Magic Kingdom (Carousel of) Progress!

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    Today’s photo is an appropriate one. Later today, a press conference is set to take place inside Mickey’s PhilharMagic. The conference will cover the new Disney Dream, this year’s marketing campaign entitled “Let the Memories Begin,” and reportedly, changes to the Fantasyland Expansion.

    For those who have not been following this project, it has been in a constant state of flux. Tom Staggs, head of Parks and Resorts, made public statements to the Orlando Sentinel last summer that significant portions of the project were going under the knife (my words, not his). Since, many prominent insiders have reported that a Mine Cart ride based upon Snow White is set to replace the Princess cottages, and the meet and greets will take up residence in Snow White’s Scary Adventures. Many of these same reliable sources are indicating that these changes will be announced tonight at the press conference.

    I am excited to hear confirmation of these changes, as I feel they represent more “progress” (see the connection?) for the parks than the Princess meet and greets. While I didn’t detest the idea of the meet and greets like many, I felt the project, for as expansive as it was, seemed substantively devoid. Essentially, it brought only one new attraction. Now, it brings two (along with many other things, including/especially an infinite number of new photo ops!). While the park is technically also losing one with the removal of Snow White’s Scary Adventures, I hardly consider this a loss. That attraction, in my opinion, is an abomination. It is reminiscent of something you would find at a local fair. In short, it doesn’t live up to today’s standards. I know some will disagree with that sentiment (I’d like to see one logical retort that doesn’t invoke some sort of nostalgia for the attraction), but I think it’s a fair assessment.

    Hopefully the press conference brings this great news with it!

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    1. Todd Hurley Photography 50 months ago | reply

      Can't wait to hear about the new revised plans. I share the same views of Snow White's Scary Adventures. Most of the time we bypass it anyway, even when there's no wait. I don't hate it, I'm just indifferent to it. Nice fisheye comp, btw.

    2. SpreadTheMagic 50 months ago | reply

      Wow. Excellent use of fisheye lens effect. The artist renderings of the mine cart ride looks amazing.

    3. Katie Marino Hansen 50 months ago | reply

      Wonderful shot! I remember the sky that day was amazing. And I also share your opinion of Snow White-it desperately needs updating (or replacement).

    4. Silver1SWA (Ryan Pastorino) 50 months ago | reply

      In December, thanks to Larry and Cory, I experienced Carousel of Progress for the first time. It changed my life forever!

      Nice shot. That sky is nice! I agree with Cory about the sign.

    5. MSummersPhotography 50 months ago | reply

      Nice shot Tom!

      Looks like the announcement came a little early:

    6. dgwphotography 50 months ago | reply

      Great use of the fish eye - I love the processing here....

      Now I can't get that song out of my head... There's a great big beautiful tomorrow...

    7. tcwmatt (on Hiatus) 50 months ago | reply

      Snow White's Scary Adventures is LAME. I do hope they replace this - and the mine cart ride sounds much more interesting.

      Nice shot Tom! I like the excessive curvature of the people mover track on the right. Great capture for today!

    8. Scott Smith (SRisonS) 50 months ago | reply

      Awesome shot!!! Great unique take on this.

      I remember going on Snow White a few months ago. And for the life of me, I couldn't really remember the ride. But after it was over, I realized why. It won't be missed if it ever goes away.

    9. Kiki FL 50 months ago | reply

      I'm kind of looking forward to the F-Land update. The whole park could use a little love (as could they all, actually...).

      I like your take on CoP here, too.

    10. Master_Gracey 50 months ago | reply

      Great shot of the gigantic CoP.

      As for Snow White, I hate the current trend of thrills or nothing. But I also will not miss the current ride if it leaves. I don't need a thrilling ride to take it's place, just a more engaging one.

    11. Gary Burke. 50 months ago | reply

      Great use of the fisheye, Tom!

    12. DugJax 50 months ago | reply

      Very unique take on of the best that I've seen of this attraction.
      As for the FL expansion, I'm a go with the flow guy so whatever is there will be good and it will bring in more guests. My only concern is that it's too 'little girl' centric.

    13. Photogineer (Doug) 50 months ago | reply

      Great work on the fish. Progress is what I really liked about Disney and even when changes happen that I don't like. (Horizons) I look at it as a way to move forward in Progress. As much as I wish some things would stay the same, I think without change there is no progress.

    14. Eugene1959 50 months ago | reply

      Great shot. Great perspective.

    15. Serge Babineau 50 months ago | reply

      It's nice to have an insider who can give us updates on the future of Disney. I won't miss Snow White and can't wait to see the Mine Ride. I love the angle and the colors of this shot! Well done!
      Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)

    16. jdhilger 50 months ago | reply

      I found CoP fairly difficult to shoot. The building is surprisingly uninteresting. Way to spice it up.

      Nostalgia vs. progress will be a never-ending battle for Disney and its fans. I never had much experience with Country bears in CA or Mr. Toad in FL, so I haven't been bit too hard yet. I will say that there's no reason for me to have nostalgia for CoP having ridden it for the first time a year ago, but I still love it. There definitely is something to those rides where Walt had a very distinct involvement vs. those that he was less involved, for whatever reason.

    17. Vanessa Varandas 50 months ago | reply

      I'm very excited for the new changes announced for the Fantasyland expansion and I am not at all upset about Snow White's Scary Adventures disappearing. Your comparison to it being like a fair ride is spot on.
      Wonderful sky, I love the clouds.

    18. Jeff_B. 50 months ago | reply

      This is just further proof of the wide angle guru I proclaimed you earlier in the week!

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