3 Things to Do in Disney Parks If You Love Sneak Peeks of Construction

With the ongoing construction of Cars Land in Disneyland and the Fantasyland expansion in Walt Disney World, it’s an exciting time for Disnerds. I love getting the scoop from Disney about what’s being planned and hearing the reactions of fans on podcasts and blogs. For example, today on the Disney Parks Blog they posted a photo of a large item under a tarp that they said was for Fantasyland. They later revealed it was one of the centerpieces for the new double Dumbo.

Although seeing photos is great, there’s nothing like seeing the work in progress for yourself. Disney is good about protecting the magic by blocking guests from seeing off-stage, and I usually appreciate that, but not when I want to see what they’re working on! So, for today’s slightly tongue-in-cheek post, here are three things to do in Disney Parks if you love sneak peeks of construction.

1. Stand on things

Benches, railings, you name it… if it’s near a construction wall and you can stand on it, go for it! Obviously I’m not recommending anything that’s likely to cause you to injure yourself or get in trouble, but sometimes it’s just too tempting. My brother and his family were in Walt Disney World last week, and he was kind enough to stand on a railing by The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh to get this video for me of the Fantasyland construction.

2. Ride tall attractions

When the construction walls are too tall or a whole section of the park is inaccessible, standing on things just won’t work. That’s when tall attractions are ideal, because even Disney can’t block the view from the sky.

For the Fantasyland construction, Dumbo is the ride of choice. I took these photos from Dumbo last October (2010). Compare them to the video to see how much has changed in the last year!

Construction of new Fantasyland in October 2010Construction of new Fantasyland in October 2010

For Cars Land, Mickey’s Fun Wheel is great. It moves slowly, and you’re 150 feet in the air. The only problem is that you’re basically in a cage, so you have to position your camera between the bars to take pictures. Also, be sure to choose a stationery gondola to avoid unexpected movement. Here are some photos I took back in February 2010 when Cars Land was little more than some piles of dirt. I also got a shot of World of Color and The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure under construction.

Cars Land construction in February 2010Cars Land construction in February 2010World of Color and The Little Mermaid construction in February 2010

3. Visit preview centers

This is the way that normal people learn about coming attractions. In Disney California Adventure, guests can see videos, models, and concept art at Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar. When I was there last, they were featuring Cars Land, The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, and World of Color.

Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar (February 2010)Cars Land preview at Blue Sky Cellar, February 2010Cars Land Groundbreaking photos at Blue Sky Cellar, February 2010The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure preview at Blue Sky Cellar, February 2010World of Color preview at Blue Sky Cellar, February 2010World of Color viewing area model at Blue Sky Cellar, February 2010

Unfortunately there’s no Blue Sky Cellar equivalent in Walt Disney World. Thankfully we have the Internet and fan events to sustain us. I wasn’t able to go to the D23 Expo back in August, but I’m thankful to the bloggers who took photos of the massive model of new Fantasyland displayed there.

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So, be honest. Who else tries to get sneak peeks of coming attractions at Disney Parks?