‘Smellephants on Parade’ Search & Sniff Expertise Coming to Magic Kingdom

No have to verify the calendar, it’s late July–not April 1st. Sure, that is actual.

Walt Disney World has introduced a brand new interactive expertise known as “Smellephants on Parade.” Coming to Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom, “Smellephants on Parade” might be a family-friendly “search and sniff” journey in Storybook Circus.

As you may see from the idea artwork, a brand new statue impressed by the “Pink Elephants on Parade” from Dumbo might be added outdoors that attraction. Nevertheless, it’s not a lot of an journey if all the looking out and all the sniffing is finished round one trip–so we’re guessing there might be different statues all through Storybook Circus.

“Smellephants on Parade” will start with a casting name from Timothy Q. Mouse, who’s looking for a “Whiff-sistant” to affix Dumbo’s latest act. On the ticket sales space in entrance of Large High Souvenirs, Forged Members will present friends with a free map and sticker sheet to information friends within the recreation.

Whiff-sistants will discover Storybook Circus to seek out a variety of smelly elephant statues, every with a novel and circus-inspired perfume. (Popcorn is an instance of one of many scents. Hopefully Disney didn’t get inspiration from Babylon for any of the opposite scents.)

Apart from that, particulars concerning the “Smellephants on Parade” search and sniff journey are unknown. Disney Parks opted to make this announcement by way of social media fairly than a typical press launch or put up on the Disney Parks Weblog. The social media put up ended with Disney teasing, “keep tuned for ‘relephant’ particulars.”

No opening date or time-frame for the “Smellephants on Parade” interactive expertise have been shared. If latest precedent is any indication, we count on groundbreaking to happen by mid-2025 and the looking out and the sniffing to start in earnest shortly earlier than the top of the last decade. So begin planning your 2029 journeys round “Smellephants on Parade” and the primary growth to Tremendous Nintendo World at Epic Universe!

It’s attainable that Disney Parks opted to quietly share this on social media as a result of it’s very small scale and unlikely to excite…anybody? It’s additionally attainable that they’re not precisely happy with their partnership with a MLM firm, which is the sponsor of “Smellephants on Parade.” (Disney made a deal to publicize the model identify; I’ve no such obligation to offer free promoting for it.) There’s an inexpensive likelihood that company alliance is the one cause this can exist within the first place.

For these unfamiliar with multi-level advertising, these corporations are primarily authorized pyramid schemes. As for why Walt Disney World is partnering with MLMs, your guess is nearly as good as mine–however it isn’t the primary time! Disney doing one of these factor bothers me, as the corporate lends its credibility to the MLM and, in so doing, gives a little bit of popularity laundering and legitimacy to the MLM.

This would possibly find yourself as getting old in addition to all of crypto sports activities and stadium sponsorships, which wouldn’t be the primary time a Disney-MLM partnership ended badly. However I’ve been important of this follow prior to now, so I gained’t proceed to belabor the purpose.

By way of different commentary…I dunno, it’s sort of powerful to take this critically?

On the one hand, I very a lot suppose that Magic Kingdom may use a everlasting scavenger hunt, interactive journey, or no matter you wish to name it. One thing to fill the void left by Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, which has now been gone for a few years.

One the opposite hand, it’s exhausting to think about that “Smellephants on Parade” is that factor. At finest, I think we’re a couple of cute statues of colourful elephants that perhaps odor good or one thing. Mainly, a pleasing excuse to meet a partnership deal. Win-win.

The worst case is that “Smellephants on Parade” truly turns into a factor, and a whole lot of friends are strolling round Storybook Circus, aggressively sniffing statues which are simply out of attain. Just like the arm-flailing that occurs as friends attempt to activate the MagicBand+ scavenger hunt with these fiftieth Anniversary statues, however with noses.

So actually, the higher end result right here is “Smellephants on Parade” being a nothingburger that’s by no means spoken of once more and rapidly forgotten till elephant statues randomly pop-up in Storybook Circus a decade from now. At which level, followers will query “why are these right here?” To which the response might be, “who cares, they odor and look good.” That’s, earlier than historians dig up historic weblog posts like this and uncover their true objective. However nonetheless, they’ll odor good.

On a barely much less cynical (however nonetheless considerably cynical) word, let’s all be grateful that this wasn’t introduced at Vacation spot D23. After all the hype concerning the $17 billion funding at Walt Disney World and DisneylandForward in California from CEO Bob Iger and Parks Chairman Josh D’Amaro, it feels like we’re standing on the precipice of one other “Disney Decade” for the theme parks, with main bulletins coming quickly.

Are you able to think about if, as a substitute of Animal Kingdom growth or information about nighttime spectaculars, the massive reveal throughout Vacation spot D23 had been “Smellephants on Parade”? It could be like when Bob Chapek trotted the Goal canine up on stage on the D23 Expo…but when that had been the solely factor he did, and nothing else had been introduced. (With that mentioned, if Josh D’Amaro needs to convey a child elephant on stage at Vacation spot D23, I’ve zero objections and/or criticism.)

With that mentioned, we’re not out of the woods but. These “relephant” particulars are coming quickly, and Vacation spot D23 is quickly.

Finally, all snark apart, I actually do strongly consider that Magic Kingdom and each different park may use extra interactive experiences that don’t require know-how. Imagineering testing out new kinds of scavenger hunts is completely wonderful by me. Partaking friends–particularly children–with energetic and sensory experiences sounds nice, and could possibly be a very good antidote to all the display time the parks now encourage. (I’d recommend a Disney Lorcana card recreation tie-in to the parks, however I’m involved that’ll have a super-obsessive fanbase that may make it a poor candidate for a theme park recreation.)

I simply don’t suppose “Smellephants on Parade” is more likely to be that factor. My guess is that it’ll be superficial; a great way to get the sponsor’s identify into friends’ heads, however not a lot else. Right here’s hoping I’m fallacious, and “Smellephants on Parade” might be a pleasant diversion that’s fleshed out and a enjoyable means for households to spend an hour or so in Magic Kingdom. Wanting ahead to taking part in it with Megatron once they’re an adolescent!

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