Disney World Fantasyland Construction and other Magic Kingdom News!

Written by Cory Disbrow. Posted in Dateline Disney World, Walt Disney World

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Published on August 23, 2012 at 10:44 pm with 21 Comments

About Cory Disbrow

Cory likes Walt Disney World so much, he recently packed his bags and moved to Orlando. Cory is a photographer and writes MiceChat's Dateline Disney World columns every Friday.

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  1. Nasty storms? We’ll be there all of next week. Should we be nervous?

    • I would be. There is a Hurricane brewing in the gulf that could be sweeping across Central Florida during that time. Most of the models have it pushing out a bit further west, although I’m certain most of Florida will get ancillary rains from it. But you’ll definitely want to keep an eye on Isaac.

      • Yeah, kcnole nailed it on the head. Monday and Tuesday might be a little rough around the WDW area.

        The storms I was referring to in the column were the typical storms that pop up almost every afternoon in the summertime here in Florida. They’ve been pretty crazy the last week or so, with heavy rains and thunder and lightning, but nothing that has never happened before!

  2. Thanks
    ^Have fun

  3. Great update, Cory. In one of the Tangled area photos there appears to be a triangular structure (perhaps a roof?) under a white tarp labeled “SKYW.” Does anyone know if this is a remnant of the Skyway that is being saved?

  4. I’ve loved CBJ since I was a kid and will be greatly disappointed if they shorten it. Especially if they remove the “Little Buford” number as rumored. I too secretly suspected (hoped) they might be reinstating the Holiday show.

  5. The Mermaid building looks AMAZING with the grass on top. Do we know if it’s real or fake grass?

    • It is really a shame that DCA didn’t get this show building.

    • I’m pretty sure that it’s fake grass. But it still looks really good, and should for a long time.

  6. I know we have designated opening dates for each phase of New Fantasyland, but is there a projected finish date for the new restrooms/Tangled meet-and-greet? I’m guessing not… and I’m guessing probably 2013 – is that a safe bet given its current state?

    Great update by the way, Cory! We’re headed to WDW for the first time in 8 years in February, and each update is getting us more and more excited.

    • Yes, 2013 is a solid bet for what is happening over there. They’ve made no real announcement about it yet, so I think it would be safe to say it won’t be done by the time 2012 comes to a close.

  7. Fake grass on top of Mermaid doesn’t bother me at all; however, I really hope the cover for the Mine Train ride is all real.

    • Not a bad idea, seeing as the Mine Train will be significantly closer to the guests and closer to the center of the park. Although the price of maintaining real grass on an attraction like that might be high, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they went with the artificial stuff.

  8. And speaking of the price of maintenance… seems to me all of the refurbishments shown on the pictures above are a desperate attempt to catch up with the much higher standards of show and atmospheres found at the other Disneyland parks in California and abroad. There is something about the Magic Kingdom park that lacks in charm and ambiance. The improvements being made with the new fantasyland expansion are welcomed upgrades in theme and show, but the rest of the Magic Kingdom park looks dated. Some of the other photos above illustrate an alarming lack of beauty and greenery. I can see the new fantasyland is getting trees and foliage but I wish this was also being done to the older sections of fantasyland. I jokingly referred to it as “Concreteland” during my last visit. Town Square in particular looks bare and so does the castle hub. The photo showing a small area of Main Street being repaved is laughable. Main Street in particular needs major work and cosmetic changes, like bricks, similar to the walkways founds at Disneyland CA, Paris and Hong Kong’s Main Streets.
    On the flip side, I do commend the management at Disney World for making improvements to some of the old buildings in the park but I also want to see the park getting more planters, trees and flower beds in areas where they are needed as it would add lots of ambiance to an otherwise stale park. Just like the faux grass on top of the new Mermaid ride building, adding more greenery around the MK, and especially in the old fantasyland area, would be the icing on the cake. Walt Disney even made statements in regards to foliage at Disneyland…”trees will grow bigger and the park will look prettier”, and it did. The Magic Kingdom deserves that treatment too.
    Thanks.

  9. WDW has all the disnelyland stuff, but in 4 parks. Hmmm. All Disneyland needs is a new Tomorrow land and a expanded Frontierland.

  10. Thanks for the update!

  11. I haven’t been to WDW since 1998. But, I LOVE the improvements and the comments from those that are regulars to the Parks as well as the vacationers who give their opinions about what they experience. My plans are to go there after the New Year. I just came back from a trip to SoCal. It was wonderful to visit my “home Park”. I just look forward to seeing my Florida Home Park as well after so long. :-)

  12. Behind the walls at the left side of the entrance is a new computer system for the new turnstiles going in. The biometric system is going away and the new system will feature wristbands instead of paper tickets! There are also a number of turnstiles roped off as they are to be removed soon and the new system is going to be tested!

  13. While I’m not a big fan of holidey versions of attractions, especially in a park where most of the guests only come once a year, the CBJ holiday show would be prefereable to a gutted regular show.

  14. Do we know when the Fantasyland Previews are starting? I know it’s in November, but do we have a date yet?

  15. This looks like last week’s WDW update.