The last day to take a spin on the Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride at its current location in Magic Kingdom will be Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012.
The ride will be moved into the under-construction Fantasyland expansion, where it eventually will be joined by a twin Dumbo ride and an interactive queue. The popular kiddie ride, in place since Disney World opened in 1971, recently has been a popular way to peek over the construction wall for the new attractions, including a dark ride based on "The Little Mermaid" and a section themed to "Beauty and the Beast."
Disney World has not announced an exact timeframe for the Dumbo move, but the ride is listed on the company website as "closed for refurbishment" from Jan. 9 through Feb. 17. A Disney spokesman confirms that Sunday will be its last day of operation in its current spot.
The future Dumbo experience will be located in the Storybook Circus area of the "new" Fantasyland — roughly where Mickey's Toontown Fair was until February 2011. There have been park-goer sightings of the Dumbo clone being tested behind the construction wall. Also in that area will be the Great Goofini roller coaster, a rethemed version of Goofy's Barnstormer.
The remainder of the Fantasyland expansion is scheduled to open in phases this year and next year.
Magic Kingdom opens at 9 a.m. Firiday-Sunday. It closes at 10 p.m. on Friday, 11 p.m. on Saturday and 8 p.m. on Sunday.
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