This week, we have construction and news from the Magic Kingdom, as well as Flower and Garden Festival preparation from Epcot. 70 photos for us to get to this week. let’s get going.

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Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!!

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Over at Big Thunder Mountain, much (if not all) of the new interactive queue elements are now in place.

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Lots of new signs and touches throughout the queue.

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These dynamite plungers are new, and it seems like they’ll interact with the new boxes that are out on the mountain.

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In the next room of the queue, there are a bunch of cranks and things to turn that will have some sort of interactivity for sure, but they aren’t turned out yet, so I’ve got no idea what the effect will be. I do know that they are very loud when constantly played with!

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The Tangled restrooms don’t look much different from last week.

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The Mine Train coaster keeps getting bigger and adding more mesh for rock work every week.

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Through the left side construction walls.

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Through the right side walls.

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In Storybook Circus, they continue to have unique merchandise, which I think is great. I haven’t seen these shirts in other gift shops, and I hope it stays that way.

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The Liberty Square Riverboat was down for some refurb this week.

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Splash Mountain’s refurbishment continues, and it seems like they’ve painted some very bright and vibrant colors on the mountain.

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My guess would be that the paint is vibrant because it fades so quickly in the tough Florida sun.

The old Crow’s Nest gift shop came out from behind walls this week, and it seems like it might be a place for seeing eye dogs and their trainers.

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More elements have been placed in the park for the new Pirates interactive game in Adventureland.

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Note the talisman on the head of this skull.

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Captain Jack’s stage is getting a little TLC.

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Walls went up near one of the gift shops near Magic Carpets of Aladdin.

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Welcome to Epcot!

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Epcot has started getting ready for this year’s Flower and Garden Festival, with markers and tall bushes blocking paths everywhere.

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Work continues on the Oz playground.

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These poles are new, and I’d assume they’re for F&G.

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Over at Mission: Space, Disney has finally started repainting, which has been an eyesore for quite some time!

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But they added an eyesore by bringing back the pizza truck next to Test Track, full with new Test Track designs.

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Some refurb work happening at this gift shop in World Showcase.

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This food cart has been around for a while now, and while I understand that it was built to support the park when FountainView closes for Starbucks. I’ve been to the park numerous times since it came out from behind walls, and it hasn’t been open once. Kind of strange.

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And lastly, the Character Spot is still using its back entrance. I’d assume it’ll be like this for quite some time, with the FountainView closing in March for Starbucks installation.

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Well, that wraps things up for this week’s Dateline. What do you all think of Big Thunder Mountain’s queue enhancements? Are you excited for the Flower and Garden Festival? Let us know in the comments!!

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