Several years ago rumors were floating around that Disney was bringing a new ‘mountain’ attraction to Magic Kingdom Park. The rumors stated this new mountain would be called Fire Mountain and would be a flying coaster where riders journey through a volcano. In recent days this rumor has resurfaced but this time it is being linked to a possible Moana theme giving it a little more traction. The reports say the mountain may sit in the location currently taken by the Swiss Family Treehouse near the entrance of Adventureland.
At first my thought was PERFECT. I love this idea! Then I took a quick look at Google Maps and realized the area between Jungle Cruise and the Crystal Palace would be a very tight squeeze. Not that it can’t be done, I mean they aren’t called Imagineers for nothing. But let’s take a look at the current ‘mountains’ and other similar attractions from smallest land area to largest and see how the proposed area would fare.
Ok, so maybe there is enough room but is there really enough room to do it right. To add some extra acreage maybe they would incorporate the Jungle Cruise into Fire Mountain similar to how TTA goes through Space Mountain. If you add the area around the Jungle Cruise tunnel that would add almost an extra acre to the project.
So now I am going to talk directly to Disney here: I implore you, PUHLEEEEZE, do not make this another three minute attraction. Don’t get me wrong, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a fun attraction but it is entirely too short. Therefore, here are the things I need to take this attraction from good to great:
- Give me Moana’s back story with a slow fly over Motunui
- Give me Maui and Moana “flying” across the ocean to replace the heart of Te Fiti
- Give me Maui and Moana’s treacherous sail passed TeKā
- Give me a beautiful end scene as we fly over the blossoming Te Fiti
- And, for the love of all things Disney, give me at least 5-8 minutes
What are your thoughts? Did I miss my calling as an Imagineer? Does Magic Kingdom Park need a new mountain? Is Adventureland where you would put an attraction like Fire Mountain? The D23 Expo Parks and Resort presentation could be a great venue for an announcement, dontcha think?
Sue Nowicki is an alumna of the 2014/15 Disney Parks Moms Panel. She splits her time between planning her next Walt Disney World vacation and being team mom to ten high-energy volleyball players where she fills the roles of secretary, navigator, head cheerleader, treasurer, athletic trainer and team psychologist. You can follow her on Twitter @MQPodcast.