Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, the majority of the news at WDW brings us back to the Magic Kingdom, where we have about 60 photos for you! Let’s go!

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Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!


Right at the entrance to the park, this boat to Fort Wilderness needs some TLC. To Disney’s credit, some of the boats have been refreshed lately and look excellent.


Once entering the park, you’ll notice some ground work being done at the main entrance to the Emporium.



Inside the Emporium, I’m actually a fan of these black and white plushes. They’re fun.




For this week’s Limited Time Magic, Disney brought back a Monsters University themed ice cream sundae that they’ve already had at one point. Not the brightest week for LTM.


I went in the opposite direction than I normally go this week, so we’re headed for Tomorrowland!





Over at the Mad Tea Party, a really neat new sign was installed for standby and Fastpass+.


Big kudos to whoever designed this one.


Time for some Mine Train construction photos. You’ll notice that the area is a mess of scaffolding, mesh, and coaster track. I’m curious to see what the timetable currently is for this project.






I was interrupted along my way by the Storybook Circus Giggle Gang, who despite being creepy clowns, put on an interesting and entertaining show.



Prince Eric’s village is coming right along, with some new straw roofing installed. I’m thinking it can’t be too long until this is open.



Back to the Mine Train.






No sign of exterior movement at the Princess Hug Zone.




No movement either at the Fantasyland side of Columbia Harbor House.


I never noticed this detail at the Tangled area.


Interesting news from the Haunted Mansion this week, as now with Fastpass+ being installed, all standby guests must now enter the attraction through the interactive graveyard outside.



Beams at the entrance being worked on.


At least with FP+ now here, you can get a clean straight on shot of the Mansion, which is pretty cool.


In Liberty Square, something permanent is being built behind these walls.


The LS buildings are really in great shape.



New signage came out at Sleepy Hollow, and it looks really classy.





I love the Liberty Belle!



Typical summertime waits at the big Frontierland attractions.



Where did the statue of the Br’er guys go?


Pirate’s Adventure game hasn’t seen huge crowds.


Construction continues in Adventureland.




I think the 3PM heat drove some of the people away.





The sign is now fully uncovered at the Hall of Champions.




That wraps things up for us this week. How do you all feel about the Mine Train construction? How about the new signage in the park? Let us know in the comments!!

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  • LoveStallion

    Oh, the mine train… It had better deliver or Disney is going to be eating crow over New Fantasyland. I’m baffled by how long it takes them to build this stuff.

    • TodAZ1

      Me too! I think they re-built all of DCA in less time!

      • SpectroMan

        The timetable for this coaster is absolutely ridiculous. Obviously they’ve either value engineered it by using 1/2 the normal crew and stretching out the length of time needed, because there’s no way it’s more than a 45-second ride that happens to be partially indoors.

  • coneheads

    I think if you are expecting splash mountain you will be disappointed. I do think the coaster will add back the movement and kinetic nature that the Subs added to the area though.

    I think everyone had a pretty good idea what to expect since Little Mermaid is a transplant from Dland but the area is a winner in my opinion just from the level of theming. It is beautiful, especially at night, cant wait for all the construction to be done and see the area as a whole. It kind of leaves an awkwardly large open area between the castle and carousel, the new area and the Peter Pan Small World path. I’ll be interested to see what becomes of this area.

    Love the column Cory, a must read every week. I know it’s always fun to go to the World but I imagine some weeks it’s inconvenient to take the time to go. I think we all appreciate the effort, btw when did the two tone roof go on the castle? We were just there Memorial Day and I don’t recall noticing it.

    • LoveStallion

      I wish we could Like/+1/Thumbs Up a post.

  • Gregg Condon

    Wait … Waffle Sandwiches!!!! Yummy!!!

    Great update.

  • gboiler1

    It’s so much fun to see the extras Disney offer like Mickey and the marching band or the Dapper Dans or the Hoe Down in Frontierland. Glad to see the clowns but I’ve always wondered, how do they stay cool? The costuming is wonderful but I’d have a heat stroke! I wear short sleeves nearly all winter!

  • Orlando71

    Great update. The mine train is looking great. I wish they’d speed up the construction though because its taking them forever. But i’d rather them take their time and have an excellent ride than mess it up because they went too fast.

  • Orlando71

    I never noticed the apples either. Is that new, and where is it?

  • davidrusk

    For those of us who can’t get to the park even annually, these photos mean a lot! Great photos and comments. Thanks so much for doing this!

  • BC_DisneyGeek

    *Mentally adds waffle sandwiches to his WDW to-do list*

  • TodAZ1

    They have Fastpass for the Mad Tea Party??? Really?? OY!!!

  • Big D

    I’m down with the waffle sandwiches. The prosciutto one sounds awesome!

  • Amy VandenBoogert

    I’ll go on record saying those waffle sandwiches are awesome. I’ve had the sweet & spicy chicken one and the fresh fruit & Nutella one and…. OMG. SO GOOD! I try to get one most visits to the Magic Kingdom. Oh and they’re HUGE!

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  • FloridaChris

    If you found the Storybook Circus Giggle Gang clowns show to be interesting and entertaining, why label them as “creepy clowns”? I’ve watched this show too and I agree that they are fun and funny shows and in my opinion, not at all creepy.

  • RandySavage

    This column is also a weekly must-read for me. The photos are awesome.

    MK is shining in these pics. Signage looks good. Always been – and still am – bullish on the FLE mainly due to its sensational place-making.

  • JiminyCricketFan

    I am disappointed that it’s taking so long for the mine train to be constructed. It seems to me from the size there is some concern that this ride might be too thrilling for the young kids. It might hit right in the middle, being too thrilling for the small ones but not thrilling enough for those who want a thrill ride. Teenagers who love thrill rides would be embarrassed to go to Fantasyland.

    Great report, Cory!

    • BuckyRister

      Teenagers are embarrassed by anything that penetrates their veneer of maturity and exposes their paranoia, I could care less what a teenager thinks of Fantasyland. Adults and kids eat it up.

  • billyjobobb

    We went as they were really hyping new fantasyland. Being regulars to California it was kinda anti climatic.

    They need to get that mine train up and running. Then they should hype the whole new area.

  • Tielo

    New Fantasyland looks like the Frankenstein monster. To many non compatible theme’s makes it a mess and doesn’t compliment the homogenic Fantasyland. The mine train with it’s different style of facades will look very schizophrenic in the middle of it.
    The mine train ride looks to be a nice coaster/dark ride hybrid with a very low capacity. Noting this is the only new worthwhile addition in a long time it’ll have huge lines with fastpasses being eaten up by hotel guests.
    I’m going to wait visiting WDW until Disney has at least build 1 ride or show in each of their parks that I care for since I visited it 6 years ago.

    • NextGenMouseketeer

      I think New Fantasyland is a charming and cohesive area that echoes the idea of being inside a book of various fairy tales. I also think that the mine train will be a lovely edition regardless of the wait times and I don’t think it will be at all “schizophrenic.”

      • Skimbob

        Fantasyland was very well themed and The mine train will compliment with the forest being an integral part of the entire area. I can hardly wait to see the land again in October.

        Great updates.

  • NextGenMouseketeer

    I’m REALLY psyched to see New Fantasyland as a whole! However, I can totally understand why the mine train is taking so long to complete because they are really stressing the details on this one.
    Can’t wait to read more!