3/12 Storybook Circus in Fantasyland Soft Opens! Barnstormer, Dumbo, Train Station
We spent the morning into mid-afternoon inside Storybook Circus today, taking photos and video of the portion of this area that has soft opened (only one side of Dumbo is currently available to guests).
We do have videos up now – including Dumbo, the Barnstormer and the Fantasyland Train Station. We are planning to put up a narrative video today that shows an overview of the whole area. You can subscribe to our channel here, we have well over 7 million total views!
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We were called by several friends this morning about Storybook Circus opening – we got ready pretty quickly and headed to the Magic Kingdom, arriving around 11am. It was very crowded in the Magic Kingdom, enough so that the monorail ran all day (it is supposed to be closed between 11:30am and 6pm in March).
I'd wanted to arrive into Storybook Circus via the train, I was overruled – but we did take the train later. There are walls on either side as guests enter, hiding the construction of the rest of the land (of course, you can see the construction via Dumbo or the Barnstormer!)
A Cast Member in a new circus costume poses with a sign:
Dumbo had many challenges today, stopping in mid-air to head back down (we were on it once when this happened). Dumbo is next to the Barnstormer Featuring the Great Goofini, so the photos here are mixed depending on which way I was pointing my camera.
The Train Station and bathrooms are also nearby. Storybook Circus currently can get very crowded, very quickly – that will alleviate once more of it is open. We rode Dumbo twice today, and the Barnstormer once. The Barnstormer line went from 30 to 60 minutes while we were in it! We do have a nice video that Jeff shot of the ride from a front seat POV.
There is artwork at the base of Dumbo (near where the ride vehicles are), featuring different scenes from the film. One of the nicer features of this Dumbo ride is the fountains.
Guests are ready to take a spin on Dumbo: