I wonder if that was a original intention or a change made due to guest feedback.
I was under the impression that the coaster was just having an overlay to suit the new theme. I guess Disney are really going all out to make this new expansion a wonderful new experience, which makes me even more excited to see the finished product.
Don't underestimate the power of a parent whose toddler has been scorned. I'm surprised that Disney even closed the "old" Dumbo before this new one was ready. I feel for anyone working Guest Relations on a day when Dumbo is down.
They needed the capacity.
I have been an AP holder and lived in Orlando for 12 years and I've gone to the park on many ocasions prior to that. I have NEVER seen the park as busy as it was yesterday. True - I would not be caught dead at Disney on New Years' Eve or at any time during week 52. I know it's Spring Break season, but I didn't expect it to be at full tile yet. The line for Haunted Manasion was over 45 minutes and the extened queue was set up down on the water front in the old Mike Fink Keel boats area. The line for It's a Small World began between the Columbia House restrooms and the jelly shop. 120 minutes for Splash Mountain. 45 for Snow White. 75 for Peter Pan. 50 for Pirates...during the 3:00 Parade. Crazy!
It was crazy!