It’s been two weeks since our last column, and lots of things have changed at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, with progress on the Mine Train and Tangled Toilets at Magic Kingdom, and the Flower and Garden Festival officially kicking off at Epcot. Over 70 photos in today’s update, so sit back and relax!
Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!!
Heading into the park, Town Square feels very bare after the recent Live with Kelly and Michael tapings.
Also while heading in, you’ll now see newly redesigned, non-Kodak park maps.
They’re really quite nice, and a big improvement in my opinion over the old maps.
By the time you get into the Hub area, it is apparent that spring has sprung down here in Central Florida, with lots of great flowers planted in the park.
Over at the Tangled Toilets, there was a lot of change from before I went out west for a week. Lots of trees have been planted, and when looking from Columbia Harbor House, it is clear that they are very close to having the walls come down here.
The scrim near the restrooms connected to it’s a small world is down and the exit area now helps blend the two areas a little nicer.
It’s really a shame that this is going to be, according to Disney, nothing more than restrooms. Tangled is a very successful franchise for them, and the level of detail here looks outstanding. Seems like it deserves better than restrooms.
Over at the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, rock and detail work has really picked up on the back side, with some trees even ‘planted’ on top of the hill.
It seems like they are pushing hard to get work done, as there were a ton of workers there this week.
Looking through one of the walls, you can see that there is much work track now in place as well, which is exciting!
Some more views of the construction.
Refurbishment continues around the park in both Liberty Square and Adventureland.
On to Epcot!
Welcome to Epcot!
The Flower and Garden Festival officially started on Wednesday of this week, and it celebrates 20 years.
Heading past Spaceship Earth, Phineas and Ferb have a display near the main times guide area.
The Lion King has an area right past the Fountain of Nations.
Heading on the path to Test Track, the Pixies have been swapped out with Radiator Springs and the Cars topiaries.
Flower beds line both side of the water in Future World, and while not fully bloomed yet, still looks beautiful.
The main topiary set at the entrance to World Showcase is there to promote Monsters University. It is large and quite impressive.
The Pineapple Promenade is one of the food booths and is where you can get your rum infused dole whips!
Canada is all spruced up for the festival.
The UK got some changes this year, with Winnie the Pooh and friends now being over by the Fish and Chips area.
Twinings tea is still behind the gift shops.
The Peter Pan topiaries are now across from the Rose and Crown, with Hook and Croc in their own flower beds.
Peter Pan is cleverly positioned on the roof this year!
UK also has a food booth.
And in the butterfly house, the Bambi theme is gone, replaced by Tinker Belle and friends. When I went in, the topiaries were there, but there were really no butterflies, which was odd, but something that surely will be fixed soon.
Well, that just about does it for this week’s column. I’ll be covering Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom’s happenings next week, so make sure to keep an eye out for it! Excited for Flower and Garden? Like the work being done in Magic Kingdom? Hate everything Disney does and enjoy Universal more? Let us know in the comments!
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