Dateline Disney World: Jungle Cruise Reopens and Magic Kingdom Construction

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

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Published on October 04, 2013 at 2:00 am with 32 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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  • Shark Bait

    Comic Sans on that sign. Ugh.

    • gusghost

      What’s wrong with Comic Sans? It screams “Adventure!” ;)

      • Shark Bait

        You’d think that a multi-billion dollar company could shell out a few bucks to buy a nicer handwriting font, or even have someone write it out, but noooo they use the most recognizably despised font in history. I mean, at least it wasn’t Papyrus, but still…

  • QPerth

    Stunning shots this week Cory, and a great update, thanks so very much for bringing it to us. Always a highlight of my week.
    The photos from Jungle Cruise are all terrific, you really captured the feel of the scenes.

    My favourite shot this week is the picture looking over the water and towards Tomorrowland, with Space Mountain looming in the distance like a beautiful Utopia. Well done.
    See you next week, and thanks again! -Q

  • Orlando71

    Great update, cant wait till next week. The one thing i don’t understand, is all the complaining about how long it takes to build the mine train. Sure it would be nice to have it been completed by now, but its not, and Disney chose this route because they felt its the best way to make money. I mean, i don’t remember people complaining it taking 3 years to build Expedition Everest. I mean the mine train has to have more rockwork than everest total because everest doesnt have a backside, plus the mine train is in the middle of the park, furthur complicating things. You can argue the point, oh Universal is opening Diagon Alley; sure thats great but why does disney automatically have to open something just as grand in their own time. I’d rather large expansions open up on their own time seperate from other parks, so they can have their own glory for a while. I just don’t understand the mindset, where Universal builds something, Disney has to build something of equal rivalry in the same amount of time. Also, I think Disney was Smart, yes smart to open the mine train in 2014, for this reason. How many countless people (around what 34 million people) went to Disney World in 2012 and 2013? And how many looked at that giant mess of steel and concrete and said, wow that looks like when that opens it will be a great attraction? So, how many people will come back to go to Disney World in 2014,2015, etc, who would not have come back if it had opened in 2012, because now there is something new. Now, i want the mine train to open in 2012 or 2013 as much as anyone else, and i do look enviously at Universal building all these attractions, but guess what. Sooner or later little Uni will have to stop. Investors wont invest if comcast continuously chucks hundreds of millions of dollars constantly, and soon their gonna run out. And Disney will be there to respond with Avatar and Star Wars.
    I am not excusing Disney for taking forever. If they pinpointed 2014, for a reason, (perhaps DA), good for them. If it was because they didnt feel like paying for workers than shame on them.

  • The Lost Boy

    They must be doing something correct at Disneyworld because the rabid detractors’ ad nauseum lists never have more than the same handful of perceived grievances,

    • CaptainAction

      Having trouble defending WDW? It’s simple. When you can’t get over all that Universal has and is giving theme park lovers and admit WDW has been so lazy the last 10 years that they don’t even look like Disney anymore.
      If one can’t admit this, then it’s because one is too jealous to be rational.
      Then all the defense becomes attacks on people who point these facts out.
      Jealousy makes folks irrational and then lash out at people who point out flaws in the Fantasyland they are trying to defend.
      WDW is losing a lot of fans to Universal.
      Universal isn’t losing ANY fans to WDW.

    • The Lost Boy

      Pop goes the weasel.

  • horizonsfan

    It seems like every post that mentions the Mine Train gets people in the same conflicts in the comments. I’m somewhere in the middle. I’m frustrated that Disney is taking so long to build the attraction, yet I’m excited to see what they’ll do. I’m also concerned that Universal keeps doing new attractions while Disney spends money on Fastpass+ and interactive games I won’t play. I’m trying to stay optimistic, though.

  • KCmike

    It’s wonderful to see them put love back into the Jungle Cruise. The Magic Kingdom is need of another main attraction. I hope they put forth their A game with the Mine Coaster like Team Anaheim did with RSR in California Adventure. So far the new fantasyland is a dud. I would take Disneyland’s Fantasyland over what WDW has now. (Side note: I think Disneyland is superior to WDW with the exception of Epcot.) After visiting DL for many years in a row, we finally made our way back to WDW the last couple of years. Man do we love the resorts at WDW and man is the MK really lack the magic that DL has. It feels big and empty at times. We did visit Universal this time around and didn’t care for it at all. What does everyone see here? Harry Potter is Soarin’ on steroids but everything else was lacking in my opinion.

    Enjoy your reports Cory and think your a wonderful photographer. Can’t wait to see the Mine Coaster.

  • Haven

    Heard a rumor the Federal Government is actually funding the construction of The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. That explains why it is taking soooo long……..Just sayin..

  • tofubeast

    Jungle Cruise looks fantastic!! So happy it has re-opened just in time for our visit in a couple of weeks. I’ve been to WDW a few times this past year, and the parks have appeared in fantastic shape each visit. It’s so nice to see the attention to detail. A coat of paint can do wonders. ehhe.

    I didn’t look too closely last visit, but was Space Mtn repainted? It looked pretty good from the monorail last month. I didn’t get on People Mover to give it a true inspection. ;)

    Thanks for your update. Fantastic photos!

  • clewandowski

    So much negativity !