March 11, 2013

Living in Fantasyland

Thanks to the wonderful folks at WDWMagic for the photo of the brand new Tangled-themed restrooms in Fantasyland at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom... but it's not enough to make me want to visit the complex at this point in time. Love the movie Tangled, and yes, I really do want to see the New Fantasyland eventually. 

From an aesthetic point of view, this is a very nice looking piece of work- as is much of the expansion of the realm of Fantasy. I am sure all the enhanced queues (Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad) provide pleasant diversion for those guests stuck in very long lines. And I know that the chance to eat in Beast's dining room will draw in the numbers. 

All these new little touches are part of what makes a trip to Walt Disney World full of eye candy. A part. A small part. A very small part. Thanks to the astounding success of Cars Land at California Adventure and the incredible attraction Radiator Springs Racers, perhaps the suits are realizing that it is the combination of wonderfully innovative attractions and immersive environments that will bring in the crowds. This should change the future of the parks. But if the suits think they can continue on ignoring the need for new and amazing adventures in Florida, they are the ones living in Fantasyland. 

(Photograph copyright WDWMagic.)

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