Hello, and welcome back to Dateline Disney World! This week, we’re looking at the news and construction around the Magic Kingdom park. Almost 50 photos for you, so let’s get started!

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Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!!

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While riding the monorail into the park, you can see the progress on the expanded bus loops at the entrance to the park.

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RFID installation is still happening on the left side of the turnstiles.

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Omnibus!

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Work continues outside the front of the main entrance of the Emporium.

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Lots to see in Adventureland this week.

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Scrims still up next to the Dole Whip stand.

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Pavement blocked off on the ramp down to the Jungle Cruise.

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The Tiki Gods are under refurbishment.

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People just aren’t visiting the Pirate Adventure game. It looks like this almost every single time I walk by.

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The statue of the Br’er creatures outside of Splash Mountain is still missing.

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The Disney Visa Card spot that was at Haunted Mansion is now in between Mansion and the Riverboat entrance.

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All the beams at the Haunted Mansion entrance are being worked on.

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The Carrousel is under refurbishment.

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We’ve finally seen some movement outside the Princess Hug Zone. I’ve heard from some folks to expect this to open sometime in September.

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Time for some Mine Train construction photos.

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Prince Eric’s village looks like it should open relatively soon. It also looks a bit darker on the top.

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Back to the Mine Train.

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This wall was pushed out a little bit into the walkway.

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That is because some new rock work has been installed right near the walls.

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In Tomorrowland, the Stitch stage is under some sort of refurbishment, but they still have a tent set up so that a DJ can spin the family friendly tunes of Rihanna, Ke$ha, and Psy in a Magic Kingdom style park.

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Time to head out!

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That wraps things up for this week’s column. Any thought from you all? Ready for refurbishments to freshen attractions and sights up? Let us know in the comments!!

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