Recently, Disney World officials released another piece of concept art for the Storybook Circus area of the Fantasyland expansion at Magic Kingdom.
The section previously known at Mickey’s Toontown Fair will be dedicated to the story of Dumbo. Of course, the park’s signature ride is being moved there, and as previously reported, a second Dumbo The Flying Elephant will be added because of its popularity. The rides are designed so that guests will view the elephants flying toward each other and together through the center of the attractions. This means one of the Dumbo rides will be the first at at Disney theme park to fly clockwise, a Disney spokesperson told me. There also will be a new interactive queue.
The move of the existing Dumbo will be coordinated with the opening of the new ride, so that at least one Dumbo will always be open, I’m told. The Magic Kingdom renovation will open in phases beginning in 2012, but no dates have been announced yet.
Storybook Circus also will feature Casey, Jr., the locomotive from the animated movie, getting splashed by playful circus animals nears the current train station (back center of illustration). The kiddie roller coaster, the Barnstormer at Goofy’s Wiseacre Farm, is being rethemed to be a spiraling stunt plane built by The Great Goofini (upper right corner of illustration). Large circus tents remain (left side of illustration) as merchandise outlets, though the number has changed, a senior Imagineer recently told the Sentinel.
Want to get the kids up to speed? For its 70th anniversary, Dumbo is being re-released Sept. 20 on DVD and Blu-ray.