and is now a circus stunt pilot and magician, The Great Goofini. The completely re-imagined train station will serve as the gateway to Storybook Circus and all Fantasyland points beyond.

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