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Old 09-30-2012, 05:17 PM   #2956
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It's an "AND," so you'll get to see 2, depending on which line you get into!
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:26 PM   #2957
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I saw on Kenny the Pirate's blog that CM previews for new Fantasyland are Oct. 22nd to Nov. 2nd. Do they ever let the general public in for soft openings during the same time period as the CM previews? That is the exact time period we are at DW.
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:38 AM   #2958
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Big Top Souvenirs now open...


http://www.wdwmagic.com/attractions/...nd-opening.htm

Storybook Circus park area.....

http://www.wdwmagic.com/attractions/...n-and-food.htm

New Storybook Circus Fastpass area........

http://www.wdwmagic.com/attractions/...ook-circus.htm
Thanks for those links. Awesome photos.

Three observations:

1) The detail work is amazing. Like another poster, I wasn't all that thrilled with the idea of a circus-themed area within Fantasyland, but that looks really nice.

2) What Fantasyland has needed for the longest time is something to absorb people and keep those main walkways clear. It's been a bottleneck back there since the 70's. They've really addressed that problem with this expansion, and judging by the aerial photos, it's less than half open so far. I'll know for sure when we go next week, but it looks like merely getting through Fantasyland will probably be a lot more pleasant experience crowd-wise. Yes, it will draw more people back there, but with all the extra seating, walkways, shopping, etc. those people have places to go now rather than be crammed onto too-narrow walkways. I think the Under the Sea ride will help even more in this regard.

3) I can't remember if most other FP distribution locations have that little sign noting the stand-by waits for their attractions, but that is extremely helpful if you see a short stand-by wait and want to save FP usage for something with a longer stand-by wait. I guess most other FP distribution locations might not need such a sign, since you could just look at the stand-by line from the FP location in most cases. But if it's not a simple thing to see the line, that's very helpful.
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:41 AM   #2959
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Thanks for those links. Awesome photos.

3) I can't remember if most other FP distribution locations have that little sign noting the stand-by waits for their attractions, but that is extremely helpful if you see a short stand-by wait and want to save FP usage for something with a longer stand-by wait. I guess most other FP distribution locations might not need such a sign, since you could just look at the stand-by line from the FP location in most cases. But if it's not a simple thing to see the line, that's very helpful.
Exactly what I thought when I saw the photo with the stand-by times. You could get FP for the attraction with the longer wait and meanwhile ride the other.


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Old 10-01-2012, 01:21 PM   #2960
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2014 for the Mine Train???

I haven't read through this entire thread so sorry in advance if this has been discussed several times. I can't believe they're already working on the 7 Dwarfs Train Ride and it's still going to be 2014 before it opens. Are they overshooting on purpose or do most think it really will be 2014? Wishful thinking....I'm going in September 2013.
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:25 PM   #2961
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I haven't read through this entire thread so sorry in advance if this has been discussed several times. I can't believe they're already working on the 7 Dwarfs Train Ride and it's still going to be 2014 before it opens. Are they overshooting on purpose or do most think it really will be 2014? Wishful thinking....I'm going in September 2013.
Roller coasters take a very long time to build, even longer with all of the themeing Disney is renowned for.
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:06 PM   #2962
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Time to update Post #1, Berlioz.

Passholder previews on November 3, 10, and 11. Guests can choose from two sets of three experiences. A tour of BoG and riding "Under the Sea-Journey of the Little Mermaid" are part of both. The either/or is ETWB or Ariel M&G.
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:27 PM   #2963
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No more Belle at TST or CRT:

http://kennythepirate.com/2012/10/01...s-crt-and-tst/
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:44 PM   #2964
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Roller coasters take a very long time to build, even longer with all of the themeing Disney is renowned for.
In addition to this fact, I wouldn't be surprised if some of the work has been slowing down on the Mine Train ride to get the other parts of the expansion done early or on time.

Expedition Everest took about three years to complete, from announcement to opening. And that was a stand-alone project, without a huge expansion to the area it was in. The Mine Train might not be quite the massive job EE was, but I'd expect the same level of theming detail found in EE.

I'm sure there are some contractors who are focused only on a single attraction (such as track installers, etc.), but I wouldn't be surprised if others float from attraction to attraction as needed to meet opening deadlines.
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I haven't read through this entire thread so sorry in advance if this has been discussed several times. I can't believe they're already working on the 7 Dwarfs Train Ride and it's still going to be 2014 before it opens. Are they overshooting on purpose or do most think it really will be 2014? Wishful thinking....I'm going in September 2013.
Part of the problem now will be that access to that area will be somewhat limited once the rest of FLE opens soon. The work site for the mine train coaster will be surrounded by guests most hours of every day. I suspect that might slow down construction a bit also.
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:07 PM   #2966
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Time to update Post #1, Berlioz.
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Old 10-01-2012, 05:18 PM   #2967
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Is Belle one of the princess over at Akershus? Or is STWB the only place you can meet her?

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Old 10-01-2012, 05:29 PM   #2968
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Darnit!!! The 3rd is our MK day!!!

How do you think that will affect the crowds?

If I upgrade to an AP when I get there I won't be able to get in right, I would have had to pre register?

Maybe I can sneak in!!!!!
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Old 10-01-2012, 05:40 PM   #2969
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Darnit!!! The 3rd is our MK day!!!

How do you think that will affect the crowds?

If I upgrade to an AP when I get there I won't be able to get in right, I would have had to pre register?

Maybe I can sneak in!!!!!
Won't impact crowds at all. A small number of AP holders will be in an area where nobody else will have access to.

Doing MK on a Saturday in the fall is the most crowded day you could possibly pick as it is already though.
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Old 10-01-2012, 05:49 PM   #2970
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Is Belle one of the princess over at Akershus? Or is STWB the only place you can meet her?

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Belle is still available at Akershus in yellow and France in blue.

She also appears randomly at the Studios in blue.

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