Dateline Disney World brings tidbits from all over the World this week, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the photos!
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Welcome to Epcot!
Outside the park, you can see that many of the turnstiles are behind walls, probably to add more RFID enabled entry.
The ODV cart that was in front of Electric Umbrella that I never saw open has been taken down and walls are up in its place. Very odd.
Nothing to see here, move along.
The flowers are back here, as the Monsters University topiary has moved to the entrance of Hollywood Studios.
Morocco’s new restaurant space now has a picture scrim.
Mo’ Rockin’ now plays under this tent over in the grassy area next to the pavilion. I wonder where their permanent location will be once all the construction is done.
The ducks of Epcot are always fun.
Over at the Epcot Character Spot, the area is open again. It includes both a standby line and a Fastpass+ line. Also, you can no longer see the characters through the windows like before.
On my way out of the park, I took a very interesting survey. In it, they asked what attractions at Epcot I thought were in need of an update (to which I answered almost all of them). It also asked how satisfied I was with my character interactions that day, as well as my thoughts on Limited Time Magic. I was very honest as I’m sure many of you would have been as well, but I have to commend Disney for even asking for feedback that honest and that specific.
Welcome to the Studios!
The Monsters University Homecoming is going on now at the Sorcerer Hat. It involves a DJ, a live band, merchandise, lots of booze, and games for the kids.
The live band was pretty good, and Mike and Sully were fun as well. But, the DJ portion was a little odd. I heard a song from pop ‘artist’ Ke$ha that included lyrics about getting rather drunk and taking off lots of articles of clothing. In my eyes, this is simply unacceptable. Disney is supposed to be leader in family oriented entertainment, yet how did something like this slip through the cracks? They closed down Pleasure Island for not being family friendly, and then something like this happening is very odd to me.
Lone Ranger merch is now available in the parks.
Another rumor that I recently saw on the internet was that Sid’s One of a Kind gift shop will soon be making way for MyMagic+ kiosks. If this is true, I will be very, very upset. Sid’s is a very unique shop that is lots of fun, and is one of the only in the park that doesn’t sell the generic Disney Parks merchandise. Just in case it goes away someday, I snapped a few photos of it for this week’s column.
I hate to report on bad news here, as I have a ton of love for the parks, but doing something like replacing Sid’s for NextGen stuff would really be sad.
Welcome to Animal Kingdom!
The new WIlderness Explorers game/learning adventure is now live in the park. The main booth for it is right at the entrance past the Oasis, and does a good job of grabbing guests.
The new Adventurer’s Outpost meet and greet for Mickey and Minnie is also open. They have standby and Fastpass+ signs out, but no official signage for what people are going to see.
I’m pretty sure this restroom used to be a turquoise color, now it is beige.
Wilderness Explorers logos in Dinoland.
Long wait for a wild mouse coaster.
Work is still happening at the entrance to the Finding Nemo Musical, with signage now going up for Standby and Fastpass+.
Yeti info as part of WIlderness Explorers.
The ice cream truck is back in Anandapur now, and it is in tip-top shape.
I really love it when Disney goes ahead and takes something away to clean it and make it look new again.
More Wilderness Explorers.
Behind the walls in Africa, there is a crane. Possible land clearing for either Avatar or the new Lion King theater?
In Camp Minnie-Mickey, there are really no signs of Avatar coming still. They are using signage to direct guests to the new Mickey and Minnie meet and greet, and Festival of the Lion King has new signage for Standby and Fastpass+.
Well, that wraps things up for this week, a whirlwind trip around WDW. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments!!
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