Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we’ll take a look at a few tidbits in Epcot, as well as Halloween time arriving at the Magic Kingdom! Let’s do it!

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In Epcot, there were rumors of soft openings at the Starbucks in Future World. We headed over there to try and get in, but the walls were all still up blocking the way.

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It looks all ready to go though for its September 5th opening. I’m excited for it.

Check out how empty the park was. This was around 11am!

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In the UK gift shops, Doctor Who and Downton Abbey merchandise has taken over.

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Lastly, the International Gateway exit is being refurbished. The exit is temporarily on the left hand side of the turnstiles.

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Over to the Magic Kingdom!

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Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!!

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Fall has arrived at the park, with advertisements for the Halloween party and pumpkins decorating the entrance area.

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Town Square and Main Street have also received their fall colors and decorations.

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The pavement project at the Emporium is almost done, and the main entrance is now open once again.

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The Carrousel is open again after a short refurbishment.

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Signage and Fastpass+ has gone up at the Princess Hug Zone, which should be opening quite soon.

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There are Fastpass entrances on both sides, which leads me to believe there will be multiple queues here.

Time for some Mine Train construction.

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More walls have come down in the back of New Fantasyland as Prince Eric’s village is very close to opening its new healthy snack stand.

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Here’s the menu!

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Lots of great detail here, just like in the rest of New Fantasyland.

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I’m pretty happy Disney has gone this route. I like to enjoy light and healthy food in the parks on certain days, and all the offerings here look solid.

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Across the resort, prices for fountain beverages have gone up.

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See ya real soon!

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That does it for this week’s column. Can you believe that it is Halloween time already? What are your thoughts on the new Starbucks in Epcot and the healthy eatery in Prince Eric’s village? Let us know in the comments!!

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