New Dumbo and Disney Surprises

Walt Disney World: I am rather impressed with the new Dumbo ride and Storybook Circus area with thorough themes and details.

From Skipper Adam
Posted March 23, 2012 at 8:28 AM
Things have surprised me this week, and coincidentally all Disney. I'd have to say first, John Carter was actually impressive movie, easily better than Star Wars I,II,III (granted it's not hard to make movies better than those.) The second thing would be the Citrus Swirl in Adventureland...I'm never going back to Dolewhips.

Lastly, and IMO most importantly was the new Dumbo ride and circus area thus far. It's a simple theme, true, but done extremely well and thoroughly and makes much of the rest of MK look old school-ish. I have to say, I didn't think they could make the Dumbo ride look any nice than it was, but now the inner kid in me wants to ride it over and over. The ride makes sense now, surrounded by a fantasy circus, in a park setting with bright colors and bright lights.

I'm really inclined to say that they really should redo MK land by land.

From Dominick D
Posted March 23, 2012 at 8:52 AM
I was also suprised on what they did in the circus. It was wonderful and beautiful. They turned The Barnstormer from an ordinary kiddie coaster to something more. I didn't get to ride Dumbo because I had Buzz Fastpasses ready and the line was well over an hour. I can't wait to see the rest of new Fantasyland! Also, I thought Episode III was pretty good, probably the third best Star Wars (fourth if you're not including ROTJ edits).

From Mark Fairleigh
Posted March 23, 2012 at 9:09 AM
wOOt on all counts!! So looking forward to MK in the Fall! Think I'll have to do a taste-test and have both a Dole Whip and a Citrus Swirl:)

Dom, I put Sith third on the list myself. Granted the whole Vader "NOOOOOOOOO!" scene nearly derails it for me, but I got the point Lucas was hammering into our heads with it. 1)Empire 2)New Hope 3)Sith 4)Jedi...the last two are toss-ups.

From Dominick D
Posted March 23, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Mark, you pretty much nailed it. However, I would put PM over AOTC since Hayden acts really, really badly.

From Tim W
Posted March 23, 2012 at 11:59 AM
I seriously hope that Disney will prove me wrong. I've always thought this idea of a circus wasn't the best for Fantasyland. However, Dumbo does looks spectacular!

From Mark Fairleigh
Posted March 23, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Dom, I get the marketing reasons as to why Lucas started Anakin so young, but to me it was always a weak point. An older, more mature Anakin being turned to the dark side would have been a more compelling and dramatic story. Sith does a nice job of it overall, but I never quite bought into how young both Padme, and especially, Anakin were. An older Anakin would have meant a more mature and skilled actor.

Please excuse the slight derail of your thread, Skip. :)

From Skipper Adam
Posted March 23, 2012 at 12:49 PM
I brought Star Wars up, so fair game.

From Duncan Henny
Posted March 23, 2012 at 3:32 PM
i going in sept so can't wait to see what they have done , want to try the citrus swirl too and maybe the chicken waffle sandwich too ( i drooled a little at robert's picture) and i too really enjoyed john carter shame it isn't doing well would like to have seen more il just need to read the books i suppose.

From James Rao
Posted March 23, 2012 at 9:35 PM
I have heard nothing but fantastic press about the part of Storybook Circus that has opened so far. It looks like Disney is pulling out all the stops with this $400M expansion, which bodes well for Disney and theme park fans alike!

As for Star Wars, the only film worth its salt is the first one as it is the only one that can stand on its own. All the other films are dependent on Return of the Jedi which is easily the worst movie in the series. However, if I had to rank them from best to worst, the order would be like this:

1. A New Hope - I often pretend there were no sequels
2. Empire - best directed (by far), but 100% dependant on Jedi
3. Sith - at least it was a little less kid oriented
4. Clones - the last 45 mins provides the best action sequences of all the films
5. Menace - Jar Jar Stinks
6. Jedi - someone should have stood up to Lucas and said, "Dear God NO!" This joke of a movie was nearly bad enough to ruin the entire series.

Someone (not Lucas) should do a Star Wars reboot and salvage this once proud franchise. Might I recommend James Cameron, Andrew Stanton, Joss Whedon, or even David Fincher for the director's chair?

From Mike Gallagher
Posted March 24, 2012 at 4:02 AM
James, I have a hunch the esteemed Mr. Stanton may have a bit of trouble landing an offer to direct another live-action film at the moment.

From James Rao
Posted March 24, 2012 at 6:03 AM
Disney marketing will have to accept their part in the mediocre performance of John Carter. Furthermore, very few, if any, critics are complaining about the direction of the flick. Besides, Stanton certainly couldn't do any worse than hacks like George Lucas and Richard Marquand!

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