Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! Thank you for the super positive reaction to last week’s article. This week, we return to the Magic Kingdom, where we’ll take a look at some changes, news, construction, and pretty photos. Speaking of those, we have over 80 of them for you this week, so let’s get started!
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I got to the park nice and early this week since they’ve been opening at 8AM to cover the spring break crowds. This means beautiful warm light bathing the park, creating great photos.
Also early in the morning, the stage isn’t fully set up for the Castle show, so you can get this photo with a telephoto lens.
More early morning shots.
Refurbs are still going on in Adventureland. I’m really curious as to what they are doing behind the walls in the second photo. It’s been a long time for walls to be up in just a seating area.
It was a little weird to see them there, right next to the Tiki Gods. But I don’t think they look all that bad. They definitely fit in much better than the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom set pieces.
Do we really need stroller parking on this bridge? I feel like there has to be a better way.
Over at Big Al’s, there is no sign of Big Al or any other Country Bear merchandise, which is a big missed opportunity, especially with a growing fan community that loves the Bears.
Disney set up a makeshift extension to the seating area at Pinnochio Village Haus for the spring break crowds.
Back side of the Mine Train is really coming along now. Some of the rock work is getting new color and the buildings in the back keep getting more window and roof work.
The shrubbery is growing in nicely at the new Castle walls.
There was a LOT of steel added to the front of the Mine Train since my last update.
At the entrance to Storybook Circus, this has bothered me for a while now:
At the little cart near the Casey Jr. area, they sell lots of great Magic Kingdom and Storybook centric merchandise. This week, this happened as well.
Looking through the walls at the Mine Train one more time.
After all these years, the Speedway is still popular. But can’t you just imagine some sort of improvement or re-theme of this attraction?
Over in Tomorrowland, they had the “we’re going to be really busy this week” ODV carts out.
They were also doing dance parties basically all day long, much to my discontent.
On the Peoplemover, the Progress City display was dark with no audio. Hopefully they are just touching it up and making it look pretty.
This week, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor celebrated 6 years being in the park. I actually like this attraction more than many in the community, as I feel it features some solid performers and cool technology, but I do still miss Robin Williams and the Timekeeper.
Heading back down Main Street on the way out, Hall of Champions is still partially under a scrim.
I love how you can still play checkers outside on Main Street. Even amongst all the hustle and bustle.
They are marketing it as though you can only get them at Epcot as part of Flower and Garden, but they were in the Chapeau on Main Street as well. I’m waiting for a Limited Time Magic event that really wows me. What about you?
Well, that wraps things up for this week’s column. How do you feel about the current state of the Magic Kingdom? Enjoy seeing all the refurbishments and construction? Let us know in the comments below!!
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