New Signs and Construction at the Magic Kingdom

Written by Cory Disbrow. Posted in Dateline Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

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Published on August 02, 2013 at 2:00 am with 25 Comments

About Cory Disbrow

Cory likes Walt Disney World so much, he recently packed his bags and moved to Orlando. Cory is a photographer and writes MiceChat's Dateline Disney World columns every Friday.

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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!