Magic Kingdom trip report – September 2012 (fall decorations, Fantasyland expansion)

Magic Kingdom trip report – September 2012 (fall decorations, Fantasyland expansion)

Magic Kingdom trip report – September 2012 (fall decorations, Fantasyland expansion)

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On Saturday I returned in Magic Kingdom, a park I’m actually a little surprised I haven’t visited since February. Now, I know what you might be thinking: If I’m Orlando Informer and not just Universal Informer, shouldn’t I be visiting the world’s most popular theme park a little more often? Yes, I probably should. But in all honesty, as I explained on Facebook, our daughter Noa is still too young to understand or enjoy most of Magic Kingdom. And since I am not a Disney nut myself, there just isn’t much of a draw for me here right now. That isn’t to say our site doesn’t cover the big stuff happening in the kingdom. Indeed, we have several OI contributors who write about this park and all other stuff Disney.

But, anywho, we did find ourselves at Magic Kingdom on Saturday. Our main reason for going was to check out the fall decorations, a personal favorite of my wife’s. Main Street, as usual, looked spectacularly charming in all of its autumn colors…

Magic Kingdom fall decorations - September 1, 2012.
Magic Kingdom fall decorations – September 1, 2012.
Magic Kingdom fall decorations - September 1, 2012.
Magic Kingdom fall decorations – September 1, 2012.

You can view the complete photo gallery at the bottom of the page.

The park had some crowds, but you could definitely feel that we have entered the slower season here in Orlando. After a quick trip on the TTA Peoplemover, which proved to be a hit with Noa…

Magic Kingdom trip report - September 1, 2012.
Magic Kingdom trip report – September 1, 2012.

…we continued on to Fantasyland to check on the progress of the expansion.

As I noted at the beginning of the post, this is the first time I’ve been back to Magic Kingdom in many months. What really struck me during this visit is just how messy the place looks with construction walls everywhere in Fantasyland. I am so used to going to Universal Studios Florida and seeing all the construction there that I started to feel bad for Universal guests having to deal with it all. But after seeing that Disney guests have to deal with the same unsightliness, well I don’t feel bad anymore.

Fantasyland construction - September 1, 2012.
Fantasyland construction – September 1, 2012.

And I would be willing to put forth the argument that the construction of Transformers: The Ride and a new Harry Potter land is a bit more exciting than what’s happening in Fantasyland. I hope I don’t get run out of town by Disney fans for typing that!

Last update: Progress is moving ahead on the DVC expansion over at Grand Floridian…

Grand Floridian DVC construction - September 1, 2012.
Grand Floridian DVC construction – September 1, 2012.

Bay Lake Tower across the “Seven Seas man-made lagoon” looks awesome, so I’m sure this new complex will be stunning as well.

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Dani Dennison-Perez
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Dani Dennison-Perez

Nice report, great pic of your adorable daughter. Yes Orlando’s great theme parks are all going through construction mania.
In terms of what is more exciting is really a matter of perspective. I enjoy Universal, a lot, but can’t do thrill rides. I will get much more mileage out of New Fantasyland than the new areas at Universal. Overall, all of this construction is great news for the city we all love.

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Well said!

Luke
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Luke

I would say, if there’s construction going on, it’s meant to give us more excitement in the (not too distant) future. We will be visiting the MK next week and will mainly concentrate on the rides we do not have here at Disneyland Paris (such as Splash Mountain and Mickey’s Philharmagic). Disneyland Paris is presently building a new dark ride based on the Ratatouille movie. They have identical fences as the MK at their construction site.