4th of July festivities at the Magic Kingdom went off with a big bang. We’ll show you what’s going on in the park, as well as many of the refurbishments wrapping up.

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Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!!

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Upon arriving to the park, this tree has been placed in front of the railing, I suppose to alert those who are texting while driving strollers that there is a guard rail there 🙂

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Late hours at the park this week.

I am happy to report that the Roy and Minnie statue is now back in its proper place! It’s nice to have it back where it belongs.

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The Mayor was out doing his act, which is always fun.

Also on Main Street, the Hall of Champions refurbishment is finished and the building is out from behind scrims with a grey color scheme.

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Starbucks is still packing in guests. Although, I am a little alarmed at how long the process is taking. It only took about 2 1/2 minutes of waiting in line to order, but about 7 minutes for them to make an iced coffee. Hopefully those kinks get ironed out soon.

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Over in Adventureland, the old Verandah building finished its refurbishment and is looking nice and clean.

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This building to the left of the Dole Whip stand still has scrims though.

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Fastpass+ now at the Magic Carpets of Aladdin. Makes you wonder, doesn’t it? What rides really need Fastpass+?

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Reports suggest the Tiki Room having a short refurbishment in late July, finishing in early August.

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At the Pirates Adventure game, CM’s were practically stopping people and asking them to play.

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With the heavy crowds expected this week, CM’s were stationed at exits to counter service restaurants to control the flow.

The safety railing project in Frontierland seems to be done, and isn’t really all that distracting.

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WIth the busy week, Diamond Horseshoe was open, which is always fun to poke in and take a look at. I really wish they would keep this open all year.

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Scrims are down in Liberty Square, and things are looking sharp.

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With the exception of this very bad show, missing shingles and copper showing.

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Scrims are also down at Columbia Harbor House, along with a new picture outside that looks like a nice nod towards a boat out at Disneyland.

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Even with heavy crowds, some rides had manageable waits.

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Tarps still up on the Fantasyland side of Harbor House.

it’s a small world has Fastpass+ signage and an extended queue setup for the holiday crowds.

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Here are your Mine Train construction photos for this week.

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As well as Prince Eric’s village construction.

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I love Storybook Circus and all its great fonts.

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PUSH the Trash Can was out entertaining, and so was his handler 😉

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What might they be trying to hide here? Couldn’t be Fastpass+.

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Beautiful day at the park.

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Some grass needs feeding!

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After visiting the Magic Kingdom this week and seeing the other three parks last week, it is pretty clear that MK is in far better shape than the other three. MK is clean, things look fresh, and there are by far the most offerings. Hopefully some of the money allocated towards keeping the parks beautiful will slide over, especially towards Disney Hollywood Studio and Animal Kingdom, soon.

Upon leaving the park, here are some shots of the Grand Floridian DVC wing construction.

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And to wrap up this week, here are some shots from the 4th of July fireworks show as seen from the Polynesian beach.

I think you’ll agree that it’s quite a beautiful show!

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Well, that does it for this week’s column. Think MK is looking good? Excited for the Mine Train? Wondering about the proliferation of Fastpass+? Let us know in the comments below.

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