Exploring the new Fantasyland!

The entrance to Dumbo!

I have a good friend named Denny, who lives in Florida and loves to go to Walt Disney World.  He told a bunch of us that he was going to the Magic Kingdom one Saturday, and he agreed to take pictures of the new areas of Fantasyland for me and send them to me for a post.  This is as much a photoblog post as it is anything else, so I present to you “Denny’s Photos!”

In addition to the Dumbo pictures that he shared with us, Denny also sent me these great photos of the “new” coaster The Great Goofini!

Goofy is the Great Goofini!

Goofy!

Who wants to do a little Bear Wrasslin’?

Oh Goofy!

The Coaster!

Denny also has these two shots from inside of Storybook Circus.  Enjoy!

Dumbo flying high above!

The Human Cannonball is actually a slide, it looks like to me!

Next we have several photos from the new Casey Jr. section of Fantasyland.  This area is a great cool down area, there are some water toys to get wet with.

Casey Jr. Circus Train

The Elephant Car

The Giraffes

Look at the Monkey!

The Clowns! Why are they all Monkeys?

The last thing we want to share with you is the new Fantasyland Train Station area.  Enjoy!

The Fantasyland Station

The Walt Disney World Railroad!

The big barn by the train station!

Don’t forget that trunk, it’s the property of the Hyacinth Hippo!

Some of the barrels over by the Train Station.

The Water Tower.  This actually gets used (or some variation of it) to fill the steam locomotives with water for their trips!

I would like to take a moment to express my deepest thanks to my good friend Denny for taking the time to send me all of these wonderful photos!  The beauty of Disney is that there are so many friends just waiting to be discovered, and they are friends because we all have the same love of Walt Disney and his creative playgrounds!  Thanks Denny for contributing to this post!

My first Disney trip

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This picture is from 2006, the next time that my Mom would visit the Magic Kingdom!

I was about 10 or 11 years old when I first went to Walt Disney World.  My Grandma and Grandpa had retired the previous year, and moved to Florida, so the following summer my Mom and sister and I went down to visit them.  In the course of that trip, Grandma and Grandpa took us on a trip to Walt Disney World.

I don’t have any pictures of the trip, but I do have memories.  I remember that at that time Disney World consisted of the Magic Kingdom, the Contemporary Resort, the Polynesian Resort, and the Grand Floridian resort.  We didn’t stay on property, and we had to decide which rides we wanted to enjoy because the park had tickets for the individual rides.  The more popular rides took more tickets than the less popular ones.

I remember that I wouldn’t ride Space Mountain.  Robin (my sister) tried really hard to get me to go, but I was chicken.

Remember when the Theater on Main Street showed silent Mickey Mouse cartoons?

So many things have changed at Walt Disney World, but regardless of that, so much of the Magic Kingdom has remained the same.

Despite the changes, the predominate things that make Walt Disney World special remain.  The Magic began for me with the moment we would get into the car to make the trip to Disney.  The closer we got to the park, the more the excitement would build, and when we saw the “Walt Disney World Sign”, I was about ready to bust with excitement.

The excitement continued to build as we passed the parking attendants, got out of the car, and memorized where we parked (we were usually in Grumpy or Happy).

Then, as you ride the tram to the the Transportation and Ticketing Center, reality continues to fade into the background as you are magically transported to the world of Walt Disney.

For us, as we rode on the Monorail to the park entrance, seeing the famous Magic Kingdom landmarks approach always started a discussion on what ride we would ride first.  The answers always varied, but for me, and that first visit, I didn’t care which ride I rode first.

For me, the experience of it all is what was really special to me.  I didn’t care which rides I rode, that first trip I was all about where it all begins — Main Street, U.S.A.  Seeing the train station, experiencing the buildings around the circle, and then taking in all of the shops, that is, in many ways, what it is all about.

Even now, after years of visiting Walt Disney World, to me, nothing is as special as the feeling I get when I enter Main Street, U.S.A. and take it all in.