Pot­ter, Pan­dora were prime parts of theme-park decade

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COM­MEN­TARY ru­mors of this sur­faced, we dis­cussed the idea of forc­ing a two-park ticket upon Ex­press rid­ers. We boiled it down to this, in the nicest pos­si­ble way: “It’s evil. It’s ge­nius. … It’s evil ge­nius.” for as­sorted princesses. And while the fin­ished prod­uct has a cer­tain re­gal tone, it does blend with the fan­tasy theme. With the new at­trac­tions came Be Our Guest restaurant (trans­la­tion: al­co­hol in the Magic King­dom) and, even­tu­ally, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coaster. Af­ter a luke­warm wel­come to the Un­der the Sea — Jour­ney of the Lit­tle Mer­maid ride, it feels like more peo­ple are em­brac­ing the at­trac­tion, espe­cially the grotto. And I know by the time we get to the an­i­ma­tron­ics of Eric, Ariel and Se­bas­tian that I, too, am plead­ing “sha la la la la la … go on and kiss the girl.”

What we lost when we gained more Fan­ta­sy­land: Mickey’s Toon­town Fair, Pooh’s Play­ful Spot, Snow White’s Scary Ad­ven­tures and the slight­est chance of 20,000 Leagues Un­der the Sea resur­fac­ing.

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