The Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon – © Copyright 2012 by William Beem

The Blue Lagoon [pinit]

The new Fantasyland expansion at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom opens on December 6th, but I have another shot from my time there on the Annual Passholder's Preview. The Blue Lagoon is part of the queue leading into The Little Mermaid ride. I'm guessing that Disney expects this to be a popular ride with a long wait because they added a lot of interactive stuff once you get past the exterior queue. You'll see various displays with crabs that keep moving things around, but they apparently aren't smart enough to know if the stuff they're holding is something they should move. If you point at the crab, it freaks out, drops what it has and splits. If you like scaring cartoon crabs, this is the ride for you.

I'm not sure that I'm a fan of these interactive queues, though. That's because they tend to slow down a line that could be moving faster. During the passholder preview, you should have been able to pretty much walk to the front of the line. Yet I kept having to wait as one person after another stopped to play with every scene that had a crab in it. Perhaps I'm too impatient, but how many times can you point your finger at a cartoon crab before it gets old? Pick up the pace and move the line, already.

Apparently I said something like that out loud, because the folks in front of me turned to look as they suddenly started moving faster up the empty line. What can I say?  I'm here to help. The help we needed was to get the line moving again.

Overall, it was a nice little scene for the queue line. One thing I've noticed Disney does here, and also on the large waterfall coming down from the Beast's Castle, is that they add some blue lights in parts of the waterfall. Doesn't really seem necessary to me. Maybe someone will change their mind and turn off the light some day, but you never know. It's showbiz.

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  • Steve Burns November 14, 2012   Reply →

    That looks fantastic! I’m looking forward to seeing it in person. But I’m with you on those interactive queues. Might be good if the line is long, but it slows things down if there aren’t that many people there.

    • William Beem November 14, 2012   Reply →

      I think a lot of Disney fans will like the new expansion. From a photographer’s perspective, they didn’t really make it easy. The place where I made this shot was in the queue line. Once this opens up for everyone, it would be very impractical to setup a tripod there because it would interfere with other guests.

      There are a lot of interesting scenes that have a tree or lamppost right in the way of a shot, too. Other areas of Disney have areas specifically crafted as a Picture Spot, but I didn’t see anything like that in the Fantasyland expansion. There are some nice scenes, but you have to be creative to get them.

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