Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! In this week’s column, we’ll take a look at the many goings on at the Magic Kingdom! Let’s get started!!

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Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!!

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[center][size=5][b]Farewell to Halloween[/b][/size]
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If you’re reading this column, it means that if you aren’t going to the Halloween Party tonight (11/2), this season is all wrapped up, and Holiday decorations will be going up for next week. Here are some shots of the park at Halloween to help you bid it farewell.

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Starting at the “fanciest restrooms in all of the land” project, things keep moving along, with more rock work being painted, and more things happening on the building itself.

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The building itself is moving right along.

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Lots of scaffolding up around the pieces of the building. Look for detail work reasonably soon.

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For some reason, scaffolding went back up in New Fantasyland, over by Enchanted Tales with Belle. Anyone know why?

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Looking at the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, we keep seeing more steel and more connecting pieces go up every week.

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Steady progress every week.

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These definitely look like roof structures.

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You can kind of see some rounded-ness here, which could be the hills in the near future.

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[center][size=5][b]This and That[/b][/size]
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The Magic Carpets of Aladdin resumed flight this week.

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But, the entrance is still surrounded by construction walls.

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Splash Mountain was running dry for a while this week since we had some colder temperatures.

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Anyone remember when Br’er Rabbit used to be atop this sign? I do, and wish he would come back.

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The scrims that went up in Liberty Square last week now have picture scrims overtop of them.

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Refurb work continues at Pinnochio Village Haus.

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CM previews have been going on at New Fantasyland, leaving lots of guests confused as to why they couldn’t get in. No worries though, Disney has a bunch of CMs deployed at the entrance explaining the situation.

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Inside Big Top Souvenirs, I noticed this area specific Magic Kingdom merchandise.

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Very cool on Disney’s part, and I hope more things like this roll out in the future.

While also inside Big Top, more theming was added since I had been in there last, all circus style things hanging from the tent.

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I don’t know why this wall is still up at the exit to the Fantasyland Train Station.

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Over at Carousel of Progress, I noticed something this week that I had not yet seen before.

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The gears don’t have the year on them anymore!

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This used to be something we took a photo of every year on our annual vacation which was special. How hard wool it be for them to slap something on there? A small gripe, I know, but it really is the little things like this that make the place special.

Refurb work continues at the entrance to Monsters Inc.

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In the gift shops, they have gone all out for Wreck-It Ralph.

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The CM outside the shop was wearing a pair.

Also, these guys will be around for a long time after this week.

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In case you were living under a rock, Disney purchased Lucasfilm this week and also announced they’ll be making more Star Wars movies. There’s been enough extensive writing on the internet about this, so I’ll keep my opinion short. I love it, and I think it is a huge move for Disney and really cements Iger’s legacy. Between this, Pixar, and Marvel, he has done his fair share of work that will make the company lots of money for a long time. Now we can only hope we’ll get a Star Wars land at Hollywood Studios!!

Nice color in front of the sea serpent topiary.

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I noticed this interesting set of ears in one of the gift shops. Here are the left ear, and the right ear.

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Very interesting, featuring both Florida and California and their respective castles. Could it be some Cars Land at WDW foreshadowing?

Also, I saw a Disneyland hat in a WDW gift shop, and thought it was rather funny.

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Well, that wraps things up for this week’s Dateline. What do you all think of the Lucasfim acquisition? Good move or bad move? Let us know in the comments!!

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