I don't believe StoryBook Circus is being billed as a temporary area of the Expansion. They have spend considerable amounts of money in this area. Just the Dumbo's and queue are very extensive and they are still building the water and tot train area. The 2 tents have been reconstructed to withstand hurricanes. My impression is the area is being built to stay. It isn't a big deal about the water tower, it is the same one just re-decorated in rust. I just found it funny that they took a circus item out of a circus.
It's not a temporary expansion. The theme of the circus area should feel 'tentative'. Visit today! The rest of the area is there to stay. It would stand to reason, as it is a circus. With the old fair theme, the toons lived there and the fair was in town that day.
A quick search online brought me to, of all places, WDW Radio's podcasts. Wow, this was the first time I've listend to one of Lou's shows. Ever. Not a bad job, although this Korkis guy walks way too much and Lou never bothers to reel him in. Give a listen if you haven't already and you'll hear exactly what I was trying to say. Only in a more cohesive (if not longwinded) explanation. Good to see I was right on, even though I had no idea what i was talking about.
Now if I could only find the original article I read on this, we'd be set. But the podcast did a prety good job of detailing what I was trying to say.
Listening. So far just about the now closed Mickey's Toon Town Fair. Not the Storybook Circus Fantasyland expansion.
OK, done. Now I want to pinch you really, really hard.
First I am going to take a stab that you never spent a whole heck of a lot of time back in Mickey's Birthdayland aka Starland aka Mickey's ToonTown. Brief history Disney gave their imagineers 3 months to create a temporay land for Mickey's 60th Birthday. The original tent was was for a Birthday celebration. It was never intended to be a perminent land just for about 18 months. Yet it was popular and they removed some stuff added some stuff and a small coaster and tossed out the animals and playground. The temporariy land lasted over 20 years.
The podcast you sent me to is the farewell to Mickey's ToonTown Fair before they squished it to make room for a portion of the Fantasyland expansion. What you are jumbling up is the Fair was to be temporary, the Storybook Circus was never to be temporary.
From the original announcement and concept art Dumbo was always to be moved next to the Barnstormer. The podcast goes back to February 2010 a few months after the announcement in 2009 at D23. By January 2011 Disney listened to the grips of fans and revamped some of the plans. First dumped was Pixie Hallow, enter Mine Coaster. Also dumped was the Snow White ride for a new meet and greet. Like the Barnstormer the Circus Tents were never intended to be dump'd during the Expansion, they were always meant to be repurposed. Disney actually improved upon these tents yet again adding major steel framing to these and totally recovering the tents.
Maybe you confused the former Mickey's ToonTown Fair and the Circus because Disney re-purposed the land, tents, coaster and one of the two Dumbo's? The old Dumbo is currently being refurbed to match the new one.
Yep I want that hour of my life back, that was not fun listening to them walk through Mickey's ToonTown Fair for a fond farewell. I spent a great deal of time back there when my kids were very very small.
What Mike means (I think) is that Sorybook Circus should appear to be a temporary thing... Like hoe Barnum and Baileys is only in town for a few weeks... The essence of Mickeys Toontown Fair was that you happened to visit when the characters were in town and when the fair was going on... So the area is permanent but is supposed to look temporary like that the circus will eventually move on to the next town...
Thanks, Joe and other guy. That's what I was trying to say. It's also what's stated (in way too many words) in that podcast link as well. A county fair and a circus are traveling events, for lack of a better word. They don't stay in your city year-round. The Disney customer is there at the same time the fair/circus are there as well.
Not sure how else I can possilby break this one down.
And then there were four.