Dateline Disney World: Magic Kingdom Construction and Epcot Odds and Ends

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

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Published on January 04, 2013 at 4:02 am with 10 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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  • Malin

    The waits look insane and on a level I’ve only previously seen at Tokyo Disneyland. Thanks for braving the crowds. These waits could be a sign of things to come once FastPass + kicks in full time.

    While its only Rest Rooms, I love the amount of detail going into this new project. But please don’t leave the rest of Fantasyland out. Other areas could look amazing with new facades. And you might be suprised the Parks Blog hasn’t mention anything yet. I’m more shocked that Communicore Weekly hasn’t spoken about it yet. Surely Jeff and George must be dying to use it as a Bathroom Break feature. Perhaps a invite to the grand opening along with all the Mommy Bloggers.

    I am really hoping all the issues with Splash Mountain can be addressed. How long is it scheduled to be down for this time?

    Disney is working on a new kids area themed from the Movie OZ for Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. So maybe this is the early prep work? But that just speculation on my part and I have no idea where its meant to be going at the Park.

    • George Taylor

      I tried to get some photos in November…and a nice janitorial castmember asked me if I was trying to get some photos of the bathroom.

      I was wearing a Communicore Weekly shirt (the red one), so maybe he knew what I was after.

      Jeff and I are still waiting for our invitations to the Tangled Bathroom Mommy Blogger Dragon Flying Event!

  • Trumpet

    Great Update Cory

    It is grea to see you braved the crowds just to give us a update. Looking at the mountain range for Cars Land, the more steel that goes up the better.

    I hope the Splash Mounttain refurbishment is going to freshen up the ride and return it to its former glory. If they do, maybe a sign of the future for the management? I guess time will tell and we will have to wait to see what will happen.

    Thank Again Cory


    • Malin

      Cars Land?

  • ttintagel

    I can’t understand the mentality of buildings sitting empty and unused while food and merchandise carts are piled up in the walkways blocking traffic and making everything look cluttered and ugly.

    • ParkerMonroe

      The Odyssey Restaurant is one particular sore spot, for me. I can’t understand the sense in allowing that one building to sit empty 90% of the year while TDO approves adding two brand new restaurants in World Showcase (to countrys that already had restaurants). If you ask me, Future World is more in desperate need of decent eateries than World Showcase.

  • The new Tangled bathrooms sure are going to be pretty, but does anyone else think they are just going to make old Fantasyland look even more dated. With New Fantasyland on one side and Tangled restrooms on the other, Fantasyland is book ended by examples of what it really should be.

    Great update Cory!

    • lionheartkc

      It’s an old designer trick, Dusty. You make it so blatantly obvious that something needs an upgrade that the pencil pushers can no longer deny it. Universal did it with Potter. They made that land so far superior to the rest of the park that people like me publicly noted that it made the old area look bad. Next thing you know, the creatives are given the necessary funding to plus everything else to keep up :).

    • Ravjay12

      I totally agree with you! I’m sure they have a plan to change the rest of the facades in the future.

  • a-mad

    Cory, great update! I’m curious to match up the wait-times with the attraction…as I’m not as familiar with the Magic Kingdom to do so sight-unseen. Some are obvious because the attraction sign is listed with the wait time… but others are tougher. Can someone fill in the blanks?

    1) PotC?
    2) BTMRR
    3) Haunted Mansion
    4) Small World?
    5) Peter Pan?
    6) Enchanted Tales with Belle?
    7) Little Mermaid?