Hello, and welcome to [B]Dateline Disney World[/B]! This week, we’ll take a look at the ever changing [B]Magic Kingdom[/B] construction, as well as a look ahead to the celebration of the 30th Anniversary of [B]Epcot![/B] Lots to look at, so let’s get started!

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Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!

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Over at the Tangled/new restroom area, the rock work is progressing quite nicely.

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Notice in the above photos, there is a binder. Take a closer look at it to see what this rock work should end up looking like!

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The steel is also rising more and more each week.

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At the Castle Wall, there hasn’t been much change to the left side that is already available for guests.

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But, on the right side that is still behind walls, we saw some change, like these light posts that were installed.

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This crest is also new.

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I was lucky enough to go behind the walls again this week to get some photos.

At the Beauty and the Beast area, they are installing forced perspective trees near the Beast’s castle. Very cool.

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Here’s a closer look.

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Lots of work is still being done on the Be Our Guest exterior.

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It’s quite beautiful.

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Here is Bonjour Village Gifts from through the trees.

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And Gaston’s.

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And Gaston himself!!

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There was a large group of Imagineers and other hard hatted folks touring the Be Our Guest restaurant with the fella who is in all the videos on the Parks Blog.

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From the outside of the walls, here are the views on Gaston’s and Bonjour!

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Here’s the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train as it stands.

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They installed some pointy things on top.

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From inside the walls, you get a couple good looks at the steel structures and the track that has been put in place.

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Over at Under the Sea, they’ve also installed some forced perspective trees there.

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Here’s the view of Eric’s castle from inside the walls.

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Over in Storybook Circus, the big news is more and more final touches being installed, like on the large marquee.

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Lots of words.

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More things are also going up behind the walls, and we can only see half of each of them.

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In what appears to be the eatery in the yellow tent, something that resembles a mural was installed.

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In between Big Top Souvenirs and Under the Sea, more work happened on the gate that will allow service vehicles to come in and out.

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[center][size=5][b]This and That[/b][/size]
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Some Fastpass+ stuff has gone up in the park, like here at the Haunted Mansion.

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The refurbishment of Sir Mickey’s is coming along nicely and it looks very fresh.

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And the Castle Dream Lights installation is still going on, confusing most park guests to no end.

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On to EPCOT!!

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Welcome to EPCOT Center!

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EPCOT Center has its big 30th Anniversary on Monday, and the park has been spruced up a bit, in particular at MouseGear and the Art of Disney, with fancy window displays showing some EPCOT Center history and retro merchandise. Here’s the display at Art of Disney.

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And at MouseGear.

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These are all the retro shirts that are currently out, but expect a ton more to be out this weekend.

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Overall, I’m really excited about this weekend. It should be a great celebration with lots of great people who share a passion for a park that, while it might not be the same or have the same inspiring feel as it once did, is still an amazing feat, and for many people, their favorite theme park on Earth. Happy Birthday old girl!

[center][size=5][b]Re-Track[/b][/size]
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Over at Test Track, they have completely ripped up all of the concrete at the attraction’s entrance.

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They also re-opened up the Cool Wash, which pretty much everyone thought would close with the original Test Track. They’ve “re-themed” it with one of the new car designs from Test Track 2.0. Many people seemed pretty unhappy that it stuck around, but in my eyes, it’s far enough away from the ride itself that it really doesn’t matter anyways.

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New Test Track logos on the dummy and the car itself.

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And lastly, Food and Wine Festival starts this weekend! The Festival Center, formerly the Wonders of Life pavilion is ready to go.

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If you’re in town, do yourself a favor and try some new foods and drinks. It really makes for a different experience than the traditional loop through World Showcase.

DON’T MISS OUT ON TWO MICECHAT SPECIAL EVENTS THIS WEEKEND:

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  • EPCOT 30th Anniversary FREE MiceQuest – FREE – September 29th

    Join MiceChat’s Kevin Yee and the Communicore Weekly crew for a FREE fun-filled scavenger hunt game celebrating Epcot’s 30th Anniversary. The Quest, designed by Kevin Yee, is fun for the whole family and will take place on the Mexico side of World Showcase from 3:30pm until 6:30pm on September 29th, 2012. Create a team of 1-4 people, and compete for the title of biggest Epcot geek. Fun prizes will be awarded to the winning teams. While this event is free, we are asking that you register here so we can prepare your team materials in advance. This helps us run a smooth event. We appreciate your help in sharing the news about this free and fun tribute to Epcot. Invite your friends and family and have them sign up in the event box below or click the following like to SIGN UP FOR THIS FREE EVENT on EVENTZILLA HERE

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  • Epcot Food and Wine Festival Sip and Nibble – September 30th

    Join the MiceChat crew for a leisurely stroll through the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot. For a tiny fee, we’ll provide you with a lanyard to track your progress and a small glass to share sips of the beverages throughout the journey. It’s a wonderful way to spend a day. REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT IN THE MICECHAT STORE HERE

Well, that wraps things up for this week’s Dateline. What do you think of the new forced perspective trees at Magic Kingdom? Will you be here to celebrate EPCOT Center’s birthday with the community? Let us know in the comments!!

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  • Ravjay12

    Great update! I’m so impressed by the amount of detail in Fantasyland! Every building, structure, pathway, lamp, etc is a work of art. The landscaping makes it look like its been there for years! Can’t wait until all the landscaping and rock work is done on mine train. Too bad they didn’t start that sooner! Fantastic job Imagineers!!

  • Malin

    I agree with Ravjay12 the details are very impressive. This really changes the Magic Kingdom in a positive way. I only wish the rest of the park received a makeover on this scale. Its going to make the uglier buildings look that little bit more worst off in comparison now to whats about to open at the Park. One thing I would like to say however is that despite all the criticism WDW Management get over its desire to build things cheap. It certainly doesn’t appear to be the case here with all the details. Unless Tom Staggs stepped in and increased the budget for the expansion.

    Also Happy 30th Anniversary Epcot

  • Was just at the Magic Kingdom yesterday. Most of the new Fantasyland looks amazing. It’s certainly a huge step in the right direction for the park, but really does make the older parts of Fantasyland look dated in comparison.

    Fastpass machines have been installed in the yellow tent. Dumbo on one side and Goofy coaster on the other. But there are lots of tables as well, so perhaps some ODV will also call this area home.

    Looking forward to the MiceChat events at Epcot this weekend!

  • mratigan

    Fantastic update this week

  • Timekeeper

    Ahh, welcome back Wonders of Li- I mean, festival center. 😉

    Timekeeper

    • Timekeeper

      Also, great update.

      Timekeeper