Last month we reported on the accruing damage that had formed on the Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride vehicles in the form of scrapes to the paint and even small gashes to the fiberglass. Mainly an aesthetic issue and not a safety concern, we hoped that Disney would promptly work to correct the situation as soon as the second Dumbo carousel was in operation. And although we still don’t know when the ride vehicles themselves will be repaired, Disney has clearly stepped in to fix some of their workmanship on the Dumbo pool walls.
The blue tiles on the pool walls, as we reported earlier had been causing some gradual damage on the Dumbo vehicles over the course of ride operation as the vehicles would graze the outer edges of the tiles. The fix has seen Disney remove a section of tiles and place them at a slight angle pointing outwards and away from the Dumbo ride vehicles. This should stop damage in the future and it seems the newly opened second Dumbo Carousel is not suffering from the same issues. As always we’ll keep you up to date with this story and hope that its happy conclusion isn’t far away because Disney has truly done a wonderful job with this re-imagined Dumbo experience and it sets the bar high for what can be done to enhance a classic attraction.
Dumbo the Flying Elephant has been magnificently re-imagined at the Magic Kingdom…
…but as we reported last month, the new Dumbo Carousel had some issues that arose and began to cause the Dumbo ride vehicles to slowly scrape away against the side of the pool walls below.
When we first reported on the issue, we had reason to believe the vehicles were scraping these blue tiles and indeed we can now confirm that is the case.
It seems the issue arose in just a portion of the Blue Tile that was jetting out to far and causing the Dumbos to get scraped.
Disney is repairing the situation by placing this section of tiles at a slight angle that points away from the Dumbo ride vehicles.
The tile work was not yet complete when we visited but it will be barely noticeable once the work is done and the excess grout is removed.
Luckily, the other Dumbo carousel’s pool doesn’t appear to have this issue. Still there is no indication as to when we might see some of the scraped ride vehicles repaired.
Dumbo the Flying Elephant and the quality of the experience is really something Disney should be applauded for, so let’s hope the work is completed not only on the tiles which is nearly complete but also on the vehicles as well.