While Notch, Jeb, Dinnerbone and everyone else at Mojang are about to have a fantastic time at Disneyland Paris, I'm watching a sudden squall hurl the rain against my window and tear the last of the greenery off the trees, plastering wet leaves to anything and everything. Still, at least I can enjoy the (completely unofficial) Minecraft Disney World server! That's almost as good. Almost.
Actually, it's worrying just how accurate the server is, as it replicates not only all the famous rides and structures of Disney World, from the Epcot Centre to the monorail, but also the entire Disney experience, including all the shops, the Fast Pass machines, the toilets, the turnstiles and the many, many queuing lanes. Getting into any of the attractions involves worming your way around yards and yards of barriers, just like the real thing.
Still, there's nothing to stop you from leaping over these and, if you can, even sneaking in past the NO ENTRY signs.
I've got to hand it to them, the creators have put together a very pretty and very faithful recreation. The result of all their efforts is a park full of minecart rides waiting to be tried out and, just below the surface, a fair amount of redstone circuitry powering some of the more elaborate elements. Sadly, since the latest Minecraft update, it's a little bit empty. Many players will now be have clients that are running Minecraft 1.4.5, while the Disney server is still at 1.4.2.
If you'd like to visit, you can download a .jar of 1.4.2 right here and get it running by following the same procedure that you would if you were testing a new snapshot. Do remember not to overwrite your original Minecraft.jar. Then all you need to do add mcdisney.us to your Minecraft server list and hop in. The server even has its own website here, though I'm not sure when it was last updated.
Enjoy, but keep off the grass.