Hello, and welcome to [B]Dateline Disney World![/B] Today, we have a large photo update from the [B]Magic Kingdom[/B], and I’ll show you a new eBook about Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! Lots to do, so let’s go!

Before I start, I’d just like to send a thanks to my friends over at Kingdom Camera Rentals. I was in between cameras this week, and was able to get my photos using a camera they let me borrow. If you are in the WDW area or visiting here, you should definitely check them out if you want to rent any camera, lens, or combo of the two. They’ll drop the gear off right to your resort, and then pick it up from you at the end of your trip! Check them out here.


Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!!


[center][size=5][b]’Tis the Season[/b][/size]

I know it’s crazy to think of it already, but Disney has already started putting the Castle Dream Lights on Cinderella Castle in preparation of the Christmas season, which starts at WDW on November 9.


Here are some close ups of what they’ve put up so far.




While the lights are being installed, a large crane sits behind the castle, closing the pathway to Tomorrowland, and creating quite the clutter. But, there really is no other way to get this done efficiently, so that’s the way it is!



[center][size=5][b]Construction Kingdom[/b][/size]

Starting our Fantasyland update, we’ll head over to the Tangled/new restroom area, where some rock work has really picked up!


The cutout that we reported on last week was to reinstall the Haunted Mansion gift cart.


Things have gotten a little busier looking on the other side of this project, but nothing drastic.



Air conditioning being installed.


Over at the Castle Wall, the construction walls came down on one half last week, and it really looks great!






There are some nice details, like the critters in the columns.



The railings and iron work are also quite nice.




Lighting details.



What’s curious is the shields that were up depicting the characters represented in New Fantasyland have gone missing. Hopefully they come back before completion, as they were a nice touch.


On the other side of the wall, there is still work being done as it is behind walls.



Over at the Beauty and the Beast area, things continue moving along, and some people just can’t wait to see New Fantasyland!



Notice here that there are walls far away in this shot, which could be up once the land opens to keep guests away from the Mine Train project.


Here you can see that Bonjour! Village Gifts is receiving a new color scheme, a seafoam looking color.


At the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, the new steel from last week remains basically the same.



But, this week we saw the installation of some of the roller coaster track!




The project from the outside looks the same as it did last week.



At Under the Sea, the touchup work we showed you last week on Prince Eric’s castle seems to be done.


Grassing continues, but should be done soon.


Work was being done on the gate that will allow service vehicles into the park between Mermaid and Storybook Circus.


Some workers were also checking out the rock work.


In Fantasyland, we saw the most changes starting in Storybook Circus this week. Right at the entrance, some of the fencing being used was revealed.




Next to the new marquee that was installed for the micro-land, these posts popped up on both sides.



There is also now a fence dividing Big Top Souvenirs from the Little Mermaid attraction.


In the back of the area, the marquee for Pete’s Silly Sideshow went up.


Along with a bunch of posters, including rare characters, which I think is a really nice touch as opposed to the typical Disney characters!







The area is really coming along, and I can’t wait to see it completed.

The yellow tent all the way in the back also received some work. It now has blue flags.


Blue popcorn lights underneath the tent.


And some color along the backside.


[center][size=5][b]Boo to You![/b][/size]

This week, we announced our newest (and biggest!) eBook from my other website, Disney Photography Blog.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is one of the most popular events held at Walt Disney World Resort. Throughout September and October, the Magic Kingdom is transformed on select nights to celebrate Halloween. This party includes one of the best parades and fireworks shows that Disney has created along with many other unique photo opportunities. There is so much to see and photograph in the few hours you are attending the party that it can be overwhelming.

We have created a new eBook that will not only give you tips on photographing the party but we include over 200 photos that we have taken ourselves. Between the characters appearing in their Halloween costumes, the headless horseman riding down Main Street, U.S.A. prior to the parade, the Haunted Mansion spook who welcomes you to the attraction and the fantastic lighting that can be found on Main Street, there is more to photograph in this one night than you probably realized.

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Two books in one

We had talked about doing a simple photo guide and also had the idea of a large photo album, the result ended up being both ideas in one book. The eBook starts with different chapters on each of the different photo opportunities at the party (decorations, parade, fireworks and characters). Included in each chapter are photos to go along with the text.Once you are done reading the book, we then include a photo album of even more photos. In total, this eBook contains over 200 photos from Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World Resort.

Even if you are not planning on attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, you will still enjoy this book for all the great photos (many of which we have not published anywhere before).

If you use the code SCARY at checkout, you’ll receive $1 off the price!

Money back guarantee

Just all of the eBooks on Disney Photography Blog, if you are not satisfied then just email us and we will refund your money. You have nothing to lose!

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[center][size=5][b]This and That[/b][/size]

At the former site of Snow White’s Scary Adventure, large poles have gone up.



I’m not sure if this is just a primer layer, but there are some new, darker colors on Sir Mickey’s.




Over at Pirates of the Caribbean, Disney announced this week that something will be added to the ride from the latest movie. Most tend to believe they will be mermaids, but nothing is official or confirmed.

Over at the Jungle Cruise area, the walls came down, and Ned’s Junior Jungle Boats are officially gone.



It looks really nice and clean here now; no clutter.





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Well, that wraps things up for this week’s Dateline. What do you think of the revealed Castle Wall? Do you like the rare character representation in Storybook Circus? Let us know in the comments!!

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