Dateline Disney World: Magic Kingdom News, Construction, and Photos

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

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Published on April 05, 2013 at 3:00 am with 22 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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  • renderman7

    great report.

    Interesting to see them adding more games to the parks.

    I wonder if they would do that at the lower cost resorts, make people feel like there are things to do there?

  • DisneyNuts

    I love all of the photos in the early morning light. It makes a very idyllic scene … nice job on those.

    I see what you are saying about the entrance to Storybook Circus, but maybe they wanted to keep it true to a circus theme using a traditional circus sign for style and content. I wonder whether the new maps refer to it as a Storybook Circus Land or just as the Storybook Circus? As for the Perry towels, maybe they are trying to unload a surplus (while simultaneously cultivating new fans)? Either that or someone dropped the ball and just didn’t order any Circus-themed towels.

    As always, I loved the update!

  • Eric Davis

    Great job Cory! Keep up the good work!

  • BEAUTIFUL photos Cory!

  • wdwprince

    I don’t think the rocking chairs can ever come back to the porch of Yankee Trader since now it is essentially a wheel chair ramp. Shame.

    I for one love the Speedway the way it is. Classic Disney. Can the cars go a little faster though?

    And I think the sign in Circusland is meant to be read like this-

    Welcome to the Storybook Circus. (Pause)


    Yes it’s redundant to welcome you as well as to point out that this is the entrance, but Disney is full of mistakes and blunders lately.

  • jcruise86

    Thanks for the update! The Magic Kingdom was having a good hair day.

  • xboxtravis7992

    Wow, Monsters Inc has been open for 6 years already; it sure has been sometime since I was last in WDW.

    While I am mostly a Disneyland fan, the additions of New Fantasyland might be enough to warrant a future trip to WDW.

  • red014

    I’m by no means an arborist, nor do I live down south, but is it normal for whatever kind of evergreen trees those are near the bridge to BoG to be so bare in April? Are they still just recovering from their transplant? Are they even real? 🙂

  • Mondo Mouse

    Gorgeous photos… can’t wait to get back to the Magic Kingdom!

  • dsnygrl13

    From your pictures, it looks like the Dole Pineapple Whip location is closed off. Say it isn’t so, we’ll be there next week and it the first thing on our list.

    • red014

      Don’t fret! Dole whip stand is still open–it’s the spot next to that stand where you could sit on the way to Liberty Square that is closed. I hope what they’re doing is moving the DW stand over there to keep the lines from blocking the main walkway when it’s busy.

      BTW–as long as we’re talking about Dole Whips, they sell them with rum now in Epcot during the Flower & Garden festival.

      • dsnygrl13

        Thank you, thank you. Thank goodness it’s still open. And I heard about the Rum ones, and I’m looking forward to trying them, yummmmm

  • Amy VandenBoogert

    The Progress City model on the Peoplemover route has been behind those black curtains for at least a couple weeks now (I saw them when I was there March 27). Hopefully they’re giving the model a proper refurb because it was looking quite shoddy.

    Funny you showed the checkers board… I played checker with a total random guest there my last visit. It was fun. The guy beat my butt, but it was still fun and a great way to engage guests.

  • QPerth

    Thanks Corey, a beautiful update, those morning photos are really breathtaking!

    And Platapus can be in circuzz to yoiu guyzz! Don’t be racist against them! -Nah I’m joking. That’s so dumb those towels are there, it’s Story Book Circus, not Shoehorn Circus. Merch really dropped the ball there.

    I hope the Progress City model gets a HUUGE reconstruction refurb. It’s an absolute crime that is just a tiny portion of what used to be an expansive and inspiring miniature with moving parts. After destroying it and cutting it down, they LEAST Disney can do is look after this small remaining portion, and have it animated and top condition.

    Thanks for all your efforts in bringing these updates to us, I adore them, and know a lot of people like me look forward to them. -Q

  • JiminyCricketFan

    Just wonderful photos. I agree with what you said about Big Al. I think that the bears and particularly Big Al, is a great opportunity to sell some fun merchandise.

    • DisneyNuts

      In 2010 my son picked up a plastic resin figurine set that included Big Al, along with Brer Rabbit, a Ghost from the Haunted Mansion, a Skeleton from Pirates, and a couple more that I cannot recall at the moment. I think we picked those up in Downtown Disney, but offering something like that in the gift stores for Country Bear Jamboree and Splash Mountain would make a whole lot of sense!

  • thebear

    Thanks for the great update and all of the awesome pictures! I would’ve been running around to get on rides. You’re a better man than me!
    I would take the Laugh Floor over Time Keep just because I like the opportunity to have a seat.

  • Mickey777

    “They were also doing dance parties basically all day long, much to my discontent.”

    That was funny. Great photos. I can’t wait to take my own in a few weeks. It’s funny how I’ve never noticed the checkers on main street. Cool.

  • bryanintowson

    Love to see a corporate sponsor for the speedway. Why not have a car or energy company put in fuel cell powered cars? The major auto makers are putting tons of money into fuel cell powered cars and it’d be something to show off that technology and a classic example of Disney futurism.

    How cool would that be?!

    • ParkerMonroe

      I’m all for this. It’s a MUCH better idea than the oft-mentioned Cars overlay. #shudder

      • bryanintowson

        Agree. Going with movie characters is a really easy lay-up for Disney. It’s much harder to do something special without the crutch of well established characters. I was lucky to have visited EPCOT when there were no characters and I fell in love with the concept of it being Disney without Mickey. Think big, Disney and think about the future of transportation and get a corporate sponsor for the Speedway!