Hello everyone, and welcome to #Day53 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown. Today we are taking a look at Dumbo the Flying Elephant, and we’ll discuss the changes that have been made, take a look back at one of my favorite Disney memories, and look at what has become a really cool attraction because of the Fantasyland Expansion!
Before the expansion took place, we almost NEVER rode Dumbo simply because the line was way too long, and the return on that time investment just wasn’t there. We love the Dumbo movie, though, but despite that, the attraction just didn’t do anything for us.
But then the Fantasyland Expansion took place, and we learned that the Dumbo ride was going to move to Storybook Circus, and in addition to being moved, there was going to be a second Dumbo ride (known as Dueling Dumbos), and interactive area to play while you waited for your turn on Dumbo! Before I knew it, I was ready to take a look at the new and improved Dumbo!
As you can see, we all took part in a ride during our last trip to Walt Disney World, and it was everything I hoped it would be and then some! The interactive play area was great for Sophie to play while Cindy and I rested our tired feet for a while, and when it was our turn, the pager that they had assigned us buzzed and we went to claim our turn in line!
One thing that always will endear me to Dumbo, though, was when we were witness to some incredible Disney Magic. This happened in 2010 when we included my niece Stephanie in our plans to go to Disney World, and during Extra Magic Hours, Cindy and I were going to ride the Carousel while Sophie and Stephanie rode Dumbo. Well, while we were in line for the Carousel, we just happened to witness this incredible moment:
It was such an incredible moment, I don’t think the two children knew that Mickey & Minnie were going to ride with them, and then, when the ride was over, Mickey got off, went back to Minnie’s Dumbo, and proceeded to take her hand and help her off, just like the GentleMouse we all know him to be. It was an incredible moment, one that I’ll not forget anytime soon!