Dumbo the Flying Elephant’s rebirth in Storybook Circus at the Magic Kingdom received tons of praise by many, our own review included, as a grand advancement of a classic Disney attraction with new elements that make for a pristine and joyful experience. Of course every Storybook ending seems not to arrive without some adversity first and it seems Dumbo the Flying Elephant is beginning to experience just that. The attraction that recently reopened to show off a beautifully ornate carousel now has large scrapes and gashes developing on the Dumbo ride vehicles. It appears the clearances for the ride vehicles are too small between the perimeter of the new water pool walls and the hind legs of the fiberglass Dumbos. The result is that after a month of operation Dumbo the Flying Elephant began to show clear signs of a slowly accruing problem.
Of course this type of occurrence leads one often to more questions than concrete answers though we will be reaching out to Disney for comment soon. I can tell you that I have ridden the attraction several times since I first noticed these scrapes in mid-May and never noticed anything out of sort. This seems to be a largely cosmetic issue and not something to raise safety alarms though we will certainly keep an eye on this situation and report anything we learn.
The next question that undoubtedly comes to mind, is did Disney notice the problems in time to make changes to the second Dumbo carousel’s water pool to avoid the same issues? Another point we hope to get answered by Disney soon and that without a doubt time shall tell.
As you can see there is still much to know about what is going on at Dumbo the Flying Elephant which has the potential to partially tarnish what has until now been an incredible reopening of one of Magic Kingdom’s most endearing attractions. We hope that in the end Disney can resolve these matters and that Dumbo the Flying Elephant indeed has its storybook ending that it deserves.
The new Dumbo the Flying Elephant is charming and beautiful…
…sadly there is something that is beginning to take away from that.
Slowly but surely large scrapes have formed on the outer edges of the new Dumbo Ride vehicles’ left hind legs.
The scrapes in the fiberglass vehicles have already created small tears on the Dumbo vehicles.
This is largely a cosmetic issue but it does look bad especially on a ride that had just reopened and probably wouldn’t have needed a refurbishment in the near future.
It is hard to tell whether those white marks on the outer portion of the pool’s wall are from water residue or signs of where Dumbo’s ride vehicles may be scraping the outer wall.
As you can see the ride vehicles have little clearance with the pool walls. This was surely intended to make it easier and safer for guests boarding the vehicles.
In character but causing problems for the attraction seems to be the fact that the hind legs appear to protrude slightly further out then the front legs of the Dumbo ride vehicle.
Most guests would normally not notice something like this but it is very visible when waiting in line for your turn to take flight.
Disney has done a great job with Dumbo the Flying Elephant and everything looks perfect and that only helps to make this stand out like a soar thumb.
Hopefully Disney can both create a short-term and long-term solution to this situation because in both cases this doesn’t look good.
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