There’s no doubt that this ride is a must-do, especially on your first trip to Disney World. But waiting in a long outdoor line (usually in the heat) for a relatively short ride isn’t ideal. So I was pretty excited back when I started hearing about Dumbo’s new location and upgrades, including a second spinner to double the capacity of the ride and an air-conditioned indoor activity/waiting area. This new-and-improved Dumbo opened last year, and on our most recent trip to the World, we got to check it out first-hand.
When arriving at the ride, we went to the “ticket booth” and received a pager. We then went into the big top, where my husband and I were able to sit and relax while the boys explored.
After a while (I kind of lost track of the time, I was so busy taking in all the sights), our pager buzzed, we returned it to the Cast Member at the podium, and were directed to a queue area. We waited for a few minutes in the inside portion of this queue before making our way to the outside portion. Yes, it was hot out there, but it was covered by a roof, so at least it was shady. There were plenty of fans going, too. A few more minutes of waiting, and we boarded our elephants!
All in all, the experience was better than the old-school Dumbo set-up. It was nice to rest in the air-conditioning for a while before going back outside to wait in line. There was still an outdoor wait, but at least it was shady and not nearly as long as it used to be. There seemed to be some room for improvement of the overall process, but it hadn’t been up and running for too long when we were there. Perhaps our next visit to Dumbo will be even better!