Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we’ll be taking a look at the news, construction, and photos from the Magic Kingdom. We’ve got over 60 photos for you this week, I hope you enjoy them.
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Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!!
Outside of the park, work has started on creating a new bus loop for the Walt Disney World buses. It will be needed, especially for when Disney finally gets around to introducing the new accordion style buses in the future.
Now into the park!
There was some pavement work happening on Main Street this week.
Artist Larry Dotson was in town selling some of his Disney work.
Hopefully this scrim will come down soon.
The bakery should be opening soon, as Disney said “early summer”. As hot as it has been down here at times the past few weeks, summer is definitely right around the corner.
More pavement work closer to Cinderella Castle and the Hub.
Sleepy Hollow is still under scrims. It should look great once finished.
Into Adventureland, where we find more scrims, even one I hadn’t yet seen on the Swiss Family Treehouse.
Orange Bird is still looking good at Sunshine Tree Terrace.
The Pirate Adventure game has been testing a whole lot, but they still haven’t officially opened or unveiled the signage.
The Liberty Bell is under refurbishment.
This ODV cart is now back in the middle of Liberty Square as opposed to being on the edge of the Rivers of America.
See Haunted Mansion?
Notice anything different?
Yes, part of the canopy is gone! Probably just being replaced.
Right outside Mansion where the old Fastpass kiosks were is a new Visa credit card location. This is, in my eyes, completely unnecessary. It is ugly, clutters up an already busy area, and right near something like Haunted Mansion just isn’t the right spot.
Columbia Harbor House scrims carry over into Fantasyland.
Lots of work continues over at the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, with lots of rock being painted and details being installed on the back half. Sadly for the Mine Train, Universal announced that the second phase of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be opening somewhere around the same time as this attraction that has now been announced for several years.
Break in the construction photos to show the outrageously long line for Be Our Guest lunch!
Check out the simulated coaster car in this shot. Pretty cool.
Lots of new mesh for rock work here.
Mad Tea Party is still down for refurb.
Here are some fun Storybook Circus shots.
So much better than what was there before it.
Thanks to the guy who waved from the Peoplemover in this shot.
And to end on a very exciting note, new trees have been installed along the Railroad track, helping block views of parking lots behind Main Street.
That wraps things up for this week’s column. Do you like what you see so far with the Mine Train? Will it be able to hold a candle to Universal’s Diagon Alley from Harry Potter that is opening at roughly the same time? Let us know in the comments!
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