Disney World’s Lake Buena Vista
The new Dumbo ride won over Tina Busch after one spin conjured memories of a childhood rite of passage. The new retro-style spinning ride that opened at Walt Disney World last week sports lighted fountains, Dumbo's mom's adoring face and golden storks delivering the flying cartoon elephant. Soon, Disney will open a second Dumbo ride next door to shorten the notoriously long lines. It's just the start of the biggest-ever expansion of the 142-acre Magic Kingdom park, which will double the size of Fantasyland with a 26-acre addition. By adding multiple rides, restaurants and gift shops in one swoop, the project dwarfs 90 million$ Splash Mountain, the last major Magic Kingdom ride addition that debuted two decades ago. Already the budget is headed toward $400 million, topping what rival Universal Orlando lavished on its blockbuster Harry Potter attractions two years ago.
Fantasyland is the heart of the Magic Kingdom, the place where most people gravitate, said Chris Beatty, project creative director. So we want to take guests to some familiar places they have never been before.