This week, we’ll take a look at the new bakery in the France pavilion at Epcot, as well as news and construction at the Magic Kingdom. We have almost 80 photos for you this week, so let’s get started!
Welcome to Epcot!!
Last week, the new bakery opened up in the France pavilion in Epcot, leaving the old one closed for its conversion to an ice cream parlor.
The new one is inside half of the old gift shop area.
The new bakery is a HUGE improvement over the old one. It is much bigger, has what seems to be a slightly expanded menu, and is just better from an operational standpoint.
They have these new trays which are really nice and have a very classy feel to them since they don’t feel like plastic.
More photos of the area.
I brought a fisheye lens along with me to get some wide shots to help everyone see what it feels like to be in the new bakery.
In my eyes, the new bakery is a home run. They’ll have better capacity, make more money, and it is a better offering for the guests. Meanwhile, the old bakery is being reworked as an ice cream shop. So, this will be a net gain for guests.
While still in Epcot, Disney had its Limited Time Magic in the Canada pavilion, making it snow and having characters out for a ‘special’ meet and greet.
It generated a small line.
Unfortunately, this was pretty lame. It was a very small setup for a tiny meet and greet with one machine blowing fake snow. Disneyland gets a revival of the Golden Horseshoe, and we get this? I think it’s time for Disney to give the WDW guests something nice for this promotion.
Construction is also happening for the Oz themed playground for the upcoming Flower and Garden Festival.
Rumors flew this past week of Pin Central closing down, but it didn’t.
And lastly, walls were up at the entrance to install RFID turnstiles, while one of the turnstile areas has already been converted.
Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!
As you can see, the Christmas decorations are gone, and the Train Station has returned to its normal colors. Shame they won’t just rip out the ‘Let the Memories Begin’ sign though.
Also, you can see the holiday decor is gone from Main Street as well.
At the Tangled restroom area, work has quickly moved, and we’re seeing lots more detail and color.
Looking good, and also looking like it isn’t far from being opened.
Lots of progress also happening at the Mine Train.
Chimneys were added to the cottages in the back.
More steel was added to the Storybook Circus side of the mountain.
Peek a boo views.
Some new props have been added to the Big Thunder Mountain queue for its new interactive elements and story, including some cool shout outs to Tony Baxter and his Western River Expedition attraction that was never built.
Splash Mountain’s refurb is also continuing.
At the entrance to the park, work continues installing the RFID turnstiles.
The Main Street Bakery is now closed for its transformation into the first Starbucks location on WDW property.
The scrim on Main Street that went up last week now has one of the nice murals on it.
Same thing in Adventureland.
These ODV carts were in the Liberty Square seating area during the holidays, but are back in their normal place now.
And finally, there has been a lot of small upkeep happening in the park, which in my eyes is a great sign and I love seeing it.
Well, that does it for this week’s column! Do you enjoy seeing little refurbs and paint jobs around the park? Are you excited about the new bakery in France? Think WDW’s Limited Time Magic has been a disappointment thus far? Let us know in the comments?
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