'What do you mean I'm going *back* to Disney World?'

September 16, 2009, 11:32 AM · With Walt Disney World deploying Dueling Dumbos for 2013 in the Magic Kingdom...

Dumbo in the Smithsonian

...does that mean the Smithsonian has to give its Dumbo back? ;-)

Replies (14)

September 16, 2009 at 12:22 PM · Yes
September 16, 2009 at 12:40 PM · No, if WDI can't build one extra Dumbo and leave that one there, they have a long road ahead then when it comes to the expansion project...
September 16, 2009 at 1:43 PM · (Indignant)

Why wasn't Dumbo's pal included? The mouse who always gets upstaged by ol' big ears! (Sorry, honey).

What's Dumbo's buddy's name again?

September 16, 2009 at 2:38 PM · two dumbo's is a great idea, now all we need is a second space mountain and walt's dream is finally complete.
September 16, 2009 at 7:27 PM · Actually, Space Mountain is already technically 2 roller coasters that are mirror images of each other.

I never really understood the fascination for Dumbo. Astro-Orbiters is far superior to Dumbo, but it does make sense for Disney to try to increase the capacity of their highly popular ride and improve the guest experience while they wait in a line that moves notoriously slow.

September 16, 2009 at 9:29 PM · Timothy the Mouse
September 17, 2009 at 7:57 AM · If you're looking for a thrill, dueling Tea Cups is where it's at.

But yeah I think dueling Astro Orbiters would be better than Dueling Dumbos...the ears may get tangled :(

September 17, 2009 at 8:15 AM · I guess the popularity of the Dumbo ride is based off kids 2-8...I know even though the wait was almost an hour last month my 3 year old screamed and kicked demanding he ride that ride. Going to the top of the elevator shaft to ride astro wasn't that thrilling to him? There is no way to move more people thru Dumbo as it stands now... the ride time is already short so a second option makes sense to me.
September 17, 2009 at 10:13 AM · We just brought my daughter to the Magic Kingdom for the first time last week. She is 2 years 3 months old. Anyway, when she saw Dumbo, she almost passed our from excite for going on that. There is just something about that ride, kids want to go on it. So we waited in line, fully exposed to the unforgiving sun (more so since I am a Bostonian and don't gel with heat). A second one would be welcomed.
September 17, 2009 at 12:31 PM · That makes me wonder if they have dueling, will they increase the ride time?
September 17, 2009 at 12:40 PM · The point where the two Dumbos look like they are going to collide with one another is going to be awesome....
September 17, 2009 at 11:16 PM · The two sets will help, and so will the new "pager" waiting system - allowing kids to play and parents to wait in the shade on bleachers.
Will they end up doing the same for Astro and Flying Carpets? They probably don't have the same throughput needs.
We're waiting for the truly dueling-tea-cups-on-a-coaster ride (controlling your own spinning and speed of spin...)

Did the Smithsonian get theirs from e-bay or MouseSurplus?

September 18, 2009 at 5:39 PM · I heard it paid a couple kids to jack one on a grad night....
September 18, 2009 at 5:58 PM · Do you think they left any room in the expansion for the Snow White and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Coaster? Do you think we will ever see that ride happen in Fantasyland?

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