Magic Kingdom (Carousel of) Progress!
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!