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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  • Trumpet

    Greatb Update Cory

    Love the refurbishment at the Magic Kingdom, and how far the new Tangled Restrooms are progressing (is this one of the new attractions of New Fantasyland, to try and help bring in the crowds, lol)

    It is a shame that the food cart near Test Track is back, it looks cheap and nasty, compared to the new reimagined ride.

    Thanks Again Cory

    Trumpet

  • Great update Cory. I can’t help but wonder how long the new interactive props are going to survive in the Big Thunder Queue. Never underestimate the ability of the Orlando visitor to destroy the environment they are in.

    This year’s Flower and Garden Festival has been expanded and will include lots of food and beverage locations (like a mini Food and Wine Fest). It’s sure to help spice up this already popular event.

    • yoyoflamingo

      Including a Dole Whip Float with spice rum!

  • martinjbell1986

    Great update! Keep us informed about how MyMagic+ is fairing over there.

  • ParkerMonroe

    Not a fan of the Big Thunder signage in the queue. Why has it not been aged?! All the other props in the queue are adequately rusty and antiqued; but the new signs look freshly pressed. They stick out like the proverbial sore thumb.

  • CupcakeTerror

    Great update! Always like seeing the WDW upgrade and updates. Thanks!

  • Amy VandenBoogert

    Great update!

    However, that’s not the back entrance to the Epcot Character Spot. That’s the room the old Epcot 25 museum used to be in. They’re using that as temporary Character Spot while the actual one gets a complete overhaul (which has been going on for months now – not sure when it’s reopening after the re-do). In the temporary Character Spot, you can only meet Mickey, Pluto & Minnie. Donald only meets in Mexico now in his sombrero and Goofy has been moved to the Epcot Entrance, to the right of Spaceship Earth (and Stitch no longer has a meet & greet presence in the park).

  • Timekeeper

    I like the last photo in this update, Cory. It really shows a slice of life in Epcot. 🙂

    Timekeeper

  • WesternMouse

    It’s good to see how Dwarf Mountain in coming along. I’m loving the BTM enhancements. Funny, I didn’t think of aging the signs, but Parker made a good point. I suppose the question the non-aged signs raises is are you in a ghost town or did the Imagineers mean to make you feel like you were transported back in time? Splash Mountain is coming along, too. Hopefully they keep it up.

  • Lee Mallaby

    Great update Cory.
    Big Thunder looks like the new interactive queue is going to add some real fun elements to the ride.
    It’s great to see Splash Mountain getting some TLC as well.
    The new Mine Train is REALLY coming on, unfortunately it won’t be open when we head over this year.
    It will be interesting to see if it has the desired effect of stealing some of the Potter crowd away from Universal, personally i don’t think so, but time will tell.
    Not much going on at the other parks, which is a shame , but I’m sure that will change very soon.
    Thanks veru much. Keep up the great work.