A second Dumbo the Flying Elephant attraction has entered a "soft opening" phase at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, enabling guests to ride it for the first time.
The new Dumbo ride is identical to the original, and sits alongside it in the new Storybook Circus area of the Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland. It sees guests boarding elephant-themed gondolas, which rotate around a central column. Riders are able to control the height of their individual elephant, in an experience that has proven to be enduringly popular since the park's 1971 debut.
Disney has doubled-up the Dumbo rides in order to reduce the infamously long wait times for the attraction. It has also added a new "virtual queue" system set inside a big top circus tent, which is also currently in a soft opening phase. This allows guests to take part in interactive games while they wait to ride, rather than standing in a traditional queue.
The dueling Dumbo rides, which rotate in opposite directions, were caught on camera by touringplan in the video embedded below:
Guests at the Magic Kingdom can now use the FASTPASS queue-jumping system to avoid a wait in line for Dumbo. Previously, the ride's low capacity had meant that FASTPASS was not a viable option, but the passes are now being distributed from a booth in front of Mickey's PhilharMagic.
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