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Magic Kingdom Update: Dumbo The Flying Elephant Interactive Queue, New Fantasyland Construction, Grand Floridian DVC Villas – Photos and Video

Hi everyone!

We spent a few hours yesterday at the Magic Kingdom (below, left) – it’s hard to believe it’s been a month since we’ve visited! The last visit we made was when the Casey Jr. Splash ‘N Soak area was opened. The Main Street Bakery had been under a facade for quite some time including the last time we were here, and it looks very nice and bright now (below, right).

One of our first stops was at Dumbo the Flying Elephant in Storybook Circus (below, left). This was the first time we’d been inside the new Dumbo stand-by queue, and ridden the second spinner. The signs outside say to “Step Right Up!” and “Come Play Inside” (below, right).

More signs let guests know that they can “Play While You Wait” (below, left). One of the nice things about this is that guests are given a “ticket” to ride, in the form of a pager (below, right). The wait time includes the play area. For us, we had a 20-25 minute wait (as posted), and that included the time inside. fast-pass is also offered for Dumbo the Flying Elephant and can be obtained at Mickey’s Philharmagic (direct access to Dumbo without the playground).

There are several area where kids can play – and parents can sit – within the new queue. Young children enjoy a small slide and car (below, left) in the middle of the queue. Dumbo (below, right), flies overhead, with Timothy Mouse on top. We especially enjoyed the air conditioning as it was a very hot Florida summer day.

This slide (below, left) is themed to the Human Cannonball (below, left). There is an area where kids can run around in that goes through a “burning building” (below, right). This seemed to work very well for the target audience as I heard some kids say they would rather stay and play than actually ride Dumbo after their pager went off. I had never observed anyone ask to remain in a queue before this.

The ringmaster stands by the building (below, left) as firefighters come to the rescue (below, right). The firefighter artwork pays homage to the Firehouse Five Plus Two, including Disney Legend Ward Kimball (below, right).

When Dumbo was ready for our flight our ticket pager went off. (below, left). We walked through the rest of the queue (below, right), ready to enjoy a ride on the spinner that we’ve not tried out yet.

Video #1 – Dumbo the Flying Elephant Interactive Queue, Magic Kingdom Storybook Circus – Disney World – This is the full stand-by line experience for the new Dumbo the Flying Elephant at Walt Disney World. When you enter the circus tent/queue you are given a pager (themed as a circus ticket) and given access to a circus-inspired playground where kids can play while adults enjoy the air conditioning until the pager notifies you that Dumbo is ready for flight.

Once we arrived outside, it was just one or two spins before we were able to ride Dumbo (below, left). We could see construction in the background (below, right) though a look into Fantasyland was nearly impossible due to trees.

Timothy Mouse has returned and now stands above a sign that reads “Believe & Soar”. Here is an up close photo of Timothy with his feather (below, right).

Video #2 – Dumbo the Flying Elephant POV Ride, 2nd Dumbo (Counter Clockwise) – Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World – This is the view today from the second Dumbo ride to be installed at the Magic Kingdom. Look past the trees and you can see some of the construction on the new Fantasyland!

We rode the People Mover to cool off, and get a view of Fantasyland and the Tomorrowland Speedway (below, left). The ride stopped as we entered Space Mountain, and we were evacuated off. Guests were removed in a very organized manner (below, right).

Beyond the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coaster, there is still a little bit of a view of Prince Eric’s Castle (below, left). The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train construction has changed quite a bit since our last visit (below, right).

Beast’s Castle rises above the rock work (below, left), with a shell that looks like a cinnamon roll in the foreground. The whimsical rooftop and chimney of Maurice’s Cottage can be seen from a few angles as well (below, right).

If you’d like a FASTPASS for Dumbo, they are currently available at Mickey’s Philharmagic (below, left). Guests line up to get FASTPASSES for The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and Dumbo the Flying Elephant (below, right).

There was quite a bit of work going on at the castle walls (below, left). The crowds were busiest near it’s a small world, near where the new restrooms will be (below, right).

Video #3 – Fantasyland Construction Details 7/13/12 Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Wall, Beast’s Castle, Mermaid – Our latest look at new Fantasyland construction at Walt Disney World! Includes a look at the following: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train track and exterior, Little Mermaid show building exterior detail, Storybook Circus tents, Belle’s Cottage, closed Snow White’s Scary Adventurers facade, Castle wall extensions and more!

The Grand Floridian DVC Villas construction is moving quickly at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort (below, left), and you can see that in the foreground, there is a yellow barrier in the water that boats can’t pass (below left and right). All boats must now sail around the island en-route to Disney’s Polynesian resort and back. An estimated 147 villas will open in late 2013, making the Grand Floridian the 12th DVC property.

For many more great photos, please check out MouseSteps latest update Coming Soon!

Latest Release: Celebrate Spring – Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2012:

Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2012

Celebrate spring at one of Disney’s most anticipated events of the year: The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2012.

Experience these unique panoramic displays throughout Epcot’s Future World and all around World Showcase!

Running Time: 64 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2011, Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2010, Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2009, Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2008

All New – The Very Best of Disney’s Nighttime Fireworks Spectaculars!

Jeff Lange Presents: Walt Disney World Nighttime Fireworks Spectaculars

Jeff Lange takes you to Walt Disney World to experience the very best of Disney’s Nighttime Fireworks Spectaculars!

Featuring: Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky, Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams – 40th Anniversary Special Edition, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, Let There Be Peace on Earth Finale, Fantasy in the Sky New Years Eve Fireworks and BONUS: The Magic, The Memories, and You! (Romance Segment).

Running Time: 66 min

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Remember Christmas: Holiday Treat 2011 DVD – Available Now:

Jeff Lange’s Holiday Treat 2011 (Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2011)

Seasons Greetings from Jeff Lange! Celebrate the holidays with this new DVD featuring the 2011 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World.

Features yearly favorites such as: “Cinderella’s Holiday Wish (Castle Lighting)“, “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade“, The Magic, The Memories and You! (Holiday Segment),Holiday Wishes Fireworks – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season“, “Celebrate the Season Show“, Very Merry Party Scenes, and much more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Halloween at Walt Disney World (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2011) – Available Now:

Jeff Lange’s Trick or Treat 8 (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2011)

Jeff Lange presents this all-new DVD from the 2011 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World!

Featuring: Br’er Rabbit’s Laughin’ Place Candy Patch, The Headless Horseman, Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, Happy HalloWishes Fireworks, Villains Dance Mix and Mingle, Not So Scary Party Scenes, Haunted Mansion at Midnight and more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available: Trick or Treat vol 1 – 8 (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties 2003-2011) – Click HERE

Halloween Time at Disneyland (Mickey’s Halloween Party)

Jeff Lange’s Disneyland Trick or Treat (Mickey’s Halloween Party 2010)

Jeff Lange presents this all-new DVD from the 2010 Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland!

Featuring: Spooky Halloween Party Scenes, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Mickey’s Costume Party Cavalcade, Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy, Halloween Screams – A Villainous Surprise in the Skies Fireworks, Haunted Mansion Holiday and more!

Running Time: 66 min

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All New Summer Releases – Disneyland Summertime 2011 and Magic Kingdom Summertime 2011

Jeff Lange’s Disneyland Summertime 2011

Join Jeff Lange as he brings the magic of Disneyland into your home with “Jeff Lange’s Disneyland Summertime 2011″!

Featuring the following 2011 summertime favorites: Entrance Scenes, Mickey’s Soundsational Parade, The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, Pirates of the Caribbean with Blackbeard, The Magic, The Memories and You! plus BONUS: “Magical” A Fireworks Spectacular!

Running Time: 66 min

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Jeff Lange’s Magic Kingdom Summertime 2011

Celebrate the summer of 2011 in style, as Jeff Lange brings you the newest offerings from Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom!

Featuring the following 2011 summertime favorites: Entrance Scenes, Haunted Mansion Interactive Queue, Haunted Mansion Ride, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Magic, The Memories, and You! plus BONUS: Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky Fireworks Spectacular !

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available: Jeff Lange’s Magic Kingdom Summertime 2010 (Featuring SpectroMagic, Summer Nightastic! Fireworks Show, Main Street Electrical Parade and more!)

Recent Releases – Frontierland Classics, Adventureland Classics and Liberty Square Classics:

Jeff Lange Remembers: Frontierland Classics

Take a trip back in time to experience classic Walt Disney World “Frontierland” attractions. This fifth volume in the series features the following: Splash Mountain (1992), Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade (2006), Country Bear Jamboree (1992), Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (1997), Tom Sawyer Island (2006) and more!

Running Time: 65 min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Fantasyland Classics

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Jeff Lange Remembers: Adventureland Classics

Take a trip back in time to experience classic Walt Disney World “Adventureland” attractions. This fourth volume in the series features the following: Adventureland Tour (1992-1997), Jungle Cruise (1993), Enchanted Tiki Birds Tropical Serenade (1992), Pirates of the Caribbean (original version including Barker Bird 1992), Pirates of the Caribbean (1997) and more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Jeff Lange Remembers: Liberty Square Classics

Take a trip back in time to experience classic Walt Disney World “Liberty Square” attractions. This third volume in the series features the following: The Hall of Presidents (Original Version – 1993), Mike Fink Keel Boats (opening day attraction – 1992), Haunted Mansion (original version – 1992), Haunted Mansion Bonus Ride (my final recording of the original version with some special surprises – 2006)!

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Tomorrowland Classics

Epcot Center Historical DVDs – Available Now:

For fans of classic Epcot Center, I present my Epcot Center Historical Collection!

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Walt Disney World Vintage Footage:

Jeff Lange DVD Presents: Bob Welbaum’s Walt Disney World 1986 DVD

 

Jeff Lange turns back the clock to 1986, where you will experience Walt Disney World through the eyes of Disneyana documentarian Bob Welbaum. This incredible vintage footage includes select narration from Mr. Welbaum, who shot this video before recording was commonplace.

Walt Disney World 1986 contains clips from the following: Walt Disney World Resorts, Original Disney Shopping Village, Epcot Center, Discovery Island, Magic Kingdom, Seven Seas Lagoon and much more!

Running Time: 65 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Fantasyland Classics and Jeff Lange Remembers: Tomorrowland Classics

Disneyland Vintage Footage (5 Volumes Available):

Jeff Lange Remembers Disneyland Classics Vol 5

Jeff Lange takes you on a trip back in time to experience classic Disneyland attractions. This fifth volume in the series features the following:

Aladdin’s Royal Caravan (1993), Disneyland Railroad(1992) including the burning settlers cabin, Big Thunder Ranch and more, Beauty and the Beast Show (1993),Pinocchio’s Daring Journey (1993), Alice in Wonderland (1993) andFantasy in the Sky Fireworks (1993)!

Running Time: 66 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Disneyland Classics Volume 1 – 4.

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