Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we’ll take a look at the Magic Kingdom as it celebrates the Halloween season as New Fantasyland construction continues. We’ll also hop over to Epcot to check out the preparations for the 2012 Food and Wine Festival. There’s lots to look at, so let’s get started!
Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!
Here are some wait times from around noon one day at the park this week.
Since the Halloween Party is in full effect here, these large statues are now in the Hub.
Over in Fantasyland, we’ll start this week’s update at the Tangled/new restroom area. Some of the walls have been cut away to reveal the beginnings of the new pathway on the left of the Yankee Trader.
Some of the rock work for the area has started to go up as well.
Nothing new on the other side of this project.
Over at the Castle Wall, we keep getting glimpses of what the finished product will look like.
Most of the turrets are finished.
Some changes have been made over the past few weeks, like this.
Surely another crest will go here.
As seems to be the way things go sometimes, the day after I went in to take photos, these walls came down, and now this whole part of wall, with planters, railings, and other things are now visible.
Over at the Beauty and the Beast area, we have some very interesting news.
It was announced this week that the Be Our Guest restaurant will be the first venue in the Magic Kingdom to sell beer and wine. It will be contained to the restaurant, as in you won’t be able to walk out with it, and there will surely be limits on how much can be ordered, but this is a big change and is surely one to stir up lots of conversation in the fan community!
Here are Gaston’s and Bonjour! Village Gifts. Not many changes, but more details keep showing up as the weeks go by. A little more foliage as well.
Over at the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, these interesting pieces of steel rose.
No idea what they will make up, but they certainly went up quickly.
Here is what it looks like from the right side of the park.
At Under the Sea, there was some touch up work being done on Prince Eric’s castle.
The grassing project is also almost completed, and looks great.
In Storybook Circus, there were some new trees planted around Big Top Souvenirs!
I’m a big fan of trees, so this was very welcome. It will also serve as a nice boundary between that and the Mermaid stuff.
The marquee for Storybook Circus gets more and more complete every week.
These are the footers.
Flags were put up this week, and they aren’t fake! This is very cool in my book.
I don’t think that marquee is completed yet, so hopefully we’ll see more things popping up soon.
Both Big Top Souvenirs and Pete’s Silly Sideshow received their pins and flags at the top of the their respective tents this week.
Looking over the wall, there seem to be some food/merchandise carts set up in front of Pete’s.
You can also get a peek at the back side signage for Big Top.
Welcome to Epcot!!
Wait times from the park.
With the Food and Wine Festival only two weeks away, booths keep popping up more and more. Here are all the ones I spotted this week.
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In sad news, Mission: Space is looking really, really bad. I usually don’t like to harp on things, and I try to stay generally positive, but this is looking pretty awful, and something should be done about it.
Over at Test Track, there is lots going on, but it is hard to tell how far along they are with the inside of the attraction, as Disney says it will reopen “late fall”.
Work is progressing quickly on the new DVC kiosk in Canada. It looks quite nice as well.
This spot in France was discovered to be a future meet and greet area along the water.
The months long refurbishment at Maelstrom has finished up, and the rock work looks fantastic. Top notch stuff.
And lastly, to end on a great note, there was some foliage removed from in front of the Land pavilion, and it looks great!
It is really nice to see the actual pavilion again, and I wouldn’t mind a little more trimming here. I normally want as much foliage as possible, but I think the architecture is so neat here that the foliage blocking it is a little too much.
Well, that wraps things up for this week’s Dateline. How do you all feel about alcohol being served in the Magic Kingdom? Any of you ready to go complain to Epcot Guest Services about how bad Mission: Space looks, but then compliment them on how great The Land looks now? Let us know in the comments!!
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